Turkey Crack Slaw, Weight Watcher Friendly

I recently went to my Weight Watcher meeting, and everyone was talking Crack Slaw. Yes! CRACK as in, I  CAN”T STOP EATING I!  And its delicious. The varieties made with ground turkey,  ground turkey breast, ground chicken or ground chicken breast are the lowest in calories. 4 servings per recipe.

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There is also no wrong way to make it, 1 lb of ground meat, Turkey, Beef, Chicken, Pork , Lamb, even Buffalo(Bison). 1 lb. of angel hair slaw or any other slaw including broccoli slaw. Spices, Ginger,  Vinegar, onion and Garlic. Cook in a Wok, a  saute pan or a crock pot. Also, the crack slaw once prepared can be used to make Asian egg rolls, use the Pad Thai Crack Slaw recipe listed second.

Basic low Calorie Turkey Crack Slaw

  • 1 lb of ground turkey breast
  • one medium onion diced fine
  • 1 -2 cloves of garlic minced, or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bag of fine Angel hair coleslaw, standard coleslaw is acceptable
  • 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, chicken broth or water as needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • optional spices are hot pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder
  • Cooking spray, or 2 tsps of your favorite healthy oil

Pre-spray your wok or saute pan or heat oil of your choice. Use a medium heat setting as you saute,  not burn your next ingredients the diced onion and garlic, cook until softened, and ginger, saute about 1 minute

Add Ground turkey, brown and chop fine as sauteing. Once browned,  add the bag of slaw, spices and vinegar. Stir meat and coleslaw until the slaw is well wilted. You may add broth a small amount at a time to keep the contents of the pan not to burn.  If you add too much broth it will cook off. Serve while hot

***** sub any ground meat

Pad Thai Taste Crack Slaw extra low calorie

  • 1 lb of ground Chicken Breast
  • one large onion diced fine
  • 2 scallions, shopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced, or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2  bags of fine Angel hair coleslaw, standard coleslaw is acceptable
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots optional
  • 1 Tbs of grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp of Asian 5 spice powder
  • 2 tablespoon Rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy or teriyaki sauce, **Gluten free are availble
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • optional spices are hot pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder or Sirracha,
  • Chopped cilantro as a garnish optional
  • Cooking spray, or 2 tsps of your favorite healthy oil

Pre-spray your wok or saute pan or heat oil of your choice. Use a medium heat setting as you saute,  not burn your next ingredients the diced onion and garlic, cook until softened, and ginger, saute about 1 minute

Add Ground turkey, brown and chop fine as sauteing. Once browned,  add the bag of slaw, 5 Asian five spice powder and vinegar. Stir meat and coleslaw until the slaw is well wilted. You may add broth a small amount at a time to keep the contents of the pan not to burn.  If you add too much broth it will cook off. Finish by stirring in soy or Teriyaki and serve.

****For not so low call make with ground pork.

Either dish may be cooked in a crock pot, Saute meat, add to crock pot, add all ingredients  plus 1 cup of additional broth. Cook on low. 3 hours

 

 

 

Homemade Old Fashion Boston Baked Beans from Scratch

Had a craving for bake beans and natural casing franks the other day.  We opened a can of B&M, the original standard. What a disappointment. That set the stage for a craving that wouldn’t go away until we made a REAL batch from scratch.

Rich Grandma’s Brand Molasses, bacon, brown sugar, hmmm, I could taste them before they were cooked.

There is no wrong way to prepare beans, vegetarian, spicy or extra meaty. Read all ingredient labels to keep it gluten free. Many prepared sauces add wheat including barbecue sauces and soy sauce. baked-beans-2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce or 1/2 cup or ketchup
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 1/2 cup of molasses
  • 3/4 cup of any sugar, brown, white, honey or agave
  • 3-4 cups of favorite broth. Beef, Chicken or vegetable broth to make meat free
  • 1/2 lb salt pork  or bacon, slab bacon works best****omit to keep vegetarian
  • 1/8 cup brown mustard
  • 1 lb of your favorite dried beans for 4 cans of  beans rinsed and drained
  • salt and pepper to taste as you cook

Instructions to Prepare beans

  • For canned beans, rinse and drain, and proceed to cooking
  • Dried beans,  start by rinsing in a colander, pick out any debris. Boil beans for 3/4 of an hour, rinse and drain. Place beans in a dutch oven pot on the stove or a crock pot. An alternate method to reduce the gassiness that beans can display naturally, is to soak overnight.

