July 16, 2012

Dijon Herb-Stuffed Chicken

Happy Tuesday, UFG'ers! The Mailman and I have a big few weeks coming up and I couldn't be more excited.  We're going to the Firefly Music Festival and then vacation with my family up in the Adirondack Mountains for a week! A week of no phone, no tv, no social media....wonderful!

In the wake of all this wonderfulness, I've been feeling a bit down.  I'm lucky to have had a few incredible friends that have stuck around for years.  Rachel is one of them.  Rachel is the person you've always wanted to be.  Not only has Rachel been in my life for 18 years, but her Mom, Karin,  has been in my life as well.  This blog is dedicated to  Karin.  Diagnosed in 2009, Karin is battling colon cancer in the most graceful, amazing way.  Her battle is coming to an end.
Everyone knows it takes a village to raise a child.  I've been lucky enough to have Karin as a part of my village.  I'll forever be grateful and blessed for that.  I don't know if Karin likes roasted chicken - but here's my reasoning for dedicating this particular recipe to Karin:
Roasted chicken, to me, smells like love.  There's no better scent than walking into the house when a chicken is roasting in the oven. It's comfort. It's home.  Karin's house to me, growing up, was just like home.  Karin is and always will be love.

My recipe for Karin after the jump!

July 11, 2012

Pineapple Chicken

Happy Hump Day, UFG'ers!
Last night, The Mailman and I did the most fun activity of our summer so far: A movie on the roof of a grocery store! (And my favorite grocery store at that)  We watched JAWS on the roof of the Shop Rite in Wilmington. So awesome.  I had never seen the movie, and have never watched a movie on a roof - so a win/win all around!  Summer is a great time in the city of Wilmington, De!

I'm pretty excited to share this recipe with you today.  The Mailman thought it was Asian inspired, I thought it Hawaiian, so make it and let me know what you think!  I could literally eat this everyday it's so good. 

Recipe after the jump:

July 06, 2012

Mexican Turkey Burgers

Happy Friday!
If you've been following me since the beginning, you know I love burgers.  Any kind of burger, really.  I'm always looking for different ways to make turkey burgers.  Turkey, by nature, is a really bland meat and can get really dry if you don't treat it properly.  These Mexican Turkey Burgers stay moist by using raw poblano peppers and fresh corn off the cob.   Spice them up with as much cumin and chilli powder as your palate can handle and man are they delish! I chose to top mine with avocado (I could eat them like apples) instead of cheese, but some pepper jack would work great on these.
A note:  A mistake a friend recently made buying ground turkey - buying 85% lean.  Although still better than ground beef, I prefer  and use the extra lean.  It's easier to dry out, so you really have to get creative with it, but you save calories in the end and can pepper them up with cheese, avocado, or use a regular bun.  So make sure you're reading the nutrition facts in the grocery store so you know what you're buying!
Recipe after the jump!

July 03, 2012

I Failed At Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Well, UFG'ers - it's officially summer.  A\C is pumping and I'm in a constant state of glowing.  Summer also means it's sun dress time - my favorite!
So I did a lot of cooking this weekend.  First up was something I've waited a long time to make - cauliflower pizza crust.  Now - mine failed.  BUT! My failed because it was too thin.  Stick to a 9" round pan, and this recipe is awesome.   The Mailman isn't a big fan of cauliflower, so I think he was glad that my crust fell apart, but I'll definitely be making this for myself.  Give it a try and play around with it - let me know how you find it!
NOTE: I'm no longer listing calories.  It was brought to my attention by someone who knows her stuff that everyone counts calories differently.  For example, I don't count veggies or spices.  Some do.  It's a science, and I'm no scientist.  However, continue to trust that every recipe I post is healthy.  It's low calorie and it will help the end result! Feel free to copy and paste my recipes into whatever you count your calories with!