Ok people. I'm not meaning to brag or anything, but lately I have been really impressed with the food I can somehow procure in the kitchen. I have taken a few photos, and one step-by-step for my cooking-impaired friends, because all of these recipes are REALLY EASY. Which is what I like, and need for med school. All can be made in healthy renditions, and most of mine are the healthy version - except sometimes excess cheese is involved.
Ok, first up we have stuffed peppers. Easy to make. Step by step here, people. They say beef is not that good for you, so I used lean ground turkey. Simply fry it up, no added oil, just a bit of steak seasoning and some garlic powder. Throw in some onions too! While your turkey burger is cooking, throw some brown rice or wild rice is what I prefer, in the rice cooker. Put some steak seasoning in there too. Next, cook your peppers a tiny bit in your pampered chef deep covered baker. Just add a bit of water and let them steam for 10 minutes.
By now, your rice should be done. Pile it into each halved pepper, add some lean turkey meat, spread some salsa, sprinkle with cheese. Bake for another 15-20 minutes in DCB. YUM.
Here's a before and after:
Next, I made some steaks. I was hungry for a big slab of meat, and thats exactly what I got.
Marinate with garlic, onion, a twist of lemon, steak seasoning for 12 hours in a bag in the fridge.
Pan sear so that all sides are browned. Meanwhile, let peppers and onions steam in your DCB ( i set oven to 450). Stick in your steak and cook until you like it. I like mine medium, probably took about 10-12 minutes..
Though I don't have a picture (will take one next time) ...I made the MOST DELICIOUS coconut chicken curry. Here's the ingredients:
1 can of coconut milk.
a bit of chicken stock.
lots of curry
red pepper flakes (for spice)
a little butter if that's what you're into, otherwise omit for health reasons.
What you do is set your rice a-cooking in the rice cooker. Add some curry and cumin to flavor it up.
Marinate chicken in curry and chicken broth for 12 hours (or you can do like 6 and it will be fine, hey maybe just skip the marinating)
Sautee chicken in pan, use pampered chef meat cutter to cut into little bite size pieces. Works really well.
To make your curry:
a bit of oil in the pan, sauté the onions and garlic for a few minutes. Add all your curry. I'm talking a lot of curry, more than you would think to add. Let it sizzle for about 30-45 seconds. Add in your coconut milk and chicken broth. Let it simmer. Add rest of spices and turn on low to simmer for a bit. Keep stirring it!!
Taste a few times and add additional spices to taste.
Add chicken. Sizzle for a bit.
Pour over hot rice.
Last but not least is my pizza. Healthy Pizza.
Saute onions and garlic and spinach in a pan.
While that is going on, create a little bit of an oil mixture: Garlic powder, a tiny bit of butter, pizza seasoning, oregano, parsley, parm cheese if you have it, sesame seeds if you have them.
Rub over whole wheat pizza crust (I bought mine....so good and easy to just rip out of the package).
Add some pizza sauce (just put some tomatoes and a tiny bit of milk and spices in the blender).
Put down all your toppings.
I used pepperoni, four types of cheese, and my sauteed garlic, onion, and spinach. If I had green pepper It would have gone on as well. No olive for me!!!! yuck
Overall, it was DELICIOUS. Sweet D came over to eat it with me. woohoo.
I also made some pretty stellar protein balls, but I'll post the recipe next week. I'll have to pay attention to how much I add of everything, because I have been whipping them up by taste.
M3 at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine