May 31, 2012

This Week In Food... A Few Good Recipes From My Recipe Box

Today I'm just sharing a few good recipes of mine. These are all things I've made many, many times and are ones my whole family enjoys. And shock of all shocks...they're not from Pinterest! These are actually from long before I discovered Pinterest. So, enjoy!

The Best Damn Turkey Burgers
It's grillin' season! Whip up these burgers and toss them on the grill and you will not be disappointed. This recipe originally came from and was called Cajun Turkey Burgers. However, they don't taste "Cajun" at all (they're not spicy)...but they are awesome. Truly. If you think turkey burgers tend toward the tasteless hockey puck variety, try these and it will change your mind. I swear. And they're easy.

1 lb ground turkey (get lean, not need a little fat in it)
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 c. seasoned dry bread crumbs (you can use plain too)

Mix together all ingredients and make into patties (the recipe says 6, we make 4). Make a dent in the center of each patty--it helps them cook better. And grill. Add cheese, if you like. And toast your buns right on the grill. Yum! I like to serve them with fresh fruit and corn on the cob.

A Really Easy, Yummy, Healthy Pasta...
This is one of the pastas I make all the time in the summer because we get great zucchini at the farmer's market. It is simple and light, as a summer pasta should be. I think this recipe originally came from Real Simple magazine a few years back.

Spaghetti With Zucchini, Walnuts, and Raisins

Spaghetti with Zucchini, Walnuts and Raisins
12 oz. spaghetti (or other pasta)
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced or minced
1 1/2 lbs zucchini, cut in half and sliced into half-moons
3/4 c. golden raisins
salt and pepper
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated

Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions (I like to use a good whole wheat pasta to make it healthy). Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet. Add walnuts and cook for 3-5 mins, until beginning to lightly brown and release their aroma. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add raisins and zucchini. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook another 5-8 mins, tossing occasionally, until light browning on zucchini. Drain pasta. Toss pasta and zucchini mix together. Add Parmesan cheese and mix. Serve. This is a complete meal in itself, no real need for side dishes...I love that!

Something A Little Different To Do With Pork Chops...
If you make a lot of pork chops for dinner-- kinda like you make a lot of chicken breasts-- this is a nice way to mix it up. Everyone in my family loves the sauce. And you could certainly put it on chicken too. The recipe originally came from Cooking Light.

Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce
4 boneless pork chops
salt and pepper
1/2 c. chicken broth
2/3 c. half and half (you can use fat free if you like)
1 tbsp dijon mustard (I usually put in a little extra)
2 tsp lemon juice (yeah, you can even use the bottled kind)

Salt and pepper both sides of the chops. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add pork and cook about 4-5 minutes on each side--until it's nicely browned and done (internal temp of 130 degrees). Remove from pan and keep warm (put them on a plate and tent them with foil so they can rest-- always let your meat rest for at least 5 mins). Add broth to the pan and scrape brown bits from bottom. Then add half and half, mustard and lemon juice. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened (the recipe says 6 mins, but it always takes more to thicken a sauce for me). You really can serve this with anything...but might I suggest  some steamed, fresh green beans and some long grain and wild rice.

So there you have it. Three good recipes to try out. All easy. All healthy. All delicious. So enjoy...and happy cooking!

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