Turkey fried rice.

Last night I made a one pot wonder kind of dish.  It was so quick to prepare, easy and flavorful… with no leftovers remaining.  That’s always a winner for me!  This is a perfect weeknight meal.

Ingredients:

1 cup of rice (cook according to the package) I used Trader Joe’s Brown Jasmine rice.
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 pound of ground lean turkey
3 tablespoons of garlic, minced
6 scallions, sliced thinly
1 cup of snow peas (I cut mine in half because they were rather large)
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of toasted sesame seed
1/4 cup  of roasted peanuts (garnish)

Directions:

Heat the oil in a skillet of a medium flame. Add the turkey to cook, breaking apart as you go.  After 4-6 minutes of cooking, add the garlic and about half of the scallions (use the other half for garnish).  After 8 minutes of cooking or so, add the rice and the remaining ingredients through sesame oil.  Cook the dish an additional  4-6 minutes for the flavors to blend.  Taste, adjust seasonings.  Then plate.  Top with sesame seeds, remaining scallions and roasted peanuts.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef.

 

 

We don’t eat a lot of red meat but wow this is such a great recipe.  I found it in my old archives of recipes & so glad I did.  Super easy, economical dinner that turns into fabulousness via the slow cooker.  Perfect for a busy family.

Ingredients:

2 lb flank steak
1/4 c of cornstarch
1/2 c of low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup of good drinking quality white wine
1/2 tbl white wine vinegar
1 tsp of sesame oil
1 tsp of molasses
2 tsp of grated ginger
1/4 c of onion, diced
1/4 tsp of freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
3 heaping tbl of brown sugar
1 tsp of nut butter (I used organic almond butter)
5 cloves garlic, minced
5 spring onions, chopped
Sesame seeds, toasted, for topping
Dried parsley, topping

Directions:

Slice the meat (with the grain) into thin strips and then coat with the cornstarch.  Add the ingredients from soy sauce through spring onions.  Mix well.  Turn the slow cooker on low and add the meat.  Toss and cover.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low.

I served this mashed potatoes but brown rice or egg noodles work perfectly too.  Top with some parsley and enjoy.

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Asian turkey lettuce wraps.

I love having dinners where everyone can build their own plate.  I especially love when my youngest, who only eats to live, eats a more than usual and goes back for seconds, or even thirds!  I am an Italian mom after all ;)

I found beautiful butter lettuce at the farmer’s market today and immediately thought of making these for dinner.  Safe to safe, there are very little leftovers tonight.

Ingredients:

2 heads of butter lettuce (yielded about 20 lettuce leaves in various sizes)
1.5 lean organic ground light meat turkey
1 tbl olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbl of low sodium soy sauce
1 tbl of rice wine vinegar
1 tbl of Sriracha chili sauce (extra for topping)
1 tbl of dark sesame oil
2 tbl of toasted sesame seeds
6 green spring onions, chopped

Directions:

Carefully cut off the bottom of the lettuce heads.  Then remove each lettuce leaf carefully. Wash and pat dry and set aside on a large platter.

In your skillet over medium heat, add the oil.  Once hot, add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.  Drain and place in a bowl.  Set that aside.  In your skillet, add the onion and cook until translucent.  Then add the garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, Sriracha, sesame oil and seeds, and the green onions.  Cook for about 2 minutes, then add the ground turkey.  Mix well and keep over a low flame until you’re ready to serve.  I served this dinner along with a side of organic quinoa.

You can serve this as an appetizer or for your main course.

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