Sunday, December 28, 2008

Turkey Teriyaki Meatballs with Edamame and Rice

I found the inspiration for the recipe in Real Simple magazine. The original recipe called for ground chicken and a few ingredients I didn't have sitting around the house (fresh ginger and green onions) and since I was too lazy to run to the store, I cooked up turkey meatballs with garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and brown sugar. The results of this recipe were SUPER DELICIOUS.
Turkey Teriyaki Meatballs with Edamame and Rice:
1 lb. ground turkey
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
A few generous splashes of soy sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil for cooking up the meatballs
1 cup rice
1 cup edamame, shelled
Combine turkey, garlic, brown sugar, sesame oil, and soy suace in mixing bowl. Shape mixture in to meatballs. Heat oil over medium high heat. Add meatballs and cook throughly.
Serve over rice and steamd edamame. YUM!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Beef Barley Soup for a REALLY Chilly Night

Sub zero temperatures. Wind reaching 45 miles per hour. A flat tire on the Subaru. Three reasons to have a hearty bowl of beef barley soup. I substituted ground deer meat for the beef and threw in random veggies we had in the freezer. I love soup because it's a great way to "clean" out the freezer and fridge.

Beef Barley Soup (my own creation):

1 large can diced tomatoes

1 cup water

2 - 3 cups beef broth

1 small onion, chopped

2-3 large cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup pearled barley, uncooked

1 1lb ground deer or beef, cooked

1 cup frozen lima beans (or whatever you have in the freezer or fridge)

2 cups frozen carrots

1 bay leaf


Salt and Pepper

Splash Hot Sauce

Bring tomatoes, water, and beef broth to boil. Add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 hour in dutch oven. This would be easy to do in a crock pot too.

I had an awesome weekend with my in-laws! I miss them already. :-(

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tis The Season for Reubens

My fabulous husband made some really good reubens for supper. They were really good! After dinner we had a mini Christmas with one another. We couldn't wait to give our gifts to one another...
Even the wrapping paper was cute. :-) Gotta love our cutesy nicknames on the package.

I got "Across the Universe" (my new movie obsession) and Bill Bryson's "Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" (a book I've been wanting to read FOREVER!)

Jake LOVED his absolutely beautiful ties from seller Toybreaker.
The quality of the ties is second to none and the fact that they are handmade makes them that more special. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing from Toybreaker.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

White Bean Chicken Chili w/ Pepper Jack Cheese

This is a yummy one from Jake's mom, Shelly. Super easy, super flavorful, and super good!

2 cans northern white beans
16 oz. salsa
1 can diced green chilies
2 cups chicken broth
8 oz. hot pepper cheese
4 boneless chicken breast, cubed and sauteed (really good if you slow cook the chicken and shred)

Place all ingredients in dutch oven or slow cooker and heat until cheese is melted. Serve with fresh cilantro and tortilla chips.

Happy holidays from us!