Game Face On.

Happy Saturday all!!!

I know what you must be thinking. Really, Chelsy? A post on Saturday? Well, all I have to say is that I am on fire, well, not literally, but to put it simply, I have been having a blast rolling out the recipes this week. I am really getting acclimated to being my parents’ personal chef and I have finally begun to discover what they like to eat. Basically, it’s all about quick, simple, and flavorful meals in this house. While I really do enjoy slaving over a hot-cooked meal…there is nothing better than biting into a slow-roasted chicken at the end of a long workday, there is nothing wrong with a little convenience now and then. I have spoiled myself with these simple recipes! Seriously, not the “oh my gosh I am sixteen and I just spent all my Daddy’s money at the mall on shoes and a Coach hand bag kind of spoiled,” but more of the “I am exhausted from a week full of work and now I am going to go get a much needed pedicure and a massage for myself kind of spoiled.” Yes, simplicity is the name of the game people. Speaking of games? Isn’t there some big game played with a brown pig-skin tomorrow between hot guys in tight pants? O yea, well this recipe would be the for Sunday’s Super Bowl game. 

There is nothing wrong with chopping up some fresh veggies (do it ahead to save time)
 Add some fresh herbs…you can see where I am going with this right?
Add some turkey, mix it
 all together now…
 Bam! Mexican-Style Sweet and Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Maybe even top it with some fresh Pineapple Apple Salsa.

It doesn’t get more healthier than that, people. Do it. Do it now. Then you can share with your friends and family sit in a corner with the entire platter, surrounded by a fortress of ice coolers on Super bowl Sunday. Game face on.


Mexican-Style Sweet and Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps:

1 T. olive oil
1 lb. ground turkey (I used 97% fat content)
1 orange bell pepper, seeds discarded, roughly chopped
1/2 white onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. ground chipotle powder
1/2 t. ground Spanish paprika
1/2 t. ground chile powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. green onions, roughly chopped
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 large head of iceberg lettuce

1. Heat olive oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat. 
2. Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic, saute for about 3 minutes, just until the mixture has “sweat down” a bit.
3. Add the spices and mix thoroughly, cook for around 1 minute.
4. Add the ground turkey and salt, cooking over a medium-high heat. Make sure to break apart the turkey with the back of a wooden spoon as it cooks. 
5. Cook the turkey for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to brown.
6. When the turkey is lightly browned, add the green onions and cook for about 2 minutes.
7. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice.
8. Spoon 2-3 large spoonfuls of the turkey mixture into each piece of lettuce. Top the meat mixture with salsa (see recipe below).

Pineapple Apple Salsa:

1 Serrano pepper, seeds discarded, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds discarded, finely chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/4 c. cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 c. pineapple, cut into small chunks
1 pink lady apple, peeled and cored, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 T. distilled white vinegar
salt, to taste

1. Prepare everything as noted. Place all ingredients, except for lime, vinegar, and salt into a large bowl.
2. Toss everything together with the lime juice and vinegar.
3. Season to taste with salt.


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