Dinner tonight began with a nice little salad of organic baby greens, bell peppers, onions, dried cranberries, and pecans, drizzled with fat-free balsamic vinaigrette. Very pretty!
While eating our salads, this guy was baking in the oven!:
Other than the occasional turkey burger, over the last few years I’ve been a little hesitant to cook with ground turkey due to a bad experience in college. Basically, I tried making hamburger helper with ground turkey; I accidently bought pre-seasoned, and I think the ground turkey may have gone actually gone bad as well, because, the dinner was quite rank and disgusting. Since then I’ve been hesitant to use it in a dish again. BUT… since I’ve amped up my healthier eating lately, and found a recipe on in the June/July 2010 issue of Taste of Home – Healthy Cooking magazine that looked good, I decided to do it up tonight.
While a pan of brown rice was cooking on a back burner, I browned up a pound of lean ground turkey with onion, until cooked through, and drained. Next I added a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, 2/3 cup picante sauce, cumin, and chili powder, and stirred until heated through. Next I gently stirred in a can of drained and rinsed no-salt-added kidney beans and reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, and finally, the cooked brown rice. The entire mixture was poured into a 13×9 baking dish and baked for 30 minutes, topped with a little more cheese and popped back in the oven for just a few more minutes, until the cheese was melted. After plating it up, I added a bit more picante sauce and light sour cream. Each serving of this dish has ~294 calories, and below is about two servings (as the entire recipe makes eight servings – more than enough for two dinners!). The picante sauce and sour cream add approximately 40ish calories as well. Not bad at all!!! Very hearty and delicious. (Here is the link to the recipe: Zippy Turkey and Rice.)
By the way, I have had a random plantain sitting on my counter for about a week now. For some reason, for the first time ever, I bought just one last week, but now I don’t know what to do with it. I was originally thinking I would fry it, but I think that is too fattening… I am wanting to try sauteeing it with non-stick cooking spray, but I’m not sure if it will turn out… Whenever I try to do something with it, I’ll be sure to document it! 😉 It is getting rather ripe!