The one thing I LOVE about recipe testing is having leftovers to “test” all week long Breakfast was a filling-less Cranberry Orange Scone. Just for the record, although delicious. they are so much better with the cranberry orange spread inside.
I was a bit too excited to eat one for breakfast because somehow I NEVER took a picture. That’s ok, I recycled my picture…recycling is good
Recipe for both versions coming soon!
Mid morning snackage ~ Mixed nuts ~ I only ate about 1/2 this stack
We had a brown bag lunch today at work where we learned about Sustainability ~ what it is, what we can do and more importantly, the steps our company is taking. So cool!
Since I had to “brown bag it”, I figured it was the perfect time to whip up the sandwich I’ve been wanting to make for like ever now! I broke away from my usual Trader Joe’s FF Multi-Grain Bread to try the Nature’s Pride Oatmeal Bread that Foodbuzz sent to us as part of the taste maker program.
Decent stats, although I have to admit, I miss seeing a higher fiber number.
I do LOVE that they are focusing REAL ingredients that you can recognize & pronounce.
*Trader Joe’s Spicy Hummus
* Trader Joe’s Cranberry Orange
* Honey Roasted Turkey Breast
Sweet, spicy, delicious. I LOVE how soft the Oatmeal Bread is even after being frozen.
Crunchy, pumpkin seed side salad put together by The Husband. Have you all figured out how to tell when he makes the salads versus me? He cuts HUGE pieces It all crunches the same.
Tonight’s dinner originally started out as Elise’s Recipe that she whipped up for her hubby. Then, Janetha put her spin and I just couldn’t resist whipping up this delicious sounding Mexican Casserole.
I started off sautéing 1 yellow bell pepper & half a red onion with nonstick spray over medium heat.
Then, added ground turkey along with Taco Seasoning. You can easily use a package mix or you can make your own (once you make your own, you probably ALWAYS will – it’s THAT good!)
VEGAN/VEGETARIAN NOTE: If you wanted to veganize this dish, simply sub sweet potatoes for the ground turkey (omit the yogurt & use a vegan cheese). I LOVE using sweet potatoes with Mexican flavors….Veggie Terrain taught me that with her sweet potato tacos.
I pretty much NEVER cook brown rice anymore, unless it’s Trader Joe’s 3 Minute Brown Rice.
I absolutely LOVE that it doesn’t taste like instant and it doesn’t take hours to cook.
Once your turkey taco meat is browned and cook through, remove from heat and get ready to dump like EVERYTHING in the pan.
2 Fresh tomatoes, 2 cups brown rice and your favorite canned beans (drained & rinsed).
I personally think the type of enchilada sauce you pick makes a HUGE difference in the flavor. This is my FAVORITE one and it’s 110% worth paying $1 or $2 more.
11 oz Enchilada Sauce plus 4.5 oz diced green chilies.
1 cup Trader Joe’s 0% Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Pepper Jack Cheese
You all know I sort of have a “thing” for tortilla chips. This recipe totally gave me a reason to buy THESE
I really wanted to add some crunchy texture and tortilla flavor to the ghoulash casserole.
Oh, since they are “veggie” chips they totally count as adding “veggies”, right?! Ha…I wish…how awesome would that be if chips counted too I have to admit corn would’ve been awesome in this too.
Since I have about 5 oz of enchilada sauce left, I decided to just go ahead and pour it on top.
Sprinkle with more cheese (about 1 cup). I used Low Fat Sharp because it’s what I had left.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, turn on broiler and bake another 3-4 minutes or until the top is crispy.
I cut it into 8 sections, scooped it up and served it with some homemade guacamole.
The result is freakin’ AMAZING! I LOVE that you get a little bit of everything in each bite…the cheese, chewy rice, crunchy peppers and tortillas, a little heat from the seasoning finished the cooling guacamole.
I cannot wait for leftovers because I am pretty sure this just gets better each day! Hop over to Janetha’s site for the recipe.
Nutritionals with my modifications (tortilla chips, pinto beans vs black beans, red enchilada sauce vs green) ~ 10 servings, 8 points each (excluding guacamole).
Just another reason I LOVE California ~ after pouring down rain all weekend, we walked out of the movies to see this skyline.
We ended up seeing Unstoppable ~ I can’t believe it was based on a true story. It’s intense, but, in a good on your edge of the seat kind of way.
ONE WORK DAY LEFT!!!