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BALSAMIC DIJON CHUCK ROAST

Who doesn’t love food that gives you a hug from the inside on these cooler nights? Or ONE POT MEALS? Are you tight for time? Don’t feel like standing in the kitchen long? Use a slow cooker or if you don’t have one, a dutch oven! Okay, this recipe is one of your answers of all possible options. It’s a nice rendition on a standard slow cooked chuck roast and I’m sure you’ll love it. So, if you’re going to be gone all day and want to walk in the door with dinner ready then, go the slow cooker method on low for 8hrs. Otherwise, you can do all the same quick prep work, put it in a dutch oven, and walk away for about 3 hours. Either way, you can’t mess this up!

If you plan on having guests over, this is a great way to have great food. You’ll be able to spend more time with your guests and focus on any of the other food items you plan to prepare. Personally, I’m a sucker for anything made in big batches because I love the convenience of leftovers. I love having days where I can dive deep into all the things I need and want to do where having something I can reheat quickly doesn’t take a lot of my time. Before you tackle this greatness make sure you use a decent quality balsamic vinegar. It doesn’t have to be super expensive but select your cooking balsamic like you would select your red wine. If you can’t imagine enjoying a particular balsamic vinegar in a dressing then you won’t enjoy cooking with it. If you don’t know what to select, my favorite go-to is Gran Reserva Balsamic Vinegar of Modena by Lucini.

Because this dish is very meat centric, you can keep this fairly low carb with a few baby golden potatoes and carrots. Also, feel free to add your own flare to this. Some times I like slicing a bunch of fresh garlic cloves in half and tossing it in the pot. Add more spices or other favorite veggies if you want. When it comes to one pot meals like this, you can add in anything you like. One of my favorites is rough chopped fennel. But when it comes to leftovers, you can totally slice the meat up super fine like shown in the images, make a beef sandwich, add Italian sweet cherry peppers, dip it into the au jus, and slather some damn good horseradish. You see what I’m saying? Okay good! Happy eatings!

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BALSAMIC DIJON CHUCK ROAST
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  1. Rub both sides of the meat with salt. Drizzle a large pan with olive oil over high heat and sear each side of the chuck roast for about 3 minutes to get a nice crust.
  2. Place the chuck roast in a slow cooker or dutch oven.
  3. Saute the onions with garlic powder in the drippings over medium-high heat in the same large pan that you seared the meat in. After two minutes, add the balsamic vinegar. Let simmer and stir frequently until it becomes syrupy.
  4. Turn heat off and stir in the Dijon mustard. Add this balsamic Dijon mixture in with the meat. Throw in the thyme sprigs, baby potatoes, whole carrots, salt, pepper, and the beef broth.
  5. Cover and let it cook on low for 8 hours in a slow cooker. Or about 3 hours on 300 F degrees in the oven.
  6. Add the sliced mushrooms an hour before done.

TURKEY BEAN CHILI

One pot meals are some of my favorite dishes because it doesn’t require a lot of time especially when you don’t have a lot of time to begin with. And because it’s so simple, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of the ease for all-around healthy food.

You can’t get any more well balanced in a meal than this turkey chili. Plenty of protein from the turkey and beans. Complex carbs from the beans with TONS of fiber from both the beans and veggies. And not to forget to mention, there is no flavor lacking in this chili. Don’t let the ground turkey concern you! Cumin is the secret to making ground turkey (or ground chicken) taste similar to beef. But if you must, you can simply use a lean ground beef instead.

I personally use half ground turkey and half ground turkey breast. The ground turkey breast is very lean with a little higher protein content, only about 1.5g of fat per 4oz and no saturated fat like regular ground turkey. It’s a fair compromise to really make it healthy. Actually, it’s just to make room for me to top it off with some of my Homemade Queso Fresco cheese, haha! For those who are diabetic, with 8 servings in this chili you’ll get about 16g net carbs which isn’t so bad for how filling it is. You can make your portion smaller and enjoy a side of veggies or a salad to keep the carbs down more.