Cooking

  • Rinse and score salt pork in 1″ cuts add to the bottom of  the pot or crock pot, add beans, or add  1″ pieces of bacon
  • mix well all wet and dry ingredients preserving 1 cup of broth
  • Add mixture and enough broth to cover beans.
  • keep liquid high enough to cover beans at all times.
  • on stove top, bring to a soft boil , turn down to simmer. In a crock-pot start on high, reduce to low when it bubbles.
  • cook until tender and yummy,  8-12 hours*******canned beans reduce time to half.  Dried beans take at least 6-8 hours to become tender.

Adjust seasoning as you go, many variations include; BBQ sauce, maple syrup, garlic,Worcestershire, Soy sauce, Bourbon, sweet or hot peppers and  even diced carrots for sweetness.

Enjoy

Chimichurri Sauce

chimmi steakHaving steak and want to perk things up? Pretend you are just back from Miami, whip up a Miami favorite, an Argentinian Chimichurri sauce over Beef.  The sauce is great also with Pork, lamb and Chicken.

Make this sauce ahead, great for sirloin, ribeye, flank and skirt steaks.

Its a Cilantro/parsley pesto like sauce.  I am going to experiment with the ingredients listed  for the best taste, any suggestions? Steffie prefers straight Cilantro  without the parsley.

Basic Combo of the items below,   add all in a food chopper or  processor

  • 1 bunch approx. 1 cup of either Cilantro or fresh Parsley or a combination, washed and trimmed of stems.  Towel dried before processing
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon  Vinegar, lime or lemon juice, aiding in preserving green color
  • 1/2 cup of your preferred oil, olive, canola or vegetable
  •  1/4 tsp of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper flakes optional
  • Fresh or jarred garlic to taste, optional.

Spoon over steak right off the grill, add a wedge of lime to each plate

 

Super Bowl Dishes- Pulled Pork

There are so many ways to build a yummy pulled pork meal or sandwich.This recipe will serve about 10,  reduce the ingredients for smaller portions, or freeze cooked batches into serving size.

You need a big hunk of pork, apple cider vinegar,spices & time and patience, a minimum of 4 hours.  It’s yum. You need 1 pork shoulder about 8 lbs, pork butt or pork roast. Center cut pork roast is too lean. For quicker cooking you can use  pre-cut ‘country style’ ribs.Country style ribs are the blade end of a pork loin, halved crosswise then sawed into 1″ or greater strips. They will appear 1″ x 6″ long and have a good lean to fat ratio to create tenderness.  A piece of pork with a  fatty appearance will make  tender, moist pulled pork. If you can get your butcher to butterfly or bone, a bone in piece is preferred. The first stage of cooking is roasting and caramelizing bone in meats that will develop a richer taste.

  • Pork, bone in preferred, cut into large 6″ chunks or Butterflied
  • 1-2 quarts Chicken Stock or bouillon made from  cubes or powder
  • 2-3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup each mirapoix- diced Carrots, Onions & Celery
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Green, or Variety Peppers cut into strips.  Jalapeno optional
  • 2 tablespoons Salt, 1 tablespoon Pepper & these spices: 2 tablespoons Chili Powder, 1 tablespoon each Cumin, Oregano, Garlic powder-optional, Pepper flakes-optional.  OR if You have Adobo Brand Spice Mix, Use 4 tablespoons plus Cumin and Chili powder Only
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • Condiments optional, BBQ sauce, Bread & Butter Pickles, Spicy mustard.
  • Slider Rolls or Corn Bread

Mix Thoroughly all dry ingredients, Sugar, Salt, pepper and spices. I do taste mixture to see if it needs a little something. DO NOT add extra salt at this time, you can always salt later, chicken broth will also add salt.

