Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Greek Turkey Burgers

I love when last minute ideas become a success. I had bought some ground turkey on BOGO sale but didn't really have a plan for it. We had some of this Greek style yogurt cucumber sauce at home (from Costco) so decided to roll with the greek theme. 

Here's the burger recipe: 

1 lb ground turkey
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oregano
1.75oz of fresh spinach (frozen for a couple hours so it crumbles well)
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 egg

Mix all together well with hands, then broiled until cooked (internal temp of 165 degrees)

We served the burgers with the sauce on top and in between these flat-breads (also from Costco):

Fix Count: 
Yogurt sauce a blue
Flatbread a yellow
Burgers a red and half a green

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Baby Update midway point

A little overdue for an update, well 11 days. We had an ultrasound on March 10th. And everything looked good! Praise the Lord. We had missed the early trimester screening and decided not to do the quad scan, so we were praying for a good read. That hematoma had also cleared up (or debris of second baby). 

Baby was very active and it was fun to watch HIM! (Yes it's a BOY!) 

He might have big feet like his brother.

Luckily no news is good news so nothing else really to report. Here is an updated timeline of my belly photos. It's been fun (and challenging) to get the designated fruit each week. I had to search all over for a pomegranate. Ended up paying $4.99 for it, but at least it tasted good and the kids enjoyed eating it. The artichoke was only $2.99 and it didn't get eaten. I was excited about the coconut ($3.99) but when we got it open half of it appeared to be rotten :-( 

Size of an avocado at 16 weeks:

Size of a pomegranate at 17 weeks:

Size of an artichoke at 18 weeks: 

Size of a mango at 19 weeks:

Size of a banana at 20 weeks:

Size of an endive...?? at 21 weeks or baby bok choy... seriously!?

And currently
Size of a coconut at 22 weeks:

Here are some outtakes and misc belly pics. 

This was today, Mary LOVES snuggling with baby and gets in quality baby time everyday. If she leans on too hard, or bumps into my belly she will say "sorry baby". In the morning she likes to get under the covers and curl up with my belly. It is the sweetest thing ever. 

Picking out the coconut
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Coconut outtake:

Post workout belly pics:
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sloppy Joe in a Bowl

Or as my kids called it: spaghetti soup. Which they all ate it, score!

This makes a large pot so plan on left overs for lunches. I love dishing it out and having it ready to grab the remainder of the week. It definitely had a canned tomatoes taste which I am not a complete fan of. But that's rather unavoidable when using canned tomatoes. Would be so good with 4 cups diced up fresh tomatoes in place of the two cans.
Makes about 10 servings
Takes about 30 minutes

1 tsp oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey or lead beef (or half and half)
2 - 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
15 ounce can tomato sauce
3 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons hot sauce
12 ounces whole wheat pasta
shredded cheddar cheese for topping

In a large pot (I used my enamel coated cast iron) place oil and add vegetables once oil is shimmering. Add in meat and cook until browned.
Add in cans of tomatoes/ sauce. Use an empty can and fill halfway with water, add to pot. Stir in sugar and sauces.
Drop in the noodles and stir til covered. Cover the pot and simmer for 11 minutes until the pasta is cooked.
Top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Fix count: 1 cup= 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green
Cheese topping: 1 blue (or 1/2 blue if you don't want to use a full blue of cheese)

Adapted from original recipe here:
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