Turkey + Veggie Meatloaf

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I miss college.

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I’m not stuck in the past or pining for my youth or anything (I am), but I just miss the days when my biggest worries were exams that would ultimately have no effect whatsoever on my career or future!

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I feel like I excelled in college. I loved going to class & taking too many notes. I loved going to functions. I loved sitting in high traffic areas on campus to do as much people watching as physically possible (I also loved to be seen – sue me).

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But I probably loved being in a sorority the most. This past week was recruitment & Bid Day for my chapter & it got me feeling all sorts of nostalgic. It’s the most torturous week of an 18-year-old woman’s life as she gets scrutinized and ranked against hundreds of other girls. But I LOVED IT!!!!! I knew exactly what sorority I wanted to be in & I was ridiculously obnoxious about it. Like, I wore my chapter’s colors every night & even had their name written on the inside of my hand for good luck……. I’m lucky they didn’t just cut me for being an actual stalker.

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But I eventually became president & got to tell everyone what to do & that was the greatest year of my life.

 

Time: 2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 red bell peppers, halved
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. of dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. of skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Turn on broiler
  • Place red pepper halves on a lined baking sheet, skin down
  • Broil for 10 minutes
  • Remove skin + dice two of the halves, set the rest aside
  • Reduce heat in the oven to 350 degrees
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3 minutes
  • Add chickpeas + S+P, cook another 3 minutes
  • Add peas + garlic + S+P, cook another 2 minutes
  • Add to a large bowl
  • To the onion mixture, add turkey + diced red peppers + parmesan + milk + dijon mustard + basil + crushed red pepper + oregano + plenty of S+P + egg, mix well
  • To a greased baking dish (or loaf pan, but I wanted it thinner), add the turkey mixture in a packed, even layer
  • Bake for an hour or until golden brown + cooked through
  • Meanwhile, add leftover red pepper halves + balsamic vinegar + S+P to a food processor
  • Process until smooth
  • When meatloaf is cooked, smother in the red pepper sauce + serve hot
  • Slap each other with meat sticks

Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps

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I love being an Army wife. I never complain about it at all & I think the organization is run really well & I am very happy with how much time my husband & I get together.

Said no one literally ever in the history of the world.

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However, today I salute you, Uncle Sam, for giving me the cheapest groceries in the continental U.S.

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Since the move, we are too far from my beloved Trader Joe’s (I’ll never forget you, TJ). So I reluctantly agreed to start shopping at the Commissary. Reluctant because I personally like to have as little to do with the Army as possible. Aren’t I supportive & wonderful????

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But let me tell you, I’m a changed woman. It’s not overly impressive looking – gray, poor lighting, lots of screaming children. But the prices. *Gasp* This cheapskate had to take a moment & let it sink in. Our bill for the week was $132. $132 to feed the hungriest soldier in the U.S. Army. I will never forget that number because it’s the proudest I’ve been of myself in like 6 months. Hard work (proper meal planning, list making & having little else to fill my time) pays off!!!!

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This turkey cost like $3 & was not even off brand!!!!!

 

Time: 1 hour | Serves: about 35 meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of ground turkey
  • 1 cup of red quinoa, cooked
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of parmesan cheese + more for serving
  • 1 tbsp. of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • Romaine hearts, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine turkey + quinoa + zucchini + onion + garlic + parmesan + cilantro + oregano + crushed red pepper + S+P + egg
  • Form into small meatballs + lay on a lined baking sheet – should take two baking sheets
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until brown, crisp + turkey is cooked
  • In a large skillet, heat tomato sauce
  • Add meatballs + coat
  • Sprinkle with parmesan + add back to oven, letting bubble, about 6-7 minutes
  • Top 2 meatballs per romaine heart + some parmesan cheese
  • Serve hot
  • Go out for froyo – you had a v healthy dinner

Idea from this lovely recipe! http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/01/baked-turkey-quinoa-zucchini-meatballs-recipe-in-lettuce-wraps/#_a5y_p=1179730

 

Stuffed Peppers

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Oh what a whirlwind it’s been! Married Saturday. Moved across the country Monday. Transitioning to military life. Job interviews. Unpacking. Cleaning. (OMG I sound like a wife)

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So many ginormous life changes colliding at one time. I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath or COOK!!!

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Not that stuffed peppers are culinary genius or anything, but it felt blissful to chop up some crap.

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I rarely cook meat, but the husband (I can’t) is a carnivore so I am TRYING here.

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Easy, spicy, filling – what more can I ask for?

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A lil wedding sneak from our fab photographer, Lindsey Steff Photography.

Serves: 2 hungry kittens

Time: 35 minutes (prep + cooking)

Ingredients:

  • 3 large bell peppers, halved
  • 1 lb. of lean, ground turkey
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of taco seasoning
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 cup of shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Place pepper halves in a baking dish, drizzle with 1 tbsp. olive oil, bake for 15 minutes
  • While peppers are baking, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add onion and cook until soft
  • Add turkey + S+P, cook until turkey is completely cooked
  • Add taco seasoning and stir to combine
  • Add black beans + corn, stir and let cook for another 5 minutes
  • Stuff cooled pepper halves with turkey mixture and top with cheese
  • Broil until cheese is bubbly, melty goodness
  • Serve hot!

Adapted from: http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/stuffed-peppers/