Banh Mi Turkey Burgers

 

Banh Mi Turkey BurgersWe all get comfortable with our normal, or I know I do. My normal was a handful of dinner meals that I made on a routine basis. They are easy, need no recipe, and I always know my family will enjoy them. Finding new, healthy recipes can sometimes be a challenge. Not because I have little kids to please, but because Greg is so hard to please.

I had never heard of this burger until I was researching recipes. With the ingredient list, I knew it would was something we would enjoy, and it did not disappoint! We ate our burgers in lettuce wraps, but a whole wheat bun or English muffin would be a nice addition. The turkey burgers themselves have a ton of flavor, the pickled vegetables add a fantastic component, then top that off with the mild heat of the sriracha sauce, and it is terrific! This burger will most definitely be part of my new normal!

Banh Mi Turkey Burgers
 
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. 99% fat free ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 - 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Lettuce leaves or buns
  • PICKLED VEGETABLES:
  • ¼ c. sliced English cucumber
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 -2 radishes, grated
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • pinch granulated sugar
  • SRIRACHA SAUCE
  • ⅓ c. fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, gently mix turkey, fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cilantro, onions, and sesame oil. Cover bowl with plastic and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, mix the cucumber, carrot, and cilantro in a bowl. Add the lime juice, salt and sugar and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. To make sauce whisk the yogurt and Sriracha in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator. Divide into 4 sections and gently pat out the burgers. This will be a little messy. Gently place the burgers in the heated skillet and cook about 5 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  5. To assemble, place burger on lettuce leave or bun and top with Sriracha Sauce and a tablespoon or so or the pickled vegetables.
Notes
WW Freestyle Points = 1 point per serving

 

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Shrimp Verde Flatbread

Shrimp Verde Flatbread

Today’s recipe comes straight from Weight Watchers.  I was quite shocked when I first tried it. Who knew Weight Watchers had such awesome recipes?

I want to tell you a little story just as a testament to just how good this Shrimp Verde Flatbread is. Greg was out of town on business the night I made this for myself. Wes lives at the house, works during the day and works on his masters online at night. He is not the most daring person when it comes to his food. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he is perfectly happy that way. Many times when Greg is traveling, Wes and I do our own thing for dinner. He will grill up something for himself while I make my own meal. Wes was in the kitchen when I took this flatbread out of the oven, so I asked him to try it. About the only thing he gets excited about it football, hunting, and fishing, so he didn’t say too much other than it was “pretty good.” Pretty good in this house means just okay. However, he went about his business and came up to me a little later wanting to know if I had the ingredients to make another Shrimp Verde Flatbread. I don’t know if I have described him well enough for you to know just how huge this was, but that speaks volumes!

The fresh sauce is really what makes this flatbread so wonderful. When making your flatbread, I have one little tip for you. If you have lime juice that separates from the sauce as you spoon it on your flatbread just leave it in the food processor. I made the mistake of pouring the juice left in the bottom of the food processor bowl onto mine, and it made those areas of the flatbread soggy. I did not do that to Wesley’s and his stayed crispy and delicious!

Shrimp Verde Flatbread
 
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Flatout Light Original flatbread
  • 3 oz. cooked shrimp, peeled
  • ¼ c. part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ c. cilantro
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeds and veins removed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place flat-out on parchment and bake for two minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor combine cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and lime juice. Process until well blended and spreadable. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the green sauce over the flatbread. Arrange cooked shrimp over the sauce and scatter with cheese.
  4. Bake at 375℉ for 4 minutes. Serve immediately.
  5. WW Freestyle Points = 4

 

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Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad

 

Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad

I can remember when I was ten years old, wishing that I was thirteen. I wanted to be a teenager because I thought that was way cooler than being ten. Then like most, the next significant milestone was 16. I think I may have counted down the days until my birthday that year. I wanted a car but I did not get one.  It continued after that;  being impatient for graduation, first real job, wedding date, birth of a baby. Many other important dates that I looked forward to with anticipation that I now look back on with nostalgia.

Now, God willing, Greg and I will celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary in November. I look forward to celebrating that date because I am proud that he has been able to put up with me for this long! However, if life has taught me nothing else, it is to enjoy the moment. I’m still a planner, and I look forward to special days, but I am trying to place more emphasis on the here and the now than the tomorrows. After all, I’m not promised tomorrow. My very wise mother always told me, “don’t wish your life away.” Well, Mama, after fifty-three years I’ve started listening to you!

It’s a bit difficult to transition from serious to pasta salad, but here goes.  😂 My family enjoys anything with a little spice. We love anything with buffalo sauce, and we enjoy some Mexican and Southwestern food too! I recently tried this Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad, and my family went nuts. Even if you prefer your pasta salad with little other than pasta, this dressing is amazing! The lime juice and cilantro are the key ingredients in my opinion,  but leave the cilantro out if you don’t care for it.

Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 12-oz. rotini pasta
  • 1 can (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (4.5-oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and salt.
  3. Add cooked and drained pasta, black beans, corn, tomatoes, chiles, and cilantro to the dressing and toss to coat.
  4. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

 

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Amye’s Top Recipes from 2016

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One of my favorite post each year is my top picks. I’m running a little late this year, but I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to share my favorite recipes from 2016 with you!

It’s obvious at first glance that I enjoy cheese, chipotle peppers, sugar, and food with a Mexican flair. Because I am trying new recipes much of the time, I often prepare a recipe only once. However, my top picks for 2016 are recipes that I make over and over again! These are all dishes that my family and I enjoy. These are the foods that I crave.

