Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey

I love this recipe.  Another amazing Pinterest find, I made it just a few days after I found it!

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

It combines one of my favorite vegetables – green beans – with lean ground turkey.  Uh-mazing!  The flavors remind me a lot of those yummy chicken lettuce wraps at PF Changs, but with extra veggies!  Speaking of extra veggies, I doubled the green beans in the dish to add extra volume and color.

Try this dish… it’s delicious and cooks up in no time!

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey

Adapted from The Weary Cook

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

1 tsp. sesame oil
1/3 large onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1/2 lb. extra lean ground turkey
1 tbsp. chili garlic sauce
1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
1 tsp. crushed ginger
1 lb. washed and trimmed green beans (or Chinese long beans if available)
1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Add sesame oil, and sauté onions and garlic for about 2 minutes.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

 

2.  Stir in ground turkey and sauté 3-5 minutes, until meat is mostly cooked. Crumble meat as much as possible.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Stir in chili garlic sauce, hoisin sauce, and ginger.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

 

4.  Add green beans and soy sauce, and stir to coat.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

 

5.  Continue cooking over high heat for 7-9 minutes longer, stirring frequently, until beans are slightly tender.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Stir in rice vinegar, and cook one minute longer. If desired, serve over cooked rice or quinoa.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/2 recipe serving:

CAL 245; CARB 23g; FAT 5g; PROT 31g; FIB 8g; WW Points Plus: 6

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Thanking My Rock

I got an email this week from Red Envelope, that made me pause.  They have a new campaign that they are running: #RedGift Thank Your Rock.

Hailey from Red Envelope reached out and asked me if I wanted to take an opportunity to “Thank My Rock.”  That person that has been there through my weight loss process, who is always there when I need someone to lean on.

I could resist participating…. so today, you’re going to hear all about my rock:  My Sister-In-Law Beth.
Thank Your Rock | No Thanks to Cake
I have the best sister-in-law.  I don’t say that lightly… yes, I only have one, but seriously, she’s amazing.
Thank My Rock | No Thanks to Cake
She took the plunge and married my stinky brother back in 1999.  I always jokingly tell her that she got so lucky that day, because she picked me as her sister-in-law as part of the process.  But, looking at our relationship, I completely know that I am the lucky one.
Thank Your Rock | No Thanks to Cake
She is a wonderful wife to my brother, shares my passion for cooking, and is raising the two most adorable Guys I know.  And, she makes it all look so easy… aside from the many loads of laundry she washes. That still scares me.
Thank My Rock | No Thanks to Cake
Even though we’re more than 1600 miles apart on a daily basis, I always have a chance to catch up with Beth.  During my hour plus commute home during the week, my first call is always to Beth.  It gives us a chance to catch up, chat about the kiddos, and ponder about life.
Thank My Rock | No Thanks to Cake
When I first started my weight loss journey, Beth was one of the first people that I talked about it with.  And, REALLY talked about it with.  I always feel like I can tell her anything… and she heard all the nitty gritty details of how I felt.  How the weight felt like it was holding me back, and she witnessed all the tears.
Thank Your Rock | No Thanks to Cake
Beth encouraged me to try the Jenny Craig program, and even joined the program with me.  We lost weight and shared Jenny stories back and forth… and shared recipes!  When I began to eat non-Jenny foods, Beth introduced me to the Weight Watchers cookbooks I love so much…
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This process hasn’t been easy.  I always say that it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, the most valuable change I’ve ever made, and the thing I’m most proud of… and I couldn’t have done it alone.
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Beth, 
You’ve been such an amazing support throughout this entire process and beyond.  I can’t even begin to thank you enough for the countless hours you’ve spent encouraging me, offering suggestions, sharing ideas, and mostly, being you.  
I absolutely know that you came into our lives for a few reasons:  1) To build that beautiful family that you share with my brother, and 2) to be my sister.
I think the world of you and can’t thank you enough.  Love you, mean it!
xoxo - 
Kelly
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Everyone has a rock…. someone who’s there with you, supporting you through life.  Who’s yours?
Disclosure:  RedEnvelope.com did not compensate me for this post.  I just loved their campaign and couldn’t resist participating.

