Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Feta Turkey Burgers

I found a recipe in a magazine and changed the ingredients to use what I had on hand. I changed everything but the turkey, so this recipe is truly an original. This burger is packed with flavor and even my beef eating husband gave it two thumbs up.

Feta Turkey Burgers

1 Tbl. unsalted butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 package (20.8 oz.) lean ground turkey
1 pkg. (3.5 oz.) reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
1.5 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbl. light mayonnaise
5 whole-grain hamburger buns
fresh spinach leaves

Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook for 8 minutes or until well browned; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, 2/3 of the pkg. of feta cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and pepper. Stir until well combined. Form into 5 equal-size patties and flatten.

Spray large skillet and heat to medium heat. Cook burgers about 5-7 minutes per side or until nice and brown.

While burgers are cooking, stir together remaining feta and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Place burgers on buns and top each with some of the onions, cheese and mayo sauce, and spinach leaves. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

The perfect sandwich for the day after the feast.

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Whole wheat roll (I made Rhodes frozen wheat rolls yesterday)
Fresh spinach leaves
Cranberry sauce
Roasted turkey

Assemble spinach, cranberry sauce, and turkey into a sandwich on the wheat roll. Use a paper plate.

Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day with no cooking!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


My husband needed a dish to pass for a potluck at work. He signed up for chili.

I don't think I've ever made the same recipe for chili twice. I have my basic ingredients and go from there.

This recipe is really simple. Most of the work involves opening all these cans.


2 (16 oz.) cans kidney beans
2 (16 oz.) cans pinto beans
2 (16 oz.) cans black beans
1 small chopped onion
1.5 lbs. lean ground turkey or beef
1 small chopped red pepper
6-ounce can tomato paste
28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 Tbl. chili powder (more or less to taste)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. brown sugar

In a large pan combine beef/turkey, onion, red pepper and chili powder. Cook until meat is browned. Drain grease. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer on low heat for 1/2 hour or in crockpot on low for 5 hours. Serve with grated cheese and sour cream, if desired.

Monday, December 21, 2009

My Grandma's Banana Bread

At this time of year we'll take a break from healthy cooking, which for me means actually buying and using white flour and sugar. Yes, I only buy about one bag each per year and this year I actually shared the bags with my mother. And I do a lot of baking throughout the year, just not with white flour and sugar.

I actually prefer the taste of baked goods made with whole grain flour and other healthy ingredients, but in some cases I like to stick with the original recipe. And family holiday recipes fit this profile.

This Christmas has me craving nostalgic recipes. Thanks to my cousin Kathy for providing today's recipe:

Grandma's Banana Bread

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup soft shortening
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 cup mashed banana (about 2)
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix together and set aside flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Mix together and set aside milk and white vinegar.

Mix together sugar, soft shortening, and eggs. To the shortening mixture add the milk and vinegar. Then stir in the mashed banana. To this mixture add the dry ingredients. Pour into a well-greased 9x5x3: loaf pan.

Let stand for 20 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


This looks like a mess but it is delicious and super fast and easy for a week-night supper. You can add or substitute ingredients if you like, you really can't do it wrong. Enjoy!


Baked Tostitos Scoops
One pound browned and crumbled ground beef or ground turkey
One packet taco seasoning mix
Shredded cheese, options: cojack, cheddar, Mexican-style cheddar-mozzarella
Low-fat sour cream
Sliced green onions

Prepare ground meat and taco seasoning as directed on seasoning packet. Place Scoops on individual plates, placing them all bowl-side up. Spoon prepared taco meat over top. Sprinkle cheese over and microwave for about 30-40 seconds. Top with salsa, sour cream, and green onions.
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