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A few of my favorite eat.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I keep meaning to post about some of the new foods and recipes I'm trying, but I never seem to take the time. Since I'm up at 2:30am and avoiding working on a paper, now seems like the PERFECT time to kill with a recipe post.

Last week I tried three new recipes and I'm definitely repeating two of the three!

First, the no-repeat recipe: Healthy Mousaka. I occasionally make a lasagna that uses thin sliced eggplant instead of noodles. I Iove that recipe - I've even had my hubs make it for me as a birthday meal at least once! This was like that recipe...but somehow unsatisfying. I think partly I don't like it being in such a big pan, and partly I don't like spending calories on the white sauce. Oh well, live and learn.

Second, a Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf. OMG, I'm in love! I made some modifications (used the Italian seasoned turkey, forgot the eggs, steel-cut oats), so I made it a slightly different recipe. This is at the high end of my calorie ranges for a meal, but it fills me up with a ton of protein and fewer carbs. And on a higher cal day, I can add a side of veggies and just overwhelm myself with veggie goodness. It also holds up well in the fridge to take to lunch later in the week or have for a quick dinner.

Third, Beef & Broccoli. I loved this dish at a restaurant near where I grew up and every restaurant since then has RUINED it with a too sweet, too sticky sauce. I modified a recipe by removing the sugar and corn starch so that the sauce is more like a broth. And it is everything I ever wanted. I made the recipe without rice so that I can adjust that depending on my calorie needs for the day, but it's been great with a 1/2 c of white rice.

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And, lucky you, you get a bonus! This is somewhat new for me (like in the last couple months), but is a modification of an epicurious recipe. It got me to try parsnips, which I'm now in love with.

Leek & Parsnip Soup with Lump Krab - I use the fake crab because it's not like I'm made of money. I never thought of myself as the kind of person that would like this crazy pureed-vegetable soup stuff, but with the Krab it's out freaking standing. Give it a shot if you find some parsnips. (Beware: Diakons look like parsnips to the untrained - aka, me - and are totally something different.)

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUMPINJULIE 12/14/2012 3:22AM

    They all sound good. Definitely have to try them. Thank you for sharing them.

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CATTUTT 12/13/2012 10:54AM

    All those recipes sound amazing except the soup. I'm not sure about parsnips. I'm curious, though. Maybe I should give them a go.

Hope you made progress on the paper!


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STODD251 12/13/2012 9:13AM

    I'm liking the sounds of the Spinach and Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf. I've experimented with turkey meat loaves before, but this seems like a delicious variation.

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SADWHITEWOLF 12/13/2012 9:10AM

    "Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf" sounds very yummy.
I recently experimented with my own meatloaf recipe.
I cut the bread crumbs in half and for filler I used dried minced oninion, I finely grated carrots and broccoli, and also added some finely chopped spinach and diced tomatoes!
It was rather good!
I think next time I will try it with ground Turkey.

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CHRIMSONFYRE 12/13/2012 6:59AM

    thank you for sharing this information with us. I might try one of these!

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CARMEN327 12/13/2012 4:31AM

    I want to check out all these recipes! I make lasagna with tons of roast veggies, bechemal sauce and just a sprinkling of cheese. It never occurred to me to try it with eggplant.

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/13/2012 4:30AM

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WEARINGTHIN 12/13/2012 4:13AM

    I think I'd be most inclined toward the Krab and turnip soup, as I am on a very low carb diet.

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