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Tonight’s dinner got rave reviews!

I’ve been craving turkey, just not all the work, so I bought a frozen Butterball white and dark turkey roast.  I rubbed the frozen roast down with a chicken rub (from Stonewall Kitchens) and put it in the crock pot with some pieces of onion (about 1/2 C.) and about 1/2 C. white wine, and cooked on high for 3 hours and then low for about 2.  The cooking directions said 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  I was just looking for an internal temperature of 170F.  When it was done, I removed the string (they come wrapped in string to hold it together) and shredded it,  leaving it in all the juice to stay warm while I roasted some veggies in the oven.  It soaked up all the juices and was moist and delicious.  The boys said it was the best turkey they’ve had in a long time.

Fresh Market sells veggie skewers with red peppers, portobello mushrooms, zucchini, and yellow squash.  I pulled them off the skewers and laid them out in baking dishes.  I also had a bag of mini Yukon gold potatoes that I cut in half and a head of cauliflower I broke apart and placed in baking dishes.  I sprinkled everything with a new Saltopia salt blend I got  called Maui Wauwie, some garlic powder, a little of the chicken rub, and drizzled grapeseed oil over everything.  Bake at 400F for 45 minutes.

There were NO LEFTOVERS except a little turkey.  It was that good.  I will buy more turkey roasts in the future!

If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know we develop favorites which end up on the menu at least once every week or so.  Right now, Kimchi Fried Rice is that favorite!  This recipe makes a lot, but the leftovers go quickly!

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1 lb. thick sliced bacon (I used Greenfield Farms Thick Cut Applewood Bacon)

1 C. kimchi (I used Wildbrine Korean Kimchi)

8 c. cooked rice (I used Lundberg Farms Wildblend Rice)

12 eggs

I start the rice cooking first.  Meanwhile, I cook the bacon in oven at 350.  I use two 13 x 9 baking dishes which will be used to cook the fried rice later.  It takes about 20 minutes.  I take it out and turn it several times.  Before cooking the rice in the oven, turn up heat to 400.

Place the cooked bacon on sheet pan lined with paper towels to absorb the grease.  The Greenfield Farms bacon was surprisingly lean!  Pour the bacon grease from the baking dishes into the rice that is cooking and set the backing dishes aside.  The residue of the bacon grease in the dish makes the rice crisp up nicely.

 

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I cut up the bacon and chop up the kimchi and put in a bowl together to put in the rice when it’s done.

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I also put the eggs in little dishes to enable me to quickly pour them into the rice to cook in the oven.

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Once the rice is cooked, mix in the bacon, kimchi mixture.  Spoon into the two reserved backing dishes with the bacon grease residue.

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Spread out evenly, and make six wells for the eggs in each baking dish.  Put in the 400 oven for 10 minutes.   Do not put the eggs in yet!  Bake for 10 minutes to get the rice piping hot.  This will help the egg whites to cook quicker.

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Once baking dishes are really hot, pull from the oven and put eggs in the wells.  Return to the oven for 7 minutes.

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That’s it!  Top with siracha, if you like it hot.

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My local grocer had russet potatoes on sale for an amazing price.  I bought 10 pounds!  I can’t eat much of them because of my sensitivity to nightshades, but the kids really like the stuffed baked potato skins we had on night one.  I served them with Teriyaki Ranch Chicken Thighs and Roasted Baby Bellas.

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I baked the potatoes a day ahead, so I could work with them cool.   I made 18 potatoes!  I washed them thoroughly, poked them with a fork and baked at 350 F for an hour.

The next day, I scooped out the skins, leaving a little potato and refrigerated the skins again for a while.  I put the scooped out potatoes in a tupperware for mashed potatoes another day.

Brush skins with oil, season with a little seasoned salt and pepper blend, or other seasonings you like, and then sprinkle with cheese (I used vegan cheese) and cooked bacon pieces.

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Meanwhile, I put the chicken in a baking dish, and the baby bellas in another.  The chicken was marinaded and cooked in Giorgio Blendabella Coconut Thai Sauce that was amazing!  I added in some Marsala wine to make it liquidy enough to be a marinade.

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They were simply tossed with oil (I used sunflower) and seasoned salt and pepper blend.  These can be seasoned according to taste.

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It all baked together at 350F for about 40 minutes (chicken with internal temperature of 165F.  I kept checking the food the last 15 minutes or so, and cut the chicken up so it would crisp up.

Then tonight, I made mashed potatoes by ricing the potatoes and adding in melted butter, non-dairy milk, and seasonings.  I just heated them on the stove top while tonight’s Honey Mustard Jalapeno Chicken cooked in the oven.

The Honey Mustard Jalapeno Marinade/Cooking Sauce was made from stuff I had a little of each of in the fridge.  Raspberry Honey Mustard mixed with Jalapeno Pineapple Jam.  No kidding.  Really good.

I served a salad that was a kit from Target’s new line.  Maple, Bourbon, Bacon salad.

Maple Bourbon Bacon Salad Kit

Yummm.  I know it sounds like a lot of different flavors, but they all complemented each other.

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This is a super easy for a weeknight meal.  Ingredients on hand, ready to go.  Variations are endless.

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2 packages frozen crumbles

1 onion, chopped

Oil to soften onion

1 tsp. seasoned salt

1 tsp.  garlic powder

(variations available based on seasoning choices!)

