Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Monday, January 28, 2013

I am always on a quest to get my kids to eat healthier, but sometimes I feel like it is an uphill battle...especially with certain of my children.  One in particular is by far my pickiest eater and when a recipe wins his approval, I consider it a happy day.  So imagine my surprise when one night I make this healthy new recipe, filled with broccoli and wrapped in lettuce leaves, and my son goes gaga over them.  In fact, all five of my kids loved them and it was good that my husband was out of town that night, because there wasn't a drop left afterward.  The next time I made them I learned my lesson and made a double batch.  Too bad I only had two heads of Romaine lettuce though, because we soon ran out of lettuce and I had very disappointed kids when I suggested they try wrapping it in a tortilla instead. 

Hmmm....it's a super quick meal to throw together AND the kids are happily gobbling up broccoli and lettuce...I think we have a winner here!

Recipe Source: 71 Toes
Click here for printable recipe.
Posted by Lara.

The ingredients:

2 Tbs.  olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 lb. ground turkey
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt (I used 2 cloves of chopped garlic and another 1/4 tsp. salt)
1 (12-oz) bag broccoli slaw (in the produce section, near the bagged salads)
1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
 Romaine lettuce leaves

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat, add diced onions and saute until soft (about 5 minutes). 

Add ground turkey, salt, pepper, and garlic salt and cook until turkey is browned and cooked through.

Drain the liquids, then stir in broccoli slaw, teriyaki sauce, and sesame oil and cook for an additional 7-10 minutes. 

Serve by the spoonfuls in Romaine lettuce leaves.  Makes about 4-5 servings. 



Creamy Mexican Chowder

Monday, January 21, 2013

I had all these grand intentions about the creative cooking I was going to be doing this new year, but life seems to have gotten the better of me and I am lucky to be throwing together a semi decent dinner at all most nights, yet alone typing it up into a blogpost!   Finally I decided that the creativity may have to wait for a new day and I may as well post a few new recipes I discovered this fall, but hadn't gotten around to blogging about yet. I've made this soup several times now--for my family and for a church function--and it's already quite well-loved by family and friends.    It's creamy and full of great Mexican flavor and perfect for a cold winter's night.  We serve it up in our homemade breadbowls  to make it extra special!  Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from 71 Toes
Click here for printable recipe

Posted by Lara

Makes 4-5 servings.

The ingredients:

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 can (16-oz.) chicken broth
1 pkg. (8-oz.) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 lbs. chicken, cooked and shredded (I threw a few frozen breasts into the crockpot for a few hours)
1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 cup chunky salsa
1 can (16-oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (16-oz) black beans, drained
1/2 cup cream (or milk)
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, peeled and chopped

Directions:  Sauté onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until softened.  

Add broth, cream cheese, chicken, chili powder, cumin, salsa, corn, beans and cream and  bring it all to a boil. 

Simmer for 10-15 minutes.    Add the cilantro and chopped avocado and simmer for an additional 2 minutes.

Serve piping hot in a bread bowl. Makes 4-5 servings.



Top 12 Recipes of 2012

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I've gone through our blog stats and found the twelve most popular recipes of 2012, based on highest number of pageviews!   Most of them weren't too much of a surprise, since most of the list were also family favorites or on last year's  Top Recipes of 2011.  It's fun to see which recipes made you the most excited!

12.  Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting--a great recipe for frosting when you're all out of powdered sugar!

11.  Reese's Rice Krispy Treats--Chocolate, peanut butter, and rice krispies.....what's not to love about these fun treats?

10.  Easy Chocolate Pretzel Bites--easy peasy and easy to store, we make these every Christmas

9.  White Chocolate Strawberry Cookies--Fresh strawberries in a cookie?  Yeah, they're good!

8.  French Peasant Bread--No kneading needed for this amazing bread.  I've got my kids trained to make this for us. 

7.  Five things to do with Chicken Nuggets--If you're looking for ways to dress up the ever-convenient chicken nuggets and make them into a nice meal....this is the post for you!

6.  Angry Bird Pizza--perfect for the angry bird loving kid in your life

5.  Chicken Pasta Salad--fresh and tasty, this pasta salad is one of my family's all-time favorite meals!

4.  Bratwurst in a Slow Cooker--Who needs a grill when you've got a crockpot to cook your bratwurst?

3.  Garlic Chicken Pasta with Spinach--this classic is a reader favorite and a family favorite!

2.  Blueberry and Spinach Smoothie--This general recipe makes for a great tasting super food smoothie!  We have these 3-4 times a week!
and my #1 recipe for 2012 and all-time is....

1.  Chicken Parmesan in the Crockpot--an old family favorite made nice and easy in the crockpot! 


About This Blog

My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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