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TURKEY BEAN CHILI
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  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat cover the bottom of the pot with olive oil and sauté the bell peppers, onions, jalapeno, and garlic stirring until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the ground turkey, chili powder, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and dried bay leaf. Use a wooden spoon to break apart the ground turkey and mix everything together.
  3. Once the ground turkey is nearly cooked after about several minutes, add the canned crushed tomatoes, vegetable stock, and worchestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce the temperature to a steady simmer for about 45 minutes uncovered. Stir once in a while.
  4. Add the black beans and kidney beans the last 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Revised: September 7, 2017

GINGER BEEF STIR FRY

You know as much as I love being in the kitchen cooking all sorts of things, there are those busy days that don’t include test cooking and all I want is something quick and easy to set my days at ease. I’m a big fan of making meals that don’t require a whole lot of time so I can make time for other things in life. Says the moderation queen LOL! Anyways, this dish should only take 20 minutes including prep work. Get your rice cooking first so that by the time you’re done with the meat, it’s ready to go.

Make it spicy with some red pepper flakes when cooking or add Sriracha in the end. Feel free to use chicken or shrimp instead if you prefer. These are such universal flavors that it will go with anything even if you’re vegan/vegetarian and want to use tofu or a bunch of different veggies. The options are endless so make it exactly how you want it!

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GINGER BEEF STIR FRY
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  1. Slice the meat very thin against the grain and place in a large glass bowl.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the soy sauce, sherry, dark brown sugar, arrowroot powder, and ginger. Pour half of the marinade over the meat and mix everything together really well.
  3. Drizzle a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over high heat and saute the snow peas and shredded carrot for two minutes.
  4. Remove the veggies onto a plate and add the marinated meat and half the green onions. Let it cook undisturbed for about two minutes then stir. Let it cook for a few more minutes until it's a minute from being cooked through.
  5. Add the snow peas and shredded carrot back into the skillet with the meat, pour the remaining marinade, stir and let cook for one last minute.
  6. Garnish with the rest of the green onions and serve over jasmine rice.
Recipe Notes

To make this a diabetic friendly meal, avoid the rice and replace with additional veggies of your choice. I love adding broccoli and water chestnuts.

GOAT CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY TENDERLOIN

There isn’t much to say about this dish other than it speaks for itself with how delicious and easy it is to make. You can always use chicken breast if you like but I’ll admit I get kind of bored with chicken some times. I’ve had a thing lately for dried cranberries in my salads like my latest BBQ Rib Super Green Salad and so I thought I could advance this yummy relationship and put it into a main dish. Cheese and dried fruit have been a perfect marriage since the beginning of time, so you can’t go wrong with this version of stuffed turkey.

 

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GOAT CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY TENDERLOIN
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  1. Slice each turkey tenderloin horizontally through the center creating a pocket. Make sure to leave at least a half an inch thick border of the turkey around the edges to help create a secure pocket for stuffing.
  2. Combine the herb goat cheese and dried cranberries in a small bowl. Spoon the mixture into the pocket of each turkey tenderloin until they're packed tight.
  3. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place the turkey in the dish. Sprinkle the tops of the turkey with salt, pepper, and thyme then drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake at 375 F degrees for about 30 minutes.

SLOPPY JOES

It’s SO easy to be lazy! But that’s not the kind of easy you want to get used to. It’s time to get used to easy HOMEMADE meals. Use real ingredients, no preservatives and control what you put into your food. Sure, homemade food can be high in calories of sugar, carbs and poor fats. Even too much protein, not enough fiber. But we can make healthier options and use moderation to compromise. Sloppy Joe’s CAN be healthier without losing it’s unforgettable flavor. Without a doubt this is the best I’ve ever had. I spent a few times getting it right and it was well worth it!

Here I made a traditional Sloppy Joe using ground turkey instead of beef. I’ve made this a few different ways including with all ground beef and I’ll be straight up honest with you… there isn’t much of a difference. With the right spices you can really make a huge difference with the blandness that is ground turkey. I’ve made this using all 99% fat-free ground turkey breast and the consistency was a little tough in comparison but the flavor never changed. My favorite though is using the commonly found 6% fat ground turkey that you can find at any store. Basically, you can do whatever you want with it. Make it your own!


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SLOPPY JOES
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  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat saute the onion and carrot with the olive until softened. Add the garlic and ground turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and stirring until it's about half way cooked through.
  2. Toss in the salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and diced tomatoes. Stir everything together, add half of the beef stock, tomato paste, ketchup, and worchestershire sauce then stir again.
  3. Reduce the heat to low-medium letting it simmer for about 5-7 minutes or until everything thickens.
  4. Lastly, stir in the other half of the beef stock and brown sugar. Allow everything to simmer until it thickens again.
  5. Serve with your favorite buns.