Posts Tagged ‘apples’

After a relaxing day of working out, reading and getting ready for the week, we made Sunday Night Dinner #2. It was great because it felt like a Sunday, but it was actually Monday!  Brady’s parents came over and we had a nice relaxing dinner!  It was a great way to end the nice, long (5 day!!) weekend!

I wanted to try something different, so I made an easy, cozy, filling dinner that is similar to Shepard’s pie. I really don’t like the name Shepard’s pie which came from the lamb that is often used in this dish. Since this dish does not contain any lamb or beef only 99% fat free ground turkey, I will call it….Winter Pie. That seems to fit since this is a dish you would most likely only eat in the winter. We also had salad and homemade applesauce!

Winter Pie

  • 1 lb. of 99% fat free ground turkey (cooked and flavored with thyme)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of green beans
  • 1 c. cauliflower
  • 1 c. chopped carrots
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. flour (I tried whole wheat, but it doesn’t thicken the right way)
  • 1 c. spinach and arugula
  • 4 large potatoes (boiled and mashed)
  • roasted garlic
  • 1/4 c. Fage 0%
  • garlic salt and pepper
  • thyme to season meat
  1. Cook meat and stir in veggies, broth and flour. Let simmer to thicken
  2. Boil potatoes and mash with garlic and Fage.
  3. Place cooked turkey/veggie mix in the bottom of a oven safe serving dish.
  4. Cover veggies with arugula and spinach.
  5. Top with mashed potatoes
  6. Bake to keep hot at 350 for about 30 min. or until ready to eat.
  7. Top with 2% cheddar if you would like!




It was pretty good.  I would maybe add some more flavor to the turkey next time.

For dessert:

  • 3 large apples
  • 1/2 c. cranberry, pineapple, orange relish
  • 3/4 c. oats
  • spray butter
  • 1/3 c. almonds
  • 1/4 c. oat bran

Slice apples and mix in fruit relish!  Cover with oats, almonds and oat bran and spray with butter!

🙂  Yum!  It tastes like and apple crisp with a tart kick!


Workout of the Day:

  • 3.8 mile run on the treadmill
  • 20 min. on the stair climber
  • chest, bicep and tricep weights
  • 20 min. of swimming

Overall, it was a great workout!  I had the time so I did more that usual it felt great.

Also, don’t forget about the Honest Foods Giveaway at Oh She Glows!

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A Christmas Dehydrator!

For Christmas this year, I got Brady (actually I got it for both of us) a dehydrator!  He wanted one to make beef jerky and I wanted one to make dried fruit and other treats like Gina!

To start, we made dried apples, oranges, kiwis, and bananas.  Brady also tried putting in some fillet, but we cooked it too long!  Then we made fruit roll up with 1 bag of berry medley from TJ’s.  Here is the overview…

img_2465img_2467Brady hard at work…after the CAVS game last night (notice the LeBron shirt!)



Berry Medley Fruit Leather!!

img_2476A piece!!

Does anyone have any good ideas and recipes for the dehydrator?!  I am so excited to use it!!


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It all started with some simple cranberry-apple relish. Chopped cranberries (in my little food processor) + chopped apple + a little honey + 15 min on the stove = delicious cran-apple relish! I made this to add to oatmeal and yogurt this week. I was going to submit it to Gina at Fitnessista the BSI contest, but it was too simple, I thought.

So we went to get apples, and ran errands today.  When we got home, with tons of fresh farm vegetables, I decided to make sweet potatoes and soup for dinner.  While cooking, I spotted the relish, still on the stove, and my food processor still on the counter (we didn’t clean up before we left :)) That is when recipe was created!

Cran-Apple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • 3 tbsp. simple cran-apple relish (recipe above)
  • 2 cooked sweet potatoes with skin
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c. 0% T.J. Greek Yogurt

That is it!  Delicious and pretty pink!

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Book Club: Water for Elephants

Last night was our monthly book club meeting at my house.  We  just finished reading Water for Elephants, which we all agreed was good, better than we expected from reading the back cover.  If you are looking for a good book to take on vacation or when you have some extra time, we recommend this!  It is interesting and keeps you entertained while giving you insight into something your probably don’t know much about – the circus!  Our next book: Time Traveler’s Wife.  Any thoughts on this?

For our delicious snacks:

Made by Jen:  Apricot/Orange Goat Cheese Bruschetta from Cooking Light

My contribution: Apples with caramel dip

Rachel’s hummus with veggies and pitas

Michelle’s amazing pumpkin cookies!  I will try to get the recipe!

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Awesome Apple Recipes

Andrea and Erin at Care to Eat have a secret ingredient recipe contest and this week’s theme was… APPLES!

To see some great recipes from the best bloggers, click here!

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Caramel Apple Salad

This recipe came together quickly and spur-of-the-moment right before dinner at my parents.  We had just gone to get apples and I could not wait to use them!

Caramel Apple Salad

  • apples – sliced and diced
  • fat free caramel syrup
  • 1/2 c. fat free fage
  • cinnamon

Chop the apples.  Mix the cinnamon with fage and mix it into the apples.  Drizzle with caramel syrup.

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