Spicy Asian Turkey Meatballs

We all know of my love affair with meatballs and Asian flavors.


So I figured why not find a way to marry them together for a little protein filled snack.

Since the Hubs is back working nights, I don’t really “cook” for the boy and I, like I do when he’s home in the evenings.  I’m good with eating salads or soups…. or meatballs 😉  And the boy is pretty happy with anything simple I whip up for him. I mean, does this look like the face of a 6 year old that takes things seriously??

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But I digress….

I always have some crazy (or normal, if you’re like me) condiments hanging around, so I decided to mix up a few with some ground turkey and see how it went.



These came out delicious! Spicy but Sweet and oh so Meaty. Perfect on their own, on top of an asian inspired salad, in a soup with zucchini and bok choy, However you like!

Now as some of you know, I’m not the measuring kind, so I have no idea (well I could guestimate) how much I put of anything exactly. I just add a shake of this, a glug of that, and a splash of this, and surprisingly, it usually works out :).

I’ll give you a list of the ingredients I used and a round about measurement, but feel free to adjust to what you have and make it your own.



1lb Lean ground turkey

1-2 teaspoons of each….

Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Hoisin Sauce

Oyster Sauce

Sweet Chili Sauce


Season to taste with…

Probably 1/2 teaspoon or so of each…

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

Ground Ginger

Cayenne Pepper



Black Pepper

Bake in a pre-heated 375′ oven for 20 – 30 minutes until cooked through. 


Cajun Jambalaya – Chicken, Pork and Smoked Sausage

Another Fight Night…. Another Menu Plan 🙂

I knew I wanted to do something a bit different this time,  and I planned a whole meal around Louisiana grub! I wasn’t sure how it would be received, but I was pleasantly surprised that everyone seemed to love it!


My first EVER. from scratch Jambalaya, Corn Maque Choux, Green Beans wrapped in Bacon, of course my Velveeta/Rotel Dip, cause I think they might never come back if I didn’t have it, haha and some green cuppycakes since it was St. Patty’s day weekend. I think it went over well with the crowd, because I had nothing left.. AT ALL.. at the end of the night 🙂

I was a bit nervous, because I knew I had to do my heritage proud, but the only Jambalaya I had ever made came out of a box… (I know.. shoot me now..) But I was determined to make this one to remember. Honestly, it couldn’t be simpler.


If you have a little bit of time and just some basic ingredients.. you can do this. And the great thing about it, is that you can customize it to your taste. Throw some shrimp in there, use a whole chicken… next time I’m definitely adding some Tasso! I actually recently saw a recipe for “low carb” Jambalaya that incorporates zucchini instead of the rice, trying that one out soon, for sure!



1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts (cut into 1″ cubes)

1 pkg Turkey Smoked Sausage (cut into rounds/halves/quarters.. whatever shape you fancy)

2 lbs Pork (I found some beautiful boneless sirloin steaks, but again, whatever you prefer… cut into 2″ cubes)

I large onion.. diced

1 large green bell pepper.. diced

1/2 red bell pepper.. diced

2 stalks celery.. diced

Cajun Seasoning (Tony’s is my favorite)

4 cups long grain rice

8 cups water


Season meat generously with Cajun seasoning and brown in batches. Saute onions, bell pepper and celery until semi soft. Add meat back to pot and stir.

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Just cover with water ( I used about 3 cups or so). Bring to boil, and reduce to simmer. Cover and let the meat braise for 2 hours.

When that’s finished, strain braising liquid from meat and measure the liquid, so you can add the remainder of water to equal 8 cups. Then add 4 cups of rice, another few rounds of Cajun seasoning and stir well. Over med-low heat, cover the pot, and let it cook for another 20 or 30 minutes (DON’T PEEK!) until the liquid is absorbed.


Stir to fluff, and eat your heart out! Top with green onions if you so desire



Banana Soft Serve

Do you ever wonder what to do with your bananas when they start to turn brown and nobody in the house will eat them?


Or are you looking for a new Cool and Creamy treat? Well, my friends, this one’s for you!

This has quickly become my new favorite breakfast, and just in time because the weather is finally starting to warm up here.


All you do is slice up your ripe bananas, throw them in the freezer, and take out what you want when you want!


It is SO SIMPLE and SO HEALTHY. 3 easy ingredients, blended together for a wonderful bowl of dreaminess, that you don’t have to feel the least bit guilty about!

I’ll end that thought with a little Banana song that my Granny taught me when I was a wee little girl, that I will never forget

“I’m Chiquita Banana, and I’ve come to say… Banana’s have to ripen in a certain way. When they are flecked with brown and have a golden view, banana’s are the ripest and the best for you.

You can put them in a salaaad, you can put them in a pie..yie. Any way you want to eat theeeem, it’s impossible to beat them.

Banana’s like the climate of the very very Tropically weather, So never put banana’s, in the refrigerator. No no no no”




1 Sliced Frozen Banana

1Tbsp Plain 0% Fat Greek Yogurt (or your  personal favorite variety)

Handful of ice

Place all ingredients into a blender and Blend until smooth!

I use my handheld immersion blender, but use whatever is your favorite

“Don’t stop till you get enough”… 🙂


Carnitas… Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

This, my friends, is all about the Meat. Succulent pork, seasoned with Mexican spices and braised for hours in it’s own juice. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!!

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I have made these a few times now, and they just get better. This time I had the help of a nice, new little Cast Iron Dutch Oven we got for a wedding present.

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I’m telling you, this dish couldn’t be simpler and it’s SO TASTY!. If you have a couple hours, want some Latin flair, or just need an alternative to put in your Taco Tuesday repertoire, try this out 🙂

Now, I make my own “Mexican” Spice/seasoning blend. About a tablespoon of each… Salt, Black Pepper, Chili Powder, Cumin, Ground Mustard, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder and Paprika.. Cayenne pepper is optional, but I put it in everything ;).  I have an empty bottle that I put the remaining mixture that I don’t use, for any ‘ole time I want it

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Now, I think the “typical” cut of pork used for this is Shoulder or Butt, but to keep things on the lighter side, I prefer a Sirloin roast or even tenderloin which basically has no fat.  Trim up your pork, cut it into about 2 inch pieces, season well with your spice mix and brown on all sides in heavy bottom pot.

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P.S. … Don’t overcrowd your meat when trying to brown it, it’ll steam instead and that’s not what you want… Brown Food is Good Food, so you may have to do it in two or three batches, it’ll be A’ight 🙂

One you have browned all your pork, put it all back in the pot and cover it about 3/4 of the way up with water.

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Bring to Boil, Reduce to Simmer… and let it go for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. When all that is said and done, remove pork from pot

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It’s going to want to fall apart on you, but let that pork know who’s boss 😉

With the braising liquid that is left in the pan, crank the heat up to med/ med-high and let reduce about 20 minutes or so. You want it to be of almost a syrupy consistency

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When THAT magic has happened, return the pork back to the pot, and coat with all that reduced goodness, while breaking the meat apart.

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Traditionally served as tacos, but pick your Flavor, Saver… Ummm what?? 😉

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Hope you guys like this as much as we do!! 🙂