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Tasty Couscous Salad

I just recently became a big fan of couscous.  I had eaten it before – usually as a muted little side dish, but never as the star of the meal.  I love the texture of it … the way it rolls around and pops in your mouth.  Delicious!  I was staring in my cupboard and refrigerator today wondering what I would have for lunch and this box of couscous stared back at me …

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So, I got out my cutting board and chopped up a red pepper, halved some grape tomatoes, shredded a carrot, performed a chiffonade on some fresh basil leaves, and peeled two mandarin oranges.  I poured 1 cup of boiling water over 1 cup of the couscous, covered it, and let it sit for five minutes.  When it was ready, I fluffed it, added a pat of butter and my veggie/citrus mix.  Then I stirred in about a tablespoon of honey and squeezed in the juice of one orange.  That’s it!  Serve warm or chilled!  Would be great with some almond slivers tossed in too!

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Turkey Dill Burgers

Sorry for the oh so less than perfect picture of this burger.  It was late, we were hungry, and I have horrible lighting in my kitchen.  That aside, these burgers are juicy and delicious.  I got the idea from an old Salmon Dill Burger recipe the chef at a restaurant I worked at fourteen years ago used to make.  I am not a salmon fan, but figured it would work well with turkey, since it’s sort of a “blank slate” meat.  To jazz it up even more, I mixed some capers into some light mayo to spread on the buns.  So Tasty!

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To Make Turkey Dill Burgers … Mix a little salt, fresh ground black pepper, and about a teaspoon [maybe a little more depending on how many burgers you are making – I made two] of dried dill into your ground turkey breast.  I also mixed in some fresh chopped parsley, but I’ve also made them without it.  Shape into patties and place in hot skillet that has been sprayed with a hit of non-stick spray [we use organic canola].  Cook for about 7-10 minutes on each side over medium heat.  When the burgers are almost finished, melt a slice of swiss cheese on top.  We added lettuce, tomato, and caper mayo to our burgers too.  Quick, Easy, and Good for You!!  Enjoy!

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Making Salad in My Sleep

Today is supposed to be my Thursday fashion post about stylish maternity wear, but I was so tired last night that I didn’t get the chance to finish.  Tomorrow I will still be sharing recipes for beauty and promise I will get the maternity styles up on Saturday.  For some reason I am out of steam this week.  Maybe it’s the humidity … or maybe it’s just the combination of chasing Ava around all day and barely sleeping at night.  Mike and I came to the realization the other day that we won’t get to sleep in again until we’re like 50.  Makes me want to go back in time and really savor those lazy sleep until noon days.

Well, I don’t want to forfeit this post entirely, so here are some great recipes for a few simple, delicious, and healthy summer salads!  Enjoy!

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To Make Green Bean & Squash Salad … Boil fresh green beans for about 4 minutes and then place into ice water.  Thinly slice yellow squash and place in bowl with mixed greens.  Chop up some green [or red] onion and add to salad.  Remove green beans from the ice water, blot dry and toss into bowl w/ some light italian dressing or olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper.  Crisp and clean flavors!  Yummy!

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To Make Black Bean & Avocado Salad … This one is soooo simple.  Boil water and toss in corn.  Cut up avocado, carrot, green pepper, and tomato [optional].  Strain corn and rinse under cold water.  Open up a can of black beans and rinse.  Throw everything together in a bowl and you’re finished!  If you want to add a little spice, throw in some garlic [or mix in garlic paste] or jalepeno, a little bit of lime juice, and some salt.  Have leftovers?  Throw it in some soft or hard taco shells with grilled chicken or ground beef.

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Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Sometimes I am amazed that I find the time to cook dinner almost every night.  I do most of my prep work in the afternoons while Ava is either napping or quietly playing on the floor.  And since I don’t have much time for anything that doesn’t involve the babers, I opt for quick and easy meals.  Yesterday, I put together this meatball dish and stored it in the fridge until I was ready to saute the meatballs and cook the pasta and put it on the table … just in time for Mike to walk through the door.

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To Make the Spicy Turkey Meatballs … Chop up some onions [any kind will do] and place into bowl with ground turkey.  Add a dash of salt, fresh ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, hot adobo seasoning [i use Goya], and an italian seasoning blend.  Mix by hand and roll into balls.  These store really well in the fridge and it allows them to set so they keep their shape better when you cook them.

To Make the Sauce … Simmer chopped onions and tomatoes, olive oil, dried basil and oregano [or italian seasoning] until veggies are tender.  Meanwhile, saute fresh green beans.  Mix together with salt and pepper to taste.

When you’re ready, heat olive oil up in pan and brown meatballs on all sides until cooked through.  Cook pasta, strain, and add to pan with meatballs.  Add sauce and fresh basil.  Stir, serve, and enjoy!

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