Month: October 2013

Veggie-full Mini Turkey Loaves

First, I have to start today by saying:

HappyHalloween

Go eat some candy, and I mean REAL candy, none of this “make Halloween healthy” bullshit. That’s for every other day leading up to Halloween. This is the real deal. One day won’t kill you.

And if you feel the need to even out the damage with something green, then today’s recipe is for you. Or we can say I created a really gross looking, yummy tasting recipe in honor of the creepy day.

Funny story:

A few weeks back when my family came to visit, we were all talking about my blog, food, etc. during dinner. My grandma was saying that she admires the way I eat, but she commented on the way my food often looks.

It went something along the lines of:
Grandma: “It looks… it looks… well…” (she was smiling nervously here)
Me: “What does it look like?” (knowing what she was going to say)
Grandma: “It looks… bad!”

I know she didn’t mean anything bad by it, and I laughed it off (Hi Grandma! I still love you even though you think my food looks nasty.).

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I am well aware that what I eat looks strange. And these Veggie-full Mini Turkey Loaves, well, they’re pushing the limit on the whole ugly food thing. BUT you have to trust me when I say that this recipe happened randomly with a bunch of leftover veggies, and it’s so nutrient packed that what it looks like really doesn’t matter to me.

Plus, all the veggies make it taste great without having to add a lot of seasoning. I recommend topping them with ketchup, but that’s just me 😉

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Veggie-full Mini Turkey Loaves
Makes about 3 servings

  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (or about 2 whole carrots)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c almond meal
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 11/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • pepper and salt, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, combine celery, kale, spinach, and carrots. Pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add egg and almond meal. Process until combined.
  4. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl, along with ground turkey and spices. Mix together.
  5. Spoon turkey mixture into sprayed muffin tin.*
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes.*
  7. Let cool, removing from muffin tin promptly after they have reached a temperature you can handle touching. Serve immediately, or store for later!

*Notes: I got 9 loaves out of the recipe. It could vary for you. Also, the loaves might crumble for you. The vegetables in the mix make it very moist, and thus the loaves are more likely to fall apart, especially after a few days in the fridge. They are just as good, even if they crumble!

Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite way to use leftover veggies? AND What candy are you eating today? I’m having chocolate later. Obvi.

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Almost Average Hummus [WIAW #30]

Yesterday was full of mediocre eats… until dinner! Dinner was fab. But you have to wait a bit to hear what that was.

I’m linking up once again for What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn! Thanks to her as always, and all of the other bloggers who weirdly take pictures of every meal so faithfully. Here are my Tuesday eats:

Breakfast

I slept in yesterday and didn’t go to the gym to bike in the morning. Hashtag oops, hashtag not sorry. Sleeping felt better, especially because I had a super weird dream in between my alarm and when I naturally woke up. I love that time of sleep for dreams – they’re always the most wacko.

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Anyway, I had a super gross pumpkin pie smoothie for breakfast. First of all, I used both spinach and kale I bought from the farmer’s market, and the smoothie tasted earthy. I poured, and I mean poured, cinnamon in to hide the taste, but it didn’t work. Bad breakfasts are always such a letdown.

Lunch

To carry on the mediocrity of my day, I had almost average homemade hummus with veggies and two hard-boiled eggs on the side.

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It was my first time making hummus, and the flavor wasn’t terrible, but the the texture – ugh, the texture. It was so dry! I knew it wasn’t right as I was making it, but I was sick of adding things so I just gave up. After a bit of research, I learned that you apparently have to take all the little skins off of the chickpeas. Talk about time intensive?!

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Snack

I made sure to bring a snack with me for my afternoon class, so I had a yummy Gala apple from the farmer’s market. I also brought cottage cheese. Except I forgot the spoon. Rookie mistake.

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Snack

When I got home I grabbed a spoon and dug into my cottage cheese.

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Then I had some dates that weren’t mediocre. I love dates! I would date dates if that were legal and/or normal.

