Monday, February 1, 2010

Turkey Stroganoff, Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Salad & Pillsbury Breadsticks

Tonight we had 11 for supper. Our oldest son was in a band and we had the band with their new members for supper and hang out time. It was nice to reconnect with these young adults again. Along with them our family and a friend of my daughters. One of the band members is sort of vegetarian - but she eats turkey/chicken. I did turkey version of Beef Stroganoff. It was a low calorie version that turned out very nice.

Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles
(This recipe serves 2 people. Because I was feeding more I multiplied the recipe by 6)

1 1/2 cups egg noodle
1 slice whole-wheat bread torn
2 tbsp skim milk
8 oz. ground turkey
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup grated onion
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp canola oil
2 tsp butter
1 tbsp flour
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/3 cup skim milk

Prepare noodles according to package directions.

Take bread and cut into small pieces

Soak bread in milk.
Combine turkey, egg, onion, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Stir in soaked bread. Form mixture into 8 meatballs [obviously I made many more :0)]

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs on all sides, 5 minutes; remove meatballs and set aside.

Melt butter in the skillet and stir in flour; cook 1 minute.
Whisk in broth; reduce heat to medium.

Whisk in milk.

Mix together brown sugar and thyme.

Add sugar/thyme mixture into cream sauce.

Return meatballs to sauce; simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Serve over meatballs.

Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
(I have made this recipe several times, but I think this is the first I have shared it. The flavors in this side dish are amazing - sweet, rich, yummy)
8 cups (about 1 large head) cut into florets
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Put cauliflower in baking pan.
Toss cauliflower with oil, marjoram, salt and pepper. Roast for 15 - 20 minutes. Toss with vinegar and Parmesan cheese. Return to the oven and roast until the cheese is melted and any moisture has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes more.
I take romaine hearts and slice them in about 1/2 inch slices. Pull the slices apart and mix together in a large bowl. To serve I put an assortment of dressings, croutons, bacon bits and cheese on the table for a serve yourself salad. Any salad less is stored in a Ziploc bag. I have found it lasts longer by not mixing it with other ingredients and dressing. It also means the lettuce is ready for a quick lunch salad for me without much work.
Pillsbury Bread Sticks
2 packages of Pillsbury Bread Sticks
olive oil
Parmesan cheese
Italian seasoning
I take them apart and twist each one onto the baking pan. I sprinkle them with olive oil, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Bake according to directions. They are a dressed up version -easy to do.

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