Thursday, February 23, 2012

Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This delightful, easy, and fast meal only takes 5 ingredients! *OK, it takes 7 but you probably have water and olive oil on hand, so they don't count. I'm a huge fan of lettuce wraps from P.F. Changs but the ones I tried before, take up a lot of time. This one is seriously done in 15 minutes. It was delectable and delightful.

Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps (from Rachael Ray)


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 10 ounce bag  shredded carrots
  • 4 - 5 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup store-bought teriyaki sauce (get a thicker one, not one the consistency of soy sauce)
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, leaves separated


  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil over high heat. Add the turkey and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots, scallions and 1/4 cup water; lower the heat to medium-low. Cover loosely with foil and cook until the water is absorbed and the veggies are soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in the teriyaki sauce to taste and cook until heated through, about 4 minutes. Divide the mixture among the lettuce leaves, about 1/4 cup for each; roll up and serve immediately.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mushroom Barley Soup

Soup is always on our menu lately. Why? Because it's cheap and easy to make. We've been trying to watch our food budget lately and I've been trying to step out of my comfort zone and use things I never have used before. I actually had all the ingredients on hand for this soup except mushrooms and pearl barley. I was pleasantly surprised by this hearty soup. It was bursting with flavor, yet was light and filling at the same time. I found the recipe here at $5 Dinners

Mushroom Barley Soup
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 carrot stalks, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
About 8 oz. of mushrooms, chopped and sliced
 2 cups water
4 cups homemade chicken broth
1 cup pearled barley
2 tsp dried dill
2 tsp fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Add butter or margarine to large saucepan and let it melt.  Saute the chopped onions, diced carrots and garlic.  Once onions become opaque, add in the sliced and/or chopped mushrooms.  Saute for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add water and broth and bring to a boil.  Add the pearled barley, dill, parsley, salt and pepper. (Add cooked chicken or turkey here if you wish!). Reduce heat so the soup cooks at a rolling boil.  Cook for 45 minutes, or until barley has cooked through.  (Note: I used pearled barley, not quick cooking barley.  Follow time directions on package if using quick cook barley!)
3. Serve Mushroom Barley Soup with Rolls and Jam.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Baked Teriyaki Chicken (perfect for Valentine's Day)

If you need a dish to impress your man this Valentine's Day, this is the dish. This Baked Teriyaki Chicken is restaurant quality. I'm salavating just thinking about it. It tasted just as good or better the next day! I personally loved it for it's taste AND ability to make out of a cheaper cut of meat. I usually only cook with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but I tried this recipe with breast and thighs and they both turned out great. For boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I kept at 400°F  but reduced the time to 40 minutes.
(Sorry no pic. I'll have to make again to take pictures :)

Baked Teriyaki Chicken (adapted from


2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoon cold water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 skinless chicken thighs

1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cornstarch, cold water, sugars, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and ground black pepper. Let simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles.
2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
3. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with tinfoil. Place chicken pieces into baking dish. Brush chicken with the sauce. Turn pieces over, and brush again.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn pieces over, and bake for another 30 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Brush with sauce every 10 minutes during cooking.