Saturday, May 08, 2010

More Penzeys!

I'm hooked. I admit it. Check it out.

My latest package had Italian Sausage spice, Greek spice, MORE Breakfast Sausage spice, Grey Sea Salt, Buttermilk Dressing mix and a sample (free!) of Southwest Seasoning.

Today I made:

Turkey Italian Sausage

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1/2 large sweet onion diced
1 T olive oil
1 heaping T Italian Sausage spice

Brown onion in oil with spice. I also had some fresh mushrooms to use up so I threw those in too. Add in turkey and brown well. I snitched and this is sooo wonderfully good.


Stuffed Zucchini

5 small-ish zucchinis
1/2 sweet onion diced
1/2 T Greek seasoning
2 t olive oil
1/8 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded cheese - I used asiago

slice 4 zucchinis in half lengthwise and in half. slice a small strip off the skin side so they sit flat. Make V cuts and hollow out the middles to make boats. Reserve what you take out.

Salt and bake boats @ 375 for about 20 minutes in a sprayed pan.

Meanwhile, saute onions, spice and the remaining chopped up zucchini and the reserved middles until nicely browned. Add in bread crumbs.

When boats have cooled a bit, stuff with zucchini onion mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for about 10 minutes.

Serve warm or hot.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Easy recipes for a Sunday

I do like to cook a lot on the weekends. It really frees up my weeknights for more fun things - you know - like laundry!

This is what I made today:

Turkey Meatballs - we will have pasta and meatballs with lots of onion and mushrooms in the sauce later this week

Corn and Bean Salsa
1 can corn drained
1 can black beans drained
1/2 yellow pepper chopped
1/2 Vidalia onion chopped finely
1/2 jalapeno seeded and minced
1 T olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 t chili powder (I'm in love with Chili 3000 from Penzey's)
juice of one lime

mix, let sit and eat as a salad or use to top burritos or tacos.

Beef Taco filling

This is my new favorite way to make taco filling.

1 lb ground sirloin
1/2 chopped Vidalia onion
1 t Chili 3000

saute until onion is cooked and beef is nicely browned.

Add in:

1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup salsa - I use medium hot

simmer for 1/2 hour on very low heat. Use for tacos, burritos, enchilada bake. So yum. This is also so good with chicken thighs: Use four boneless skinless thighs and brown well with onion and chili powder. Double stock and salsa and simmer until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken and shred. Reduce liquid and add back in shredded chicken.

Beans Like My Mama Makes

1 can vegetarian baked beans
1 can butter beans (drained)
1 can kidney beans (drained)

1/2 cup catsup
1/4 cup mustard (I used grainy and yellow as I am running low on both!)
1/4 cup brown sugar
several shakes of hot sauce - I love Louisana hot sauce

Put in crock pot and cook all day. We will eat these tonight with grilled turkey tenderloin and roasted potatoes.

Hope you had a great weekend too!