TERIYAKI NOODLES & ZOODLES

TWO VERSIONS OF AN EASY TERIYAKI DISH

My boy loves him some asian food, but to avoid going to get Hy-Vee Chinese every week I have started to implement some dishes into our weekly plan. This dish is a quick 30 minute fix up and easy to turn a little bit healthier by swapping out the noodles for zoodles!

Start with zucchini and turn them into zoodles - I either use my kitchen aid attachment or this hand held little guy. Both work like a charm. 

Now time for the sauce...

1/3 cup reduced sodium soy saucE , 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed, 1 tb minced garlic, 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, 2 tablespoons honey + h20 + Corn starch slurry 

1/3 cup reduced sodium soy saucE , 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed, 1 tb minced garlic, 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, 2 tablespoons honey + h20 + Corn starch slurry 

Add some steamed broccoli, cooked soba noodles, and shredded chicken - top with sesame noodles andddd DONE!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package of soba noodles and/or 3 zucchinis
  • 1-2 lbs chicken (depending on your preference - I precook and shred)
  • 3 cups steamed broccoli
  • 1 ts sesame seeds

SAUCE

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. If using zoodles - pre zoodle the zucchini
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup water and set aside for later
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, add soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey and 1 cup water then bring to a simmer. Stir in the cornstarch mixture until thickened.
  4. Add in cooked chicken and steamed broccoli
  5. Stir in soba noodles (or zoodles) until cooked
  6. Garnish with sesame seeds

Faux Lasagna

Don't worry there isn't any tofu and yes, there is still cheese.

This is something that my mom made and ever since I've been itching to make it - however this is not something the man of the house would be very interested in. So with him being gone on a ski trip it was the perfect opportunity. 

Welcome to [Italian turkey] sausage & sweet potato zucchini lasagna from Pinch of Yum

It takes a little bit of work, but the hardest part is the 15 minutes after it's done baking and you have to wait to let it cool. PURE TORTURE. I just had this for leftovers and y'all...you just need to have it. Who knew something that resembles baby food (this sweet potato puree) could be so damn amazing...but I'll still hold off on the baby part please. 

Here's a quick play by play - sweat out the zucchini, layer the zucchini, sweet potato puree, ground Italian turkey sausage, zucchini, puree, sausage, zucchini, puree & cheese! 

  1. INGREDIENTS
  • 3 zucchini
  • 1 lb. ground turkey Italian sausage
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup non fat milk
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the zucchini into thin strips lengthwise. I did this with a normal vegetable peeler & resorted to a knife once it started to become too difficult.
  2. Lay down the zucchini on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Let them rest & "sweat it out"
  3. In a skillet, brown the ground turkey with 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  4. Wash the sweet potatoes, poke/stab/pierce whatever you want with a fork and wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave for about 7 minutes. (BTW this is my go to way to cook sweet potatoes in a pinch!) If you prefer you can bake them too. 
  5. Chop up the sweet potatoes and place in a blender with the milk, chicken broth, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt - puree until smooth & delicious. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  7.  Now its time to layer! Start with the sweated zucchini noodles, then the sauce, sausage - repeat as many times as you'd like and end with a zucchini layer, sauce & some cheese.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 30-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 15-20 minutes. ** I promise let it cool - it makes the whole process so much easier

Eat your soul out because it's healthy and you can!

Date nights with Chrissy

I am obsessed with Chrissy Teigen.

Okay, now that we have gotten that out of the way, we can continue. I received the Cravings cook book for my birthday in March and although I have cracked it open a few times I hadn't given it a chance in the kitchen yet...until now. I knocked out three recipes in one week. 

First up - Chipotle Honey Chicken

First things first - make the chipotle sauce.  

  1. 1/2 can chipotle chiles in adobo
  2. 1 1/2 cups of bbq sauce
  3. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup whiskey (always wise to sample to make sure it's still good)
  5. 5 cloves garlic
  6. Juice of 1 lime

Mix up everything in a food processor - she called for more chiles and garlic, but I put less in for E & I's spicy sensitive mouths. Toss the 2 lbs of chicken thighs in it and marinade for 2 hours to overnight. 

The Steps
-Preheat oven to 375
-Place marinated chicken on a baking sheet with foil
-Bake for about 20 minutes
-Take out and top with more sauce & honey and cook until chicken is cooked through

Second Up - Zucchini Fritters

INGREDIENTS

  • zucchini
  • Panko
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Eggs

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Slice zucchini thinly
  3. Whisk 2 eggs together in a bowl, in a separate bowl mix together panko & parmesan cheese
  4. Dip the zucchini in eggs and then panko mixture
  5. Place on baking sheet (I lined with foil and the cooling rack)
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes

For convenience, I sliced mine in circles - they crisp up pretty quickly so make sure to keep your eye on them! For the sauce, I opted for a concoction of greek yogurt, cilantro and lemon juice. 

Different night/same cook book - Fish Tacos

The prep -

  1. Tilapia seasoned with garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder
  2. Sliced avocado
  3. Sliced limes
  4. Diced tomatoes
  5. Slaw
  6. Special Sauce*
  7. Corn Tortillas

Instead of Chrissy's green pepper sauce, I went for an avocado cream sauce (avocado, greek yogurt, lime, cilantro, seasoning all blended up). 

Corn tortillas - if you're usually not a fan for their flakiness then heat up the tortillas on a skillet for a few seconds each side. Not only gives them a little char but also toughens them up for all the goodness you want to put inside. 

Overall, my nights with Chrissy were a success - all that was missing was her!