Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Recipe #2: Roast Turkey Stew

#15 of 30 before 30; Learn 15 New Dishes

Disclaimer: All new recipes have been approved by my husband's appetite!

The first new recipe I tried was gobbled up long before I could remember to reach for my camera.  So let's start with recipe #2! :)

Roast Turkey Stew
Makes 4 servings

2 tsp vegetable oil
2 cups halved large or whole small mushrooms
1 cup chopped onions
12 ounces skinless boneless cooked turkey breast, cut into chunks
2 cups baby carrots
1 cup frozen baby onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup canned brown gravy
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp diced rosemary leaves
1/2 cup frozen peas

1. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil; add mushrooms and chopped onions. Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, 4-5 minutes, until liquid is evaporated and vegetables are golden brown.

2. Add turkey, carrots , baby onions, celery, gravy, broth, wine, salt, thyme, pepper and rosemary; bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.

3. Stir peas into turkey mixture; simmer 10 minutes until peas are heated through and tender. 

As with all recipes I modified it just slightly. I am not fond of mushrooms so I substituted frozen corn; cooked with the peas. Serving over mashed potatoes makes it extra delicious!

   WW  Points:  6 per serving; 8 with 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
   280 calories, 7g fat, 3g fiber

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Amazing Egg Timer Trick

Now that I have written about all the things I want to do... what about the mundane tasks of daily life that nobody really wants to do?

My love of reality shows on HGTV and TLC have produced one great thing in my life. This cute little guy! The three dollars it cost at my local Marshall's to adopt him was the best investment I've made to date. 

Niecy Nash, host of Clean House, helped out a husband with Adult ADHD conquer his inability to focus on the task at hand with an egg timer! A few days ago John Tesh confirmed on his radio show that this trick works and here is why.

Our brains are naturally wired to procrastinate. We work best "under pressure" because we have to. Those tasks that seem too overwhelming and that have no real deadline can be conquered 10, maybe 15 minutes at a time. 

Have a giant stack of boxes to unpack or an unending dissertation to write? Set the timer for 15 minutes. When it dings, get up and stretch your legs, go for a walk, get a drink. Then reset the timer. You'll be amazed how much you can accomplish in a few minutes when you trick yourself into thinking that is all the time you have!

If you don't have someone holding you accountable to get something done now, why not a cute little egg? If eggs aren't your thing, don't worry there are plenty of options out there!