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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Turkey Guac Tortillas

Turkey Guacamole Tortillas
I can't believe I never thought of this combination before!  I don't actually eat cold cuts much, but every once in a while it's a fun little change.   This had loads of flavor and was really filling!

Turkey Guacamole Tortillas

2 small white Corn Tortillas, heated (if you can toast them on the stove they are that much better!)
top each Corn Tortilla with:
a handful of fresh Arugula
a couple slices of low sodium Turkey cold cuts
a few Tbsp of Guacamole*


*I eat tons of Avocado, but rarely spend the time making Guacamole, even though I love it.  Just too much work for this busy girl!  However, I picked up some of those pre-made single serving packs which are great!  Pack just enough flavor and creamy texture with all the Avocado goodness to boot - I'm hooked! 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Teriyaki Veggies with Chicken & Cilantro

Teriyaki Veggies with Chicken & Cilantro

The Veggetti strikes again!  This time in an Asian dish:  Teriyaki Chicken & Veggies!  Easy, fast and delicious!!!  

One thing that made putting this together, super easy was using a favorite bottled sauce:  Trader Joe's Island Soyaki:

So here is how I did it:

I gave one small Zucchini the Veggetti treatment, which took less than a minute.  I put the strands into a bowl with a couple Tbsp of water and cooked them in the microwave for 3 minutes total, in 1 minute intervals, stirring in between.  I added 2 Tbsp of Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce, tossed it and plated the "noodles".   Don't worry if there is a little water left in the bowl, just mix it in with the sauce, which will thin it out just a touch and make it go further- thus minimizing calories, sugar & sodium. 

Tip:  Keep the bowl with the remnants of the Teriyaki sauce to toss the other ingredients in!

Teriyaki Zucchini Veggetti

Yup, this is one whole smaller sized Zucchini.

Next I measured out 1/2 cup of mixed Veggies from the fridge that I had cooked in a little Canola oil the day before:  Baby Corn, Water Chestnuts, Carrots, Onions, Mushrooms, Snap Peas, and Sweet Peas.  I tossed them in the bowl with the remaining Teriyaki Sauce and then placed them on the noodles. 

Teriyaki Veggies

I added them cold, as I was making this for lunch and wanted it to be a chilled Asian dish.

Next I took 1/4 cup of precooked diced grilled Chicken, also stirred it in the Teriyaki bowl and then added it to the dish.  I used a plastic spatula to scrape the last remnants of the sauce onto the dish in an effort to savor every last drop!

Teriyaki Veggies with Chicken

Full disclosure:  I bought the pre packaged pre cooked sliced Chicken this week.  I typically cook Chicken myself, but was feeling a little bit lazy at the moment in the store when I passed it.  Yes it costs more but it has made quite a few meals this week easier to put together for sure!

Finally, Cilantro on top!  My happiest moment in the preparation because I snipped it from my very first herb garden on my patio - so far it's growing well!!!

Teriyaki Veggies with Chicken & Cilantro

Result:  YUM! 

For Vegetarians/ Vegans:  Remove the Chicken and substitute Peanuts or toasted Almonds!   (The Soyaki sauce is certified "Vegan"!)

Gluten Free folks:  Sadly this Trader Joe's sauce is NOT Gluten Free, so if you are looking to do a GF meal, simply find another yummy sauce that is labeled Gluten Free and enjoy!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Zucchini Veggetti with Sausage

Zucchini Veggetti - WOW!
So a few weeks ago I read about the "Veggetti", the simple kitchen tool that can turn veggies like squash and carrots into spaghetti like strands.  For a mere $15 I had to buy it and try it.  Result:  it is AMAZING!!!   Literally took me about 30 seconds to turn my large raw zucchini into a plate of veggie-spaghetti; I love this thing!!!  I really don't think I'll be mourning pasta anymore, as this is so easy, and so fast!   And it's dishwasher safe on the top rack.  Above is a pic of my very first go round with the Veggetti!

the Veggetti!
Ok, so day 1 with the Veggetti I was ready to go all out and have a full on filling yummy "pasta" dish:  Turkey Sausage with Marinara topped with Parmesan cheese.  Delicious!

Here were my ingredients:

Zucchini Veggetti, Marinara and Turkey Sausage

1 packed cup of raw Zucchini Veggetti
1/2 cup Organic No Salt Added Marinara
1/4 cup cooked Turkey Sausage, diced

I added all three ingredients into a large bowl, along with 2 Tbsp water and heated in the microwave for 1 minute; stirred it and did another minute.   That is it!

Zucchini Veggetti with Marinara and Turkey Sausage before microwaving

I plated it and added 1 Tbsp of Parmesan Cheese and dug in!

Zucchini Veggetti with Marinara and Turkey Sausage

Zucchini Veggetti with Marinara and Turkey Sausage topped with Parmesan Cheese

I cannot think of an easier way to cut carbs or calories, or to go gluten free yet still provide a delicious and filling meal so fast!  You can add endless proteins and veggies to this dish.  I cannot wait to try all my favorite pasta dishes using this thing (Pesto, Olive Oil/ Garlic, Thai Peanut, Creamy Chicken and Mushroom, the list is endless!)  And I'm eager to try it out using Carrots and Yellow Squash too.  Stay tuned!