Turkey Taco Stew made with Ground Turkey

This recipe satisfies my taste for a taco and for a warm stew simultaneously.  It’s a great dish for a cold day or just for a day when I want something spicy. There are a variety of ways to fix this.  It can be low-carb or carbs can be raised up a notch by adding beans.  Chips are optional, and that’s why I made this as a “stew” which could easily be low-carb or not if you want to add beans, chips, taco shells, or tortillas.

Here it is without the beans, red bell pepper, and with zucchini instead of yellow squash:

I use organic products as much as I can to limit the amount of GMO and pesticides in my food.  You can substitute whatever you normally use.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 organic red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 packet Bearitos Taco Seasoning (from Natural Grocers)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Organic Smoked Paprika
  • 1 organic yellow squash or zucchini (or both), chopped
  • Salt & pepper
  • Avocado, chopped
  • Plain organic, pasture-raised yogurt or sour cream (Optional)

Directions:

    • Saute chopped onion in olive oil for 5-10 minutes in a large skillet
    • Add red bell pepper and saute for another 5-10 minutes
    • Add ground turkey and cook, breaking it apart until crumbly
    • After turkey is cooked, add taco seasoning packet and 1 1/2 cups of water and mix well
    • Add chopped squash and cover the skillet.  Cook for 5-10 minutes until squash is barely tender
    • For a creamer sauce, mix in plain yogurt or sour cream and serve
    • Top with salt & pepper to taste, more smoked paprika (I like lots), and chopped avocado

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

 

 

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Mediterranean Cuisine

Have you been to a Mediterranean Restaurant?  I went with two teacher friends this past week, and one friend and I had no idea what to order.   I don’t know much about Mediterranean foods except for the fact that it’s very healthy and that hummus and olive oil are a part of it, but our other friend knew what’s really good.  We ended up ordering soup & salad:  Fatoush Salad & Fasoolia Bean Soup, and they were sooo good!

We also shared a large appetizer tray which had things like hummus (which I’ve already had many times), and baba ganoush, falafel, feta cheese with olive oil, and a couple of dips.  We had a lot of fun trying everything, and I don’t think there was anything we didn’t like.  I give it a thumbs up! I must admit I brought home one of their paper menus so I could tell people what I had eaten.  Otherwise, I would’ve just said, “Mediterranean food.”  Now, I want to research how to incorporate more of this healthy diet into our meal plan.

Back Massage

Teaching a special ed class, we do a lot of bending over, kneeling down, and sitting on the floor with students during the week.  We have to help some students stand up.  Needless to say, we’ve been having sore backs this week.  It would be nice to send for a massage therapist to come and give us all back massages in the classroom.  It would be really nice to have them come every week.   Ok, I’m dreaming!  Actually, my husband gives me a back rub when I have a backache.  It’s wonderful!

Menu Plan Monday 8-5-13 & “Fast Food” My Way

Just put your favorite fresh veggies in a skillet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For protein, add Hormel Natural Choice (100 % natural) Smoked Deli Turkey (NO preservatives), each slice folded in half. So fast & easy! So fresh! So good! So healthy! (and easy clean-up)

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blog pics 2, 8-13 019Monday: “Fast Food” the healthy way

Tuesday: Fish, veggie salad

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chef salad

Friday: Eat out

Exercising

Exercise has gone on the back burner during the past few weeks, but I plan to get back into an exercise routine soon.  I don’t know if I need to get a yoga mat and do yoga stretches or maybe go to a gym.   My kind of exercising usually includes going for 30-40 minute walks, stretching, and doing some light exercising.  As you can tell, I don’t do the strenuous type of exercising.  Never have and probably never will.  I look at it within the framework that any little bit I do is better than nothing at all.

Disabilities

Do you know people who have disabilities?  Then you may know how much car lift deals, chair lifts, and other aids mean to people who need them.  There are so many things that have been developed throughout the past couple of decades that greatly benefit those with disabilities.  These things increase their mobility, help decrease the effects of their disability, and increase their independence.

One-Minute Fresh Blackberry Dessert

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Here’s a super-fast and easy dessert that is so delicious and packed with nutrients!  It’s even healthier without the preserves, so you could add Stevia to sweeten the berries and cut down on the sugar content.
INGREDIENTS:

  • Fresh blackberries, well rinsed
  • Blackberry preserves
  • Whipped cream

Mix 1 tablespoon preserves for every 1/2 cup blackberries.  Stir gently.  Top with whipped cream.

 

Don’t Forget Sunglasses

Now that spring is officially here, that means a lot of people will be outside doing things they enjoy.  Most people remember to put on sunscreen, but do they protect their eyes with good sunglasses?  There are sites online such as Eye Save where busy people can order sunglasses and save time from having to go shopping for them.

My husband’s glasses automatically turn darker when he’s out in the sun, but I have sunglasses that I carry in my purse all the time.  Whenever I’m driving and there’s a glare, I make sure to wear them and my eyes feel so much better!

A Good Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is invaluable!  Not only does it help a person to feel better the next day and be more mentally alert, but it is also vital in the long run for a person’s health.  The deep sleep cycle is when the body repairs tissues, builds bone and muscle, and helps to strengthen the immune system. That’s why people invest in mattresses such as the natural latex mattress boston,  read up on all the tips to help ensure a restful night’s sleep such as not watching TV in bed, and stay away from caffeine in the late afternoon and evening.

Antioxidants in Tea

Here are a few tidbits of information about green and black tea:

  • Try to always drink tea soon after it’s brewed to obtain the highest antioxidants!
  • Brewed green or black tea has more antioxidants than any whole fruit or vegetable (one study says 10 times the amount).
  • Bottled iced tea still has a good bit of antioxidants and is much better for you than a soda.
  • Green and black teas are rich in polyphenols and flavonoids.

Tea has been gaining in popularity over the years, so much that places like Starbucks added teas to their menu.

 

Online Health Assessments

This year, our school took part in a community health fair.  That got me to thinking why not have an online health fair for my readers.  This is not comprehensive, but here are some good links for simple assessments that I found:

Prevention Guide/Cancer Care

Prevention Guide/Colon Health Risk Assessments and Resources

Prevention Guides/Heart Health Risk Assessments and Resources

The Do’s & Don’ts of Cancer Prevention

Women’s Health Risk Assessments and Resources:

Foods to Help Adults & Children Sleep

During certain times in our lives, we’re under stress.  It may be hard to sleep and unwind when we get into bed at night.  Or what about the active toddler?  Here are some ideas that might help:

  • Warm milk – contains calcium & the amino acid tryptophan which has a sedative effect – the calcium helps the body use tryptophan more efficiently
  • Banana – converts to serotonin & melatonin which promote sleep, and also contains magnesium which helps muscles relax
  • Oatmeal – also converts to melatonin, and also contains B6 which increases serotonin levels

So, if you or your child like to have a little snack before bedtime, try one of these and see if it helps.  Better yet, try two or all three of them.