A Lighter Stuffed Pepper

This is my favorite time of year.  THE HOLIDAYS!  It’s about good friends, good times and good food.  (Good parties aren’t really so bad either).  Christmas is actually my favorite, with Thanksgiving a close second as far as food and parties go, but I really do love the Thanksgiving leftovers.  (I know there are more out there like me, so admit it)  Seriously, I could cook everything up, skip the dinner and just save all the food for the next day.  That is how much I love it.

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The standard turkey sandwich is one of the best ways to go, but my mom’s turkey rice soup is pretty incredible too.  The only problem is I have so many leftovers left over, that it becomes boring with the choices I have to use them all up.  I think, however, I may have stumbled on a pretty good addition to the leftover madness that ensues.

This is a recipe that I have worked out with turkey sausage and the recipe follows.  An alternative of course would be to use the equivalent of chopped turkey. If you do use the chopped turkey, it may tend to be a bit on the drier side so definitely add a bit more olive oil to the mix when you’re cooking it with the onions.  You could also add a bit of leftover gravy to keep it moist.  The options are endless!  I also used Tatsoi, which is a hardy green, sort of like a spinach or kale relative.  If you can’t find it (I found mine at the farmer’s market) you can always substitute with spinach or kale.

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The fun thing about this is you can really use anything you want.  Stuffed peppers are typically made with rice and ground beef and lots of cheese, but I’m trying to go the heart healthy way more often, so this is why I decided on this formula.  Get creative and use those leftovers up!  After all, it’s going to be another whole year before we can do this again!

 

 

Roasted Beets from the Farmer’s Market

There is really only one reason I will get up early on a Saturday morning and venture out before 9AM.  It’s all about the Farmer’s Markets.  The feeling I have is almost like when I was a child and the fair was coming to town.  The sights, the smells, the people all make the morning of the farmer’s market visit so appealing and so euphoric.  When I leave it I have the feeling I’ve just finished a massage and left behind a very good friend, but I know that they will be there waiting for me the following Saturday, so it’s all okay.

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The market makes it so easy to follow the adage of From Farm To Table.  You walk around and everything is so beautiful, it makes you want to buy the freshest and the healthiest of what you will be eating.  I remember not to long ago my friend Erin and I were at the market and she told me how she loved a roasted beet salad.  I, never being a fan of beets, ended up taking some home and making a roast beet salad.  Both my husband and I became instant beet lovers!

 

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For me, it’s almost like going to an organic mini mall.  You can buy flowers, herbs, homemade breads and cheeses.  There are jewelery vendors, crafts and of course all the freshest vegetables around.  Can it get any better than that?  On our last Saturday outing, my husband said as we were leaving how much fun it was.  And that, my dear friend, is exactly what I’ve been talking about!

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So next Saturday get up early and go to your local Farmer’s Market.

Buy fresh, buy local….and make a roasted beet salad.  From farm to table, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Stuffed Skirt Steak

If my husband was a math equation it would go like this: Peter equals carnivore plus red meat plus steak.   It would also be every day of the week. I am not such a person.  Maybe that’s why I never did well in math?

I’ve talked about this before.  My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy and i’m more chicken and rice so for us to find a middle ground is not only difficult but a sublime lesson in compromise.  I think we have hit the nail on the head with this recipe.  We both wanted to clean the plate..

I had told him I would have steak for dinner.  I didn’t want to but it had been quite awhile and the cave man was coming out in him.  Peter typically wants a steak he can chew….I want a steak without big chunks of fat.  Our compromise is skirt steak.  I can appreciate the rich buttery taste of the fat without being slapped in the face with it and my husband still has the texture he loves..

I actually got the idea for this recipe from a food show program.  It wasn’t a skirt steak and it wasn’t this stuffing, but it gave me the idea to incorporate what I love into this dish.  I believe that is what cooking is all about….inspiration and taking what you love and making it your own.

This had the crust on the outside and the inside gave the steak an incredible richness.  I wasn’t kidding when I said we wanted to clean the entire plate!

Go and enjoy this recipe! I have learned that every once in a while, there is room for compromise and there is nothing wrong with a good steak.

 

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