Korean Turkey (Instead of Beef)

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Here’s a super easy dinner that my friend, Heidi gave to me again!  I told her she’s been giving me so many recipes lately that she should just help me blog.

We have been very busy this week with the end of football season coming to an end.   When Heidi told me about this meal she had earlier and how fast it would be for me to make.  No kidding.  This was super easy!  There are very few ingredients and as I was told, this rice took the same amount of time as the meat cooked!

I loved the flavor of the meat.  We use ground turkey instead of ground beef, but I’m assuming using the beef wouldn’t give it much different flavor.

I have a few favorite spices/herbs.  Cilantro is by far my favorite but Ginger is a close 2nd!!  I love the smell and the flavor it adds.

I didn’t have the sesame oil on hand and I griped a bit at the cost for the small amount I needed, but wow, that really added great flavor to this as well.

Just looking at the meat you would think that it doesn’t have a powerful flavor, but it sure does.

I’m not a huge fan of rice, but the family is.  I would have preferred to put this over some rice noodle or some pasta!  But nonetheless, this was very fast and super easy.  And these days that’s what’s important.

I snapped a few pictures of the kids while they were eating too!

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Caleb is not a huge fan at all of getting his pictures taken.  I walked by and quickly got this one!  Notice the food on his plate is almost gone!  AND he has a green onion on his plate!  He can’t eat them ON the food but he can eat it on the side.  Whatever works bud!

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This one here doesn’t like to always eat her food.  She has more fun feeding the dogs that are hovering below her chair.  She used to stand near me and say cheese every time I’d get my camera out.  Now?   She tells me to stop.  So I had to quick take this as well of her!

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This girl here?  She’ll strike a pose any time she even thinks about a camera.  Oh here Nana, wait, let me hold my plate up higher!  Nothing wrong with loving those pictures!  I love taking them.  She’s going back to get some green onions on her plate!!  She is the picky person in our house beyond anyone.  Can’t have any food touching any other food.  If we are eating chips with our meal, she has to either eat out of the bag, which I dislike, or get a clean plate.  The chips can’t touch the plate that’s already had food on it.  Too bad she doesn’t feel this way about her room….maybe some day!

Anyways…looking for a quick go to meal, this is it.  Use either ground beef or turkey.  I thought about putting some pine nuts on it as well.  Maybe next time!

Enjoy.

Korean Turkey (Instead of Beef)
Author: Patricia
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar (I like it sweet so I usually do closer to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I use low-sodium)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (see note)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (to desired spiciness)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced (don’t skip this!)
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown turkey with garlic in the sesame oil. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions.

Have a great day!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Lizzy Writes

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

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Last week my friend Heidi had told me about this dish that she made.  She said it was super easy and her family liked it.  Now, that meant I was going to like it.  Taking a 50/50 shot here that the others in my home would as well.

Those that have followed long enough know that there are certain people that are just picky (that would be Brooklyn), there are certain people that will eat some and then are just picky (that’s Caleb), then there’s another that is just as picky as Brooklyn (that would be Craig) but will always ask what my back up plan is.  I don’t have a back up plan.  A sandwich is their back up plan.  Mine is to enjoy what was made and love it because it was made from love, hard work…..Yeah that won’t work!

Last night Caleb had football.  He was so excited because he got to wear his helmet, pads and all.  He actually tried it on for me a few times yesterday.  So when it came down to dinner, he was all set to play.  I’m not sure how he ate with all of that limiting movement stuff on!!!

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Man, kids grow up too fast.  I told him yesterday to stop. He asked me how is he supposed to do that!!!  Time goes by so fast.  Tackle football?  Oh boy, I’m a bit nervous.

Anyhow!!  This was a super easy meal to make.  However, sometimes I tend to be a major multi-tasker and skimmed a bit too fast when it said how to put the meal together.  Woops.  It still turned out great and it tasted the same (I’m sure)!

Here’s a peek at some of the food while it’s cooking!!

Here’s the ground turkey and water boiling!

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Here’s the meat and tomato sauce..

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Smelled fantastic!!

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The pasta…almost dinner time!!

