Turkey, Pickle ‘n’ Pepper Rollups
Oct04

Turkey, Pickle ‘n’ Pepper Rollups

The ultimate low carb, high protein snack! Great for kids’ lunch boxes, or any time hunger strikes. Your carb-counting, celery-munchin’ girlfriends will be sooo happy if you serve these at your next gathering! I personally consider these to be Weight Watchers Power Foods, so I wouldn’t declare any points when doing Simply Filling Technique. ( A tiny bit of barbecue sauce or hummus won’t kill you—just don’t down it by the spoonful!) Trader Joe’s Smoked Turkey Breast is only 50 calories for four, fat free slices, and they’re the perfect size and thickness to hold up to your sauce of choice. But any cold cut will do the job! I LOVE TJ’s new Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce, with a slightly sweet and spicy, mustardy tang! A little goes a long way. Spread it on your turkey and roll around a slice of pickle and roasted red pepper for a beautiful, healthy appetizer/snack/lunch… the possibilities are endless! For something a little heartier, use your favorite hummus. I’m partial to Trader Joe’s Eggplant Hummus, because it’s lower in fat and calories than regular hummus, without losing flavor or texture. Try a slice of avocado and Persian cucumber, with Trader Joe’s Cilantro Salad Dressing to change things up a little!   Click here for my Trader Joe’s Shopping List   Hummus Rollups 2013-10-04 09:07:27 Yields 4 3 WW PP for 4 rollups Write a review Save Recipe Print 29 calories 2 g 7 g 1 g 4 g 0 g 42 g 396 g 0 g 0 g 0 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 42g Yields 4 Amount Per Serving Calories 29 Calories from Fat 7 % Daily Value * Total Fat 1g 1% Saturated Fat 0g 1% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 7mg 2% Sodium 396mg 16% Total Carbohydrates 2g 1% Dietary Fiber 1g 3% Sugars 0g Protein 4g Vitamin A1%Vitamin C4% Calcium1%Iron2% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 4 slices (56 g) Trader Joe's Fat Free Smoked Turkey Breast 2 tablespoons Trader Joe's Eggplant Hummus 1 oz Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Red Peppers, cut into 1/2 inch slices 1 Trader Joe's Kosher Dill Pickle (1 oz), cut lengthwise into quarters Instructions Spread each turkey slice with 1/4 tablespoon hummus. Place a pickle and red pepper slice near the edge; roll up and enjoy! beta calories 29 fat 1g protein 4g carbs 2g more OrnaBakes http://www.ornabakes.com/ Saucy Rollups 2013-10-04 09:04:59 Yields 4 2 WW PP for 4 rollups Write a review Save Recipe Print...

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Turkey Stuffed Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Peppers
Sep25

Turkey Stuffed Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Peppers

This is one of my favorite ways to make ground turkey, and to use up gorgeous yellow squash from the Farmer’s Market—and it’s easy, healthy and kid friendly. Use this recipe as a starting point, and make it your own! My husband jokingly (kind of) asked me why I would take the time to make this when there are so many good stuffed peppers on the market. (I obviously hadn’t left enough of a break between my favorite TJ’s and Costco stuffed peppers… and now this homemade version!) However, after asking for seconds, Mr. Picky proclaimed this to be one of his favorite things that I make. Hmm. I use brown rice as a binder (instead of panko) for extra whole-grain goodness, and sauté the squash middles with onions and garlic to add texture and sneak even more veggies into the dish. Minsley cooked brown rice from Costco makes it a snap! If you don’t like bell peppers, just use yellow squash and/or zucchini—it’s your house, so you can use whatever you like! You can even substitute ground chicken to change it up. Extra-lean ground turkey breast would lower the fat and calories, but it wouldn’t be as tasty or moist (or satisfying!), so I recommend using 93% lean.  I’ve used Giada’s Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce (Target) and Trader Joe’s Low Fat Tomato Basil Marinara, and they both work great. Your  favorite marinara sauce would be perfect! Scoop out the flesh with a melon baller Stuff veggies with turkey mixture Cover with marinara and parmesan The most accurate way to tell if poultry is cooked through is with an instant read thermometer. (165 degrees) Click here for Orna’s Trader Joe’s Shopping List >> Click here for Orna’s Costco Shopping List >> Cool Tools Instant read thermometer Turkey Stuffed Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Peppers 2013-09-25 00:44:24 Serves 6 10 WW PP per serving Write a review Save Recipe Print 384 calories 15 g 140 g 22 g 32 g 6 g 306 g 454 g 4 g 0 g 13 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 306g Servings 6 Amount Per Serving Calories 384 Calories from Fat 200 % Daily Value * Total Fat 22g 34% Saturated Fat 6g 32% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 5g Monounsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 140mg 47% Sodium 454mg 19% Total Carbohydrates 15g 5% Dietary Fiber 3g 10% Sugars 4g Protein 32g Vitamin A15%Vitamin C210% Calcium19%Iron18% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/4 pounds 93% lean ground turkey 2 red...