No… I’d date peanut butter. Let’s be real here.

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Dinner

Last week I had some amazing soup, and this week, I had delicious soup again! How lucky for me to pick two winning recipes in a row.

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Last night’s star of the show was Alexis’s Vegetable, Chickpea and Quinoa Soup. I knew from the smell alone when I was making it on Sunday that it would be perfectly seasoned. I made sure to take a picture of it early in the day to get the full color, since I would be eating the soup later after hot yoga when the light was gone.

Dessert

I am getting into the habit of trying to control my chocolate intake by giving myself just a little bit each night so that I don’t feel deprived.

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I can go into that at another time, but I’ve been really enjoying my dark chocolate evenings! I followed the chocolate with a mug of Sleepytime tea to end the night.

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Question of the Day:
Have you ever made hummus? Any tips for me?

Nola [Day 2]

So when we left off with the last Nola recap, we were right about here:IMG_2021

That picture ^ is one of my favorites ever. The next morning we recovered with breakfast and then met up with everyone for afternoon tea at the New Orleans Museum of Art. I borrowed Jenny’s mom’s fancy headband because they take costumes seriously.

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And Jenny and I are immature.

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All of the table settings were gorgeous, all weekend long. They put so much detail into making everything special, and I definitely noticed!

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Tea consisted of four yummy sandwiches, including (clockwise from the croissant) chicken curry, cajun shrimp salad, salmon, and cucumber. I especially loved the shrimp salad. We also had a scone and a little tray of desserts. I was really full after this!

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We took a walk around the sculpture gardens, where the tea was originally supposed to be, after the rain that moved us inside stopped.

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And were inappropriate again. Jenny and her mom are adorable!

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But I wasn’t so full that I couldn’t head back to Café du Monde for some beignets. Come on now, did you think I would go to New Orleans and not get a beignet? Who do you think I am?

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They were just as amazing as I had hoped. I have a weird affinity for powdered sugar, so it was like they made these desserts just for me.

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And because the party never stopped, Jenny and I headed to the bar in our hotel to get a drink before we got ready for the night. Our hotel is famous for its Carousel Bar, which actually slowly spins around. Kind of trippy (literally and figuratively). It was extremely unique and fun to see nonetheless.

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That night we headed to a plantation for a spectacular cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. Excuse the horrendous lighting here. It’s an old house, you can only ask for so much 😉 The theme of the night was “too much is a great place to start.” Jenny got the message. I didn’t know we were going that all-out.

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The plantation was called Houmas House, and it was a sugar cane plantation that was originally owned by the Houmas tribe, who then sold it. The house was passed to several other owners after that, and the man who owns it now actually lives on the second floor of the house. The grounds are incredibly expansive and breathtaking.

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Inside the house, I went for the vodka pineapple. We all swore the bartender was twelve, but that’s beside the point.

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And this is what I saw when I stepped outside for dinner. I actually had to stop and pinch myself. Dinner was delicious, like every meal I had. It involved pumpkin soup, eggplant, steak and lobster tail. I tried a little bit of everything but I finished the pumpkin soup! After dinner, Jenny’s dad had a special surprise. A gospel choir emerged from the second floor balcony and sang for about twenty minutes. I actually cried a little bit because they were so talented and they sang a few songs that hold a special place in my heart. Then, we danced the night away to a band!

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On the last morning, we finished the party weekend with a tasty brunch at the restaurant, preceded by drinks at the carousel bar. Jenny is hilarious, and this is why I love her. “Hair of the dog was the theme.” She and her siblings made shirts for brunch:

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I wore one too! Here I am drinking a Nola specialty, milk punch. Sound gross? Well it tastes great. Put the name out of your mind and imagine a less creamy eggnog.

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I cannot thank Jenny and her family enough for inviting me on this trip. It is something I will remember forever. And, Happy 50th Birthday to Jenny’s mom!

I promise that is the last recap post you will see for a while! Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you.

Question of the Day:
Would you try a milk punch?