Should Be Packing!

Happy Saturday Friends!!!!

I should definitely be packing for NYC and my audition but I was so excited to be able to use my lap top again…..I thought a quick post would be way better! I missed seeing my GGH dashboard!!

This week has been such a whirl wind of excitement. I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off (sorry Vegan friends….a free range chicken, complete with head just slightly crazy) I’ve done the whole hair coloring, mani/pedi, tanning and photo session with the INCREDIBLE Jennifer Leatherwood! You’d think I was getting married or something. Funny thing is I don’t even remember running around this much or obsessing over every detail for my wedding like I am over this weekend. My good friend Leah put into perspective for me this morning, I’m so nervous about this because there is a little blond headed person who could benefit LARGELY from this dream becoming a reality!

This handsome little man…..

Is my driving force. If I make this dream come true for myself I can provide for him and make sure that all of HIS dreams come true and then some. That’s enough to make me want it, and want it bad.

BUT I haven’t just been doing DIVA type activities I’ve been in the kitchen a little too! Not gonna lie most of my meals this week have been light and clean as I want to look as fantastic as I can, but I did whip a few comfort items to soothe my nerves!


Mini Meatloaf:

Growing up in Texas my Mom made a lot of meatloaf…..a lot. And as I think back to childhood that meatloaf was served with creamy, fluffy pillows of mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and usually a roll or biscuit of some sort. I would always mush everything together and then pile that mush on top of the roll/biscuit and make myself a nice little sammie! So I thought, why not do that same thing but make it HEALTHY and grown up!!!

Turkey Loaf-

-2 lbs ground Turkey

-1 meatloaf seasoning package

-1 egg

-1 small onion rough sliced

-2 cups green onions rough sliced

-1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

-3/4 cup water

-1 tbsp minced garlic

-cooking spray

Combine egg, water, onion, green onion, meatloaf seasoning packet, and garlic in food processor/blender and pulse until onion is chopped and everything is blended. In large bowl combine liquid mix with turkey and bread crumbs-use your hands and combine everything together. Place mix in large casserole dish or large loaf pan coated with cooking spray, place in pre heated 350 oven for 1 hour or until cooked through.

Mashed “Potatoes”-

1 bag frozen cauliflower, cooked according to directions. Once cooked, place in large mixing bowl. Add in a splash of milk, salt and pepper to taste, and 1 tablespoon butter ( I use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter). Using your mixer fluff cauliflower until thick and creamy. You can add a pinch of wheat flour or corn starch to assist in thickness!

GGH Biscuits-

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 tablespoon sugar

3 tablespoons fat free sour cream

2 tablespoons, cold, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons ice water

Add the flour, salt, and sugar to a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is finely chopped and the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add sour cream and lemon juice and pulse a few times. Add the ice water and run the machine just until the mixture is moist and crumbly, but does not form a ball. Do not over mix. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Press into a disk, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once firm, roll out on to floured surface and using a small cookie cutter (round) cut out biscuits. Place on cooking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, bake in pre heated 375 oven for 15 to 18 minutes.

Once all 3 layers are cooked, begin assembling! Place a biscuit on baking sheet, top with small amount of turkey loaf, followed by a scoop of “potato”. Continue assembling until all biscuits are used, place back in oven to warm and brown the “potatoes”. Serve warm!

Citrus Cilantro Chicken Naan Pizza:

-4 boneless chicken breasts (thin)

-juice of 1 lemon

-juice of 1 lime

-1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

-salt to taste

-1/2 of white onion diced

-3 wedges garlic and herb laughing cow cheese (light)

-1 store bought package of Naan (Indian bread)

Begin by marinading chicken with lemon/lime and cilantro. Liberally coat chicken with marinade and allow to sit in the fridge for atleast 30 minutes. Next, place chicken in baking dish and sprinkle with diced onion-bake in pre heated 350 oven for 30 minutes. Allow chicken to cool, and then dice it to nice bite sized pieces. Place chicken on top of Naan, and top with pieces of crumbled Laughing Cow wedges. Put back into the oven and allow cheese/Naan to warm. Serve ASAP!

Jerk Chicken with Sauteed Spinach and Cous Cous:

2 large boneless chicken breasts

store bought box of cous cous

3 cups fresh baby spinach

1/4 cup green onions chopped

Parmesan cheese

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt to taste

1/2 white onion diced

Jerk chicken seasoning packet

Place chicken in baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle jerk seasoning and onions over the top of chicken, drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake in pre heated 350 oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

For spinach: Place 3 cups spinach in large skillet and drizzle with olive oil, add in green onions and mix well. Dash of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Cover spinach and allow it to wilt. Once wilted, stir in a smidge of Parmesan cheese and mix. Serve warm.

(Follow cooking instructions for cous cous and serve on top of the spinach)

And to finish out the food section I have to show you what arrived in the mail from my Nana in Texas!!!

Homemade Preserves!!!! 2 jars of peach and 2 jars of pear & pineapple!!!! So delish!

Ok I’m off to pack now….can’t put it off any longer I guess LOL.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and I will try to post from NYC tomorrow!!!!!

Healthy Wishes, T

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