Mixed Bean Turkey Chili

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This a delicious and healthy recipe for the whole family to enjoy.. Also a great recipe to serve at a party or sports event!

Mixed Bean Turkey Chili

 

You will need:

 

  • 2 lbs of ground Turkey
  • 1 large can of mixed beans
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves of diced garlic
  • 2 peppers any color, diced
  • 1 Jar Strained Tomatos
  • 2 cans of diced or whole tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp of chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne powder
  • 2 whole hot peppers with sliced holes in the pepper
  • 2 tbsp EVOO

 

Turn on your burner to 8, add your EVOO, when warmed up add your ground turkey

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While the ground turkey is browning, prepare your fresh veggies!

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When meat is browned add your veggies.

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Then add the can of beans!

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Season with spices

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Mix together and then add tomato products

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Let cook out for at least an hour.. Even better when left over night and reheated!

When its cooked and ready to eat you can eat this alone, or with onions and cheese on a hot dog, nacho’s or make yourself a plate of chili cheese fries.. It’s as healthy as it’s going to get and just as tasty!

So this is my blog for today hope you all enjoyed.

I am interested in hearing your comments and your ideas. If you have a recipe you would like to see me blog about I would love to hear from you and give it a try. I am always up for trying new things. I can be emailed at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com or I can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SchoonerpixiesKitchen?ref=hl.   

I look forward to hearing from you!!

Until next time enjoy & happy cooking!!

 

 

 

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The most amazing poppyseed dressing you ever tasted… in your life!! With a kicked up spinach salad!!!

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Poppyseed Dressing

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup of Hellmans Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mayo
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of poppy seed

In a mason jar add your mayo.

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Next add your sugar.

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Next add the cider vinegar.. I bought mine locally from Boate’s located in Woodville, NS but any kind will do.. I go local if I can! 🙂

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Finally add your poppyseed which can be purchased at your local Bulk Barn.

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Cover your mason jar with a lid and shake vigerously to mix for about 3 minutes… put in the fridge to chill, covered in the Mason jar this will keep for 2 weeks but I guarantee it won’t last that long!

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Kicked up Spinach Salad!!

You will need:

  • 1/2 package of baby spinach, washed and dried (I also remove the stems)
  • 3 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic whole
  • 1 egg boiled and sliced
  • mandrin oranges peeled and seperated (can also used canned)
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries chopped
  • 3 tbsp of skim mozzarella cheese

This is a pretty straight forward recipie.. first I remove all the stems from my baby spinach, then put it in a strainer to be washed. When washed I place the spinach on paper towel to dry. If you have a salad spinner omit the last two steps and use the spinner!

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In a frying pan on low heat add your extra virgin olive oil and whole garlic, I usually crush a garlic with a knife to help release all the flavour. Then add the slivered almonds to toast them.

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Remove garlic cloves and put toasted almonds on a sheet of paper towel to remove some of the access oil. Remove the garlic cloves and put toasted almonds on a sheet of paper towel to remove some of the access oil. Add the red onion.

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Add the toasted Almonds.

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Next add the egg and the mandrin oranges (I made this salad again the next day with fresh navel orange and pineapple, you could also use apple any fruit will work)

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Add skim mozzarella cheese.

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Top with Poppyseed Salad Dressing and the chopped dried cranberries to finish!

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So thats it, a salad that you will love and keep on loving.. The dressing is amazing and could become addictive, but if you use the light ingredients like I mentioned in the recipie, then you should be good to to.

Any ideas or comments please email me at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com

or you can join me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/SchoonerpixiesKitchen.

Next up we are trying one of my fav recipies in a dumpling… thanks to my husband John’s great idea!!

Dan Dan Dumplings with Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Until next time enjoy & happy cooking!!!!

Delicious on a cold day, Porter Beer Beef Stew!!

Delicious on a cold day, Porter Beer Beef Stew!!

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So yesterday I made a delicious Porter Beer Beef Stew for supper and want to share my recipe with you.. It is a little bit of work but it is worth it, the supper was delicious and so was todays lunch 🙂

I also made this in our Dutch Oven that we bought for a STEAL at the Super Store for only $14.94.. it was regular $59.99!! This dish is amazing and we have used it pretty much everyday since we bought it for roasting chicken, stews even and homemade goulash.. It is beautiful and we are so glad we found it for a song!

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Porter Beer Beef Stew!!

What  you need:

  • 1 roast chooped into chunks, the worst cut you can find the better for tenderizing
  • 1 large diced Onion
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 small cabbage- cut into rustic pieces
  • 1 med squash- peeled and cut into rustic pieces
  • 2 small turnips- peeled and cut into rustic pieces
  • 8 med size potatos- peeled and cut into rustic pieces
  • 1 medium parsnip- peeled chopped and cubed
  • 3 large carrots- peeled, chopped & cubed
  • 1 box Beef Stock, low sodium
  • 1 can of Porter Beer (Fuller’s)

In your pot add olive oil, brown your cubed beef. When browned remove & set aside in a bowl!

