I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Kefta? Kufta? Kefto?

When I was cleaning out the fridge today, I noticed the container of (delicious!!) tehina I made last Friday to go with the falafel. I did not want such yumminess to go to waste so I decided to make Kefta. Afterall, I had extra pita in the freezer and parsley in the fridge. I searched around for recipes and found, not only a gatrillion recipes, but a gazillion different names for the same dish. I didn’t have the time nor the hands to write any of the recipes down, so I remembered what I could and played it by ear.

This is what I did:
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 small onion, finely diced
1 handful of parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

I made long rolls and baked them at 350F for about 15 minutes and then turned them over end broiled them for a few minutes. Danny got a work page just before dinner so I brought him his in the office and before I could even make mine, he was in the kitchen giving me kisses and telling me how delicious it was (check FB status for all disbelievers!). I ate mine on Amelia’s bed because it’s her turn to not feel well. When I got back to the kitchen to add a little into my pita tush, I realized I never took a picture of the final product. The pita tush will just have to do :)

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Falafel

This was the second recipe I pulled out for this week and it was *amazing*. I have tried falafel before, I have baked it, semi-fried it, but if you want authentic falafel, you must fry the darn things.
I cut this one out of the Chicago Tribune Good Eating section many month ago and saved it from Macie’s hands last week (I had to piece it back together to read it), but I am glad I kept it and tried it. I am not a major fryer, but this is a great summer meal. I had alot of leftover falafel mix so I froze it in balls. I have no idea how it will thaw, but I figured that hummus freezes well and whole chickpeas freeze well so my chances are pretty good.

Here is the link to the recipe, enjoy!

For the tehina sauce, I looked at a couple of recipes and ended up doing (I think), 3/4 c. tehina, 1/2 c. hot water, 1/2 c. lemon juice, salt and 1 small clove garlic smashed. I could have licked the bowl…:)

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It doesn’t have to be colorful to be flavorful

Tilapia with Danny’s new favorite, sweet potato fries, and leftover rice brought back to life with a little soy sauce and sesame seeds.

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Apple, peach crisp…yummy, but not as good as last week’s because I used Fuji instead of Gala and they didn’t cook down enough. I actually kept the extra topping from last week in the freezer which made it a sinch to throw together.

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Baked Egg Rolls

I have a huge manila folder with cut out/printed out recipes that I hold onto, but rarely try out. In an attempt to skim it out a bit, I am going to try to make a couple of those recipes every week. Last Sunday, I pulled two out and I actually made both of them. This was from Cooking Lights website and I will not be making this one again. The filling was amazing. Of course, anything that has onions, garlic and fresh ginger has to be. I also loved working with the large egg roll wrappers. There was just something about the baking process that made the wrapper gummy and not very tasty. The following day, I ripped open the wrappers and mixed the filling with some leftover pasta and some extra soy sauce.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am on dessert duty tonight for the big Willis BBQ so the decision to make cookies was a no brainer. I don’t love having the oven on, but it isn’t for too long and I really like cookies! I wasn’t sure what kind until someone on FB mentioned a Banana White Chocolate Chip Loaf (I will get that recipe soon…) and I wondered about doing a Banana Choc Chip Cookie. Here is the recipe I kinda sorta used, but not really. I love these cookies because I cut so much sugar and fat that I don’t feel guilty sending these to work in Danny’s lunch or noshing on them at home. I bet I could sneak even more WW flour and noone would notice.

These are the ingredients I used:
2 c. white flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour (baby steps…)
1 tsp baking powder (ppl said to do that in the reviews so I listened)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. smart balance light
2 eggs
dash of vanilla
3 mashed bananas
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

I ended up lowering the oven to 375F after my bottoms were getting too dark. Just watch your cookies or they will look like my first (test) batch. Don’t worry, I took care of those…:)

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Whole Wheat Pasta and Chicken

On Friday, we had grilled chicken drumsticks for dinner and I had Danny grill the thighs also, either to freeze or have over the weekend. Turns out, there was nothing left to freeze after we had chicken topped salads for lunch and chicken and potatoes for dinner on Saturday and this healthy and delicious meal for dinner tonight. And, no, I am not even chickened-out…and I am thrilled that Danny actually ate whole wheat pasta and enjoyed it :)

BBQ rub on the drumsticks:
1 tsp each, black pepper, thyme, paprika, chili powder, celery seed
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp each ground mustard, cumin
1 tbsp brown sugar (or to taste)

Southwest marinade on thighs:
1/2 c. OJ
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar (I used apple cider)
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp each, pepper, cinnamon

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