Monday, November 24, 2008

Blythe's holiday turkey burgers

'Tis the season to put a holiday twist on everything. Up in San Francisco this weekend, Blythe put together a fantastic pre-party dinner of cranberry & feta turkey burgers on whole grain buns, organic green salad with cherry tomatoes and avocado, and oven-baked sweet potato fries. I had to post about this one because the turkey burgers were genius- why didn't I think of that?!?! Here's the pre-cooked burgers (i think we had too mcuh wine beofre we actually ate the meal to remember to take a picture of the finished product with all the fixins :)

For 8 good size burgers use:

2 packages lean or extra lean ground turkey (Blythe mixed one extra lean (99% fat free) with one lean (93% fat free)- perfect! )

3/4 cup dried cranberries (just throw in a couple handfuls)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Mix 'em together and grill 'em up- about 8 minutes per side. These were PERFECT as is, but james and I were just talking and thinking they could be spiced up even more with chopped celery and onions (kind of like turkey stuffing burgers) or some spices (sage or rosemary?) would both go well.

Serve with oven-baked sweet potato fries of course!

and a picture with the cook!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Matisse & Jacks Cranberry Pumpkin Power Snacks

Just in time for the holidays... a healthy bar. Perfect for your pre-Thanksgiving day ride or run... or a good way to sneak a healthy snack on to the table during the holidays.

Last week before the 12 hour mountain bike race I baked 5 batches of Matisse & Jacks bars and tried a little something different with each one. The one that turned out the best and the ones that got eaten the fastest were the Chocolate Chip Power Snacks that I added Pumpkin and Agave Nectar too.

So last night I made another batch, but this time I used the Cranberry power snacks
to make it more of a Holiday/Thanksgiving bar. Here's the recipe... super simple. I think it took about 5 minutes to mix up and get in the oven.

1 box of Matisse & Jack Cranberry Power Snacks
1 heaping cup of pumpkin (all natural)
2 tbsp of Agave Nectar (i put in the microwave for 15 seconds before mixing it in.
4 tbsp water
Pumpkin Spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) to taste

Put it in an 8x8 pan and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. When it's done let it cool for 20-30 minutes before ripping into them.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Dinner with Marky V

On Saturday night Beth and I headed over the Mac and Meredith's awesome beach house in Cardiff for good food, good wine, and definitely good company.

Marky V offered to cook us dinner and promised he wouldn't let us down... and he didn't.

the chef... so stoked on his halloween candy!

On the menu:
Grilled Salmon
Grilled tilapia
Grilled chicken
spinach salad
saffrron rice
grainy garlic bread

Everything was cooked to perfection and we stuffed ourselves. Beth and I brought dessert and wine.

When we were in Sonoma for Vineman we visited the UNTI winery and picked a bottle of their 2004 Syrah. We figured this was a good occasion to open it up and it was good. I think I drank half of it myself.

For dessert... you guessed it. Fro yo!