Rub mixture into all surfaces of the meat,  The more surface areas exposed and spiced the better the depth of flavor. Let set for an hour or more as a dry marinade in the fridge. Overnight is better.

Preheat oven to 350, If you have a convection use the fan feature. You can also grill in a BBQ on indirect heat. In large open pan roast or indirect BBQ for at least 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Turn frequently to allow all sides to brown. If you want to omit the sugar due to dietary concerns, the fat will still allow the meat to caramelize without it. The roasting and then simmering method with spices and vinegar produces, the savory, sweet, spicy, yummy taste they call Umami.

While meat is roasting saute the mirapoix mixture in the vegetable oil,  allowing a light caramelization,  the vegetables do not need to be cooked until soft.

In a large dutch oven, stock pot or crock pot, place cooked vegetables. Add 3 cups of stock and one cup of cider vinegar. Remove meat from oven, place cooked meat into stock pot. Deglaze the pan (add 1 cup of stock to pan), scrape all bits of browned pieces and spices into the liquid, pour all of the liquid into the pot with the meat. Add Green pepper mixture.

Add a combination of Vinegar &  remaining stock to completely cover the meat. Ratio should be 1 part vinegar to 3 parts stock. 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup ratio.

Stove-top, simmer meat on low for 2-3 hours until fork tender. Set crock pot on low for about 6 hours. You can use a pressure cooker for 30-45 minutes to accomplish the same. Do not completely submerge in liquid. Fill liquid to 1/3 full only. When pressure cooking check  half way through to make sure all liquid has not been dissipated.

After meat is tender, it should shred when touched with a fork. Remove all pork to a platter. Strain leftover liquid, and reserve, this will be your liquid to keep your pork moist. Liquid can also be used on the side as a mopping sauce. The liquid may be fatty, skim fat from top as it rises.

Pull pork apart with two forks to shred. Remove all bones and fat and discard. Place shredded pork into a foil tray for warming or back into crock pot. When pork is finished, add only enough of the reserved liquid to moisten the pork. It should not be soupy. Keep heated until serving, or refrigerate and reheat before serving.  Cooked meat can also be frozen.

Serve as a main meat with cornbread or as sandwich/sliders. Reserved liquid can also be used southern-style as a side mopping sauce. Add your favorite BBQ sauce or spicy mustard as condiments.  Butter pickles also adds a nice twist. For those with needing a gluten free option, serve with Gluten Free Cornbread, or Breads. Udi’s make a great selection of bread and rolls. Homemade Cornbread or muffins is pretty easy.

You can cook with an oven only method without  liquids if you prefer. LEAVE WHOLE. Roast or indirect BBQ for 3 1/2-4  hours as a whole pork shoulder or butt @ 275 degrees. Remove, wrap completely with foil for 1 hour after cooking. Set on counter to cool. After an hour the meat will still be warm to hot, shred and remove all fat and bone before serving. De-glazing the pan with chicken stock and little vingar will give you a bit of liquid to keep the meat moist. It will be a bit drier, but tasty.

 

Super Bowl Event Dishes-Taco Bar

Lets make a Taco Bar. You can prepare and precook all the day before, Gluten Free options are included

Premade taco shells will save you time but you can use fresh toasted corn tortillas to be authentic and to save money. Provide soft flour tortillas for those  that would prefer less of a crunch. Use your favorite salsa, or make a fresh one. Left over shredded pork, chicken of beef or a combo or traditional ground taco meat. You can lighten with Turkey, Buffalo or Ground Chicken instead of Beef. All sorts of fun condiments will make it a hit.

This recipe is for 4 full servings, double for 8, triple for 12 and so on for more.

