Pan-Seared Turkey Cutlets with Pearl Couscous and Black-Eyed Peas
Jun05

Pan-Seared Turkey Cutlets with Pearl Couscous and Black-Eyed Peas

This recipe in the June issue of Food Network Magazine caught my eye; fresh, healthy, easy and yummy—and you can find almost all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s. I much prefer Israeli couscous (a/k/a pearl couscous, or maftoul) to smaller, traditional couscous. Made from “pasta pearls,” it has the same texture and satisfying toothsome bite as pasta. (Try Near East Basil & Herb Pearled Couscous for a quick and easy side dish.) I forgot to pick up a lime at Trader Joe’s (why do I ALWAYS forget a key ingredient?!), and anyway, I thought the lime and chili rub might be a) a bit plain, and b) a bit spicy for hubby And so the tweaking began… – lemon for lime – a bit of Cumin, and TJ’s lovely South African Smoke Seasoning Blend, and you have a mediterranean dish with a South African twist!                   I’d never heard of black-eyed peas until I started making my Cowboy Caviar—now my favorite and most popular savory recipe. THE BEST Cowboy Caviar—healthy dip/salad/snack >> If you haven’t tried it yet, take the leftover black-eyed peas and make a batch! (I also love the cumin in this recipe.) I used Allens canned black-eyed peas in both recipes, but you can use frozen too. You can find them at Gelsons Market If you can’t find them, substitute with black beans or even edemame! Gourmet Blends slightly sweet White Balsamic Vinegar and fruity Meyer Lemon Olive Oil add the perfect finishing touches. If you don’t have them, a splash of lemon and a pinch of sugar will do. You can purchase Leonardo e Roberto’s Gourmet Blends Balsamics and Olive Oils at GourmetBlends.us >> Serve with Trader Joe’s Eggplant Hummus—sprinkled with a little Paprika to make it look pretty. Only 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value for 2 tablespoons I wasn’t sure if picky hubby or picky toddler would go for the couscous-with-veggies-side (they didn’t), so I made the pan-roasted potatoes for backup. Orna’s super-easy Pan-Roasted Potatoes See Trader Joe’s Shopping List for how to make them >> Wrap the leftovers (sans potatoes) in a Whole Wheat Middle Eastern Flatbread for a tasty lunch!   Orna’s Notes Trader Joe’s cutlets can be a little tough. Next time I’ll try some from Whole Foods and see how they turn out. I’ll also add a couple of diced Persian Cucumbers at the end, to up the veggies and give a bit of a crunch. Cool Tools Masterclad  Pro Series Non-stick 12-inch sauté pan >> Pan-Seared Turkey Cutlets with Pearl Couscous and Black-Eyed Peas 2013-08-06 18:17:55 Serves 4 12 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values per...

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Fat Free Potato Chips
Oct31

Fat Free Potato Chips

Growing up in South Africa, we would go to the Doll House Roadhouse in the wee hours of the morning—after the jol (“good time”)—and eat hot, salty “slap chips” (Afrikaans for “soft”), doused in vinegar. My friend, Sheryl, taught me to put the slap chips right into your Greek Salad—believe it or not it’s amazing! I could sure go for one of those right now! These potato chips give you the same fix (well… almost) but with a healthy twist. Sam (the husband), being from Calgary, Canada, also grew up on chips and vinegar. Aja (the toddler) hasn’t acquired a taste for it just yet! For years I was intimidated by the mandoline and sliced these by hand. I can’t believe how much time I wasted! Using a mandoline slicer is SO easy, and then you just pop it in the dishwasher. Couldn’t be simpler. Just be VERY CAREFUL and for goodness sake do not cut yourself! It does come with a part with teeth that you stick into whatever you’re slicing, but I find it annoying when the potato keeps slipping off. I personally prefer to buy more potatoes than necessary, so I don’t have to get close enough to the end to worry about making a “finger fry”! My mandoline has 4 different settings in millimeters: 0.5, 1.3, 2.0, 3.0.  I think for these chips 3.0 is best, because otherwise the chips burn too easily. For your first time, buy an extra potato in case you need some practice getting even slices. If your slices aren’t uniform they won’t cook evenly and some might burn. The faster you push the mandolin down and up in an even motion, the better the slices will come out. I used to turn the chips over halfway but discovered that this step is unnecessary. (Yay.) I’ve tried to cook these ahead of time and if I leave them on the pan they turn black—not pretty! If you have any idea why I’d love to hear from you!   Tip: Soaking the potatoes in ice water stops them from getting brown and also keeps them crisp.   Enjoy them with Bun-less Turkey burgers >> Cool Tools: Kyocera Ceramic Slicer Vinegar Bottle with Pourer If you keep making these, you will find the need for a vinegar bottle with a spout, so you don’t totally drown the poor chips unintentionally! I love mine. I have one for olive oil, balsamic vinegar and white vinegar.   Fat Free Potato Chips 2013-08-05 15:27:23 Serves 2 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 45 min Prep Time 20 min...

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