What’s for Dinner | Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers have been a favorite of mine for quite some time since I grew up with a mom who made them for me!

I haven’t ever used a recipe but decided one night I wanted to spice them up a little and I ran into this recipe from Rachael Ray. They turned out delicious. A little on the spicy side, so go easy with that chili powder unless you want to be breathing fire:)

Another quick, easy meal my husband and I are big fans of.

turkey burgers

Cheddar-Studded Turkey Burgers

Makes about 4 patties

What you’ll need…

  • About a pound of ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, diced into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1 rounded tablespoon chili powder (or a little less!)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped (I opted to skip as I didn’t have any)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
  • A handful of cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)

Chop and dice the onion, cheddar cheese, pepper, garlic and cilantro.

Pre-heat a large nonstick skillet, indoor grill pan or tabletop grill to medium-high heat.

Combine the ground turkey, onion, cheddar cheese, chili powder, ground cumin, jalapeño or serrano pepper, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium size bowl and mix everything together with your hands. Score the meat with the side of your hand to separate into four equal amounts. Form the mixture into four large patties no more than one inch thick.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the patties and place them in a hot pan with a spatula and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until the turkey is cooked through.

*Optional* For the cilantro cream, combine the sour cream and chopped cilantro, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Serve the Cheddar-Studded Turkey Burgers topped with a little of the cilantro cream if you’d like!

What’s for Dinner | Better than ever Enchiladas

Sometimes there’s extra ground beef around that I like to get creative with…. sometimes we do tacos, sometimes it’s stroganoff … but last week I decided to try enchiladas. Beef enchiladas seem a little less common than chicken enchiladas, but I figured they’d make a tasty dinner if I could find a decent recipe! Allrecipes.com was the winner this time. I went with the “Better-than-ever Beef Enchiladas” which seem to be by KRAFT! Sounds pretty hard to go wrong, right? Well, they did turn out pretty darn good…. I would definitely recommend!

Cheesy Enchiladas

Couple of things to note:
I added at least half a cup of salsa more than the recipe called for, I dumped in quite a bit more cheese (how is 1/2 cup enough for that many enchiladas?), and since there are only two of us, I only used 4 tacos instead of 8. Also, when it says brush the tortillas lightly with Italian dressing, it’s not a mistake. I think it adds just a little bit extra flavor and maybe helps keep them more moist. We were out of tin foil at the time, so our enchiladas were pretty dry, but loading them up with some sour cream really helped. Wow, I guess this is a really fattening meal when you add in all the cheese and sour cream, but come on, they’re enchiladas!

Wednesday Round-up: This week’s good eats

This week so far has been a lot of cooking. All new recipes, too!  I decided today I’d dedicate my Wednesday post to the great recipes I’ve found in the past couple days.

Monday: I already posted about the pork chops we made Monday night, but I’m sharing again, just because:)

 

Tuesday: We had a nice big hunk of salmon in our fridge so I found this delicious recipe: Real Simple‘s Salmon with Dijon Dill Sauce. YUM! This was surprisingly quick and easy, so this one I highly recommend!

 

Wednesday: Decided to go simple last night since I was having friends over and my husband made a spaghetti casserole I found on Taste of Home. We used this recipe, modified it a bit based on what we had in the cupboard, added a little extra cheese on top, and loved it! Prep time was basically cooking the noodles and mixing everything in the pan and bake time was 30-45 mins.  My friends hadn’t even heard of spaghetti casserole and thought it was good–something they will try themselves.

 

Any other good recipes that are easy enough to do on weekday nights? I’d love your ideas! I’m really into “30mins or less” recipes as you can tell.

What’s for Dinner | Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples

Normally on Sunday nights we do a pretty simple dinner. We usually have our biggest meal for lunch right after church. Today, however, we were way too tired to cook something in the afternoon. After getting home we headed straight for the bed and took a nap. It was a long weekend so we wanted to catch up on some sleep.

3 hours later we woke–groggy, surprised it was already 5:00… and pretty hungry.

I flipped open my laptop and looked for pork chop recipes. I couldn’t find this apple pork chop recipe that I had done last time which turned out awesome, but I found a few others and decided since we had all the ingredients I’d just go for it.

I found this recipe at Taste of Home: Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples. I went for it based on the prep time. This one said 30 minutes and it was also only for two servings.

Definitely a good one you should try! We didn’t have any onion, but this turned out really well with apples, potatoes, a nice crispy but still tender chop, and a beautiful sauce to drizzle over everything.

Stovetop Apple Pork Chops

What’s for Dinner | Crock Pot Time!

