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  • Pork Stir Fry

    If you follow us on Facebook, then you saw the beautiful red, yellow and orange sweet peppers we had recently on sale.  Those little peppers are so versatile.  I often just grab one or two as a snack while I'm at the market.

    After posting the picture, I realized we haven't eaten stir fry at home in a while.  I cut up a couple of red and yellow peppers and half of one green bell pepper for the stir fry.  A small purple onion was added to the pan with Olive Oil for a few minutes until fragrant.  Then the peppers were added for about 3 minutes.

    For this stir fry, I sliced pork chops into bite size pieces and added them to the pan with the onions and peppers.  My favorite mix of ingredients for stir fry includes: Mirin, Soy Sauce and Oyster Sauce.  I used about 1/4 cup each and a sprinkle of salt on the meat.

    First add the Mirin and the Soy Sauce.  Save the Oyster sauce for the last 5 minutes of cooking so it coats the meat.


    We topped our pork stir fry with crushed red pepper for an extra little kick.  I know avocados are not very "oriental", but this is what happens when you grow up eating avocados with almost every meal.  :)

  • Spinach stuffed chicken wrapped with Troyer Bacon

    It has been a while since the last time I tried making stuffed chicken breast.  In all honesty, I could never get the chicken breast flat enough to roll them up and keep them together while cooking.  It was always a complete gooey disaster.  After watching the cooking segment on Despierta America, I was inspired by their stuffed chicken breast recipe.  After you've taken all your frustrations out on the chicken breast, sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried oregano.  If you have fresh oregano, even better.  Due to my lack of planning, I had to use dried oregano.   The original recipe had more ingredients like corn and cream cheese.  We are not big fans of cream cheese, so I sprinkled shredded mozzarella and chopped spinach for the stuffing.

    After stuffing the chicken breasts, you roll them up and use Troyer bacon like a ribbon around the chicken breast.  I used two slices for each chicken breast.  Make sure to oil your baking tray so the chicken doesn't stick to the tray.

    Into the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.  While the chicken was in the oven, it was time to make the sweet potatoes.  At our home, we often prepare sweet potato fries by baking them.  I decided to use our "potato bags" to cook up the sweet potatoes in the microwave.  They come out super fluffy in less than half the time it would take to bake them!

    They are really easy to use.  All you do is wash your potato or sweet potato, wrap it in a paper towel, put it inside the potato bag and in your microwave it goes.  Depending on your microwave and the size of the potato, they should be done in 5 - 10 minutes.  Have you seen them at our market?

    Thirty minutes later, dinner was ready.  I had some left over yellow rice, so a quick spinach salad with avocado, cucumber and grape tomatoes finished this meal.

    The thick sliced Peppered Troyer bacon was a great addition to the otherwise "boring" chicken breast.  If you are more adventurous you can try it with the Cajun Troyer Bacon.  In the show, they topped the chicken breasts with salsa.  Sadly, I forgot that step.  I think next time I make this dish I'll remember to use our Five Amigos Roasted Salsa.  What's your favorite bacon recipe?


  • Tried and True Turkey Burgers

    The first time I had ground turkey meat, I was a freshman at the University of Florida.  My friends decided to make spaghetti sauce with ground turkey and let's just say it was edible.   A while back I started  cutting out magazine recipes and saving them.  One of the first Christmas presents I received from my mother in law was this 3-ring binder "cookbook".  I can honestly say I loved it from day one.

    Looking at the recipes in this book brings back a lot of memories.  It's like looking at a time capsule.  There are overnight marinade recipes, and recipes with 60 minute cooking times; neither which will be happening at my house between the months of October and April.  Some of the recipes have been tried and perfected while others continue to wait or haunt me... After my first attempt with ground turkey, it took a while to try it again.

    One of the recipes in my cookbook is for Ground Turkey Burgers*.  This recipe has become one of my "tried and true" recipes.  I call it festive turkey burgers because it has shredded bits of zucchini and carrots mixed with ground turkey.  Grate one carrot and one zucchini.  Mix it with 1 pound of ground turkey meat, 1 egg, 1 or 2 minced garlic cloves, sprinkle some salt and there you have it!  I saute them with olive oil for about 4 to 5 minutes per side on medium heat.

    The best part: you don't have to make a veggie side if you are too busy.  Add a quick salad and our family favorite: baked sweet potato fries.

    Do you have any "tried and true" recipes?  Do you "sneak" veggies into your meals?

    *Recipe adapted from Real Simple June 2007.

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