Going to the LA office on Monday for meetings… then from there to Dallas on Wednesday and not getting home until 9:30 Thursday night. I love going to NYC for work… But this trip? Not so much.
There is at least one bright spot… http://www.hardeightbbq.com/
Oh… The Hard Eight BBQ! Seriously must be the best Q in the country and since the “Dallas” office is in Coppel and practically NEXT DOOR to this joint… Well at least if I have jet lag and interminable meetings, I also get smoked turkey nuggets wrapped in bacon and corn bread salad!
Pausing just a minute here to pimp a friend’s new blog…
Healthy Cooking for the Unhealthy Eater
My quest to de-mystify healthy cooking, adopt a balanced, nutritious diet, and still make my taste buds happy. And help you do the same.
Megan is a big fan of meat, cheese, bacon… all things burger, fries, beer… you get the picture.
Also? A trained professional chef (not currently working as one, but you don’t lose the skills).
So when she puts something together… you KNOW it’s going to taste good.
Now she is putting her had at trying to eat more healthily while still keeping her taste buds happy. I know some of you folks are trying to get a bit healthier and still figure out how to maintain your relationship with cheeseburgers…. here’s an awesome site that might help!
Her Intro: http://healthy4unhealthy.blogspot.com/2011/06/healthy-eating-for-unhealthy-eater.html
I was traveling two days this week for work… and what with the catching up when you get back… I guess the whole blogging thing went by the way-side.
It’s still “this week” – so I didn’t miss my chance to post the soup I made on Saturday.
I am inherently lazy, so a lot of my soups start with ground meat. I’m not a big fan of the chopping. I buy my vegetables frozen and have even started buying frozen chopped onions for soup too (hey… they are only about 50 cents more, and they save me at least 10 minutes of prep time… Worth it!
This could easily also be made with chopped up chicken or turkey and fresh-type veggies.
Turkey and Barley Stew
- 4 second spray canola oil
- 20 oz ground turkey breast (99% fat free)
- 12 oz chopped onion (Frozen if you like)
- 16 oz package frozen mixed vegetables
- 165 grams barley
- 32 ounce low sodium chicken broth
- 16 oz mushrooms
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups water with one packet no sodium chicken bouillon
- corn starch to thicken
- Add onion and turkey to spray of oil; sauté 3 minutes.
- Add mixed vegetables; sauté 2 minutes.
- Add broth, water, bouillon, and barley and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
- Add salt, thyme, sage, poultry seasoning and pepper to barley mixture; simmer 10 minutes. (I’m pretty generous in my definition of 1/4 teaspoon) Also, if you feel like it, toss in some rosemary.
- Thicken with corn starch. (Here I’m just assuming you know how to do that)
Voila! A Thick and Hearty stew of yumminess. It could be more of a soup if you leave off the corn starch part, but I like my soup thicker.
Serving Size – 1 serving (525 g)
- Calories – 286
- Calories from Fat – 25
- Total Fat – 2.8g
- Saturated Fat – 0.2g
- Trans Fat – 0.0g
- Cholesterol – 58mg
- Sodium – 378mg
- Total Carbohydrates – 35.2g
- Dietary Fiber – 5.7g
- Sugars – 4.9g
- Protein – 30.0g
- Vitamin A 79%
- Vitamin C 15%
- Calcium 3%
- Iron 14%