Quinoa Pasta with Ground Turkey “Meat Sauce” and Roasted Green Beans

My last recipe was stuffed sweet peppers … THIS RECIPE is basically the same items transformed into a second meal (don’t you love when that happens??)

 

quinoapastagroundturkey

This recipe will make 2 servings

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 500 (per serving)

Ingredients Needed:

  • 8 oz. Jennie-O Ground Turkey Meat (I use the 93/7)
  • 8-10 Mini Sweet Peppers (I use Pero Family Farms: http://perofamilyfarms.com/img/slides/mini-sweets-left-1.jpg)
  • 10-15 white mushrooms
  • 4 oz. Quinoa Pasta ( I used Andean Dream for this recipe)
  • Plum Tomatoes (to your liking)
  • 2 cups green beans
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion Flakes
  • Italian Spices

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Clean out and chop up the sweet peppers and put them to the side
  • Dice some plum tomatoes and put to the side (these will be used to combine with the ground turkey).
  • Wash off and chop up the mushrooms and put them to the side
  • Clean off the green beans and cut off the ends to any beans that need to be cleaned up and put them to the side.
  • Put a pot of water on the stovetop to boil
  • Place the beans on a baking sheet and spray with a small amount of olive oil spray and sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and seasonings – roast them for about 15-20 min.
  • Once boiling put in 4 oz of quinoa pasta (usually takes about 14 minutes to cook through)
  • Put a little bit of olive oil in a separate pan and cook the ground turkey on the stovetop and season it with garlic, onion flakes and italian seasonings.
  • When the ground turkey is almost done, add the diced tomatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes to the mix and let them cook down.
  • Once the turkey is done cooking, and the pasta is done cooking combine the two.
  • Add a little bit of olive oil on top, and mix the entire pasta dish.
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

I loved this dish, and will definitely be making it more often!  Hope you love it too!

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin

Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Hello and Happy 2014!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but I figured New Year … New Recipes!

I know a ton of people beginning their (and continuing their) Isagenix Nutritional Cleansing 30 Day Programs right now (Including me!!).  Majority of these recipes are 30-Day approved …but, if for some reason they’re not, the modifications to make it 30-Day approved are listed!

Enjoy, and feel free to comment and ask questions :).

stuffedminipeppers

This recipe will make 2 servings

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400 (per serving)

Ingredients Needed:

  • 8 oz. Jennie-O Ground Turkey Meat (I use the 93/7)
  • 16 Mini Sweet Peppers (I use Pero Family Farms: http://perofamilyfarms.com/img/slides/mini-sweets-left-1.jpg)
  • Plum Tomatoes (to your liking)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion Flakes
  • Italian Spices

Directions:

  • Cut the tops off, and clean out the insides of 16 sweet peppers (I find the best way to do this is with a pairing knife and rinsing out the seeds with the faucet).  Put them to the side.
  • Dice some plum tomatoes and put to the side (these will be used to combine with the ground turkey).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put a little bit of olive oil in a pan and cook the ground turkey on the stovetop and season it with garlic, onion flakes and italian seasonings.
  • When the ground turkey is almost done, add the diced tomatoes to the mix and let them cook down.
  • Once the turkey is done, stuff each of the sweet peppers with about a 1/2 oz. of meat.
  • Put the stuffed sweet peppers in a 8×8 in clear baking pan and brush the peppers LIGHTLY with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings of your choice (I used traditional italian seasonings).
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they start to brown a little on top.
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

 

Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourselves ” that’s only 1/2 the meat the comes in the package … what do I do with the rest of it?  JUST WAIT!  Next recipe will have what to do with the rest of it!

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin

Sautéed Artichoke Hearts & Mushrooms on Brown Rice Pasta

This was QUICK, EASY and DELICIOUS 🙂 … ENJOY!!!

IMG_4890

This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 oz Brown Rice Penne (I used Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Brown Rice Penne w Golden Milled Flax Seed : http://www.hodgsonmillstore.com/en/Gluten-Free-Pasta/Gluten-Free-Brown-Rice-Penne-with-Golden-Milled-Flax-Seed/71518-00063-001_Group.aspx )
  • 1 Box frozen Artichoke Hearts (I used Birds Eye: http://www.birdseye.com/vegetable-products/pure-simple/artichoke-hearts
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Parsley 
  • Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Defrost Artichoke Hearts
  • Throw defrosted artichokes in a pan with sliced fresh mushrooms, fresh garlic and extra Virginia olive oil and let them cook down a little bit.
  • As they started to cook down , sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano and parsley.
  • Let the artichokes and mushrooms cook down for another 5 minutes.
  • While it was cooking down, boil water for brown rice pasta
  • Cook Brown Rice Pasta
  • Top Pasta with Artichoke / Mushroom Topping
  • Sprinkle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (and a little lemon juice if you want a little more tang)
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin

Black Bean Chicken Chili

NOTE: For those of you 30 Day nutritional cleansers – just take out the corn, and substitute the salsa (no tomatoes) with 1/2 cup chicken broth (low sodium, organic) a chopped up red / yellow and orange pepper, half a chopped up onion and diced chili peppers – and there you have it …. Nutritional Cleansing Friendly ❤ !!