2 cans french style green beans, drained

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

1 pouch Imagine non-dairy cream of mushroom soup

1 pouch vegan cheddar shredds

1 package tater tots (I used Ore Ida mini tots)

Chop onion – I used a sweet red onion

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Put tater tots in oven to cook according to directions.

Cook onion in large skillet in oil with seasonings until translucent.

Drain beans and add in to onion.

Stir in soup and heat through.

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Keep warm until tater tots are ready.  I cooked them on parchment and made them extra crispy.

Pour skillet ingredients into prepared baking dish.

Top with cooked tater tots.  I could have used sweet potato tots to eliminate nightshades.,

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Sprinkle with vegan cheddar shredds.

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Pop into the oven at 400-425F for 15 minutes or until shredds melt.

Variations – veggie tater tots or sweet potato tots, other varieties of soup, other vegetables besides green beans, real ground meat instead of crumbles.  Mexican style?  Indian style?  Italian style?  Yum, Yum, Yum.

 

 

This is hands down the best yet!

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2 packages Modern Table noodles

16 oz.  Lactose Free cottage cheese

8 oz. Vegan cream cheese

8 oz.  Vegan cheese

Seasoned salt and garlic powder to taste.   I used about 1/2 to 1 tsp. each.

Cook noodles according to directions.

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Meanwhile heat cream cheese, cottage cheese and seasonings in small saucepan to melt cream cheese.

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Pour drained, hot noodles into 13 x 9 baking dish.  Pour sauce over and mix.

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Top with vegan cheese and bake 25 minutes at 400F.   Yummy.

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I cooked it alongside Garden turk’y cutlets.  Yumm.

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Some days dinner just comes together and is perfection.  My picture doesn’t do it justice, but you will thank me!!!  Yummmmm.

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All convenience foods, so easy.

2 to 3 lbs. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

1 bottle Organicville Miso Ginger Vinaigrette

1 pouch Kame Thai Stir Fry Noodles

1 bag Eat Smart Stir Fry Noodles

Cook thighs in slow cooker on low 7 hours.

Cook noodles and vegetables in microwave.

Cut up thighs into bite- size pieces using kitchen shears.  Stir in noidles and veggies. It sat on warm for 30 to 45 minutes and held up well.

0These were soooo good.  Creamy, stringy vegan cheese,  amazing gluten free rye bread, and tofutti sour cream.

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Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Rye Bread

Daiya Dairy Free Cheddar Style Slices

Vegan Butter for outside of sandwich

Russet Potatoes

Vegan Cheese Shredds

Vegan bacon (optional)

Grapeseed oil for brushing.

1.  Bake and cool potatoes.  Cut in half and scooped-out potato leaving just a little white and the skins. Reserve the stuff you scoop out for mashed potatoes another night!

2.  Brush skins with oil, top with shredds, and place on sheet pan.  Season as desired.

3.  Assemble grilled cheese sandwiches and prepare to bake on sheet pan or cook in large skillet.

4.  Bake 425 for 15 minutes.  Sandwiches need to be flipped halfway through.

Top the skins with chives mod sour cream if desired.  Yummmm.

The Canyon Bakehouse rye bread was the best! We used it when we had Beyond Burger patty melts. Recipe to be posted soon!

 

We have a new favorite condiment – Stonewall Kitchen Lemon Aioli.  They recommend using it with crab cakes or fish.  The Fresh Market had a Little Big Meal deal with crab cakes, so I decided to give it a try.  It was an instant hit!  We use it on our burgers, and tonight I cooked chicken breast cutlets coated in it.  Yummmmmmm!

Lemon Aioli

I bought wrappers in a hurry yesterday, intending to make potstickers when I got home, without realizing I had grabbed egg roll wrappers instead of won ton wrappers.  I googled to see if I could make potstickers out of the egg roll wrappers.  Conflicting information as to how well it would work to use egg roll wrappers to make potstickers made me decide to make egg rolls instead.  I had already made the filling mixture for potstickers, so the filling is more meat and less veggies than I would have used if I’d planned egg rolls from the start.

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1 package Nasoya egg roll wrappers

2 lb. ground turkey

1 large sweet onion, chopped finely

1 package chop salad

2 Tbsp. fresh ginger

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. oil

1 tsp. salt

1tsp. five spice mix

Cook onion in oil until softened.

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Sprinkle with salt and five spice.  Add in chop salad.  Cook over low heat until softened.

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Place veggies in colander lined with paper towels to drain off excess moisture.

At this point, I added the veggies to the meat and stirred in the ginger and soy sauce for the potsticker filling and refrigerated it.  Then I realized I was going to make egg rolls instead, so I cooked the meat mixture and broke it up and cooked the turkey through.  I drained the meat and refrigerated it to cool enough to make the egg rolls.

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I used my mini ice cream scoop and put two scoops on each wrap.  I followed the instructions on the package of how to fold it.  Point down, place filling on center.  Place bottom point up over the filling, then fold in the sides, and roll.  I placed them on a baking sheet brushed with oil.

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Spray top of the egg rolls with cooking spray or brush with oil.   Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until golden.

These were great!  Not as much work as potstickers either.  Daniel said they were like potsticker egg rolls.  Makes sense.

These would be a good way to use up leftovers.  The wraps are flaky and crispy.  I have another package and can’t wait to try another variation!

 

I’m always on the lookout for sauces to try that are somewhat healthy.  I marinated boneless skinless chicken  thighs in Sharwood’s Thai Green Curry Sauce.  We loved it!!

Bake at 350F for 40-45minutes.  Perfect timing to make brown and wild rice in the rice cooker.

 

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