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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Nutritious Meals

For sometime now I have been endevoring to eat better, not only to lose weight but to be healthier. I have always cooked from scratch, I rarely use prepackaged foods, however I do not feel like a creative cook, so I like to find delicious and nutritious recipes. Partly I find that I have to reteach my palate to enjoy certain foods. I didn't grow up eating a big variety of vegetables, and I have a texture issue with vegies such as beans, so it is WORK to try new things.

This week at my Apples of Gold mentoring group, we are having a lady from our church come and speak about nutritious meals. She gave us recipes, and as I am the "cook" I will be making the following recipes for our lunch tomorrow.

Salsa Meatloaf

1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1lb lean ground turkey
1 cup chunky salsa
1 egg, beaten
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup cooked brown rice

Cook onion and pepper for 5 minutes or until tender. In bowl, combine turkey, salsa, egg, salt and pepper, garlic. Stir in onion and red pepper mixture and rice. Place in a large baking dish. Form into 1 or 2 loaves. Bake @350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

Whole Grain Berry Biscuits
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 T. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup water
3 T. oil
1/3 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking stone.
In medium bowl combine flour, wheat flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In small bowl combine milk, water and oil. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Gently stir in blueberries.
Spoon mixture into 6 mounds on baking stone. Bake 18 minutes.

The other mentors will be making Baked Butternut Squash (by layering sliced butternut squash, granny smith apples,brown sugar and cinnamon) and Oatmeal Cookies.

I am excited to try these recipes and I will let you know how they turn out!


  1. The bisquits sound good. And the squash, take a picture! It sounds so different from any other squash recipe!!

    When I have made meatlof, I learned to whiz my carrots in a food processor and put in the mixture. The kids didn't know they're eating them!!

    Still can't get your brother to eat beans. And, I don't think he will want to learn how either...:-)

  2. Thanks for the meatloaf idea. Since Geoff can't eat any kind of wheat I can't make the meatloaf with breadcrumbs like most recipies use. This one with the salsa sounds great! I'll definatly be trying it.

  3. Yeah, I have never heard of using cooked brown rice in the meatloaf before. I will definately post and let you all know about how it tastes!


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