Sour Cream Noodle Bake
Recipe Type: Casserole
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 can 15-ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces, weight Egg Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1-1/4 cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 1/4 chives
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown ground turkey in a large skillet. Add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add to noodles and stir. Add chives and stir.
  5. To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.

I didn’t have any crusty french bread to go along with this but I sure wish I did.  We’re not much on bread here (me mostly due to the carbs) but there are times when you wish you had it and this was it.

I am thankful to Heidi for sharing this with me!  I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Pioneer Woman

Cream of Celery Potato Hash

Ok granted it’s been in the 90s in Minnesota for quite a while (and in no way am I complaining), but I saw this recipe on Pinterest and it really sounded good. It may be a “Fall” type recipe, but hey, our air is on and I didn’t have to start the oven!! And we used the grill yesterday to make some brats, so all is good!!

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This was a super go to dinner.  I made a few adjustments to the recipe by adding some soup and corn.

Super easy, super good.  As you can see, Miss Khali thinks so too.

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By the time she was done with her dinner, she didn’t look so clean!  I was attempting to make a dessert and gave her the spatula to clean off and she made a pretty cute mess!

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She looks pretty upset that her bowl is gone and that I took away the spatula!!  (Yes, I had to give her more because the eyes get you every time!!).

Back to dinner.  There is something about cream of celery soup that I love.   I was going to add cream of mushroom and was happy to see that I had a can of the celery instead.  It’s something about the flavor.  I love it!!

Give it a try.  The kids will enjoy this one too!!

Have a great rest of the week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Cream of Celery Potato Hash
Recipe Type: Hot Dish
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • Bag of frozen diced potatoes
  • 1 lbs pound of browned ground turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • Oil
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt, pepper, garlic to taste
  • 1 can of cream of celery soup
  • 1 can of corn (drained)
Instructions
  1. In large pan. Brown ground turkey with one diced onion, salt, pepper, garlic salt or real garlic.
  2. In the pan add the bag of frozen diced potatoes. Use salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste until the potatoes are soft and brown.
  3. Add the soup and corn and mix together.
  4. Cover with shredded cheddar cheese.

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Key Ingredient

Cheeseburger Crescent Casserole

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The doesn’t look like an average cheeseburger, I know.  And it doesn’t have a bun on the top and the bottom.  But it does taste like a good cheeseburger!!  I think you could add even more of the burger condiments but I chose not to.  Maybe some onions and some mustard!!  The pickle relish added great flavor, but what about putting some actual pickle slices on it too!  Huh..maybe next time!

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef, cooked, drained
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup dill pickle relish
1 1/2 cups shredded American cheese (6 oz)
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
Directions
  • Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch skillet, mix beef and ketchup. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Stir in relish and 1 cup of the cheese. Spoon into ungreased 9- or 10-inch glass pie plate. (I don’t have glass pie plates so I used my cake pans)

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  • Separate dough into 8 triangles; roll up 1 inch on shortest side of each dough triangle. Place dough on top of meat mixture in spoke pattern with points towards center. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

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  • Bake15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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When I find something new I always get asked two questions.  1.  Have we had this before?  2.  What’s the back up plan!!

The answer to number 1 is usually no, we haven’t.  For number 2 there really isn’t a back up plan.  If it’s not like, there is bread and lunch meat in the fridge!!

I doubled the ingredients so I could feed my family of 7.  Or if you have big eaters, one pan may not be enough.

Enjoy!!

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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Pillsbury

Chinese Pie w/Biscuits

I have a friend that I work with and we share recipes quite often.  She shows me new blogs that she has found or sends me something that she’s made that she’s eaten since a child but made some changes to.

This one is one that Heidi said she’s had since she was a little kid growing up.  She just made some changes to it by adding cheese.  Yep, cheese.  Adding cheese is a good thing.  Ok well maybe not for everyone, but all things in moderation.

I’m also trying to find ways to cut my weekly cost in grocery bills down a lot.  We compared her dinners for the week, she gave me what she is buying and then told me how much she spent.  I thought, well it can’t hurt to try and reduce it and introduce new foods to the family.

This was a simple meal to put together.  And there is nothing better than that.

Here’s what I used:

1lb ground turkey

1 can creamed corn

sliced Velveeta cheese

Mashed potatoes (I used a store bought container of loaded potatoes!!)

