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Delicious Turkey and Kale Soup

so, the other night – as per usual when i cook… i was trying to figure out what to make…
sometimes i definitely have something in mind…
sometimes.. .((more often than not)) i don’t…
so we had just gone grocery shopping (which means i absolutely can’t go out to eat that night – right?? …sigh…)
i had some ground turkey that was ready to be used (read: not frozen like the chicken i forgot to lay out)
so i browsed some recipes and couldn’t really come up with anything worthy.. i had seen a turkey meatball and kale soup that looked interesting, but it took way to long to cook, so that was out of the question
(i use so a lot… hmmm)
anyways
i chopped up some onions and it ended up being a lot of onion (it was about half a large one) . . . and decided that was too much to throw in with some turkey,
ok… sweet potato — ok, chopped that up and threw it in with the onions that were browning up… (maybe a little olive oil also…)
and of course some garlic – because what meal is complete without garlic??
and i had the turkey going in another pan, i threw some mild smoked spanish paprika on it b/c why not!?
so, i had this stuff cooking… and i just couldn’t figure out what to do with it…
i have some fresh kale and i threw that in the potato and onion mixture…
and was just looking back and forth from pan to pan…
now what??
mix it together?
will that even be good?? or just a big old mess?
hmmm… look through the cabinets… and i have a can of coconut milk.. .
which reminds me, i need to get more… oops
threw that in with the potato mixture while the turkey continued to cook
decided that it was tooooo thick, so i filled the can that the milk was in with some chicken broth and added that to it
and then i threw my turkey in to the mix and seasoned with salt and pepper and a tablespoon of lime juice
AND THEN I DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN BECAUSE IT WAS SO DAMN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i don’t have pictures… sorry.
it was tooooo good, and there was hardly enough for us to eat at lunch the next day and it didn’t look as pretty after it had been refrigerated ((still tasted just as good though!!!))
so – it’s definitely something you have to try!!!
if you want it less fattening – i guess you could cut the coconut milk down and increase the chicken broth…
but i’m not sure it will taste as delicious 🙂 🙂 🙂

Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 large sweet potato – peeled and cubed
1/2 large onion – chopped finely
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups kale – chopped to preference
1 can coconut milk ( i don’t know how large this can is – probably 12-20 oz; i know that’s a large range, but i honestly am not sure, it is, however, the regular size can, not the little one)
the same amount of chicken broth as your coconut milk can
salt and pepper to taste

**Directions**
in a separate pan – cook your turkey and season with the paprika

in a different pan – heat olive oil on medium heat and throw in your onions, wait a few minutes and add potatoes and garlic
cook until potatoes are semi-firm
add kale
cook until wilted
add coconut milk
add chicken broth
stir together and let cook for about five minutes
add cooked (and drained if necessary) turkey
stir together and then add salt, pepper, and lime juice.
let simmer for 5 minutes to let the tastes meld together.

serve and enjoy
this will probably make 6 normal size servings . . . however, i’m not quite certain my serving sizes are normal…

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

So, I have a friend that I don’t get to see very often and she posted this week on facebook that she wanted stuffed peppers… I was just thinking that I should make some stuffed peppers this week, so I invited her over for dinner 🙂 yay! 2 birds, 1 stone.
I knew she was following the Paleo diet, but I didn’t think much of it…
until after I asked her…
I normally put rice or quinoa in my peppers…
Paleo says no.
I always put cheese in my peppers
Paleo says no…
I was beginning to doubt my decision…
but I searched on for recipes that seemed worthy.
I found lots…
ok… not lots. but I found a few recipes… they all just seemed so bland tho… with the exception of the one that said to throw some jalapenos in there.
meh . no.
I don’t much like the flavor of jalapenos…
but I combined about 5 different recipes… and it was good… but… honestly… it was still a little bland… something in the spice department that I need to fix…
but here goes —

6 bell peppers — I would love to say oh I went organic and to the farmers market and got these suckers, but … i’m cheap… I *did* go to the farmer’s market… but … they weren’t pretty and they were uber pricey
so I went to sams and got the 6 pack of peppers for $5 something…
*shrug* what can I say…
so… back to the recipe

6 bell peppers
1 head of cauliflower – riced (mine came out WAY more fine than riced, but I didn’t use the pulse b/c I thought it’d be easier to just turn it ON… it still worked — but, just so you know – future reference – use pulse on your food processor
1 lb ground chicken (this is the way I made it — you can use whatever ground meat you want)
1 medium onion diced
4 medium sized carrots diced
2 tbsp. garlic
1 can diced tomatoes (fire roasted)
6 large black olives
1 tbsp. coconut oil
salt
pepper
smoked paprika
cumin
thyme
tandoori masala seasoning

