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Healthy Dinner of Turkey & Quinoa Meatloaf + Cauliflower Rice

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf with Cauliflower Rice

Well, we’re trying to be healthy….again…

We’re heading to the beach soon and I desperately am in need of a new swim suit.  I have one that’s ok, but, it’s not great and it’s several years old anyway.  So we went to the Mall on Sunday.  The Mall.  I’d rather go to my dentist.  No, really.  I hate the Mall and usually end up leaving in tears.  Such a dreadful place.

Anyway, I went, I tried on, I became aware that I have no business wearing a swim suit in public.  I think all the nachos and margaritas have caught up with me.  Oh, and I’m no longer carrying two 35 lb babies up stairs several times a day.  My youngest goes up on his own now, so my exercise plan is obsolete.

I knew I needed a wake up call, and that was it.  Oh, and trying on bralettes at Alter’d State in a size L and I couldn’t even get them on.

So, here we are.  My husband is a crazy Pinterest food-stalker and finds the craziest recipes and they actually really work out well.

This is a fun find, a healthy dinner and I loved it so much, I had seconds.  The 5 yr old ate everything.  The 4 yr old ate nothing (per usual.) The 2 yr old ate the meatloaf well.

You can find the Turkey & Quinoa Meatloaf recipe from Allrecipes here.  We did take the advice of a reviewer and added an extra egg so the loaf would stay moist.  It was REALLY moist before cooking, almost too much so.  But I can tell you that the end result was amazing – not dry at all!  The egg/juicy junk did seep out a bit during cooking, which looked gross, but we put foil down on the rimmed baking sheet so cleanup was easy.  Overall, a winner, and the reviews on Allrecipes pointed to that as well.

The Cauliflower Rice is from one of my favorite food blogs Kalyn’s Kitchen.  If we’re narrowing down to favorite “healthy” food blogs, than this is it.  But I love me some Ree Drummond just like the next chubby girl 😉  I took raw cauliflower and ground it up a bit in my nice Cuisinart food processor, in two batches, because you do not want to puree it, just grind into a rice-like texture.  Then the cauliflower was sautéed with some EVOO for a few minutes, then I added in toasted pine nuts, basil and parmesan.  And salt & pepper, but it didn’t need much at all.  I could eat a whole pot of this stuff!

The green beans were prepared the way I’ve made them forever.  I buy the beans in a steam-able bag and stick ’em in the microwave for 3 minutes.  You don’t want them totally done.  While they’re cooking, I throw a tablespoon or two of EVOO in a pan and add sliced garlic.  I sometimes add 1-2 T of butter 😉 But you don’t need to.  Then, I throw the beans in the pan, sauté for a couple minutes, season well with kosher sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Let me say this – If you don’t have kosher salt and a pepper grinder in your kitchen, you’re missing out.  I sometimes cook at my parents’ house or am in other people’s homes cooking for whatever reason and am always shocked that you folks don’t have “real” salt & pepper.  Please get some, trust me.  Food tastes WAY better with good salt and pepper.  It’s cheap too – I buy a huge box of kosher sea salt at the grocery store for like $2.  A McCormick pepper grinder might cost you $3.  They last a long time.

If you try it, let me know what you think!  Definitely check out Kalyn’s Kitchen if you’re thinking healthy food isn’t as tasty or easy as fatty food.  I promise you she can change your mind.  I once ate ONLY Kalyn’s recipes for dinner for a solid couple months and lost 23 pounds.  I didn’t do anything else much differently.



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Bagels and Lox | My favorite NYD breakfast recipe

bagels and lox breakfast recipe

We started a tradition a few years back (and haven’t even really kept to it every year…I’m forgetful) of having bagels and lox for breakfast on New Year’s Day.  I used to be totally grossed out at the thought of eating smoked salmon for breakfast.  My Dad would order the Salmon Scramble at The Flying Biscuit and I just never quite understood it.  But when in Rome…. In November of 2004, my then-boyfriend and I took a trip to NYC and headed into a quaint little deli-looking joint.  Nothing fancy at all, probably mostly locals were eating there.  For some bizarre reason, I felt compelled to order the Bagels & Lox.  WOW.  Now, it’s one of my very favorite meals.  Ever.  Being in NYC that time of year, with my new love, was simply magical.  It’s one of my best lifetime memories.  If you’ve never tried bagels and lox, but are good with smoked salmon, I think you’d be hooked if you try it.  Go ahead.  Just try it.

For the recipe, I used this INCREDIBLE homemade Vegetable Cream Cheese recipe as the base, by Ina Garten (every recipe of hers is amazing, right?)   You can use everything bagels (my fave) sesame as she suggests, poppy seed or even plain – whatever floats your boat.  I process, one by one, each of the veggies in my food processor.  I do it one by one so that each one gets chopped sufficiently small, but not pureed.  Be sure to use room temp cream cheese, and only Philly.  The generic stuff is just NOT the same.  Oh, and on that note – ONLY full fat.

We toast our cut bagels, then smear with a generous amount of veggie cream cheese.  To complete our little heavenly bfast sandwich, we top it with capers, diced red onion and chopped hard-boiled eggs.  Then, we top it all off with a slice or two of smoked salmon.  The salmon keeps all the toppings from falling off – although it’s prettier the other way around.  This recipe isn’t meant to be pretty…it’s meant to EAT WELL.  The veg cream cheese is so good, you’ll probably want to smear it on everything- it’d be wonderful in other sandwiches or tortilla roll-ups.

Hope you enjoy!


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