My sweetheart came home on Wednesday night so I was able to use the crock pot a little bit more this week. It’s hard motivating myself to cook in the crock pot just for myself….even though it’s very easy. My crock pot doesn’t have an auto-off feature and even though it goes to “warm” after a certain amount of hours, I’m still a little worried when I leave it on all day not knowing what time I’ll be able to leave work. I am sure it’s perfectly safe, but I’ve come home with extremely dried up chicken and I haven’t wanted to ruin my meat again like that. It would be better if you could program it to start at a certain time so if you want it to cook for 8 straight hours, you could tell it when you wanted to start. … I’m sure they make those but we got ours on clearance at Target and we weren’t ready to spend a whole lot on it… 🙂

So what did I cook? I went to my Crock Pot pin board and picked out two recipes that didn’t require a lot of shopping. First, I did a really simple Beef Stroganoff from Spicy Richmond. This Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff only asked for 4 ingredients, which I had one of already and I opted out for another one, so it was really my 3-ingredient strog.!

  • 2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can mushroom stems and pieces (this is what I skipped…. I don’t love lots of shrooms….)
  • 1 lb beef stew chunks
  • 8 oz sour cream

My favorite part of this recipe? You just throw it all in the pot, turn it on, and let it cook while you’re gone. I cooked egg noodles and served it over those when I got home from work.

I was pretty happy with the way it turned out!

My next adventure in the crock pot was Creamy Tortellini Soup from Better Homes and Gardens. I haven’t done much with Tortellini since I started cooking more, but I sure love it! So I was excited to buy the ingredients for this one (didn’t require a lot of shopping) and cook it up.

This is what you’ll need to make this soup:

  • 1 2-oz envelope white sauce mix (I used alfredo mix because I couldn’t find “white sauce mix”)
  • cups water
  • 14-oz can vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • cloves garlic, minced (I just threw in some garlic salt since we were all out of garlic!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8-oz package dried cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
  • 12-oz can evaporated milk
  • cups fresh baby spinach leaves or torn spinach (I left this out this time)
  • Ground black pepper
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Even with a few substitutions and things I decided not to put in, this soup turned out delicious. Very creamy and quite filling, but my husband and I really liked it!

my tortellini soup

What’s for Dinner| Starch is such a weakness

I’m not a picky eater at all but I can easily get tired of the same old very quickly. I like learning how to cook new things and bravely trying out new recipes. I used to hate when my mom went off the beaten path and tried an obscure recipe we had never had before at home, but now that I’ve got my own kitchen, I’m quickly becoming like her. I am especially brave when I’m the only one eating, so tonight, I revved up my computer and started looking at recent pins on my food board. Starch after starch after starch showed up, and it was all covered in cheese. Wow, I’m such a pasta, cheese, and potato lover!

I found a few recipes that looked awesome and then went to the fridge and cupboard. Three bags of little red potatoes and box after box of pasta. Well, I guess that’s a sign! I decided to make two recipes, no matter how unhealthy they both are.

1. Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken

2. Parmesan Red Potatoes

All you need for the red potatoes is here:

Ingredients for Parm. Red Potatoes

Garlic, potatoes, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

For the Fettuccine Alfredo you’ll need:

  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
Since it was just me tonight, I split the recipe in half and still had tons of extra. Follow Chow.com’s good instructions for putting this together.
I jumped right into both recipes at the same time but right then, one of my good friends I hadn’t talked to in while called and I answered (thank you, iPhone headset!).  I stirred and flipped the potatoes, and boiled the water for the noodles, and cooked the noodles, and mixed up the alfredo sauce…. and talked and talked….
About 10mins too late I took the noodles out of the pan to drain them and they were pretty gooey. Yeah, I left them in double the time they needed, but it was all okay. They tasted fine, but they were stickier than necessary.
The potatoes took a little while to get soft, but they got crispy quickly. Just pay attention to them if you try this recipe. It’s super easy and requires very little prep time (just slice the potatoes!) but don’t get on a long phone call when you’re cooking them.
Cooking the potatoes

Why did I pick two recipes with Parmesan cheese? Well, because it’s delicious and I will enjoy all the leftovers! Both of these recipes were good. I’ve had better potatoes for sure but the Fettuccine was awesome. The noodles could have used less cook time and  just a bit more sauce, but I didn’t follow the recipe that closely since I halved it. I also added chicken to my noodles which probably absorbed a lot of the sauce. However, for a night to try out some new recipes: Delicious and fun! What are some of your favorite meals to cook?

Finished Parmesan Red Potatoes

Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo