Wednesday, October 19, 2011

*Halloween/Fall Happy's :-) *

Today I made Halloween/Fall Happy's on my day off for some of my favorite people.  The chilly weather is getting me excited for Fall & the upcoming Holiday's!  For my Happy's I made my families recipe, Chocolate Dot Pumpkin Muffins.  You can find the recipe here.  Here's the final product:

Very thankful for my family & friends!!!

Ranch Dressing without the guilt!!!

Sooo, most people LOVE LOVE LOVE Ranch dressing (like me), but we try to stay away from it b/c let's admit it ... a salad loaded with ranch is not a "good" choice for our waistline.  Well, ladies & gents, worry no more.  With this recipe it's a win win.  You get the ranch while still watching that figure.  That's what I'm talking about.

1 pkg dry Ranch Dressing mix                
2 cups low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup water

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Add more water if you don't want it slightly thick.  

Yes, it's that easy!  I know you're thinking "GROSS, COTTAGE CHEESE!" if you aren't a cottage cheese person.  But I definitely put it on Jay O.'s salad tonight without him knowing & he commented on how much he liked it :)  sneaky good! 

*Stuffed Bell Peppers*

Tonight we had Hatley over for dinner & I prepared stuffed bell peppers.  I had never made them before but came up with ingredients that would make it a healthy dish without leaving out the flavor.  We were big fans & I will definitely be making this again!  Easy peasy & delish :-)

1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp. marinara sauce 
3 Bell Peppers (I did 2 green & 1 yellow since Jay O. is kind of picky...yes, he is even particular about the color of his bell peppers.  ha)
Garlic & Herb Mrs. Dash seasoning (0r seasoning of your choice)
Salt & Pepper to taste 
Shredded Cheddar

Cook ground turkey over medium/high heat in a skillet w/1-2 tsp olive oil.  Season ground turkey with your seasoning of choice, salt & pepper to taste.  
Once the ground turkey is close to cooked, add in the diced onion & minced garlic.  Continue cooking until onion is browned. 
Stir in the marinara sauce.
Slice the bell peppers in half & remove seeds.  Lay the halved bell peppers into a glass baking dish.
Spoon the ground turkey mixture into each halved bell pepper until full.
Sprinkle Cheddar Cheese on top.
Bake @ 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

I served mine with a side salad & zuchinnii fries.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sonoran Salad

I LOVE this salad.  It's very simple & will fit into almost any meal perfectly.  It is great as a side & would be great as an entree with chicken.  Let me know what you think! :-)
Romaine Lettuce
Avocado, diced
Purple onion, diced
Bacon, crumbled
Blue Cheese, crumbled (or feta)
Tomato, diced

Salad Dressing Ingredients:
3/4 cup vegetable oil (or any oil)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t. salt
4 t. sugar
Pepper to taste

On top of lettuce line up avocado, purple onion, bacon, blue cheese & tomato in rows.
Blend all salad dressing ingredients, refrigerate and toss salad w/dressing prior to serving.