Saturday, September 16, 2017

Turkey & Sausage Meatloaf with Spinach

I like ground turkey, but I have struggled with the texture of meatloaf made with ground turkey before because it is so crumbly and doesn't hold its shape..  Here's an excellent solution with adding Italian sausage that gives it a denser texture.  I've made this with, and without, the breadcrumbs, so if you are trying to go gluten free, or just don't have breadcrumbs, go ahead and try it without.

We've loved this for dinner a couple of times recently, and the leftovers are excellent for sandwiches too.

Serves 4-5


20 oz ground turkey (low fat)

8 oz spicy Italian sausage
1 egg
2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic
1/2 cup shallots, or onions, chopped
2 cups spinach, chopped
Salt & Pepper

Pre-chop the spinach, onions and garlic.

Call me lazy, but when it comes to half a pound of Italian sausage, I have an excellent easy solution.

Add the turkey and sausage to the food processor with the egg, crumbs and seasoning.  Mix well and add it to a loaf pan, and smooth the top. Bake for about 1 hour at 350 F degrees.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pineapple Coconut Margarita

Summer is in full swing and there is nothing like a margarita on the deck to enjoy it to it's fullest. Here's a tasty little combination of pineapple, coconut rum and tequila.  Throw in some lime and a salted rim and you have yourself a delicious pineapple coconut margarita.

In this recipe I include some pineapple coconut water. Now, normally, I do not like coconut water, I think it tastes kind of icky, however mixed with tequila and coconut rum, it is quite yummy.  Hahaha, isn't that amazing how that works?  I realize that you may not have any of this ingredient around, and so therefore, I recommend that you use two jiggers of straight pineapple juice instead. 

Please often ask about the "jigger" that I refer to in my drinks...
A jigger is an hourglass-shaped measuring device used by bartenders to ensure that they pour accurate amounts of alcohol into every drink. Usually made of metal (and sometimes plastic), jiggers contain two different measuring amounts – one on either side of the hourglass. A jigger of alcohol refers to 1.5 ounces and 1 ounce on the other side. 

Makes 1 large margarita

1 jigger Coconut rum
1 jigger Tequila
1 jigger Pineapple juice
1 jigger coconut-pineapple water (or substitute another 1 jigger of pineapple juice)
1/2 jigger Triple sec
1/2 lime, juiced
10-12 ice cubes

Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.  Serve in a salted rimmed glass with another wedge of lime.

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