Turkey Two Ways

Well, hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to write. A lot has been going on actually, but it’s starting to wind down (did someone say wine down?). We only have 5 days left of school and then it’s time for summer vacation. AKA one of the perks of being a teacher. AKA one of the perks to getting paid diddly squat. I do love my job, though. Teaching is never dull, that’s for sure 🙂

I plan to use this summer to relax, read, cook, sip coffee in bed, workout at 9am, catch a tan (I’m so pale), go to the movies, take Chief for river walks, work on the house (which we’re loving by the way), and also…start my masters. So basically, write a lot of essays. I’m actually very excited! I love being a student. I’ll be getting a masters in education with an emphasis in becoming a reading specialist, which is my jam.

Also new, I’ve been taking baby steps towards a personal goal of mine to teach group fitness classes- like bootcamp and HIIT. Stay tuned for more, but I’ve recently become certified. My hope is to teach at the gym I workout at (it’s amazing!) and maybe start some summer bootcamps in the park! Fun, right!?

Let’s see, what else is new? I start a new teaching position in August. Instead of teaching 4th grade, I’ll be teaching 8th grade English Language Arts. I’m feeling so many different emotions about the switch, but overall I’m very excited. I can’t wait to teach just ONE subject, and my favorite one to boot. I can’t wait to build relationships with students at such an impressionable age. Also, a side perk, my school is just 10 minutes from my house. This shaves 15 minutes off my commute each way- yay 🙌🏼

Okay, so dinner this week was so easy and I want to share! I buy ground turkey from Costco because it comes in 2 packs (each with 2 lbs. of turkey). Usually I love this because it allows me to meal prep lunches and make dinner! This week I mixed it up and meal prepped chicken, sweet potatoes and green beans for lunch and used the 2 lbs. of turkey to make dinner for the week. But I made the turkey TWO different ways. Booyah for variety 👊🏼 The spice of life!

I realize as I’m writing this that literally thousands of people have probably already done this using the turkey from Costco, and that I probably shouldn’t feel as accomplished as I do (or did). But then again, I still feel like I nailed it. Especially because the meat was husband approved (winning).

Start by chopping the bell pepper and onion and splitting it into two piles- you’ll use one pile for the taco meat, and one for the lettuce wrap meat.

Sautee one of the onion and bell pepper piles until soft and then add 1/2 the turkey (1 lb.). After it’s browned and cooked through,  add a couple tablespoons of this seasoning (I like to make it ahead and I make extra so I always have it on hand).

I also add a little vegetable broth here (with the seasoning) and let it simmer down. This helps keep the turkey from drying out and adds flavor. Bam- dinner for the night is done. Leftovers can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner the next day.

We ate tacos with on Tuesday, which were delicious. We also ate them on Wednesday, but since the power was out when I was starving for dinner I ate cold tacos. Surprisingly, it wasn’t awful. Literally, not even 7 minutes after I finished eating said cold tacos, the power came back on. Go figure.

Next up, for the lettuce wraps, you’ll need the following:

  1. 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  2. 1/2 red onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  4. 2 Tb. hoisin sauce
  5. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  6. sprinle of garlic powder
  7. 1/2 cup thawed and shelled edamame
  8. 3 scallions, chopped
  9. Cilantro for garnish
  10. Lettuce or tortillas for wraps
Throw the other pile of onion and pepper into the pan and sautee until soft (I use a coconut oil spray and some broth). Next, add the meat and brown until cooked through (is this sounding familiar).
Add the hoisin, vinegar, garlic powder, 1/2 the scallions and edamame. Voila! You have turkey for lettuce wraps now! I ate mine with zoodles and Kev had his as lettuce wraps (lettuce kills me- it’s the devil as far as I’m concerned). I ate the rest today for lunch in a GF tortilla wrap. I like to use 1/2 the scallions and some cilantro as a garnish. They make everything taste better and look prettier! It was so good that I forgot to take a picture, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.
P.S. If you’re wondering what the latest is on the vegan situation, it’s clearly not happening (see above turkey recipes). My stomach can only handle so many veggies (literally at this point I’m down to like 3 or 4 veggies that I can tolerate and ONLY IF they’re cooked). So, I eat meat. And cheese. In moderation. That’s the update on the veggie thing because I know you all were dying to know. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat as many of those darn veggies as I can! But I had to add meat for substance and sustainability.



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