Cuban Picadillo

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 white onion (yellow, finely chopped about 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cored and seeded finely chopped about 34 cup)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cloves clove garlic (finely chopped about 4 teaspoons)
  • 2 tsps ground cumin
  • 2 tsps dried oregano
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper                             
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 11/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 tbsps worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 8 oz of red potatoes peeled and cubed

 

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomato paste, garlic, cumin, oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and bay leaves and cook until fragrant and tomato paste darkens in color, about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes.

2. Add meat and cook, stirring and breaking up chunks, until no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, raisins, and potatoes. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes.

3. Remove cover and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve with yellow rice and black beans.

Quinoa with Chard & Pine Nuts

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Ingredients:

1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth

¾ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

2 tsp. olive oil

1 lb. Swiss chard, leaves cut into ribbons, stems finely chopped

1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 ½ cups)

16 pitted black olives

1/4 cup of raisins

½ tsp. red pepper flakes

3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)

2 Tbs. toasted pine nuts

Directions:

1. Bring broth to a boil in medium saucepan. Add quinoa, and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, 12 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover, let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with fork.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chard stems, onion, olives, and raisins. Sauté 10 minutes, or until onion and chard stems are soft. Stir in chard leaves and red pepper flakes; sauté 6 minutes, or until greens are tender. Stir in garlic, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Divide quinoa among 4 shallow bowls. Spoon chard mixture over top, and sprinkle with pine nuts.

Sicilian-Style Tuna

Ingredients

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 (5- to 6-ounce) tuna steaks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large onion, sliced (about 1 cup)

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons salted capers, soaked in water for 10 minutes and drained

3 tablespoons minced pitted green olives

1/4 cup raisins

5 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 cup fish stock or water, as needed

2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

4 to 5 fresh basil leaves, torn

1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

Directions:

1. In a medium skillet over moderately high heat, warm the oil. Season the tuna with salt and pepper and sauté, turning once, until golden on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Remove the tuna and set aside. Do not clean the pan.

2. In the same pan over low heat, sauté the onion, stirring frequently, until just tender, about 1 minute. Add the garlic, capers, olives, raisins, and tomatoes, and continue cooking, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes. If the tomatoes don't release much juice, add the fish stock or water to give the sauce some body.

3. Return the tuna to the pan and cover it with a tight-fitting lid. Cook over moderate heat until the tuna reaches the desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium.

4. Add the parsley and basil and stir to incorporate, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the fish with the sauce spooned over the top; garnish with pine nuts.

Cindy's Homemade Bread Pudding

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Cindy's Healthy Bread Pudding

Ingredients

6 slices of 1 day old Whole Grain Bread or Wheat Bread

2 cups of Skim Milk

2 Tablespoons of Butter or Margarine (melted)

4 Eggs (Beaten)

3/4 cup of baking Stevia

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of raisins (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Break bread into small pieces into an 8" square glass baking dish

Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over break, and lightly push down with a fork until all the bread is submerged

Bake in oven for 45 minutes

Enjoy and share with others!