I think it would be fun to sit down one day and figure out my ALL-TIME favorite NJSD recipes!! Maybe that will be an upcoming post!

In the meantime, visit or revisit these fabulous recipes from 2016. Simply click on the recipe title below to be redirected to the original post.

 

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The Varsity has nothing on these delicious Crispy Onion Rings!  They are fast and easy to prepare and worth the effort!

 

My cousin’s recipe for this Garden Dill Veggie Sandwich is simply the best!

 

Maybe it’s a little cold outside for these fabulous Peaches and Coconut Cream Popsicles, but they will be on the menu here soon!

 

The Cilantro Sauce takes these Fajita Kabobs over the top!  This is a must try recipe!

 

Sweet Potato bread is amazingly moist!  I seldom make the pineapple butter but for special occasions it’s a wonderful addition!

 

Not only does this Pineapple Upside Down Pound Cake look beautiful, it also tastes great!

 

This homemade enchilada sauce is so simple you will wonder why you haven’t been making it all along!  Make these tasty Chicken Enchiladas for an easy weeknight dinner!

 

Customize this recipe with as many chipotle peppers as you like.  I love the wonderful smoky flavor of chipotle peppers in Amye’s Smoky Cheese Dip!

 

My aunt’s recipe for Heirloom Carrot Cake is THE best carrot cake I’ve ever had.  I love this frosting!

 

Here’s another super easy recipe, Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk Jalapeno Sauce.  I simply pick up chicken tenders at Zaxby’s then make the sauce for a delicious and simple meal for the family!

 

This smoky, spicy barbecue sauce adds tons of flavor to this yummy Smoky Barbecue Chicken Sandwich!  I keep this sauce in the fridge all of the time!

 

These wonderful Peanut Butter Fingers are the first recipe I ever cooked on my own as a teenager.  They are a great treat to this day…many years later!

 

I love the taste of pickles and olives.  This Olive Bruschetta is a sure winner for your next party!

 

Notice this is the third family recipe that I picked for a 2016 favorite.  Make my aunt’s Tea Cake recipe and you may never make another cookie!  They are just that good!

 

You will not find many casserole recipes on NJSD but this one is a keeper!  This ooey, gooey Cheesy Onion Casserole is high on the list of comfort foods in our house!

 

Now I am craving all my favorites!   I always enjoy your comments and I would enjoy hearing from you now.  Do you have a favorite recipe from NJSD that you have tried and you make it over and over again?  Leave a comment on NJSD or email me at notjustsundaydinner@yahoo.com.  My goal for 2017 is to have more reader involvement.  So please, if you enjoy NJSD or you have a favorite recipe, or you just want to say “hi”, let me hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Asian Beef and Broccoli Pasta Salad

Asian Beef and Broccoli Pasta Salad

 

 

I have been on an Asian kick lately. We had little Asian Sliders for dinner over the weekend. They were amazing, but my family was starving, and I didn’t get pictures. It’s a constant struggle of a blogger and their family. Getting the picture before anyone can touch the plate! That just means the sliders will be on the menu again very soon, and that’s a good thing!

This Asian pasta salad is another new recipe. I found the recipe in an old Fresh Market cookbook that I bought on a recent thrift store/treasure hunt. I’m not much of a yard sale person, but I do love finding a good thrift store! It seems that Savannah has started to enjoy it too so it’s possible that we could get into some trouble together!

Okay, I got a little off subject…back to the salad. This pasta salad is full of fresh, crisp vegetables and with the addition of beef, this salad is a complete meal! You could leave out the meat completely if you prefer or substitute shrimp, chicken, or even pork for the beef.

This salad is a simple, prepare ahead meal, that would be perfect for a weeknight dinner. Toss the pasta mix with the dressing just before serving. If you are feeding less than about ten people, toss a portion of the pasta mix with a portion of the dressing because you don’t want to store the mixed salad for very long. The vegetables will become limp, and you will loose the fresh, clean taste of the salad.

 

Asian Beef and Broccoli Pasta Salad
 
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Serves: 10-12
 
Ingredients
  • Soy Ginger Dressing:
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • ⅛ c. sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, sliced thin
  • ¼ c. vegetable oil
  • Pasta Salad:
  • 2 lb. sirloin steak
  • 1 (10-oz.) bottle teriyaki sauce or marinade
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 (16-oz.) pkg. rotini pasta
  • ½ lb. broccoli florets
  • 3 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, julienned
  • 2 c. bean sprouts
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c. cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the garlic cloves, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, sweet chili sauce, mayonnaise, and lemongrass. Blend into a paste. With the food processor running, drizzle the vegetable oil in a slow stream until well mixed and vegetable oil has been incorporated. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Marinate sirloin steaks in teriyaki sauce or marinade for 6 hours or overnight. Preheat grill to medium-high and oil the grates. Grill 5 to 6 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Remove and leg stand 5 minutes, the slice into think 2-inch strips and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, bring 1 gallon water and 2 tbsp. salt to a boil over high heat; add pasta and boil according to package directions, stirring frequently. Add broccoli during the last minute of cooking and remove from heat, drain and rinse with cold water; set aside.
  4. In a large serving bowl, combine pasta and broccoli with beef, carrots, red pepper, bean sprouts, green onions, and cilantro; chill until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, pour Soy Ginger Dressing over salad and toss to evenly coat.

 

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