  • 12 taco shells, pre-made or fresh/toasted, or 6″ flour for soft tacos(non gluten free)
  • 1lb of ground meat, Turkey, Chicken, Beef, pork or Buffalo*** any shredded leftover meat or fish can be used for a refined touch
  • 1 envelope of Seasoning or homemade  seasoning to taste
  • Salsa of fresh made from ingredients below
  • 1lb ripe tomatoes, 1/4 inch dice
  • 1/2 cup red onion small 1/4″ dice
  • 1  seeded jalapeno optional, minced fine
  • 2  tablespoons fresh Cilantro or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1 lime or lime 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1/2 head of your favorite lettuce, Iceberg, romaine or ‘field’ greens for a gourmet touch
  • Shredded Cheese, Mexican Blend, Mozzarella, Monterrey Jack, Cheddar,  or a real treat a Mexican Cheese suitable for crumbling, Ranchero® Queso Fresco, yummy
  • Condiments: sour cream, chopped black olives, jalapenos-fresh or canned, Guacamole or Avocado Slices

Day before, make the salsa. In large nonmetallic bowl, add all the following ingredients together

  • Core tomatoes, chop into a 1/4 inch dice, strain off  excess tomato liquid,  preserve liquid
  • add chopped red onion to bowl
  • seed jalapeno and minced/or chop into an extra fine dice, or use 1 table spoon canned chilies as a substitute, Jalapeno may be too hot for children and others and is optional
  • Finely mince cilantro removing tough stems, substitute  dry cilantro leaves, parsley can be substituted if cilantro is unavailable
  • squeeze entire lime into the mixture
  • *****for a different twist add fresh kernels of corn, a few table spoons of cooked,black beans, fresh crushed clove of garlic or finely minced cucumber, anything  different can make it your own unique recipe
  • Mix well and store in a glass or plastic bowl, refrigerate for at least 12 hours for best flavor

Saute meat in a nonstick pan, brown well, after draining fat, add preserved tomato water, add taco spice or homemade taco spice blend. For an extra kick, add minced garlic,  onions, shallots while browning.  If meat is cooked day before, reheat just before serving. See homemade spice instructions.

Time to Serve- assemble a counter space with Taco Fixins

Tacos, Warm Taco Meat, fish or shredded meats,  Various Cheeses, Lettuce, Condiments and Salsa,  there is no wrong way to assemble a taco-ENJOY

This recipe is Gluten Free friendlily when you omit flour tortillas and premade taco seasoning and make your own. See make your own

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Stock The Kitchen, Day Two

If you’re not prepared, a 15 minute meal can take you hours to prepare. Most meals should take 10 minutes or less to prepare, and then you add cooking time. Also, timing is everything,. If the protein takes 25 minutes, pasta shouldn’t be started at the same time. Timing is essential, as well as multi-tasking. For example, you can whip up a salad, while the other ingredients heat in the oven.

Stock the cupboards with staples, your must haves, Use Steffie’s Pantry for a start.

Always have on hand, your favorite Pasta & Sauce, Frozen(steamable) bag vegetables, Rice, Potatoes, and Salad fixins. If you have all that, you can cook anything, and quick.

Cook Me This Day One!

Welcome to my obsession. Cooking, shopping for the cooking, feeding people, and eating! I learned to cook by osmosis.  My grandmother’s Special Sunday pot roast (rolled Rib Roast, do you believe it!), when I was younger than 10, spurred the passion. Those roasted brown potatoes being lifted from the Stove-top Dutch Oven, then later melting in my mouth. I was hooked, I had to know how it happened. I actually have a picture from that day.

Grilled cheese, hot dogs and anything that can be heated from the can, were my first solo ventures. I graduated to frying in short order, french fries! I still love french fries, but I make them healthier now.

By the time I turned 16, I was making Hungarian Goulash from scratch on a weekly basis, in a Big Orange Creuset Dutch Oven. I was on my way.  During the high school years, I probably cooked most family dinners for my mom, and 3 sisters. No one ever complained, ever. In 1969 I bought that pot for $40, wish I knew where it was now.

I BBQ & make the gravy where ever I go. I think I’m invited just for that reason! “Steffie will do it” is something I hear all the time.

Please feel free to contribute any recipe you would like. With the  help of my genius son, I am  working on an ingredient cookmethis search APP. It will search out a tasty recipe based on the input of ingredients. Such as Balsamic+Chicken+Pasta. It would probably result in ‘Grilled Balsamic Chicken’.

Welcome to my private Kitchen, Steffie