A Healthy Dinner That Made Everyone Happy (and a not so healthy Chocolate Chip Pound Cake For Dessert)

Rarely am I able to accomplish this great feat, but tonight, it worked out splendidly!  Normally, I am completely opposed to making “special meals” for the kids.  “You eat what everyone else is eating or you are welcome to have yogurt and a banana” is my typical rule.  But tonight I made a slight concession and it worked!  I was making stuffed green peppers for a friend and because I know my kids just do not like green peppers and would end up complaining about it, I modified theirs as little pizzas on multigrain Arnold Sandwich Thins.  They have no fat and 11 whole grains per serving AND… they are on sale right now at Lowes Foods for only $1.85 so buy some and stock up.  They freeze well and are great for kids lunches.  Plus, Lowes Foods has green bell peppers right now for $.99 each and they have Shadybrook Farms 99% fat free ground turkey on sale as well for only $4.99 per lb (normally $6.99) so this is a really inexpensive meal as well as healthy.   My recipe is as I prepared it and if I calculated correctly (I am certainly no nutritionist!) it should have only 3-4 grams of fat per serving.  If you want to make all stuffed peppers without the kiddie “pizzas” just steam a few more.

Low Fat Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

The finished product - halved. I saved half for lunch tomorrow!

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked brown rice

3 large green bell peppers sliced in half lengthwise (with the stem gently cut out and all seeds removed) – You will be able to lay it on it’s side to be filled.

1 small green bell pepper seeded and finely chopped

1 lb 99% fat free ground turkey

1 large portabella mushroom

1 medium yellow onion

2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped

8oz tomato sauce

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1 1/2 tbsp worstershire sauce

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Texas Pete hot sauce to taste

3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese

For The Stuffing:

Throw onion, and portabella in a food processor and chop well or chop finely by hand.  Combine turkey, onions, portabellas, & chopped pepper using your hands.  Mix well.  In a large non-stick skillet over med high heat, brown the turkey mixture until it is cooked through.  Add tomato sauce, garlic, basil, oregano, worstershire, salt, and pepper.  Stir in cooked rice.  Add a bit of Texas Pete to taste.

And The Peppers:

While your turkey is browning, Place a steam basket in a large pot (or a metal colander if that is all you have handy) and a few inches of water.  Gently place peppers in steamer and cover for 5 min.  Remove and set aside.

Portion stuffing mixture generously into green peppers and place on a foil lined baking sheet (be sure to save stuffing for pizzas if you are making those). Top peppers with cheese evenly divided.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min or until the cheese is slightly browned on top.

This is what they look like just before going into the oven - cheese is already melting on the filling.

While your peppers are in the oven, you can make the pizzas for the kids.

 

Ingredients:

5 halves of Multigrain Sandwich Thins

Stuffing Mixture from above

3/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese

Take 1/2 of a sandwich thin and top it with stuffing mixture and mozzarella cheese.  Repeat with other 4 sandwich thins. Place on the same pan as peppers (who wants to wash 2 pans?) and cook until cheese is slightly browned.  These are filled with good stuff (green peppers, onions, garlic, and tomato sauce) and the kids will gobble them up!

 

TOTAL COST FOR THIS YUMMY MEAL?  Only $16.90 or $1.54 per person.  It will feed 6 adults & 5 kids.  The peppers don’t look like a lot of food when you first put them on the plate, but once you cut into it and it falls apart you realize how much it is.  Here is the breakdown of cost – I used Lowes Foods because that is where I shopped today.  Your costs may be a little more if you have to buy the dried herbs.  I recommend stocking up on those though and don’t calculate those in when I figure a meal price.  I buy the huge bottles at Sam’s Club. You can get a huge canister for what you pay for a tiny little jar in the grocery store.  There are 2 columns.  The recipe is the actual cost to make this meal, the total is what you would spend if you went out and bought all of the ingredients and don’t take into account just want you used (example, you will have 5 1/2 sandwich thins and 3/4 of a bag of rice left!)  These sales prices are good my my Lowes Foods in Clemmons, NC until next Wed, Sept 7.

RECIPE TOTAL
4 bell peppers @ .99 each $3.96 $3.96
8 oz hunts tom sauce $0.50 $0.50
1 lb Shadybrook Farms 99% Fat Free Ground Turkey $4.99 $4.99
5 halves Arnold Multigrain Sandwich Thins @ $1.85 per package $0.60 1.85
Comet Brown Rice @ $2.65 per bag $0.60 2.65
Portabella $2.99 $2.99
Sargento Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese @ $3.49 per 8 oz bag $2.64 3.49
Medium Onion @ $2.99 for a 3 lb bag $0.50 2.99
Garlic @ $.50 per bulb $0.12 0.5
$16.90 $23.92

 

 

 

And, to finish it off, gratuitous pictures of the not-so-healthy-but-completely-delicious Chocolate Chip Pound Cake.  How cute are they packaged to deliver?  Let me know if you make the peppers, I would love to hear your feedback!

