Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Oh, Lighten Up!

It's been a while since I posted some recipes, so, hey, why not give you some more?  These recipes are some of my family's favorites, so I'm hoping you'll enjoy them too.  Plus, they're all about the lightening up some of my family's favorite dishes.

My family LOVES these recipes, so I hope you will too.

Fried Potatoes

Ingredients:
3 large Russet potatoes, cleaned and diced (skins on)
3 large Red potatoes, cleaned and diced (skins on)
1 sweet yellow onion, diced
Baby Carrots
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (two turns of the pan)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In an oven-proof skillet over high heat, mix the potatoes, carrots, and onions.  Drizzle with the olive oil, and add salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the potatoes, carrots, and onions until all are coated, and start sizzling in the heat of the pan.  Turn as they get caramelized, until they are seared as much as you like.
  4. Turn off the stove, and place the uncovered skillet in the oven.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on your preference.
  5. When they come out, they'll have the crunch of a fried potato with the softness of a baked.


Danish Burgers (as opposed to a greasy hamburger)

Ingredients:
6 whole wheat buns
4 white button mushrooms (stems removed), diced (can use baby bellas)
2 lbs ground chicken (or turkey)
2 shallots, minced
2 tbsp brown mustard (can use Dijon if you'd like)
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (two turns of the pan)
1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 lb Havarti with dill cheese, finely diced
salt and pepper to taste
leaf lettuce (or whatever kind of lettuce you want to use)
sliced tomatoes

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, gently mix ground chicken (or turkey), mushrooms, cheese, shallots, mustard, Old Bay, and salt and pepper until thoroughly mixed.  Divide evenly and form into six patties.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, pour the EVOO (about two turns of the pan).  Heat until the oil shimmers, then drop in the patties.  Cook about six minutes, then flip the patties and cook another six.
  3. While the burgers are cooking, slice the tomatoes and clean the leaf lettuce, and toast the buns (if desired).
  4. When the patties are done, assemble the burgers.  (I use a little more brown mustard on ours, and the Cubs eat this up!).


Turkey Mock Gyros

Ingredients:
Patties
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
3/4 tsp dried rosemary
3/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (two turns of the pan)
salt and pepper to taste

Sandwich
Pita bread
Sliced cucumbers
Sliced Tomatoes
Fat Free Ranch or Cucumber Ranch Dressing

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Mix all patty ingredients in a mixing bowl BY HAND.  You'll need to work it so that the turkey really breaks down.  (I typically use a wooden spoon to do this, because the whipping motion I use helps with making the turkey softer).
  3. Pour the olive oil in a STAINLESS STEEL PAN (a nonstick pan won't handle the heat of the oven), and turn the stove on HIGH.
  4. Form six small patties (shaped kind of like meatloaf) out of the turkey mixture, and, when the olive oil begins to shimmer in the pan, place the turkey patties into it.  Fry for about four minutes, then flip.  After two minutes, remove from heat, and place in the oven to finish cooking for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, then thinly slice.
  6. Serve in pita bread, topped with Ranch, sliced cucumbers, and sliced tomatoes.


1-Point Cupcakes  (These are, from what I gather, 1 point if you're on Weight Watchers.  They're roughly 90 calories each.)

Ingredients:
1 box cake mix, any flavor
1 can diet pop, any flavor
powdered sugar

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line two cupcake tins with papers.  (This always makes 21 cupcakes for me)
  3. Mix the cake mix and the can of pop for thirty seconds on medium, then two minutes on high.
  4. Fill each cupcake paper 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when they come out.
Yes, that's all there is to it.  And they are GOOD!  My family's favorite is a milk chocolate cake mix with a can of Cherry Coke Zero.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family does!  Have a wonderful day!

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