Day 8 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Apple and Cheddar with Honey

 

Trader Joe's Special

Trader Joe’s Special! This snack is something we encountered at Trader Joe’s while our friend Kathy* was demoing it. We were standing there catching up with Kathy for like 20 minutes and in that time Christie had several samples. Sweet, salty, and floral = freaking delicious. Also, you feel a little healthier eating this because it’s just a honeycrisp apple, sharp cheddar and honey.

There really isn’t much instruction wise. Just cut your apples and cheese, lay said cheese on said apples and drizzle with honey. BAM. How bout them apples?

Trader Joe's Special

Trader Joe's Special

Trader Joe's Special

Trader Joe's Special

 

 

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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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.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken Asparagus Stir Fry

Happy Monday! You know what the best way to start your Monday off is? With our Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry Bowl. This is the perfect meal after a weekend of fun, and questionable food choices. This bowl is packed full of flavors and will keep you going for hours!

Sriracha, agave, and soy give this bowl an extra punch of flavor that really makes in unique and special. Give this tasty bowl a try and let us know what you think here or using the hashtag #twoyoungladies

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave
  • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Peppers
  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil,
  • 1 Bunch Asparagus (Trimmed and Cut to bite sized pieces)
  • 4 Teaspoons Garlic (Finely chopped)
  • 1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

How beautiful is this asparagus? We love asparagus!

Step 1:

In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, agave, sriracha, and red pepper flakes.

Step 2:

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, and place in a large bowl or ziplock bag.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Step 3:

Cover the chicken with about half of the soy mixture. Reserve the rest. Cover the chicken and sit in the fridge for at least thirty minutes (the longer the better) for the flavors to meld.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Step 4:

Twenty minutes before you plan on cooking dinner, remove the chicken from the fridge.

Step 5:

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over a medium high heat. Saute the asparagus and saute until just under done, you don’t want to over cook them. Remove the asparagus from pan. About two to three minutes.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Step 6:

Add the remaining oil, and cook the chicken pieces until almost cooked completely through, which is about five minutes.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Step 7:

Add the chopped garlic, and saute for about 60 seconds. Add the asparagus back into the pan, and the reserved marinade. Cook for another two minutes and just before you take it off the heat, add the 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Serve immediately over rice and top with toasted sesame seeds.

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

Coconut-Curry Corn Chowder

Coconut-Curry Corn Soup

It’s raining in LA!

For one day, and one day only we have what feels like real fall weather (or at least to LA standards) and we are going to use that to our advantage and post this delicious and warm chowder recipe.

Today’s recipe is perfect for any rainy or fall day. You can make this chowder, curl up with a good book (or movie) and enjoy the warm comforts that a hearty chowder can bring you.

What’s great about this chowder? It’s all made in one pot and you don’t even have to really think about it. You throw everything into the crockpot and let her go and 4 hours later BAM! It’s magic!

Coconut-Curry Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 3 bags of frozen corn
  • 2 cups of yukon potatoes, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 large chipotle pepper, minced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 14 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 4 cups of chicken or veggie stock
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • diced avocado (garnish on top)

Step 1:

Add 2 bags of corn, potatoes, red pepper, onion, chipotle pepper, lime juice, fire roasted tomatoes, stock, and salt & pepper to a crock pot. Mix. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.

Step 2:

While the crock pot pool party gets started, we’ll make the coconut corn cream to thicken the chowder. In a saucepan, place the coconut milk and remaining bag of corn and curry. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 3:

Let coconut corn cream cool a little before blending in smaller batches, probably 2-3 batches. Pour into crock pot and let the chowder party commence!

Coconut-Curry Corn Soup

Coconut-Curry Corn Soup

Adapted from Joyful Healthy Eats!

Christie’s Chicken Salad

Christie's Chicken Salad

Today’s recipe is a simple and classic. We’ve already shown you how to make traditional Chicken Salad, but today’s version is Christie’s take.

What makes this recipe special is it’s made with a combination of mayo, for the flavor we always look for in chicken salads, but also it’s made with greek yogurt, to cut out some of the calories of mayo and adding a tanginess. This is what happens when you have leftover shredded chicken and random fridge ingredients!

Christie's Chicken Salad

Christie’s Chicken Salad 

Ingredients 

  • 2-3 cups shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup of celery (fine dice)
  • 1/4 cup of onion (fine dice)
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Turmeric
  • Mustard powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt

Step 1:

Finely dice the onions and place into a small bowl. Add the apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of water into the bowl of onions. This will mellow out the ‘bite’ of the onions without compromising the crunch and give an added sweetness. so good!

Step 2:

Finely dice the celery and add to bowl of shredded chicken.

Step 3:

In another small bowl, add mayo, greek yogurt, turmeric, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. You can also add a splash of the apple cider vinegar onion liquid, but don’t add the onions yet. Combine everything and give it a taste, adjust accordingly.

Step 4:

Drain the onions and add them to the chicken bowl, mix the chicken, celery and onions together until incorporated.  Add half of the mayo mixture to the chicken and mix, add more mayo mixture if needed or wanted. 🙂

Christie's Chicken Salad

Christie's Chicken Salad

Watermelon Basil Salad

Happy Friday!

Today’s recipe is the definition of clean eating. Watermelon and basil. Yup, that’s it. I mean you don’t even need a recipe, but we’re going to give you one anyway. This combination is so simple and easy, and incredibly healthy and refreshing.  What more do we need to say?! Try it!

Watermelon Basil Salad

Watermelon Basil Salad

Watermelon Basil Salad

Ingredient

  • 1 Watermelon (cut into pieces)
  • 15 -20 Basil Leaves (chopped into ribbons)
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper

Step 1: 

In a bowl, gently mix together water melon and basil.

Step 2: 

Sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper and combine.

Step 3: 

Enjoy.

Watermelon Basil Salad