Throwback Thursday: Zucchini and Onion Rice Bowl

It’s that time of the week, Throwback Thursday Recipe Edition! And today, we’re going back to our first month of posting to one of our favorites. Another healthy but  scrumptious recipe, Zucchini and Onion Rice Bowl!

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What inspired this recipe was what could you do with all that left over rice you have from Chinese food and when you make too much at dinner. And honestly, reheated rice isn’t all that great, but add it with some veggies and soy sauce? Yum.

This is probably one of the simplest things you can make because it only has 5 or so ingredients. It’s flavorful, healthy, and friendly for those who don’t like meat! Obviously, you don’t have to use leftover rice, you’re allowed to make fresh rice! It’s all about what you have in your fridge and what you want to use.

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Kick Ass Turkey Chili

It’s hump day! And what better way to celebrate than with a healthy and quick meal to get you over the Wednesday Blues. This meal is super simple, and super delicious. It’s also packed full of flavor, protein, and all the good stuff to keep you full and satiated. And Chili is always better the next day, so this is the perfect meal that can be stretched over a few days!

It may seem like a lot of work, especially given the amount of ingredients, but most of the prep and work comes from chopping. So don’t be scared! And if you’re really that lazy, you can always buy most of the ingredients already chopped! But for us, personally, chopping is very therapeutic.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Ground Turkey
  • 1 medium Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño (chopped and deseed)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • ½ cup green onions
  • 1 28oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 10oz cans Rotell tomatoes
  • 1 4oz can green chilies
  • 1 package of Chili Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili power
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha seasoning (or Cayenne)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can white beans
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • olive oil
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • Worchestire

Step 1:

In a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot, heat two tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is good and hot, throw in your diced onion and cook for two minutes.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Step 2:

If needed, add another tablespoon of olive oil and add your turkey. Season liberally with kosher salt and pepper.

This is the only time to season the meat, don’t be afraid. Especially with turkey. We like to add a little of sprinkle of cinnamon to the meat while it browns. It adds a real nice depth of flavor.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Step 3:

Next, add the beer and a couple splashes of worchestire and allow the meat to cook in the beer. Cook until the majority of the liquid has cooked off.

Step 4:

Add the bell peppers, jalapenos, and green onions. Mix and cook for a minute.

Step 5:

Add the tomatoes, green chilies, beans and assorted seasonings. Stir and bring to a boil. Then lower and cook for at least two hours.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Step 6:

Add the frozen corn and allow to warm for 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 6:

At this point, taste and adjust the seasoning by adding salt and pepper. Serve with freshly chopped onions, sour cream, and cheese. Enjoy!

* Technically, it can be served once the meat is cooked, but we highly recommend letting it cook and all the flavors meld together. Trust us.

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

Kick Ass Turkey Chili

 

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Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

Okay, so we totally flaked and missed the most important day of the year, Pi(e)Day, but have no fear we have the most amazing and perfect Pecan Pie recipe to make up for it. Now normally, most food blogs would reserve this recipe for Fall/Thanksgiving but here at TYL we love to mix it up and we like comfort foods all year long.

And we LOVE pie. Pie should really be it’s own food group, big pies, small pies, fruit pies, savory pies, pot pies, chocolate pies, whipped pies, creme pies, nut pies, hand pies, even quiche(the clothing optional pie)! And we’re sorry we haven’t posted more pie recipes, but the year is still young, so give us time. But until then, lets talk about Pecan Pie.

Pecan Pie is a pie staple. For most, Pecan Pie is a Southern Staple, but did you know that people believe Pecan Pie originated when the French moved from France to New Orleans and were introduced to the Pecan Nut by Native Americans. Pecan Pie is similar to a Chess Pie which is also a butter, sugar, egg-custard based pie. There are some reports, that have Pecan Pie type recipes as early as the 1800’s, but it’s hard to prove. It wasn’t until the 40’s when the Joy of Cooking finally included the recipe in one of it’s cookbooks.

Pecan Pie is known for being gooey, ooey, and delicious. Sometimes coyling sweet, but if done right, Pecan Pie is the perfect ending to any meal (or beginning if you swing that way) and the trick to keeping your Pecan Pie together? Cornstarch. A little cornstarch  goes a long way in keeping the shape of your Pecan Pie.

