Thursday, February 26, 2015

Asian Turkey and Veggie Lettuce Wraps

My love affair with lettuce wraps began when I spent some time in South Korea in college.  While there, we would go to restaurants where the meat was cooked right at the table and was served with many wonderful Korean side dishes, rice, and leaves of greens.  It took me a bit to figure out the process, but through observation, I realized what to do - get the piece of lettuce, add some meat, some rice, some toppings and maybe some sauce, fold it all up and pop it in your mouth.  Amazing.  Ever since, I have loved lettuce wraps of all kinds.  This recipe is a very simple one, with the veggies and meat and sauce all cooked together so that there is only one final step at the table - fill the lettuce leaf  - and then enjoy!!

INGREDIENTS:
  • ground turkey (~1.5 lb)
  • carrot
  • red pepper
  • mushrooms
  • green onion
  • 1 cup (cooked) quinoa 
  • 2 Tbs Hoisen Sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Romaine lettuce leaves
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Begin cooking quinoa. (I usually add 1 cup uncooked, rinsed quinoa to 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  This makes much more than the recipe needs, but I always have a use for leftover quinoa.)
  2. Finely dice veggies (or use a chopper), keeping mushrooms separate.
  3. In a small amount of olive oil, saute carrot, red pepper, green onion until beginning to soften.  Add mushrooms and saute a few minutes more.  
  4. Add 1/4 cup soy sauce to the veggies, allow to simmer for 5 minutes.  Transfer veggies to a bowl.
  5. In same skillet, brown ground turkey.  Once browned, add cooked veggies and 2 Tbsp Hoisen Sauce; mix.  Add 1 cup cooked quinoa; mix well.
  6. Serve wrapped in Romain leaves.

Difficulty: medium (the dicing)
Time: 35 minutes
Source: my kitchen experiments

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Easy White Fish & Veggies

 I am never very confident cooking fish. Often on Fridays, we will visit local fish fries I say we are trying to build community and support the church by going...those reasons are true, but I am scared of cooking fish.  Recently, there were some great sales on fish at my local Shop N Save.  I stocked up without a real plan for cooking it.

It's been too cold to drag the kids to the fish dinners so I tried this recipe I found on Pinterest.  John, who only really likes fish if its been fried, went back for a second helping.  I thought the fish was delicious and easy.  I wish I'd seen this recipe earlier; I would have saved a lot of money.  I love simple meals that make one dish dirty.  Just got another bag of fish from the deep freeze because I will be making this again tomorrow.  



INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pounds Cod, Tilapia, or Halibut
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups frozen vegetables 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease 9 x 13 baking dish with oil.
  2. Place fish fillets in baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange mixed vegetables around the fish; lightly season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 30-35 minutes until fish flakes easily with a fork and vegetables are tender.





DIFFICULTY:
 Easy
TIME: 5 minutes prep; 35 minutes baking time
SOURCE: Pinterest 21 Day Fix approved recipes board