Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Memorial Day

As I started to feel better yesterday and this morning, food began to sneak its way back into my mind. Since I am feeling better I thought what a better topic then food for Memorial Day? My thoughts started racing with ideas but I wanted to keep it simple and budget friendly. After thinking about what recipes I could use I had to think--reality Krysten--reality...What are people really going to eat?
Well I know people will cook out, have some side dishes, and of course dessert.
Simple enough.
These are easy and tasty dishes that your family will really enjoy.
Stuffed Turkey Burger
Fruit Salad Delight
Apple Almond Salad
Frosted Fudge Brownies

Stuffed Turkey Burger
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1 cup chopped onions and bell peppers(1/2 cup each)
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-2 tbsp olive oil

Mix ingredient in bowl. Add olive oil as desired to hold together and keep moist. Turkey tend to try out when cooked so the olive oil will help. Divide turkey mixture into 8 equal round sized burgers. Cook until done on grill or in stove. Approx. 5 minutes each side

Fruit Salad Delight
1 lg. can pineapple chunks or tidbits, undrained
1 lg. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 lg. can peach pie filling
1 lg. pkg. (about 12 oz) frozen strawberries, thawed
2 lg. bananas

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate. Add bananas right before serving to reduce browning. You can add any leftover fruit from the week that needs to be used to this as well. Chopped nuts can be added if desired. This salad will keep in the frig up to a week.

Apple Almond Salad
4 cups romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sizes pieces
1/4 cup diced dried apricots or white raisins
1/4 cup sliced almonds
4 green scallion onions, sliced

1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

In a large bowl mix together romaine, onions, apricots, almonds, and apple. In a small bowl mix dressing ingredients until well blended. Drizzle over salad when ready to serve.

Fudge Frosted Brownies
1/2 cup Plus 2 tbsp butter
6 tbsp cocoa
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 all purpose flour

In medium saucepan, melt butter and add cocoa. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Blend in eggs one at a time and add vanilla. Stir in flour and mix well. Spread into an 8x8x2 greased pan. Bake at 350 for 25-27 minutes.

1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cocoa
1 cup confectionery sugar
1/3 cup chopped pecan(optional)

Melt butter and add cocoa. Mix in sugar and add enough milk to make mixture creamy, beginning with 1 tbsp milk. Increase milk by 1 tsp at the time. Add pecans if desired and spread over cooled brownies. When completely cooled-slice into squares.


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