Monday, August 3, 2015

What's Cookin'

My friend Amanda gave me a Crockpot recipe book last weekend.  So, I decided to flip through it and find a recipe or two that I'd like to try.  There were a bunch I wanted to try, but I picked just one as there was a recipe from my Fast Metabolism Diet cookbook I had been wanting to try forever.  So, one dish for lunches and one for dinners for the week!

AVOCADO CHILI

Ingredients:
• 1 lb lean ground turkey, browned and drained
• 1/2 red onion, chopped
• 2 heaping spoonfuls chili powder
• 2 tbsp minced garlic
• 3 tbsp parley or cilantro
• 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
• 15 oz can white or kidney beans, low sodium
• 15 oz can black or pinto beans, low sodium
• 15 oz can lentils or adzuki beans, low sodium
• 4-5 medium zucchini, chopped
• 4 cups (32 oz) tomato soup, low sodium
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 2 avocados, diced

Directions: 
• put meat, onions, chili powder, garlic, parsley or cilantro, and crushed red pepper flakes into a slow cooker on high.
• cover and set aside while prepping the remaining ingredients.
• open, drain and rinse all cans of beans.  add the beans, zucchini and soup to the pot and stir well.
• cook on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
• stir and taste occasionally, adjusting seasonings as needed.
• add the sea salt just before serving to preserve its nutrients.
• serve with diced avocado.

**NOTE: I found that to easily dice the avocado, I cut it in half, removed the pit and then cut a cross-hatch pattern in the avocado with a knife and then used a spoon to removed the diced pieces.


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ASIAN GINGER BEEF W/BOK CHOY & MIRACLE NOODLES

Ingredients:
• 2.25 lbs boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 2 tbsp peanut oil
• 3 green onions, cut into 1/2 inch slices
• 6 cloves garlic
• 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/4 low sodium soy sauce
• 1 tsp Asian chili paste
• 4 packages of Miracle Noodle fettuccine noodles
• 3 cups bok choy, trimmed, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces

Directions:
• heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot.  sear beef on all sides in batches to prevent crowding, turning each piece as it browns.  sear last batch of beef with onions and garlic.
• transfer to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.  add broth, water, soy sauce, ginger and chili paste.  stir well to combine.  cover; cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, or until beef is very tender.
• drain all 4 packages of Miracle Noodles, rinse, heat in microwave safe container for 4 minutes, drain and rinse again.  set aside.
• when the meat is don
e in the slow cooker, add the noodles and stir, allowing noodles to mingle with the sauce/broth mixture.  add the bok choy and stir.  heat on high until bok choy is tender-crisp, about 15 minutes.
• garnish with cilantro and serve hot.




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