Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Taco Pizza

This recipe was inspired by the Pioneer Woman's Taco Pizza. My sister and brother n' law spent the night at our apartment on Friday night since we headed down to College Station bright and early on Saturday morning for the Texas A&M game. When they got to our apartment we decided to cook in since we were going to be eating on the road most of day on Saturday. My sister said they really like to make the Pioneer Woman's taco pizza so that is what we made and it was FABULOUS! YUMMO! So, this week we decided to make something similar to it. We used corn tortillas for the crust and added some ground turkey for a little bit more protein. It ended up being fabulous as well, so we hope you all enjoy just as much as we did!!
  • 1 package of corn tortillas
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 package of lean ground turkey (93/7)
  • 1 small can (1/2 cup) of low-sodium corn, drained
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 bag of shredded lettuce
  • 1 container of light sour cream
  • 1 jar of mild salsa
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil + more for drizzle
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 package of low-fat mexican cheddar cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small saucepan, add 1 can of black beans (not drained), 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, and a pinch ground black pepper and bring to a boil. Once they begin to boil, turn the stovetop down to medium-low. With a potato masher, mash the black beans, leaving a few chunks. Continue to simmer (they should be somewhat of a thick consistency). Leave the stove on low until ready to assemble.

2. While the black beans are simmering, add the ground turkey to large non-stick skillet. Season turkey with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, a dash of salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder. Once the meat is cooked through (no longer pink), add the drained corn, diced tomatoes, and chopped cilantro and stir until the mixture is combined. Turn the stove down to low until ready to assemble.

3. Cut about 6-8 corn tortillas into small strips. On a large cookie sheet, add corn tortilla strips, 2 tablespoons of canola oil, salt and pepper. With your hands, combine all the ingredients. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way in between. They should be slightly brown and crispy when they are done. Transfer to a bowl when they are finished cooking.

4. On the same cookie sheet, lay down 2-4 whole corn tortillas (depending on how many people are eating). Drizzle them with canola oil, salt and pepper and bake for about 10-12 minutes, flipping in between until they are crispy. Note: This will be the base for your pizza.

5. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/2 cup of salsa and stir until combined.

6. To assemble, start with the whole corn tortilla on the bottom and top with smashed black beans, shredded lettuce, turkey mixture, cheese, drizzle of sour cream/salsa mixture, and tortilla strips. Enjoy!!

Here are some pics of the Pioneer Woman's Taco Pizza that we made last weekend.....

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Gluten Free: Socca Pizza with Roasted Vegetables, Chicken, and Pesto

    Thank you Lindsay McDaniel for introducing us to Socca bread! We had never heard of socca but Lindsay let me try some she made and I loved it! Socca is made out of garbanzo bean (chick pea) flour and water and you can basically season and add whatever you'd like to it. The first time we made it we sort of goofed it up but the second time it turned out great! We decided to add some veggies and chicken on top to add more protein and fiber and it was so yummy. I love new creations like these and it was super easy to make.  Socca is sold as a street food south of France...it would be interesting to see what is tastes like there...maybe one day! Hope ya'll enjoy!

    Socca Dough
    • 1 cup of garbanzo bean flour (We used Bob's Red Mill)
    • 1 cup of water
    • 1 1/2 tsp of fresh rosemary
    • Pinch of salt
    • Pinch of garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    Roasted Vegetables
    • 2 cups of broccoli florets
    • 1 yellow squash, cubed
    • 2 zucchinis, cubed
    • Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
    • Garlic powder
    Chicken and other vegetables
    • 1 container of white button mushrooms
    • 1 small yellow onion, diced
    • 1 green bell pepper, diced
    • Olive oil
    • 2 cups of cooked grilled chicken
    • 1/4 cup of store bought pesto
    • Low-fat mozzarella cheese
    1. Preheat the oven to broil. Combine all of the ingredients for the socca except for the olive oil in a large bowl and whisk together until smooth. Spray 2 round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to each pan (swirl the olive oil around so it covers the entire pan). Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans (there should be a thin layer of batter in each pan). Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes, or until the top is brown and edges are crispy. When the socca is finished baking place them on a plate to cool.

    2. For the roasted vegetables preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add 2 cups of fresh broccoli florets to a cookie sheet, drizzle olive oil over the top, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. On another cookie sheet, add the cubed squash and zucchini, drizzle olive oil over the top, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are brown and crispy. Set aside once they are finished roasting.

    3. In a medium saute pan add the mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper. Cook on medium high heat until they are carmalized (about 8-10 minutes). Season with salt and pepper when they are finished cooking.

