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Foodie Friday: Who Says Pumpkin is a Fall Food?

Seriously? Its Friday?  That seems super strange to me.

Since I haven’t worked all week. I’ve kind of lost track of the days. (You can be jealous, just don’t drop kick me, please.)

I worried that I would not have enough time to whip something up for ya this Friday. But, since my internal clock is readjusting still, I had a burst of energy and decided I want to use that energy in my kitchen! :0)

A couple of weeks ago when I was visited my parents, I saw this coveted, precious item on the shelves.

Ahhhh. Canned pumpkin puree.  It is always VERY hard to find puree pumpking (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX) in the store at this time of year. (Well, at least in this area of the country).

Week after week, I stroll down the baked goods aisle..just in case they found an old can on a shelf in the dungeon of the store. (Yes, I would still eat it).

Apparently.. an hour up the road.. there is no such “pumpkin shortage”

So, last night, when I was rummaging through my rather empty cabinets.. this can of pumpkin puree was just staring me down.. begging to be used.

Being the sweet, nice girl that I am, I honored the request of this little can of pumpkin and made a treat.

Actually.. it is more then a treat. It can accompany a breakfast, lunch, dinner. It can be used as a snack.. as a dessert.  Pretty versatile, don’t ya think?!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Squares

Makes 24 squares

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c. cashews (ground magic bullet)
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut (optional – I used unsweetened reduced fat)

Preperation
  • Preheat Oven to 350*
  • Mix all ingredients in large bowl (except for coconut)
  • Pour batter into a 13 X 9 inch pan (previously sprayed with non-stick)
  • Sprinkle with coconut if desire
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes

These are not too sweet – but I don’t need my pumpkin goods to be sweet. I bet they would be great crumbled into yogurt!

I’ve been on a kick of entering my recipes into Sparkpeople. And I am never disappointed when I see the nutriional information.  Especially when I concoct a baked good that uses healthy ingredeients.. and is something that I actually enjoy!

Once again, the nutritional stats do not disappoint. Below  – find the stats for a the sqaures made WITHOUT using coconut on top…

Check out that Vitamin A 🙂

And here – the squares with my reduced fat unsweetened shredded coconut:

Just a 3 calorie difference 🙂

I made both – I spinkled a small amount over a portion of my goodies – so I can experience the best of both worlds!

I am totally for eating foods when they are “out of season.” Pumpkin is one of my favorite things to eat.. not in the fall. I am pretty sure I will be enjoying some pumpkin pie oats pretty soon. as I do not want to let a drop of this left-over pumpkin go to waste!!

Any other suggestions for some great goodies I can make with pumpkin!?  Great links?  Feel free to share.. I am in a baking mood!

Foodie Friday: Caribbean Turkey Burger with Mango Salsa

Happy Friday!  Happiest of Fridays to me.  (Actually, I am sure today is going to be a very emotional day for me. I was blessed with the most wonderful group of kids that a teacher could ask for. I will miss them tremendously – and know that no other class will compare to my first class. They are always going to hold a super special place in my heart!)

Today’s recipe is something I came up with over the weekend. And once I finally tried it – it was nothing short of amazing.

I have a deep   love for turkey   burgers.. but have been eating the same blend in my burger for quite a while now (pretty much just hot sauce and chili powder) .. and I wanted something very different.

Something that could somehow incorporate my summer love of fruit..

Something with a sweet twist.. but with a devilish kick.

And I bring all of those qualities to you in this week’s Foodie Friday.

Caribbean Turkey Burger with Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 Mango – Cubed- (this gave me about 1.5 cups
  • 4 c. red onions, cubed
  • 1/8 c. red pepper
  • 1/8 c. green pepper
  • 1/8 c. green onions
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 2 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Preperation

  • Combine all items in a bowl. Mix well.  Cover and refridgerate for atleast 4-6 hours to allow flavors or run throughout! 🙂

Turkey Burger

Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 2/3 lb of extra lean turkey meat
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp caribbean jerk seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preperation

  • Combine all items in the bowl.  Mix together with hands. Form into patties. Set aside until ready to be grilled.

 

  • Grill (on regular grill .. or in my case on the Foreman Grill) until no longer pink inside.

I had my burger on an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin.  I topped it with a VERY generous amount of Salsa.  There was an AWESOME kick to these burgers.. as the spices of the jerk burger and the salsa worked extremly well together!

I might as well throw another recipe at you today!

Spicy Sweet Potato Rounds

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potato (2 small or one large. look for the skinny kind so it is easier to create rounds).
  • 1.5 tsp oil of choice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp chile powder
  • .5 tsp pepper
  • sprinkle of salt

Preperation

  • Preheat Oven to 450*
  • Event slice sweet potato into rounds

  • In a bowl, mix the sweet potatoes and all other ingredients
  • Lay rounds on a silicon baking mat to prevent sticking

  • Bake for 13 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and flip rounds.
  • Bake for 13 more minutes.

They look a little crispy..  but I promise you they are delicious!! 🙂 Pair this together with the Jerk Burger and Mango Salsa.. and it is a slammin’ meal 🙂

What is your favorite type of salsa?! I definitly want to experiment with more fruity salsas this summer.. you know how me and fruit go.. like two peas in a pod! 🙂

Foodie Friday: Chicken & Pear Stir Fry

Woop, Woop. Do that Friday dance!! I know I am probably going to legitimately be dancing around today at Picnic in the Park.

Fear not – thanks to my FAVORITE FEATURE of scheduling posts – you have your weekly recipe comin’ at ya.. right now!

Now, I don’t know about you, but come summer time, I am somewhat of a fruit fiend! I am craving fruit all the time, trying to incorporate it into every one of my dishes.. if possible.

Breakfast – easy! Berries in my oats.

Lunch – well… just the fruit in and of itself does the job just fine..

Dinner – can be a little but more tricky. Yeah- you can top your salad with fuirt and what not, but I like something that gives a little more.. which is why I bring you one of my new favorites (aka, it is IN THE ROTATION!)

Chicken & Pear Stir Fry

(Serves 2; and note – the chicken can be replaced with any protein!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large pear, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sherry wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed

Preparation: 

  • Combine all ingredients, except PEAR in a bowl.  Allow chicken to marinate in refrigerator for 2-3 hours (overnight would be okay too, but if you are in a pinch for time, 2 hours works, as well!)

  • Just before getting ready to cook, cube your pear.

  • Combine chicken mixture and pear cubes in a frying pan over MEDIUM heat. (The heat level is important.. because you don’t want soft pears.. they should be heated, warm.. a little bit tender, but you still want the crunch!)

  • Continue to stir mixture until chicken is cooked all the way through and no longer pink.

Justin and I also made 2 servings of quinoa to enjoy! (Seriously, I could enjoy plain old quinoa with ANYTHING!) … and our plate was missing veggies.. so we had a mixture of leftover corn and peas.  Gotta get those veggies in every meal!

The thing that I enjoyed most about this.. was the crunch of the pear.. and the mixture of sweet, sour, and a hint of salt.  I honestly was asking Justin if he wanted to trade some of his pear cubes for my chicken. SO good!

Enjoy your Friday! Hopefully, I am NOT sitting in the dunk tank right now! But if I am.. you know I am doing it with a smile! 🙂

What type of food to you CRAVE when the weather gets warmer!?