Reinvented Recipes (Notorious Ingredients)

Turkey burgers, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and zucchini noodles have bad reputations because they’ve tasted horrible or they have a notorious history.  Either way, many refuse to give these ingredients a shot.  Here are some new ways to prepare these  ingredients that will result in happy taste buds.


Banana Cake Cookies – We couldn’t wait on these to cool before tasting because they smelled so good!  Slather with a bit of almond butter for another layer of deliciousness!!


Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce & Creamy Coleslaw – A staple meal in our house.  In my experience, traditional grocery stores tend to carry ground turkey that is gamey and less than  appetizing.  Opt for a higher quality ground turkey, ideally organic, to allow the feta and olive to take center stage.   If you are in a rush, skip the tzatziki sauce and top your burgers with coleslaw.  While a different flavor altogether, it gives it a delicious creamy crunch that hits the spot too!

Brussels Sprouts Cranberry Quinoa Salad & Chicken Sausage – I know, I know, you “hate” Brussels Sprouts. This time, they  are shredded and served as salad greens.  That traditional overcooked, stinky, and mushy thing is nonexistent.  My original intent was to serve the chicken sausage on the side.  However, at the last minute, I decided to slice it and throw it in the salad.  Outcome: Great success.

Pan Seared Chicken with Lemon & Garlic Roasted Broccoli –  Start with a good quality organic chicken breast, pound it out so it’s even, season it well, and presto!  Served with roasted broccoli that is slightly crunchy and garlicky with a hint of lemon and cheese and dinner is ready in a flash.

Lemon Zoodles with Artichokes & Chicken Sausage ­– Zucchini should be organic if it’s to be eaten.  That didn’t happen this week b/c the grocery store didn’t have any.  So, I used non-organic zucchini [the horror, I know!!] I don’t make a habit of it, but on occasion, it happens.  As for the recipe itself, within two bites, the hubs requested that it “be on the rotation.” My little, one who typically despises zoodles, agreed.  That is sayin’ something.

Hope something makes your belly smile…

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