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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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Mediterranean Turkey Cutlets
Mar19

Mediterranean Turkey Cutlets

These turkey cutlets, especially served with hummus, take me right back to my teenage visits to Israel. I love the flavors of cumin and coriander, which I think most people feel intimidated to cook with. If that’s you, I urge you to try this one! It’s definitely a worthy investment in these wonderful spices—which you will hopefully use again and again. When I was still leading Weight Watchers meetings in Los Angeles, one of my members kindly gave me Steve Raichlen’s Healthy Jewish Cooking. I couldn’t believe that even Mr. Picky said, “F— yum! Even the strange green balls.” (Referring to the Basil Pearled Cous Cous—one of my favorite sides. Add a sprinky-dink of salt to make the flavors pop.) I kept a theme and served the cutlets with a simple Israeli-style salad, delicious Low Fat Hummus with Greek Yogurt (see Fav Food Finds) and sautéed mushrooms. So easy. Sooo good. Very healthy. Definite redo! For Passover Substitute matzo meal for the flour and bread crumbs. Breading Tip I learned a great trick from Chef Anne Burrell (I LOVE Secrets of a Restaurant Chef): when breading anything, use one hand for wet and one hand for dry ingredients; that way you don’t end up breading your fingers! Orna’s Notes The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup egg substitute, but I prefer using the real deal. He uses 1 cup bread crumbs or cracker crumbs, but I love the extra crunch and crispiness of Panko bread crumbs. You can find them in the Japanese section of your market, though most markets now carry them next to the regular bread crumbs; they are the Japanese-style breadcrumbs—crispy and flakey. Even Trader Joe’s now carries them. If you like cumin, be sure to try my delicious Cowboy Caviar recipe >>  Mediterranean Turkey Cutlets 2013-08-06 15:42:06 Yields 6 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 12 min Total Time 30 min Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 12 min Total Time 30 min 234 calories 38 g 74 g 4 g 13 g 1 g 96 g 623 g 2 g 0 g 2 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 96g Yields 6 Amount Per Serving Calories 234 Calories from Fat 31 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 74mg 25% Sodium 623mg 26% Total Carbohydrates 38g 13% Dietary Fiber 2g 10% Sugars 2g Protein 13g Vitamin A6%Vitamin C13% Calcium7%Iron14% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong?...

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Asian Turkey Meatballs
Feb06

Asian Turkey Meatballs

The Asian flavors are a nice change from the usual Italian Style meatballs, and they are healthy to boot. (2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per meatball.) I love that you can prepare the meatballs in advance. Perfect party food. I made a double batch for our Super Bowl Party this past Sunday and they were a huge hit. The original recipe was for four turkey burgers, but I thought it would work well as a mini-meatball appetizer—and I was right! If you can’t find Lemonaise, mix Light mayo, mustard, salt and pepper and a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice, rice vinegar & pinch of sugar to taste!     I use Thai Sweet Chili sauce instead of the fresh chili. It’s a little sweet so I reduce the amount of sugar. The cucumber salad is delicious served with any Asian-flavored dish. You can use English cucumbers, double the recipe—drain and serve. Make Ahead Tips You can make the meatballs ahead and freeze. Defrost in refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave before plating and serving. Cool Tools Masterclad Pro Series Saute 12″ Non-Stick Pan with lid. Favorite sauté pan EVER! I discovered them at Costco on a special promotion, but you can find them online >> Instant read thermometer. Other Party Foods you Might Like Caprese on a Stick >> Light Asian Broccoli Slaw & Quinoa Salad >> Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites >> THE BEST Cowboy Caviar (healthy dip/salad/snack) >> Asian-Style Turkey Meatball Minis 2013-08-05 18:02:28 Yields 26 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per meatball. Write a review Save Recipe Print 86 calories 6 g 30 g 4 g 7 g 1 g 93 g 161 g 2 g 0 g 2 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 93g Yields 26 Amount Per Serving Calories 86 Calories from Fat 35 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 6% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 30mg 10% Sodium 161mg 7% Total Carbohydrates 6g 2% Dietary Fiber 0g 2% Sugars 2g Protein 7g Vitamin A2%Vitamin C5% Calcium3%Iron4% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Cucumber Salad 5 small pickling or persian cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced rounds (about 1/8-inch) 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (I use less than 1/2 because I don't love raw onion) 1/4 cup rice vinegar (if you use seasoned rice vinegar just use a bit less salt) 1/8 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt Meatballs 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (I use 93% lean) 1/3 cup steamed jasmine rice (Trader Joe's frozen precooked jasmine...

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