Turkey Taco

Recently, a group was using our kitchen at work to teach a nutritious cooking class for daycare providers. The group leader invited me to sample some of their recipe. I really liked this tasty taco. It wasn’t too spicy and extra healthy with beans and sweet potatoes. Jeremiah and I used tortillas high in fiber so one taco really filled us up. We also served it with fresh guacamole and homemade tortilla chips.

Turkey TacoTurkey Tacos by John Haddock
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 can white beans, drained
1 sweet potato, zucchini, or carrot grated
1 can low sodium diced tomatoes
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper

Cook ground turkey over a medium heat. Add beans, veggies, and seasoning. Cook on medium for 20 minutes. Serve in a tortilla shell. Top with shredded cheese and any desired toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, salsa, or sour cream).

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Bronco Buster

Anything with the word “buster” isn’t good. But I’m fairly certain the Bronco Buster recipe was one of the worst meals my elementary cafeteria ever concocted. For those of you who didn’t attend Wisner Pilger Elementary School, this recipe was a slice of white bread topped with cold cheddar cheese and kidney beans. It was truly nasty. Perhaps this was one of the reasons I have avoided chili my enter life.

A couple of weeks ago, I was at my sister’s house. Her friend Susan brought chili. I remember Steph (also not a chili fan) saying that Susan made great chili. In an effort to incorporate more veggies into my diet, I thought I would give it a try. Kidney beans are really high in fiber and low in fat. Plus, my vegetarian friends swear if I start eating more beans I’ll be less hungry eating more veggies and less sugar/fat. I have to say, Susan’s chili was pretty good –  I even had seconds. So it got me thinking, maybe I should make a chili recipe.

As someone who has never saved a chili recipe, I decided to pull out one of my home-cooking recipe books. I decided to turn to the Perfect 10 Cookbook as this lady assembled only her best recipes. Although I have to say this recipe isn’t bad, it did make me realize one other thing, chili has a very Mexican food taste. I’m not a huge fan of Mexican restaurants and I think it is because I like sweet over bitter taste. It makes total sense because I love fruit but don’t love the taste of veggies.

So for those of you who love chili, I hope you enjoy this recipe. Although I think I liked the leftovers better after they sat in the fridge for a few days, I think I’m does cooking chili for a really long time.

Cook-Off Chili by Debbie Kraft
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 an onion chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can Bush’s Chili Beans (medium)
1/2 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1/2 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. beef broth
1 small can tomato sauce
2-3 T. chili powder (I used Wildtree)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
dash of seasoned salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 oz. shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese

In a large Dutch oven pot, brown beef, onion, and garlic. Drain grease. Sprinkle meat with all seasonings. Add chili beans, Ro-tel, tomato sauce, and broths. Stir well and simmer for 30 minutes. Add cheese and simmer another 5 minutes. Serve with crackers or Frito’s.

Just a touch

I’ll be honest. I have never really watched The Bachelor. If it has been on in my house it’s most likely because I got busy doing something I am not watching the television. But I do know Jake Pavelka because he also appeared on Dancing with the Stars. I don’t always watch Dancing with the Stars but I watch it if I’m home and nothing else is on. I wasn’t a fan of Jake but I thought his recipe in People magazine looked appealing. Since I am on a health kick right now, I figured I would give this recipe I try. I thought it was a light and refreshing marinade. I served it with Green Giant Steamed Red Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans.

Honey-Lemon Grilled Chicken by Jake Pavelka
Juice and zest of three lemons
1/3 c. olive oil
1 tsp. oregano
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. honey, plus a drizzle
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 lb. of boneless, skinless chicken breast (4 breast)
Grilled lemon wedges

Mix marinade and pour into a gallon sized baggie. Add chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (I usually turn it a few times to evenly coat.) Grill basting with marinade til cooked.

Notes:

  • I halved the recipe and it still made four meals.
  • I did not put any additional lemon or honey on it. I just marinated and basted

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Pepperoni Poppers

This is a recipe I made for a recent fundraiser. One of my friends said her two years would love these. The original recipe came from the Taste of Home website earlier this year.

Pepperoni Pinwheels by Vicki Rebholz
1/2 c. diced pepperoni

1/2 c. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 egg, separated
1 tube (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent rolls

In a small bowl, combine pepperoni, cheese, oregano, and egg yolk. Separate crescent rolls into four rectangles, sealing edges. Split mixture evenly between crescent rolls. Roll up jelly roll style and cut each into six pieces. Place on greased baking sheet. In a custard cup, whip egg white until foamy. Brush on top of circles. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Marinara dipping sauce is optional. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts: (Makes 2 dozen poppers) 1 serving (2 each) equals 122 calories, 8 g. fat (3 g. saturated

Pork – The Other White Meat

When I was a kid, the slogan for pork was “the other white meat”. Do you remember that? Back then, everything had a slogan. “Beef – it’s what’s for dinner.” Wendy’s had a little old lady saying “where’s the beef” to promote that Wendy’s didn’t cut corners. I loved their square hamburgers as a child. I fact, it was probably the only restaurant I ordered a hamburger instead of chicken sticks.

Today, the slogan for pork is “Be Inspired.” What does that mean? What about eating pork inspires me? And what does it inspire me to do? I guess you can probably tell I was an advertising major in college and work in this field professionally.

This specific recipe came to me by way of my nephew. When Brock was little, he used to grab any pamphlet or brochure that was within his reach. As a tall kid with long arms, he gathered quite a few over the years. While shopping with his mom at Hy-Vee, Brock picked up this recipe card for me. They were on their way down to see me and Brock knew I loved to cook. I have to say, he did good because this is one of my favorite recipes. Lots of great flavor with all the seasons rubbed on the pork tenderloin.

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

1 # pork tenderloin
6 slices of bacon
toothpicks
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano

Bast pork tenderloin with olive oil. Mix together spices and rub on meat. Wrap pork tenderloin in bacon (using toothpicks to secure. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Let it cool slightly before cutting. Makes for four servings.

Calories per serving: 260 calories, 2 g. carbs, 31 g. protein, 14 g. fat, 5 g. sat. fat, 1 g. fiber, 95 mg. cholesterol, and 320mg sodium.