Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Healthy Living During The Holidays - Turkey & Cabbage soup recipe

So like everyone nowadays, I do what I can to stay fit and trim... I do a little exercise. Well, I'll be honest here, my exercise usually consists of walking my son to and from the bus stop 3x a week, but still - that's 1/2 a mile each way!! So if you add it all up - that's 2 miles a day, 6 miles of walking a week! I'm just saying. I try to eat right. The only thing is, I have this SEROUS sweet tooth. And the fact that my beautiful lady love decided to buy THREE sweet potato pies for thanksgiving did not help. Granted, I'm not the only one who lives here, we have 2 kids at home still. BUT - my work schedule allows me to have 3 days off each week. Alone. Just me and those sweet creamy pies.... *sigh*

SO - I put a few pounds on.. lol Not anything ridiculous, but enough for me to put my foot down (at myself) and say "LOOK HERE DAMMIT!" that's enough!" I got my attention pretty quickly once I started cussin *wide eyed* 

So now, no cakes and pies - Klump Fest '11 is officially over. Which is of course a good thing, because I still gotta eat right? I love to eat and in these cozy Winter months, I LOVE to cook! Soo.. using some of my leftover turkey drumsticks and thighs that I froze after Thanksgiving, I am making a DELICIOUS Cabbage and Turkey soup (my own recipe) in my crockpot right now!! Yummy!


1 crockpot

2 Roasted Turkey Drumsticks
1/2 pack of Smoked Turkey Bacon, cooked
1 head of cabbage (quartered)
3 large carrots (sliced)
1/4 cup Sofrito (SEE THIS RECIPE)
1 Red onion (chopped)
1/2 cup white wine
4 cups water

Add all ingredients into your crock pot, set for 8 hours, and enjoy!!!

To enhance the natural flavors, about 20 minutes prior to serving, add:

1 tbsp natural sugar or Stevia
Sea Salt (To taste)
Crushed Red Pepper (To taste)

This makes a great leftover too - just freeze the rest, and pull out on a cold evening!!

A Puerto Rican Turkey Recipe from Me To YOU!

Hi Everyone! Happy Holidays!! How are you all doing? It's been a minute, right? *smile*

I hope everyone of you and all of your loved ones are having a blessed holiday season :) I LOVE the holidays - this is truly the BEST time of year. How have you all been preparing for it? This is what I've been doing:

1. Usually, we buy a fried turkey for Thanksgiving, but unfortunately (or fortunately, as it turns out), that fell through at the last minute this year. So I finally (after six years of us being together) got the chance to prove my (substantial) skills with the big bird! My dad gave me this recipe YEARS ago when I was a teenager, and visiting him at his place in the Bronx. It was so flavorful and JUICY! If you want to jazz up your next turkey, OR try it out first on a roast chicken, here's the recipe:


1 turkey (we bought a free range bird from Whole Foods for like $20)
Sea Salt (to soak and clean your bird beforehand - sea salt bring out all the impurities really well)

A Food Processor or blender
Sandwich sized freezer bags
2 Turkey sized oven bags
1 large bowl

1 1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup water
4 large green Bell Peppers (chopped in 1 inch sections)
3 large Red Onions (chopped in 1 inch sections)
3 Bunches of Cilantro, chopped
1 lemon, halved and seeds removed
3 large tablespoons of minced garlic
Season Salt (I prefer Lawry's)

Okay, we're going to make 2 things here, the 1st is a marinade/sauce that your bird will soak in, and the other is the vegetable stuffing that will also sit in the bird overnight.

the sauce is called SOFRITO - it's a Puerto Rican sauce that is used in EVERYTHING we cook, from beans to soups to well... Turkey! lol

My Sofrito Recipe

In your food processor, blend 1/2 cup Olive oil, 2 bunches of Cilantro, 3 green bell peppers, 2 red onions, & 2 tablespoons of the minced garlic. Add about 1/2 cup of the water to loosen the consistency if it gets too thick(if you need to, add more). Once it is well blended, squeeze the juice from 1 of the lemon halves into the mixture and blend again (this will preserve the pretty, bright green color, kinda like the color of this text). Voila! You have a lot of sofrito there, so set aside 2 cups of the sofrito, and then portion it off into servings in those sandwich bags for freezing! (try about 1/2 cup per bag)

Vegetable Stuffing

In a large bowl, mix the remaining peppers, onions, garlic & cilantro with 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1 cup of sofrito, squeeze the juice from the other lemon half over it, and mix again, sprinkle with some sea salt to taste. Set aside.


 Okay, here's the best part! Place your bird inside one of the oven bags, Take the other cup of Sofrito that you had set aside, and Rub that bird down! This is going to marinate overnight, so definitely apply the sauce liberally! Get under the skin, inside, everywhere! Then get your bowl of vegetable stuffing, and pack it tightly inside your turkey. These veggies are going to marinate right inside of your turkey, adding to the flavor and juiciness (MAN I'm Getting hungry here!!), so make sure you stuff as much as you can!

Now pour a little more of the olive oil, about 1/4 cup over the turkey, rub it down with the marinade some moe, sprinkle it with some Lawry's (my preference), close up the bag and tie the end closed. Let it sit in the fridge overnight. 

The next day, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, get out the unused oven bag, and follow the directions on the box - it will tell you how long to cook your bird based on its size! ENJOY!!!!

I LOVE sharing recipes, so let me know how it turns out when you try it!