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Recipes Are Just The Starting Point

The best thing about recipes is that they can be changed – a lot!  Some of the recipes I use started out as someone else’s and I tweaked them to make them a bit healthier.  Some of the recipes I post are mine and I hope you use them as a starting point and tweak them to include ingredients that you like.

If you try anything that works really well and want to share, please do!  You can post your substitutions or variations in the comments section below each recipe.  I happen to think that learning from each other is one of the best parts about cooking, and if we all help and encourage each other down this path towards better health, it makes it an awful lot more fun!

Turkey Clafouti

Although this has an unusual name, it’s very much like a crustless quiche and is another great basic dish that can be used with countless different ingredients.  For years I have made a Plum Clafouti which is one of my all-time favorite deserts, but I had never seen it used with savory ingredients.

I originally saw this recipe on one of my favorite blog sites, Mark’s Daily Apple. Click over to Mark’s site to see the full explanation, and to see the original recipe which is a Chicken Curry Clafouti.  Since I’m not a curry fan, I decided to go in a different direction.  You could easily use this recipe with chicken, salmon, sausage, etc. but I am always looking for another way to use turkey, so tried this with some leftover turkey breast I had in the freezer.  I used a spice mixture that was specifically for turkey, used mostly for Thanksgiving dinners, I’m sure.  It made the house smell heavenly!  Give this a try using your favorite combinations and let me know what you come up with!

A few quick notes: I had come challenges with the clafouti getting brown too quickly, so make sure you keep a very close eye on it and start checking it at 25-30 minutes (recipe calls for a 45 minute cooking time).  I also think next time I’ll try reducing the oven temperature from 400° to 350° so it doesn’t brown as quickly but still cooks through.

We Love Trader Joe’s!

As most of you know, I was one of the many die-hard Trader Joe’s fans who wrote many letters to their corporate office, explaining that we needed a Trader Joe’s in our area.  Thankfully, they listened!  It’s a great place to find healthier food options at a better price than you’d expect.  My favorite is their flash frozen fish – great to have in the freezer.  And when you just can’t stand the idea of eating the same old thing for dinner one more time, click here for quick and easy recipes using the most popular Trader Joe’s products.