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Mocha Icebox Dessert

When 4th of July rolled around and Tiffany asked me to bring a dish to her cookout, I knew that I wanted to bring dessert.  Any chance to put together a healthier, yet decadent dessert… I’m in.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

This dessert is one my mom used to make when I was little.  Surprisingly, being the pickiest human on the planet… I loved it from a young age!  Cool whip, mocha mousse, and fluffy lady finger cookies make the most perfect dessert!

This was a delicious trip down memory lane and a fluffy light way to enjoy a sweet treat.  Enjoy!

Mocha Icebox Dessert

Serves 9

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

INGREDIENTS

16 large marshmallows
6 Tbsp. hot water
2 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. butter
3/4 tsp. instant coffee - I used Starbucks Via
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 containers thawed Cool Whip Light
1 (3 oz.) pkg. lady finger cookies
1/4 tsp. salt
Chocolate Curls, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Heat marshmallows, water, cocoa, butter, coffee, and salt over medium heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat. Let stand until thickened.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Combine 2 1/2 cups Cool Whip, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, and marshmallow-cocoa mixture.  Fold until combined.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Line bottom and sides of ungreased baking dish 8 x 8 x 2 with ladyfingers.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Spread marshmallow mixture evenly over ladyfingers. Cover and refrigerate until set about 5 hours.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Combine 2 cups Cool Whip with 1/4 tsp. vanilla.  Spread on top of the pudding dish.  Top with chocolate curls created with a vegetable peeler and chocolate bar at room temperature.

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Mocha Icebox Dessert | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/9th recipe:

CAL 268; CARB 44g; FAT 9g; PROT 2g; FIB 0g; WW Points Plus: 7

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Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican-Spiced Croutons

I’ve been eating more Jenny food recently.  While I know it’s good for my waistline, it’s also super handy for my crazy summer schedule too.

I thought June was the busiest… but now, I’m seeing that it is just the whole darn summer.  Travel, vacation, work trips, projects… it’s all happening at once!  August will be calmer, right?

Regardless of the hectic nature of summer, I still make time to get a little creative in the kitchen.  When Darsie reached out to me a few weeks asking for suggestions for how to mix up the Jenny Craig Turkey Burger, I realize that I hadn’t spent much time experimenting with this dish… and decided to take a stab at some fun recipes using it!

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican-Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

For those of you on the Jenny Craig program – YES!  That is the turkey burger, but it’s in quite the disguise.  If you are looking to mix up your menu, this recipe is one to try!

Taco Salad with Mexican-Spiced Croutons

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

1 Jenny Craig Turkey Burger

1/4 red onion

1/4 bell pepper

2 tsp. taco seasoning

1 1/2 cup butter lettuce

1 tomato, seeded and diced

1/3 cucumber, quartered

2 Tbsp. salsa

1 Tbsp. light ranch (optional)

cooking spray

cumin + taco seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Cook bun in the microwave for 20 seconds to defrost.  Remove to a cutting board, and cut bread into crouton-sized pieces.  Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with cumin and taco seasoning.  Toss to coat.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Place on a cooking sheet and bake for 6 minutes until croutons are toasted.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Cook the turkey burger on a plate in the microwave for 70 seconds.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Place in a food processor and pulse to create a taco meat consistency.  Note: I chopped veggies in the processor too, thus the color variation you may see.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Sauté diced peppers and onions in a saute pan sprayed with cooking spray for 2 minutes.  Add meat and continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Add taco seasoning and a sprinkle of cayenne to the meat mixture.  Add 2 Tbsp. of salsa.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Prepare a salad base with your favorite veggies on it.  For me, that was cucumbers, tomatoes, and orange bell pepper.

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

9.  Add meat, drizzle with light ranch.  Note:  If you prefer not to use the ranch, simply add a little extra salsa.  

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

10.  Add croutons, and enjoy!

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Volumizing: Taco Salad with Mexican Spiced Croutons | No Thanks to Cake

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