((please note – I did not measure these spices… I just added them in… sorry for the lack of clarity))

preheat oven to 375°F

bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and throw your peppers in for a minute or so – just to get them a little soft…
if my husband wasn’t eating these – i’d have skipped this step, I like crunch to my peppers, he however does not… keep an eye on these and pull them out and drain and set aside
while that’s working – put your coconut oil in a pan, heat and throw in your onions, carrots, and garlic
sauté until desired done-ness…
pour sautéed veggies into a large bowl
set aside
take your ground meat and brown it up, when it is almost done, throw in the can of diced tomatoes — i’m sure you could use cut up tomatoes, but this is what I had on hand…
I threw the paprika, salt, pepper and cumin in at this point… just to season the meat – in the future – I will add it to the bowl… lesson learned
after this is sufficiently cooked, pour into the bowl with the veggies –
take your riced cauliflower and add to the bowl
I had my cauliflower standing in the food processor until I used it, so after I emptied it – I threw in my black olives to make chopping them easier… gave it a pulse or two, voila chopped black olives
mix together, throw in more spices (I added the tandoori masala and thyme, and some more salt and pepper at this point)
mix well, start stuffing your peppers

one of the sites that I looked at suggested putting your peppers into a muffin tin so they don’t fall over –

I did that

however, I would definitely recommend spraying or greasing your muffin tin first b/c whatever liquid that was in them – seeped out and was difficult to get off the pan…

bake for 45 minutes

Enjoy 🙂

I would in the future, along with figuring out the spice problem, most likely add bacon and raisins… (assuming raisins are paleo friendly)

my husband liked them in spite of himself (he complained a bit that there would be no rice or quinoa in it… stating that he hated cauliflower…) and my paleo friend liked them too 🙂

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

2 new dinner creations

no pics
I suuuuck
oh well
the past few nights I’ve been having issues determining what to make for dinner.
the other night I cut up some chicken (of course)
and I browned it with some fennel seed and thyme and balsamic vinegar, but then I was like, ummmm what do I do with this now, what will I serve with it…
so I cut up some onions
and then I steamed some spinach (in the bag)
threw the onions, some minced garlic, and the spinach into the pan with the chicken and threw a small can of coconut milk in there and let it simmer together for awhile.
I was very hesitant about how this might taste.
OMG IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!
I wanted more when I finished it…
but unfortunately, the amount I made only served the two of us…
*sigh* soooo yum
the second creation was tonight
I took about a quarter cup of frozen blueberries ((fresh blueberries would have been SO much better)) and mixed it with some barbecue sauce… probably the same amount — a quarter cup…
I put the two of them into my little food processor and blended away
I threw the chicken in the pan and sprinkled about a tablespoon of brown sugar on top and then poured in 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar ((I think… I don’t measure, i’m guessing))
and then I threw the blueberry bbq sauce on top of it and let it cook away
served that with some diced potatoes sautéed with onions, garlic, lemon juice and dill
and some green beans seasoned with tarragon and a slight amount of butter.
it was pretty yummy
husband decided he needed some rice with his chicken, but I chose to go without, it was still so good!!!
sorry I have no pictures!!
but, try them out!! let me know 🙂 enjoy 🙂

Stuffed Peppers – Italian Style?

So, the other day i created a pizza topping, rather generic – but delicious. i cut up some chicken very finely – and sauteed it in olive oil (only a tiny bit) and balsamic vinegar, threw in some carmelized onions, some artichoke hearts, and some sundried tomatoes… threw that on a pizza.

OMG AMAZING.

oh, i also threw in garlic, and basil and oregano…

that’s me – always forgetting my spices

anyways, as i was eating it waiting for my pizza dough to become crust, i decided, damn that would be really good in some stuffed peppers

so today i went and got some big ol’ green bells

and modifed my topping some (and forgot any type of spices (oops)) and away we went… so here goes!

Stuffed Peppers – Italian Style (?) — the question mark b/c i don’t know if it is really Italian… it just kinda sounds it?

2 large chicken breasts – diced very small

3 large green bell peppers

1 cup cooked rice – for this i used california brown basmati — which is pretty great, but takes FOREVER to cook

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup panko crumbs

1/2 cup artichoke hearts – cut finely

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes – cut finely (let me interject here and say i cheated and used my mini food processor on these … and the chicken after it was cooked)

2 small onions cut finely (again food processor) and carmelized or browned to perfection

1 tbsp minced garlic — um, i definitely forgot to add the garlic. DUH

one egg, mixed

preheat oven to 400*(F)

after your chicken is cooked – throw it in the food processor to grind it up – you can also use ground chicken, but for this i thought it would be better not to… after all – it is a different texture even if you do grind it up…

mix all this together very well.

hollow out your peppers

spoon mixture into peppers – make sure to stuff well

put 8 oz of water into the bottom of a baking dish and stick your peppers in there

to top them – -you have options — i used a couple tablespoons of fire roasted tomatoes on the top…

you can skip that if you like…

bake for 50 minutes, top with cheese

bake for another 10 – 15 minutes

to serve – i cut mine in half, and put some shredded cheese on each half…

DELICIOUS!!!

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

 

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