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Next pour in a 1/2 cup of beef stock & 1/2 of the beer, to remove all the browned bit. Then add your onions, celery, garlic and ginger (an easy way to get the ginger is to keep it in the freezer, when ready to use, take a piece of it, remove the skin and micro plan it into the dish, alot easier than mincing it) While sauting, chop your vegetables. Remember this a stew so they dont need to be cut perfect, the more rustic the better!

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Then add your veggies… Potatos, squash, turnip, cabbage, carrots & parsnip. When you add them do not add the stock right away let stand for 15 minutes stirring occassionally. This helps the vegatables keep whole when slow cooking.  Add the beef you set aside!

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Next add 3 bay leaves, the rest of your beef stock and beer. Then fill your stock box with water, add to the pot!

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Let cook at low to med heat for a few hours, slow cooking will tenderize the meat and cook the veggies through!

The final product should look like this!!

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Wished you could taste it don’t you!! 🙂

Would like to say thanks a million to everyone who have been posting pictures of the things you have made on my blog onto my facebook page.. Makes me so happy to know that sharing my recipies and ideas with you have been put to use!

Please feel free to add yourself to my new facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/SchoonerpixiesKitchen

Any suggestions or ideas you have for me are appreciated!

Until then…..

Enjoy & Happy Cooking!!

Holy Dan Dan Noodles!!

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First off I have to give all the credit for me even trying this dish to my cousin inlaw Evelyn.. She took me to this amazing little Asian Infusion Restaraunt in New Glasgow, NS called Mamatsu and I have been hooked ever since.. And of course when I like a dish that much I try to make it at home, this time it was a complete success!

     I can’t express to you how AMAZING this dish is.. If you like Asian food and want to fix your appetite for China and you try this you will never look back! It is a quick meal but it does require a trip to your local Asian Market.. Since we live in Nova Scotia, our favorite spot is the Tain Phat, in Bedford.. and for my Saint John readers you have easy access to the city market.. Going to the Asian Market is ALOT cheaper than buying all the items at your local Atlantic Superstore.

      Here are some pictures of the things you will need to make this at home it would make a great shopping list for your local Asian Market! Don’t worry you can get all of this for under 20.00 including the bag of noodles and I will also be using these ingredients in future recipes.. If you look back I made a noodle bowl that also uses alot of these ingredients that is also totally delicious)

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The Pork Mix

-6 ounces ground pork or beef
-1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
-2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
-1 teaspoon minced ginger (I freeze mine then use a micro planer to grate it)
– 1 package of Sichuan preserved vegetables
-1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
-1/2 teaspoon salt, or salt to taste
-1 handful dry-roasted peanuts crushed

To Start:

     In a med frying pan with heat on 6 add your vegetable oil and peanut butter, watch, wait and stir until melted and covering the surface of the pan.

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     Then take your ground pork add it to the pan by ripping pieces off of it.. The meat needs to cook in crumbles! Add your minced ginger & garlic, chopped preserved vegetables and the sherry. Cook until you think it’s finished then add the crushed peanuts continue to fry.

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In the mean time turn on a full pot of cold water on Max to a boil,to cook the noodles. You can buy Dan Dan noodles but they are hard to sometimes get so steak and pork noodles will also do the trick. When it starts to boil add the noodles. The steak and pork noodles I buy, I use 6 of the nests for one meal. The noodles only take about 5 minutes too cook.. So while you are waiting for the water to boil make the sauce.

The Sauce:

Combine in a small pot @ med temp

-1/4 cup chicken stock or water
-2 tablespoons soy sauce
-1 tablespoon Chinese black rice vinegar, or substitute good quality balsamic vinegar
-3 tablespoons chili oil (adjust according to your tolerance of spiciness) If you don’t have any I have a posted a blog on how to make John Boy’s Homemade Chili Oil 🙂

1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
-3 teaspoons sesame oil
-1 teaspoon sugar

When the noodles are cooked, the pork is cooked and the sauce  is combined.. Grab a bowl and in layers, add the sauce to the bottom of the bowl, then add your noodles from the water next, then add your topping.

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Garnish with chopped up fresh green onions!! And tada you are done, your very own homemade DELICIOUS Dan Dan Noodles! As you eat these the sauce will come to the top and the pork will fall to the bottom. It’s an amazing combination.. I made this for supper tonight and still think I want more 🙂

The Finished Product

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      So thats all she wrote today ladies and gents.. No worries I will be back tomorrow or maybe Monday with my very own recipe for a Porter Beer Beef Stew with Root Vegetables.

Until then Enjoy Life & Happy Cooking 🙂