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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Kid Tested Mother Approved

This was a big hit.  I think it helped I whipped up some fry sauce with canola oil mayonnaise and ketchup.  The kids loved it.  Genevieve was asking for more "hamburgers".  Yummy and Guilt Free.  

"Naked" Turkey Burgers
Turkey Burger:
1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
1 egg white
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp.
garlic powder
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
2 tsp.
Dijon mustard
How to Prepare
1 Fire up the grill!!
2 Combine all ingredients for turkey burgers together in a large bowl. Mix well using your hands – yes, your hands! Divide the mixture into 4 even parts and shape into 4 patties

Sweet Potato Fries
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 6 Servings
Serving size:4 or 5 wedges
You'll Need:
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 small)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise, and place it flat side down on a cutting board. Cut the potato halves into 1-inch-wide wedges.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, chili powder, and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Place the potatoes on a roasting pan and brush with the oil mixture. Lay the potatoes flesh side down on the pan and put the pan in the oven.
  3. Cook until potatoes, turning once, until soft, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and season with remaining1/2 teaspoon salt. Let the wedges cool for a bit, and serve warm.
For dunking, ketchup always works (at 15 calories per tablespoon), or try a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a British chips-and-vinegar effect.
Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories 171, Carbs 30g, Fiber 5g, Protein 2g, Total Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g

Friday, March 8, 2013


This sweet boy has definitely done things on his own time. He didn't get up on all fours until 11 months and didn't go up right until 18 months. Joe and i have had a few sleepless nights worrying and have helped him with a few sessions of physical therapy and now because he was a slow walker he is a slow talker. Something that is very normal for kids who don't walk until later. Once a month a speech therapist comes to pay Finley a visit. Since 18 months he went from about ten words to 80 words and counting. We are ever so proud of our boy. He is starting to talk up a storm. it has made our jobs easier and he is less frustrated.

Joe and I find ourselves reflecting on the last three years of constant babies, diapers, sleepless nights, bottles, and binkies etc. which is now beginning to wind down and come to end. We have a little girl and a toddler. It is quite odd to find ourselves here but we are going to relish in this new stage before starting all over again with a third babe.

Finley you are growing up and there is nothing I can do to stop it. My only option is to hang on tight and try to enjoy the ride.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Gift of an Ordinary Day

 “...there is no such thing as a charmed life, not for any of us, no matter where we live or how mindfully we attend to the tasks at hand. But there are charmed moments, all the time, in every life and in every day, if we are only awake enough to experience them when they come and wise enough to appreciate them.” 
 Katrina Kenison, The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir

Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Clean Eating Turkey Chili
(Makes approximately 10 cup – freezes well for up to 6 months)
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey meat
  • 4 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube, dissolved in 1 cup of water (gluten free if needed)
  • 1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce, no sugar added (optional)
  1. In a large soup pot, sauté the red onion, bell pepper and garlic cloves in the oil.
  2. Once the onions are translucent, stir in the turkey meat. Continue to stir until the meat is cooked.
  3. Stir in cumin, coriander and chili powder.
  4. Pour in the water with the dissolved bouillon cube.
  5. Add the tomatoes, tomato past and beans.
  6. Keep at a low and steady boil for about 5-10 minutes to allow the spices to really absorb.
  7. If you find the chili is to thick or dry, add the can of tomato sauce.
  8. Cool and serve.
Nutritional Content:
(Data is for approximately 1 cup)
Total Fat: 7 gm
Saturated Fats: 2 gm
Trans Fats: 0 gm
Cholesterol: 54 mg
Sodium: 200 mg
Carbohydrates: 19 gm
Dietary fiber: 6 gm
Sugars: 6 gm
Protein: 18 gm
Estimated Glycemic Load: 6