 

 

 

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Update on Ordering

Hi everyone!  I have gotten a lot of questions about ordering and I thought I should come here to answer them.  I am hoping to have the weekly meals available for ordering beginning the week of August 29.  I should have that menu up by next Wednesday, the 24th.  The website is not complete yet so until then, I will have everything on the blog.  All orders can be emailed to me or just feel free to give me a call.  My email is casey@mypreppykitchen.com and my number is 336-413-2126.

 

Right now, I can do appetizers if you need them for a party, baked goods, or anything else if you just make a special request.

Always available for order – just give me a couple hours notice!

Casey’s Salsa – 12oz – $5

Red Grape & Pecan Chicken Salad – $8 per lb

Curry Chicken Salad with Apples and Dried Cranberries – $8 per lb

Cinnamon Rolls – $15 per dozen

Mini Cinnamon Rolls – $9.50 per dozen

Big Homemade Cookies – $10 per dozen

  • chocolate chip
  • m n m
  • peanut butter
  • oatmeal raisin
  • oatmeal cranberry

Below you will find the updated Appetizer Menu and Prices for cakes

I’m off to start dinner – honey ginger glazed chicken pizza – might be in the menu in 2 weeks, I’ll post pics when it is done!  Thanks for the incredible support so far – love you all!

 

PS – be sure to click “follow” above the blog, that way you will get updates.  Hope to have the website up and running soon.

 

 

 

APPETIZER MENU

SAVORY

Individual Appetizers:

Mini Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce $2.50 per person

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts $1.50 per person

Spinach and Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms $2.00 per person

Mini Beef Wellington $2.00 each

Gourmet Stuffed Eggs $7.50 / dozen

Savory Bacon and Chives

Zesty Jalapeno Cilantro

Classic Creamy Devilled

Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus $2.00 per person

Bleu Cheese & Pear topped Baguettes $12 per dozen

Dips:

Hot Crab Dip – serves 10-12 $15

Served with pita toast points

Casey’s Famous Salsa – 12 oz $5

Hot or Medium

Spinach and Artichoke Cheese Dip – serves 10-12 $9

Served with pita toast points

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip – serves 10-12 $9

Served with pita toast points

SWEET BITES

Taragon Merlot Truffles $9 per dozen

Mousse in Orange Cups $2 each

Chocolate, Lemon, or Creamsicle

Gourmet Cupcake Minis $18 per dozen

Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Caramel

Chocolate Caramel

Stuffed Strawberries Dressed in Chocolate $1.50 each

Preppy Celebration Cakes

Preppy Celebration Cake – includes wording, decorative trim, swirls, dots, or other simple decorations made with buttercream frosting.

¼ sheetcake – serves 12-20 $20

½ sheetcake – serves 30-48 $35

full sheetcake – serves 80-96 $65

9” double round – serves 10-12 $17

10” double round – serves 15-20 $25

Tiered Cakes:

6”round atop a 12” round – serves 30-40 $55

**specialty decorations will be priced individually.

CUPCAKES:

Gourmet Cupcakes $2 each

Gourmet Cupcake Minis $18 per dozen

Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Caramel

Chocolate Caramel

The Love of Friends

This past weekend, I had the true pleasure of helping pull off a surprise party for a dear friend.  What made this party so much more special than your average surprise birthday party was that this friend has had a seriously rough year, like the kind that makes you look to God and say, “SERIOUSLY???”  The kind of year that makes you want to wake up and find out it was all a bad dream and you get a do-over.  But, that is all turning around, I feel sure of it.  A few days before the party, she got some life changing news that could have been utterly tragic, but that bad news was followed by a some truly exciting news that showed her God is with her.  God is carrying her through this, and the 34th year of her life is going to be so much better!  We were able to celebrate not only her birthday, but the fact that she will be here to celebrate tons more of those days with us.  She is the kind of friend who brings life to a party, who loves to have fun and who truly lives fully.  I have always known I am a sap and a crier, but I laughed at myself when she walked through to the door to the sounds of her friends and family singing (sounding more like wounded cats) happy birthday.  My eyes filled when I saw her & I was overcome with joy.  It was one of my favorite surprises I have ever been a part of.  The next few months will be challenging but she is surrounded by people who love her and will carry her through, no matter what.

I has lucky to be able to make her a beautiful birthday cake and many other goodies to eat.  I have lots of girlfriends who are amazing cooks so we ate very well Saturday night!  I’ll share some recipes this afternoon when I can get them all together.

Commander, we all love you – I hope that is obvious!

Psalm 116:7

Be at rest once more, o’ my soul, for the lord has been good to you