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??)

 

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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

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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 :).

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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

Lasagna with Tofu and Bell Pepper Sauce

I come from a family where Italian food is fairly common.  I never liked meat in my lasagna, but without it, there always felt like some substance was missing.  I have figured out a delicious, and 30 day Isagenix program approved!

A big part of trying to come up with a 30 day approved lasagna was the sauce, so I decided to use my sister’s wonderful bell pepper sauce (which I doubled!!)  Here is everything you need! Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
-1 package of firm tofu
-2 yellow bell peppers
-2 red bell peppers
-2 orange bell peppers
-4 cloves, medium to large, of garlic
-Basil (I used dried, but you can use fresh!)
-Dried oregeno
-Dried parsley
-Garlic Powder
-Olive Oil
-Brown rice lasagna noodles
-Lemon
-Vegetable broth
-1 egg

Tofu:
-Take tofu out of the packaging, cut it in half, and let it dry out between paper towels for around 10 minutes
-Once dried a little, crumble (with hands or fork) so it looks like ricotta cheese.
-Add the juice of 1 full lemon
-Add garlic powder, pepper, and basil to taste
-Set aside until you have finished making the sauce!

Sauce:
-Chop all bell peppers into small squares
-Sauté in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and fresh chopped garlic until browning slightly
-Dump peppers / garlic / olive oil mixture into a blender
-Put 1/2 cup chicken broth in the blender with pepper mixture
-Add 1 egg white to serve as a thickener
-Dump fresh basil leaves, dried oregano, parsley, garlic powder and ground pepper into the blender.
-From there, I put it in a sauce pan and let it simmer for a couple minutes.  I am always nervous about making sure eggs are totally cooked.

Directions:
-Heat oven to 350
-Place a few spoonfuls of sauce on the bottom of the pan you are cooking in, place a layer of noodles, a layer of sauce, a layer of tofu.
-Repeat those steps until all of your ingredients are gone!
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-If you feel like you won’t have enough sauce(I did run into this problem) add some extra vegetable broth to the pan so the noodles stay moist
-Bake your lasagna covered for the first 30-35 minutes (depending on what your noodles say is their cook time, check your box! Also, check to see if they need to be pre soaked or not.  Mine did not)
-For the last 10 minutes make uncovered so the top gets a little crunchy
-Pull out of the oven and let sit for another 10 minutes

That is it! I had guests over for dinner, so I sprinkled half of it with cheese while it was in the oven for the last 10 minutes.
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This recipe is super easy AND I had enough for left overs. Fun fact, it was just as delicious for dinner 2 days later 🙂

Happily & Healthily Yours,

Sara

Brown Rice Pasta with Baked Chicken in a Spinach Tomato Sauce

Word of advice: I always bake chicken on Sunday nights to have, to throw into a quick meal if I need to.  My lunches need to be quick sometimes, so this is the best way for me to make sure I eat right and can get it done in time.  This meal only took me about 15 minutes to make, because I had the chicken pre-cooked.  It’s a great way to make your life a little easier ;-).

For you 30 day cleansers, replace the tomato sauce with spinach in a little bit of garlic and olive oil with lemon juice :).  DELICIOUS!

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This recipe will make 1 meal (with extra sauce)

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

Calories: About 400

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 Piece of Baked, Thin Cut, Chicken Breast (about 5 oz.)
  • 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 small package of frozen spinach (I use the Shop Rite brand)
  • 1 15 oz. can Organic Tomato Sauce (I use Muir Glen – http://www.muirglen.com/products/tomato-sauces-pastes-and-purees/tomato-sauce-15-oz
  • 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Place frozen spinach block and contents of tomato suce, along with chopped fresh garlic in a pot and let the spinach defrost, stirring occassionally.
  • Cut up the chicken into small squares
  • Boil water for Brown Rice Penne
  • Place Penne in water and let cook (time will depend on the brand)
  • Mix Penne, Chicken and top with the Sauce (you will not need all of it for 1 serving)
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,

Kristin

 

Tomato Basil Chicken Meatballs & Quinoa Linguine

For you 30 Day Cleansers out there, you can substitute the tomatoes for red peppers and make Red Pepper Basil Chicken Meatballs … just follow the recipe exactly, substituting the tomatoes with red peppers  – YUMMY! 

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This recipe will make enough for 4 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
  • 2 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 2 oz. Quinoa Pasta (I used Andean Dream Gluten / Corn Free http://www.andeandream.com/OtherProducts.html)
  • 1/8 cup Quinoa Flakes
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Pepper
  • Fresh Garlic (amount to your taste – I used 2 cloves)
  • 10 fresh basil leaves

Directions:

  • Chop the vine ripened tomatoes into small pieces and toss into a pan with some olive oil and fresh garlic and let cook for about 2-3 minutes (don’t burn!)
  • Chop fresh basil and toss into the tomato / garlic / olive oil mixture
  • In a separate bowl, mix raw fresh ground turkey, the tomato / basil mixture, ground pepper, and the quinoa flakes and mix together.
  • Form gold ball size (or smaller) meatballs out of the full mixture
  • Place formed meatballs in a pan with a little bit of olive oil, and keep turning until cooked through, and browned.
  • Boil water and cook quinoa linguine
  • Place chicken meatballs on top of quinoa linguine and sprinkle with some extra virgin olive oil
  • Serve and Enjoy :)

Happily and Healthily Yours,
Kristin

Tofu Stir Fry

Hi! I am Sara, Kristin’s sister.  I have just recently become a vegetarian, so all of my meals and snacks are going to be meat free but just as delicious!!

Here is my very first recipe for you!

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tofu stir fry with quinoa shells

Stir Fry:
– 1 yellow pepper
– 5 mushrooms
– half bunch of asparagus (about 20 stalks)
– half a head of broccoli
– fresh garlic
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– Hoisin sauce to taste
Tofu:
– 1 block extra firm tofu
– fresh garlic
– paprika

Quinoa Pasta or rice!
– I used about 4 ounces of shells

Directions!

– Take tofu out of package, cut in half, and set between paper towels to get rid of some extra moisture.
– Heat a wok ( a deep frying pan is fine too!)
– Put a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan and let it hear up.
– Put garlic in and let it sauté a bit.
– Put veggies in and let them cook!
– Crumble the tofu into a bowl with your hands and then if you want smaller chunks use a fork to mix it up.
– Put whatever seasonings you want (I used garlic and paprika) and mix it up.
– Heat up a small pan and put the tofu into it to dry it out a little more.
– Once the veggies are cooked through and the tofu is warm add the hoisin sauce and the tofu.
– Place it on a low heat while you cook your rice ( I used some quinoa shells for mine!)
– Once it is all done, mix everything together and enjoy!

**This makes enough for two people with some leftovers!**

Happy & Healthily Yours,

Sara

Sautéed Artichoke Hearts & Mushrooms on Brown Rice Pasta

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

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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