 

Southern Pecan Pie

 

Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Dark Corn Syrup
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Bakers Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Maple Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Paste (or extract)
  • 2 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1 Unbaked Pie Crust (Store bought

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Step 2: 

In a medium bowl, mix together corn syrup, eggs, sugars, and extracts. Mix well and set aside.

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 3: 

Place the pecans in a sauté pan. Toast them over medium heat for one to two minutes, but be careful not to burn them.

If you want, you can lightly sprinkle them with cinnamon for extra added flavor.

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 4: 

Next, carefully chop the nuts. You just want to roughly chop them so you still have chunks of pecans.

Step 5: 

Toss the pecans with the corn starch. This will really help the pie solidify, and not be runny.

Step 6: 

Add the chopped pecans to the corn syrup mixture. Mix until the pecan are fully incorporated.

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 7: 

Pour the mixture into the prepared pie shell.

Southern Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 8

Bake the pie for 65 to 70 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack completely!

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 9:

This is important. As much as we all want delicious warm pie, a pecan pie is best served completely cool and by doing this will make it so much easier to cut!

Southern Pecan Pie

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Chicken Lettuce Boats

Poultry Lettuce Boats

It’s our one year anniversary! A year ago today we posted our very first recipe! How crazy is that?

Today we are sharing one of our favorite healthy and tasty recipes, Lettuce Boats! If you really hate lettuce, you can always substitute the lettuce for tortillas or whatever, but at least try this healthy alternative! As we like to say they are bomb diggity. Healthy, filling, and delicious! Packed full of protein, texture, crunch and they’re totally guilt free.

Celebrate our one year anniversary with us by eating well and making these mouth watering lettuce boats!

Poultry Lettuce Boats

Poultry Lettuce Boats

Lettuce Boats

  • 1 pound ground Turkey or Chicken
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot or 10 baby carrots
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (a few splashes for meat seasoning)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 lb of mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lettuce (either romaine for boats or butter lettuce for cups)

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup of hoisin
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons mustard

Step 1:

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Start browning the ground meat and add a few dashes of soy sauce for seasoning.

Step 2:

Once the meat is half way, add the garlic, chopped onions, and carrots. Incorporated it well.

Step 3:

Grate ginger into the pan, also add: soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and sriracha.

Step 4:

In a small saucepan, heat some more oil to sauté the mushrooms and green onions. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5:

After you sauté the mushrooms and green onions, add them to the pan with the meat and give everything a good mix.  Taste and adjust any seasonings from here.

Step 6:

Sauce: soy sauce, hoisin, sesame oil, and a mustard of your liking. We chose Coleman’s English mustard because its one of our favorites, but you can also choose dijon, spicy or even just regular yellow mustard.

Step 7:

Serve with lettuce as a vehicle for the meat to your mouth!

Poultry Lettuce Boats

Poultry Lettuce Boats

Adapted from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen.

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Hello! Did you miss us? We missed you. We’re truly sorry for sort of falling of the face of the earth for the month of February. And January. Moving and adjusting to a new space is our biggest problem, but we really are back. We mean it.

And the best way to kick off being back is to give you our recipe for Cinnamon Banana Bread. Cinnamon and Bananas? What? That sounds weird. Trust us though, it’s not. The cinnamon and banana pair perfectly together and create a mouthwateringly delicious take on Banana Bread. It tastes like getting a warm cinnamon hug from Paula Deen.

TYL Tip: This banana bread is perfect for making French Toast. It’s really mild and goes perfectly with the flavors of French Toast, which if you’re like us, you love cinnamon-y French Toast this is the most perfect combo!

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Ingredients 

  • 1 Stick Butter (Softened)
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 White Sugar
  • 3 Bananas (Very ripe, mashed and a dash of salt)
  • 2 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
  • 2 Cups AP Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 325°F.

Step 2: 

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer) cream the sugars and butter together.

Step 3: 

Next, add the mashed bananas and mix.

Step 4: 

Add in the eggs and combine.

Step 5: 

In a small separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

Step 6: 

Next, add the flour mixture and the buttermilk alternatively to the creamed mixture. You want to always start and end with your dry mixture.

Remember to mix the them in on a low speed or mix it in by hand. Mix until everything is combined.

Step 7: 

Divide the batter evenly between two greased loaf pans.

Step 8: 

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 9: 

Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then remove the bread from the loaf pan to finish cooling.

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Cinnamon Banana Bread

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