A food challenge…and maybe a Super Bowl treat?

Who doesn’t like Rachel Ray? She’s fun, she’s cute and she talks about something we all love; food! I get her magazine and this week I tried out one of her “One Grocery Bag-3 Great Meals” challenge. I called it a challenge because I didn’t believe it could really work, but it did and each one of the recipes were not only simple and delicious, but gave us leftovers which we love. This could totally work as Game Day treats for this weekend’s Super Bowl!

In case you can’t see the photo below, here is what she states you need at the store:

-2 large carrots
-2 small heads broccoli
-1 large head of butter lettuce
-1 bunch scallions
-8 oz. shredded mozzarella
-2.5 lbs ground chicken or turkey
-1 bottle hoisin sauce (found in the Asian section)
-1 box orzo
-2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes-Italian seasoning flavor
-1 lb pizza dough

(The one thing she doesn’t list is the things you should “already” have in your pantry, so in case you don’t have these, here are additional ingredients: yellow onions, garlic, olive oil, chicken broth -you will need 4 cups, soy sauce, and salt and pepper)

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Day 1 – Asian Lettuce Wraps
(Says serves 4, Prep: 15 min, Cook: 10 min)

1/4 c hoisin sauce
1 tb soy sauce
2 tb oil
1 lb ground turkey or chicken
1 large carrot, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 scallions, whites and greens separated (which I didn’t do!)
1 large head of lettuce, cleaned and leaves separated

1. In small bowl, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce and 1/3 c water.
2. In large skillet, heat oil and add the meat, cooking until brown.
3. Reduce heat, add carrot and stir about 2 min. Add garlic and half of the onions-cook 1 min. Stir in the hoisin sauce mix and cook until sauce thickens-about 1-2 min.
4. Top your lettuce leaves with the mix and sprinkle a few scallions for garnish.

This was great and it took such a short amount of time. I was impressed by the ease and delish factor!

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Day 2
Meatball and Vegetable Soup
(Serves 4, Prep: 15 min, Cook: 20 min)

2 tb oil
1 onion chopped
1 carrot sliced or chopped
4 c chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes (Italian seasoning)
1 lb ground chicken or turkey
1/2 c orzo
1 head broccoli, chopped

1. In large pot, heat oil and add onion, cooking about 5 min. Add carrot (I added some diced celery for more flavor) and cook another 1 min. Add broth and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and bring to simmer.
2. In large bowl, mix meat with salt and pepper. I added some parmesan cheese, some onion and garlic powders for more oomph. Roll into balls and gently add to soup. Stir in orzo -simmer for about 5 min. Then add broccoli and simmer until meatballs are cooked through and the orzo is al dente.

Another winner! Easy to do and the flavors were surprisingly good!

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Day 3
Chicken (or turkey) and Broccoli Stromboli
(Serves 4, Prep: 15 min, Cook: 25 min)

1 onion chopped
4 tb oil
1 head broccoli chopped
1/2 lb ground chicken or turkey
1 lb pizza dough, thawed if frozen
8 oz shredded mozzarella
1 can Italian spiced tomatoes

1. Preheat oven to 425. In a skillet, cook the onion in 1 tb oil, over medium. Transfer 1/3 to a plate. Add broccoli and 1/2 c water. Cook 3 min. Transfer to a bowl. In same skillet, cook the meat in 1 tb oil until browned. Transfer to the bowl and season with salt and pepper. ( I added some parmesan cheese and spices to my meat. )
2. Coat a baking sheet with oil. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Stretch each into 8 x 4 oval and sprinkle with 1/4 c cheese. Spoon a quarter of the meat mix down center of each and top with cheese. Fold one long side over the filling and fold in ends. Roll into a log and transfer to baking sheet. Brush with oil and cut 2 slits in top. Bake until golden-about 15 min
3. Meanwhile, heat tomatoes and reserved onion for 5 min-season and spoon over Stromboli. (by the way, I did not do this step, I opted for dipping in marinara sauce instead!)

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And here is the grand total at my grocery store for all the ingredients: $27.06. How awesome is that??

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