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Caribbean Turkey Salad Recipe
September 19, 2007, 5:38 pm
Filed under: Recipes

I found this great lowfat healthy recipe on the Biggest Loser. It looks absolutely delicious. If anyone tries it, let me know how it turns out

The Biggest Loser

A recipe that gives you game

Ask anyone who’s trying to lose weight. The kitchen can pose the biggest challenge of many. All the more reason for this recipe, a dish like the one Kim Lyons and the Red Team make during this week’s show–it’s delicious, nutritious and extremely low in fat!

4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas (about 75 kcal each and 7 g. fiber each)
Olive oil cooking spray–about 1 tsp.
1 (20 oz.) pkg. Jennie-O Turkey Store Extra-Lean ground turkey, 1-percent fat
1 (1.25 oz.) pkg. 30-percent-less sodium taco seasoning mix
2 Tbsp. water
1 mango, chopped (about 1 cup)
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 Tbsp. finely chopped green onion
3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. grated lime peel
2 cups firmly packed fresh spinach leaves
To Prepare:
1. Heat oven to 425F. Invert four 10 oz. custard cups onto 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spray outside of cups and one side of each tortilla with olive oil cooking spray.
2. Place tortillas, oiled side up, over cups. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until lightly browned.
3. In medium skillet brown turkey until no longer pink. Add taco seasoning mix and water. Cook over low heat 3 to 5 minutes until thoroughly heated.
4. In medium bowl stir together mango, red pepper, green onion, cilantro and lime peel to make salsa.
5. Place taco shells on serving plates. Divide spinach leaves evenly into shells. Top with cooked turkey and salsa. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 305. Saturated Fat: 1 g. Mono Fat: 1 g. Sodium: 749 mg. Total Fat: 4 g. Cholesterol: 57 mg. Total Carbohydrate: 34 g. Dietary Fiber: 9 g. Sugars: 7 g. Protein: 37 g.


Turkey Chili Recipe
September 3, 2007, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Recipes

Another GREAT recipe from Chef John at! 

Turkey Chili 

2 1/2 lbs ground turkey
2 cans pinto beans (12oz cans)
1 cup tomato puree
2 cups water
3 cloves garlic
1 onion
Secret Chili Spice Mix:
1/4 cup ancho chili powder
1 tbl cumin
1 1/2 tsp chipotle
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbl paprika
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
*my chili was garnished with sour cream, diced jalapeno, cilantro and avocado

Another AMAZING Cake
July 27, 2007, 12:45 am
Filed under: Cake, Recipes

Ok … so everyone knows I LOVE LOVE LOVE creativity, but what I love more is when someone does something creative for me and totally blows my expectations out of the water. Carol at has done it again!! My grandmother’s 86th birthday is tomorrow and Carol made me the most amazing cake to help us celebrate!! I was soooo excited, I just had to share!! Yes, it’s REALLY a cake!!

Grandma's Cake

Herb Braised Artichokes
July 16, 2007, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Recipes

How could I not write a blog about this GREAT recipe I found for artichokes. They are extreemly delicious and I just love introducing them to friends and family who have never had one before. Actually, I came across this recipe on accident, but I’m happy I did. It was on the foodwishes blogspot.

This is a great video for those who have never made a “choke” before or just to watch for a good recipe.

2 large globe artichokes
2 cloves fresh garlic
3 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 bunch fresh oregano, or 2 tbl dried (or any other herb combo you like)
1 tbl salt
black pepper to taste

Coffee Cafe – Recipes
July 13, 2007, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Reception, Recipes

I was browsing the bookstore yesterday and came across this great titled “Coffee Cafe” by Sherri Johns. It has some great little coffee recipes in it that I thought I would share.

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If you like chocolate milkshakes, youw ill love this coffee shake. Easily the most popular cold coffee drink as well as the easiest to prepare.

What you need:
2 espressos, 45ml (1 1/2oz) amaretto syrup, 30ml (1oz) chocolat syrup, 60 – 90ml (2-3oz) ice cream, 2 cups crushed ice, small amount of whipped cream, small amount of chocolate powder

What to do:
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until they form a smooth consistency. Serve in a 360-480ml (12-16oz) glass. top the glass with whipped cream and chocolate powder.

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This smooth coffee milkshake is delicious and easy to prepare. Cup rims can be fancy or plain. Serve with straws on a hot summer day.

What you need:
3 cups vanilla ice-cream, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup chilled toddy coffee, 1 tsp vanilla extract, small amount of whipped cream, small amount of chocolate sprinkles

What to do:
Mix allt he ingredients together in a blender until smoothly blended. Serve in a tall glass with a small amount of whipped cream. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles.

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Sweet, creamy and tropical. Coconut Creme Cafe is a dessert coffee designed to satisfy the most nit-picking guests. A welcome refreshment after a spicy meal.

What you need:
30ml (1oz) toddy coffee
1/2tsp rum or Kahlua extract
150ml (5oz) water
2 tsp cream coconut
2 tsp whipping cream
coconut flakes

What to do:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 10 seconds until smooth. Pour mixture into chilled glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and coconut flakes.