Onion salt, salt & pepper, garlic salt to taste

Here’s what I did.

Turn oven on to broil (high).

Cook the ground turkey until browned.  Add the seasonings and taste to your liking.  When the meat is cooked through add to a casserole dish and top with slices of Velveeta cheese.   Then pour the cream corn over the cheese (Heidi makes everything warm/hot when adding to the meat).  After the corn, spread the potatoes over the corn and spread to cover.

Cook in the oven just long enough to get the potatoes browned.  When serving the dinner, spoon onto plate upside down so the potatoes are on the bottom.

This was pretty good.  And it was easy enough to make.  The kids loved it and that means we can have it again!  They also put some on their biscuits and ate it like a sandwich.  That was a great idea.  I did it then too!

Have a great week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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My Friend Heidi

Cheesy Stuffed Meatloaf

We had Jodi’s baptism today and got plenty of good food to eat.  I was hesitant to cook a big dinner, but it’s later in the day and meatloaf had it’s name all over our dinner plate.

If it’s one thing I can get everyone to eat is something stuffed with cheese!  And I usually make my meatloaf in the slow cooker, but found this on Pinterest (as I have many great pictures and recipes) and thought I’d give this a try.  Mostly the same ingredients, but done a bit different.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup of Italian Style bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, bread, eggs, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix with your hands until well blended. Place on a 12- x 16-inch piece of wax paper and pat firmly into a 10- x 12-inch rectangle.
  1. In a small bowl, combine cheese and scallions; mix well. Sprinkle cheese mixture evenly over ground beef. Roll up jelly roll-style, starting from the short end, by lifting wax paper and removing the paper as you roll. Seal ends well. Place seam-side down in prepared baking dish.
  1. Pour half of barbecue sauce over beef roll and bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven, pour remaining sauce over roll, and return to oven 10 to 15 minutes, or until no pink remains. Remove from oven and allow to stand 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

I only put the scallions on top of MY side of the loaf because, well is there really a reason to say why!!

I love a great hearty meal to end the weekend with.

Have a great week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Mr. Food

Beefy Nacho Crescent Bake

Who would have thought putting taco meat inside of a crescent roll would be good!!??

I loved, loved, loved this.  (photo taken by Caleb!!!).

I was cleaning out one of my drawers and found a little magazine cookbook and stumbled upon this    recipe and let me tell you, it was well worth it.

Put this along side some home made guacamole and this was a hit with the kids alone!!

 

Here’s what you need to make this:

1    pound lean ground turkey
1/2    cup chopped onion
1/4    teaspoon salt
1/8    teaspoon black pepper
1    tablespoon chili powder
1    teaspoon ground cumin
1    teaspoon dried oregano
1    can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed nacho cheese soup, undiluted
1    cup milk
1    package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent roll dough
1/4    cup (1 ounce) shredded Cheddar cheese
Chopped fresh cilantro
Salsa (optional)

I had half of a pan of taco meat left over so next time making this I would use two tubes of the crescent rolls (you would need two cans of soup as well).

Here’s how:

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 13X9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Season beef and onion with salt and pepper. Brown beef and onion in large skillet 6 to 8 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat. Drain fat. Stir in chili powder, cumin and oregano. Cook and stir 2 minutes; remove from heat. Stir together soup and milk in medium bowl; pour evenly into prepared dish.
Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles; press perforations together firmly. Roll each rectangle to 8X4 inches. Cut each rectangle in half crosswise to form 8 (4-inch) squares.
Spoon about 1/4 cup beef mixture into center of each square. Lift 4 corners of dough up over filling to meet in center; pinch and twist firmly to seal. Place squares in prepared dish.
Bake, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until crusts are golden brown. Sprinkle cheese over squares. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese melts. To serve, spoon soup mixture in dish over each serving; sprinkle with cilantro, if desired. Serve with salsa, if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Sodium    126 mg
Protein    31 g
Fiber    3 g
Carbohydrate    35 g
Cholesterol    93 mg
Total Fat    35 g
Calories    564

Have a Happy Memorial Weekend and Happy Cooking.

(new photo 1/25/12)

 

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking….