Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hello everyone, sorry it's been a week since I last posted. Last week I was in a terrible mood I think it was a combination of pms and the full moon. Whatever you want to call it I was cranky pants. Anyway I want share some of the delicious things I have been making.
I made a double batch of the turkey pumpkin chili in the crock pot from skinny taste at hubby's request. Lately I have been making it with Italian turkey sausage and that adds some nice spice. We put several containers in the freezer which is perfect for hubby's lunch on days that we don't have leftovers.

Chicken stir-fry with quinoa (left) Katie's meatball broccoli quinoa delight (center) turkey pumpkin chili (right)

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6g of sugar for the whole jar.
I made a delicious new dish this week that is a keeper in my book :)
"Katie's Meatball broccoli quinoa delight"
 First I made meatballs based off a recipe from allrecipes.com "meatball nirvana" This is my version:
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 tsp. powdered garlic
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 T. worcester sauce
1/2c panko instead of bread crumbs
1/3c  unsweetened almond milk.

Preheat oven to 400, mix all ingredients until blended, form 1 1/2 inch meatballs placing on a baking sheet. Make sure to use a baking sheet with raised edges or else the grease will run off your pan and make a big mess in your oven, I learned this the hard way. I personally use a pampered chef baking stone. Bake meatballs for 20-25
While my meatballs were baking I steamed several heads of broccoli and their stalks I added a cup of cooked quinoa and  a jar of trader joe's pomadoro pasta sauce which has 1 g of sugar per half cup which comes out to 6g of sugar for the whole jar. I then combined the broccoli, meatballs, quinoa, sauce and lots of fresh basil and let everything simmer for several mins. I served it topped with more fresh basil and mozzarella cheese. Delish.

Mini Crust less Quiches:
Last night I made crust less mini quiches, so easy and delicious. I thawed and drained a box of chopped spinach, cooked some turkey breakfast sausage's, added some bacon, fresh basil and ricotta cheese and eggs. After every thing was mixed I sprayed my muffin pan with pam and spooned the mixture in. I baked it at 350 for about 45 mins. Depending on your ingredients it doesn't always take that long I set my timer for 25 mins but when I put a butter knife into them they weren't done yet.

Balsamic Vinegar stir fry with quinoa:
Last night I also made a delicious green stir fry. I sauteed asparagus, kale, celery, broccoli and portobello mushrooms in olive oil. I then added fresh garlic, garlic salt and balsamic vinegar. I topped it off with leftover pork chops and quinoa, I portioned it out and...bam lunch and enough to freeze for a later date.

Left mini quiches, Right quinoa stir-fry


  1. It sounds like you are embracing the healthy lifestyle and turning into a little homemaker:) I'm excited for you. I love to see all of the different things that we all eat. I don't think I have ever had quinoa? Pretty weird right? The little quiches sound really good too.
    I know it is hard to say anything nice when you don't feel like saying anything nice, so it would be harder to blog. Just say that! I am in a really bad mood and I don't have anything nice to say!!! I am sure I have done that! Then I will say something nice to you:)
    Thanks for your post today!

  2. Hey Katie!
    It does sound like you are Susie Homemaker lately! I havent tried quinoa either. I have a box in my pantry...need to try that!
    Have a great day!

  3. Delicious food...wouldn't it be great to have you as my personal chef. I would praise you everyday!
    Take care-

  4. Katie, I think you're right about the exercise being important to weight loss. Today I ran up and down the length of my yard with the dogs four times. Maybe I can build up to real exercise if I keep at it! Those recipes look awesome. I am going to try the crust less quiche and balsamic veggie stir fry for sure! I LOVE balsamic vinegar and it looks like a great way to get in more veggies!

  5. Hey girl, all you stuff sounds so good. Maybe I am having one of those weeks right now - LOL
    Have a great day :-)

  6. That is the same TJs pasta sauce I use - Love it!

  7. That looks yummy! I'm glad your in a better mood this week. :)