Monday, May 25, 2009

Extra post, because it's my blog and I can

Since I've been mentioning them, here are the weekend's recipes.

Stuffed Bell Peppers
1 bell pepper per person
1 lb ground turkey breast (for four servings)
2-3 heaping spoonfuls of sun-dried tomotoes in oil
1/4 cup crumbled bacon
shredded cheese
olive oil
adobo seasoning

Heat oven to 425. Cut bell peppers in half. Place on foil on cookie sheet and drizzle with oil. Put in oven. Brown turkey, add bacon and sundried tomatoes, cook until tomatoes and bacon are heated through. Remove bell peppers from oven and spoon meat mixture into them, surround with any remaining meat. Cover with cheese. Return to oven until cheese is melted, or put in broiler if you want cheese browned.

Spinach Dip
1 block cream cheese (best with the real thing, rather than the fat-free stuff)
8oz sour cream (again, best with the real thing)
8oz (half of a 16oz bag) of frozen spinach, thawed
1 tsp abobo seasoning
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4-1/2 cup shredded italian cheese blend.

Soften cream cheese (leave out on counter for about an hour). Put cream cheese and sour cream in a bowl, blend with hand blender until smooth. Add spinach and blend until smooth. Add seasonings (more or less to taste) and blend until well blended. Add cheese and blend. Serve cold.

Tropical Fruit Salad
1 can pineapple tidbits in juice
1 can manarin oranges IN JUICE (not light syrup)
1 can tart charries IN WATER (not in syrup)
2 cups plain unsweetened yogurt
1/4 cup honey
2 tblsp light agave nectar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring
1/2 tsp almond flavoring

Drain pineapple and oranges, reserve juice. Remove juice, add cherries and drain into separate bowl. Mix dressing ingredients until well blended, adjusting sweeteners and flavorings to taste. Add to drained fruit. Serve cold.
Tip: reserved juice makes a great chicken marinade---put it in a ziploc bag, add some garlic, salt, and olive oil, and put chicken pieces in it until ready to cook.

Cream Cheese Dip (great for eating on its own or dipping fruit in), also makes great cookie filling
1 block cream cheese
1/4 cup honey
2 tblsp light agave nectar
1 tblsp maple syrup
1 1/2 vanilla flavoring
3/4 tsp almond flavoring

Blend ingredients in bowl. Serve. To make banana flavored dip, cut up a well-ripened banana into it. Or spread on, well, anything!

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