Turkey Croquettes, Roasted Cauliflower, and Cherry Tomato-Infused Jasmine Rice

After a long day at work, my hubby and I decided to take on the task of raking leaves. One thing I had forgotten about actually having a Fall, is the fact that leaves fall from trees and accumulate and force one to clean up least the grass die, or else as our landlord conveyed to us this past weekend. Ha! Let me tell you that this is such a GREAT workout. I have a tiny blister in the area between the thumb and forefinger and a few sore muscles, but other than that the process was delightful. I almost thought of offering my raking services to neighbors but instead refrained. After an hour and half of raking and bagging only have the leaves, we decided to call it an evening.

After this nice workout, I was so inspired by my dinner plans. Last night was the last night to peer in my freezer and refrigerator and create from minimal items into a delicious meal! I had the following ingredients: ground turkey, cherry tomatoes, jasmine rice, and cauliflower. It was somewhat difficult making the best dish for the turkey, because, according to different sources, has a tendency of drying up and making for a bland dish. My goal was to create something that not only had my hubby asking for more, but a future recipe for further use. I am wondering if I should start a hubby-o-meter, letting all know out there how much your husbands would like the OTHER white meat, thoughts?

The results: A most tender, flavorful and moist meat dish. I received a big smile from my hubby and a request for me to make it again in the future. Always good news, eh? So here goes three different recipes created by myself all cooked within an hour. We were starving after raking leaves for long, so dinner had to come soon!
Croquettes are traditionally deep-fried and breaded on the outside, but my version is a healthier one. It has more of a Mediterranean flair to it. It is cooked in olive oil, and the breading is in the meat mixture. Even though I will give the order by entree, please start with the veggie, rice and then meat, so that everything will be ready at the same time.
Turkey Croquettes

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makes 12 croquettes

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp dried onions
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper

Heat olive oil in frying pan on medium heat.

Mix all ingredients together and use 1/4 cup of the meat to form a type of meatball but more like a cylinder. Add meat to pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. You do not want the meat to dry out, so cover the pan. It should brown on each side. Keep warm in a covered dish until ready to eat.

Roasted Cauliflower

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serves 4
1 whole cauliflower, cut in small florets
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425F. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleaning and cooking.

Wash cauliflower and cut into small florets. Place in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients and toss until well coated.

Position oven rack to the next to top rack. Place cauliflower on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and rotate the cauliflower and add Parmesan to veggies. Place back in the oven and continue roasting for 10 more minutes. This tastes better when hot so make sure it is the last thing cooking.

I make extra rice because I like leftovers for another meal during the week.

Cherry Tomato-Infused Jasmine Rice

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serves 4

2 cups jasmine rice
3 cups water
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 Tbsp parsley
1 tsp salt

In a medium pot, heat coconut oil. Place cherry tomatoes and fry for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add rice and fold tomatoes. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover rice and cook for 15-20 minutes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12571479700374685578 Cocina Savant

    i love roasted cauliflower! this looks tasty :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10012578236222084738 5 Star Foodie

    An excellent meal! Love the turkey croquettes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16492661388892873640 Simply Life

    I LOVE croquettes and this looks like the perfect way to prepare them! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02520992408166526347 Diana Bauman

    Interesting version of croquetas, love it!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Yum – I love croquettes for their flexibility with ingredients. My mom used to make different versions depending on what oddball bits of leftovers were in the fridge. Your meal looked outstanding and I LOVE roasted cauliflower!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13535729317381750246 Nicole

    You give me hope for cooking with turkey meat!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

    Thanks for all your comments!
    I found that parsley hydrates food items that tend to dried out to much! I gotta tell ya, my husband is NOT a fan of ground turkey but he sure liked this recipe!!

  • http://nutritionasnatureintended.blogspot.com/ Stacy

    This looks delicious! Way to be creative and end up with a fabulous meal!