    4. In a large bowl combine the roasted vegetables, sauted vegetables, and grilled chicken. Add 1/4 cup of pesto and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

    5. Cut the socca bread into triangles. Place one triangle on a plate and top with the vegetable mixture and mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!!

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Ground Turkey

    I have always wanted to cook with butternut squash but I never knew how to cook it or what to cook with it, so I came up with a recipe and it tasted like all the components of Thanksgiving in one! I will not lie, cutting this gigantic butternut squash into small cubes took me about 20 minutes and man was it a workout (I probably need to hit the weights more), but it was worth it in the end! On another note, QUINOA, this is a funny little grain, it is gluten free (read more here: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/quinoa-nutrition-facts), and it is a good source of protein and fiber! This is a wonderful, healthy recipe that will definitely give you all the great flavors of Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoy!

    • 1 cup of dry quinoa, rinsed
    • 1 large butternut squash, cut into cubes for roasting
    • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
    • 1 pound of lean ground turkey
    • 2 slices of low sodium turkey bacon, chopped into small pieces
    • 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped and toasted
    • 2 Tablespoons of fresh rosemary, chopped
    • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil (for roasting)
    • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil (to saute)
    • 2 tsp. of dried rosemary
    • 1 tsp. of salt
    • 1 Tablespoon of ground black pepper
    • 2 tsp. of garlic powder
    • 1 cup of parmesan cheese

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cubed butternut squash on a large cookie sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of fresh, chopped rosemary. Use your hands to incorporate all of the ingredients together. Roast in the oven for about 30-35 minutes (you may need to flip them with a spatula half way through if they are getting crispy on the bottom).

    2. Placed rinsed quinoa in a medium pot and cook according to the directions on the back of the bag (usually 1:2 quinoa to water). When it is finished cooking, remove from heat and set aside.

    3. Add chopped bacon to a non-stick skillet and cook until it is crispy. Remove bacon from the skillet when it is finished cooking (leave the grease in the pan) and place in a small bowl to the side. Add the diced onion and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and saute until the onions are lightly browned. Remove the onions from the pan and put them in the small bowl with the bacon to the side.

    4. Add the ground turkey to the same skillet you cooked your bacon and onion in and cook on medium-high heat until the turkey is no longer pink (about 8-10 minutes). When the turkey is finished cooking, add the bacon and onion back into the skillet and stir to combine all of the ingredients.

    5. In a large bowl, add the roasted butternut squash, cooked quinoa, ground turkey mixture, and toasted walnuts and sitr until the mixture is well incorporated. Season with dried rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir in 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese.

    6. Use the remainder 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top of each dish. Enjoy!!

      Wednesday, November 2, 2011

      Pan Fried Salmon Patties on a Bed of Couscous

      Here we go again with salmon, except cooked totally different than the first time! In this recipe I used canned salmon which has all the omega-3 fatty acids that fresh salmon has and is loaded with all of the good for you nutrients. I got this recipe idea from Kel's mom who makes these alot at home (and probably better) so all the credit goes to her for creating this recipe!

      • 2 14.75 oz. cans of Bumble Bee Pink Salmon, drained and bones removed
      • 1 3/4 cups of plain dry bread crumbs
      • 1 small yellow onion, diced
      • 1 green bell pepper, diced
      • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
      • 2 whole eggs
      • 2 egg whites
      • 1 Tbsp. of canola oil -to saute the veggies
      • 2 tsp of ground black pepper
      • 2 tsp of garlic powder
      • 1 tsp of salt
      • 1/2 tsp of paprika  
      • 4 Tbsp. of canola oil -to pan fry
      • Couscous (we like the Near East brand in parmesan flavor)
      1. Drain the salmon and remove any remaining small bones. Transfer the salmon into a large mixing bowl and add the plain dried bread crumbs.

      2. In a small bowl, crack open the eggs and the egg whites and whisk together. Add the eggs to the salmon mixture and stir to combine all of the ingredients together.

      3. In a medium pan, saute the onion and bell pepper in 1 tablespoon of canola oil for about 8-10 min on medium-high heat or until the vegetables are translucent. Once they are finished cooking, combine them with the salmon mixture.

      4. Stir in the chopped fresh parsley, ground black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and paprika until all of the ingredients are well incorporated. The mixture should be slightly wet but not liquidy (if so, you may need to add more bread crumbs).

      5. Form the mixture into 1/2 inch patties (should make about a dozen patties). Add 4 tablespoons of canola oil to a large saute pan and saute the patties on medium to medium-high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side or until they are browned on each side.

      6. Prepare couscous according to the directions on the back of the box. Serve patties on top of couscous. Enjoy!!

      Yield: about 12 patties (you can half this recipe if you do not want to make as many)

      *You can also serve these on toasted whole wheat buns or english muffins**