Monday, October 22, 2012

Meal Planning Mondays: delicious but not necessarily recommended past bed-time.




green smoothie guzzling rae here, coming at you with a massive 9.8 magnitude headache resulting from a 2 am stint with the most amazing pumpkin cinnamon roll vanilla sheet cake. i felt like i'd been hit by a train when my alarm clock went off. that was a bad, bad idea. i thought. so this morning i will cleanse and share this recipe because it was suuuper yummy and got rave reviews from Uncle Al and Jocelyn {our special sunday dinner guests;)).  you just might want to finish off the entire pan in the early morning hours on a sleepless night while scrolling through the drudge report yourself. i won't tell anyone.
 this is a no-judge zone.


i'm also going to share a new spin on an easy lunch idea and a dinner entree with suggested side items that i've used many times...always a hit.


enjoy!


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1. bored with the same old lunch? try this! you can easily double the recipe and stash in the fridge for a couple of days for quick assembly.




Open faced Chicken Taco Salad Sammies

2 cans canned chicken (We love the Kirkland brand at Costco)
1/3 to 2/3 cup light mayo (I don't like a lot of mayo...you could also substitute plain greek yogurt)
1/2 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
palmful of chopped fresh cilantro
palmful of chopped fresh green onions
sliced avocados
sliced grape tomatoes
toasted bread slices

Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl with a fork until nicely blended. Scoop onto toasted bread slices and top with as much avocado and tomatoes as your little heart desires.


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2. I will go to the grave defending the culinary legitimacy of meatloaf.
food snobs be gone. 
meatloaf rules and i don't want to hear another word about it....

Ground turkey Meatloaves with feta/sundried tomatoes/and basil

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (reserve a small amount for garnish if desired)
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, 
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey


Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, eggs, milk, feta, salt, and pepper. Add the turkey and gently stir to combine, being careful not to overwork the meat.
Form into small loaves and set in a 13x9 baking dish. Bake until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about  35 to 45 minutes. About ten minutes before removing, drizzle ketchup over loaves. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Put on a serving platter, sprinkle with more chopped fresh basil and serve.

Serve with Roasted Squash
and a good green salad!
(click on titles for recipe links)

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at long last!!:
it's like the perfect marriage of a pumpkin pie, a vanilla cake, AND a cinnamon roll.
i know, i know!!!! too good to be true, right?.....
i'm posting the pics from the site I got the recipe from, my pictures were ugly and didn't do the yummy-ness justice. 



click HERE for recipe.

1 comment:

Joan said...

That sheet cake would be the death of me!!! It looks and sounds SOOOooooooOO good!
I love your recipes. They always get my wheels turning and inspire me to put more effort in to my cooking.