IMG_4874

 

This recipe will make 4-6 servings

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 lb. lean ground chicken
  • 1 can organic black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can low sodium corn kernels (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 jar mild salsa
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Pepper

Directions:

  • Heat a pan with extra virgin olive oil and fresh garlic
  • Cook ground chicken until Completely cooked through
  • Dump ground chicken in a large pot
  • Dump black beans, corn and the full jar of salsa on top of the cooked ground chicken
  • Sprinkle in a little bit of chili powder  and ground pepper (to your tasting)
  • Let sit and cook on stove, on low, for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

 

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

Ground Turkey with Brown Rice & Sautéed Mushrooms and Roasted Asparagus, Zucchini & Green Beans – Day 29

This was one of my less extravagant recipes – … due to the fact that I got home from teaching my Zumba class at about 8:30-8:45 and still had to cook and eat – and I wanted to eat quickly :).  It was delicious, none the less.  Hope you enjoy! 

food2

This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 600

Ingredients Needed:

  • 5 oz. Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 lb Fresh Asparagus
  • 1 cup of organic Steak Cut Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Fresh Green Beans
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup uncooked Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup Organic, Low Sodium Chicken Broth (I use Pacific: http://www.pacificfoods.com/food/broths-stocks/broths/organic-low-sodium-chicken-broth)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasonings (Dried Oregano, Parsely, Basil)
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 Degrees
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  • Place washed asparagus spears, green beans and sliced zucchini on baking sheet
  • Spray with a TINY bit of olive oil and top with spices (I used garlic powder and listed Italian Seasonings)
  • Place veggies in the oven for 12-14 minutes (watching to make sure they don’t burn)
  • Boil water for Brown Rice
  • Place Brown Rice in water and let cook (time will depend on the brand)
  • Heat a pan with some olive oil and cook lean ground turkey meat
  • Season turkey meat with garlic powder, onion powder and pepper
  • After meat is fully cooked through, pour 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth and put mushrooms in with the meat to cook down
  • Sprinkle mushrooms with garlic powder and flip on occasion
  • Once rice is cooked, mix rice, ground turkey and mushrooms together and stir
  • Place Turkey / Rice mixture on one side of the plate and roasted veggies on the other side.
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

Brown Rice Penne with Sautéed Mushrooms Over A Bed of Sautéed Kale – Day 28

Threw this together last minute .. but, who doesn’t love mushrooms?!  YUMMY!

food

This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 oz Brown Rice Penne (I used Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Brown Rice Penne w Golden Milled Flax Seed : http://www.hodgsonmillstore.com/en/Gluten-Free-Pasta/Gluten-Free-Brown-Rice-Penne-with-Golden-Milled-Flax-Seed/71518-00063-001_Group.aspx )
  • 2 cups FRESH Kale
  • 1 cup of organic steak cut mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup Organic, Low Sodium Chicken Broth (I use Pacific: http://www.pacificfoods.com/food/broths-stocks/broths/organic-low-sodium-chicken-broth)
  • 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Rinse and dry fresh kale
  • Place kale in a pot with some extra virgin olive oil, fresh pressed garlic cloves and onion powder
  • Once kale starts to cook down, pour 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth in and let cook down more
  • Boil water for Brown Rice Penne
  • Place Penne in water and let cook (time will depend on the brand)
  • Place steak cut mushrooms in a heated pan with some extra virgin olive oil
  • Sprinkle mushrooms with garlic powder and flip on occasion
  • Once mushrooms start to brown, pour in 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Once mushrooms, kale and pasta are all done cooking:
  • Place kale on plate, top with brown rice pasta and top off with the mushrooms
  • Sprinkle with a TINY bit of extra virgin olive oil
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin

Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken Burger on Top of a Kale / Quinoa Shells “Pasta Salad” – Day 26

This meal was quick, easy, tangy and tasty :).  LOVE! 

IMG_4692

 

This recipe will make 1 meal

(Obviously, you can double or triple ingredients if you’re making it for your family or friends)

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 oz Quinoa Pasta Shells (Either use Andean Dream: http://www.andeandream.com/OtherProducts.html or Harvest http://www.quinoa.net/145/163.html)
  • 5-7 oz. Frozen Kale
  • 3-4 oz. Lean Ground Chicken Burger (Homemade)
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Garlic Powder
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Place frozen Kale in a pan on the stove with 1/8 cup water and turn on a medium heat to defrost.
  • Once defrosted sprinkle kale with fresh garlic and lemon juice
  • Let cook for about 5-10 minutes
  • Boil Water for Quinoa pasta
  • Put Quinoa Shells in water to cook
  • Heat a pan with a little bit of coconut oil and place chicken burger in the pan
  • Sprinkle the burger with either minced garlic or garlic powder (depending on how potent you like it) and lemon juice as it cooks (both sides).
  • Cut up your chicken burger when it’s finished cooking
  • Place quinoa shells on plate, top with lemon / garlic kale and top with garlic / lemon burger.
  • Sprinkle with a TINY bit of extra virgin olive oil
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Kristin