BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Remixed

DSC00414 Breakfast Cereal with 1/2 cup Kashi Heart to Heart, 1/2 cup Kashi Vanilla Wheat Squares, small sprinkle pecan praline granola, a few cinnamon almonds, sliced banana, 1/2 c blueberries, cup of lowfat milk


I had a meeting away from school today so I got to go to lunch out…a looong lunch out at McAlister’s Deli.  I ordered a cup of veggie soup and a half of the sweet chipotle salad. I also added some crackers to go with the soup.

mcal After dropping a friend at the airport I headed to the gym for 50 minutes of cardio and some light stretching.  I did 22 minutes on the stair climber and 30 minutes on the elliptical.

Then I headed home to make some BBQ Turkey Meatloaf, which was much better than I remembered after making a few changes to the original.  See my changes below.

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I used half red bell and half yellow bell because that’s what I had.  I omitted the onion powder(because I am out), added 2 tsp. of curry powder, added 1 tbsp. garlic minced rather than garlic powder, added 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce to the mixture, and instead of store bought bread crumbs I crumbed my own in the processor from 2 slices whole wheat bread with ends removed.

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

1-1 1/2 lbs. lean ground turkey breast

1 medium bell pepper, chopped (from our garden)

1 tbsp. minced garlic

2 tsp. curry powder

2 tbsp. hickory smoked mustard (dijon mustard may work too)

10 splashes of worcestershire sauce (more if desired)

1 whole egg

2 slices whole wheat bread, ends removed and processed into crumbs

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 c BBQ sauce (2 tbsp. mixed with meat; 2 tbsp for topping)

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350*.  Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray.  Mix all ingredients  except 2 tbsp. of BBQ sauce; hands work best.   Once mixed, put into loaf pan.  Top the loaf with  2tbsp. BBQ sauce.  Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until thermometer inserted reads 165*.

The result was a flavorful, tender loaf of ground turkey.  I had to go back for a second slice.  On the side, Chris and I split a baked sweet potato topped with a tsp. of Brummel & Brown and an oz. of reduced fat sharp cheddar.  Also, for some veg I blanched some green beans that were on their last leg about to be thrown in the compost pile. This dinner was delicious.

Currently, I am watching American Idol and there are some really great singers this season.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love to sing and when I was little I was often told how well I sang and forced to sing for friends and family.  I can still carry a tune, but due to lack of practice I don’t sing as well as I once did.

Are there any American Idol fans out there?


Say Hi to Your Mom an’ Nem

You may have noticed some of the unconventional New Orleans dialect in yesterday’s post regarding the “N’awlins” Saints.  Out-of-towners must get a kick out of the local gibberish heard around the city or perhaps feel a slight state of confusion as to what New Orleanians are trying so say.  Take for example, “How’s your mom an’ nem?”  If I’m speaking candidly, I’m not quite sure how to even spell it, but phonetically speaking, that’s what I hear.  I have also seen it written as “mom and dem, mom and ’em” and I’m sure someone else may have his or her own derivative; however, it is not about writing the phrase or how it is spelled.  It is more about the welcoming and “I’m happy to see you” friendly conversation when out and about the city and you run into friend or family that you may have not seen in a while.  You may be asking yourself, “Ok, what does it mean?”  Though the phrase specifically says “your mom an’ nem,” it is not only referring to your mom, but also the rest of your family too.  So, “say hi to your mom an’ nem” transfers as “say hi to your family.”


The hubby and I didn’t run into any long lost friends or family yesterday, but we did get a little taste of home cooking for breakfast on Saturday.  My hub wanted to venture out for breakfast and chose Dot’s Diner, a local 24 hour breakfast joint.  Breakfast is served all day and night, but they do serve lunch and dinner type meals as well.  I’ve only experienced their breakfast foods, which are cooked to order the way you choose.  Have your eggs over easy, medium or scrambled with your choice of whole eggs, whites only, or Egg Beaters.  I decided on the Western Omelet with two slices of lightly buttered wheat toast and hash browns.  For the omelet, I requested one regular egg and the rest whites rather than the three whole eggs that are normally offered for the omelets.

Western Omelet with Onions, Green Peppers, Ham, and American Cheese

I gave hubby half of my hash browns and ate the rest with ketchup.  I ate a little more than 3/4 of the omelet, and one slice of toast.

Cheesy Omelet

And as the mug says, “I’m not your Mama, but you’re always at home at Dot’s Diner!”

Shortly after breakfast I ran drove to the gym, to get a quick 45 minute workout in before our next stop of the day.  My workout consisted of 10 minutes on the elliptical, 25 minutes of strength training, and 10 minutes on the treadmill.  My strength training looked similar to Wednesday’s with only ten-twenty second rest periods and the addition of 3 sets on leg press with 20 reps @ 60 lbs. (done two different ways with 10 reps each way) and omitting the leg extension.

Next up, a visit to the in-laws to celebrate our nephews 12th birthday with hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, and birthday cake of course.  We were stuck inside for the most part due to the pouring rain that has been ongoing and will continue throughout the week.

My Plate

Happy Birthday Cake

Birthday Boy

Take a Bite

Birthday Boy's Twin Sisters Awaiting Some Cake

My Slice of Moist Almond Flavored Cake with Pineapple Filing, Mmmmm

My Handsome Hubby Catching Up on Some Football

As the day rolled on, we decided to head home after a quick stop at Home Depot so the husband could pick up some ‘tools’ for a few of his projects, one being a bucket to start a compost pile for his gardens out back.

Once home I ate a couple of snacks to tide me over ’til dinner.

Small, Overly Ripe Peach

Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Muffin Cookie

Dinner was a quick, put together meal of a sweet potato cooked in microwave, boiled frozen mini ears of corn, and Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patty.

Sweet Tater Topped with Cinnamon and Spray Butter

Sweet Corn Topped with Salt and Spray Butter

I forgot how delicious sweet corn is, and had to go back for a second ear.


While this weekend commemorates the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the many lives lost due to levees breaching, I leave you with some spoken words of our culture heard around the city.

Lagniappe (Lanyap) – something extra for free

N’awlins – short for New Orleans

Parish – in Louisiana we do not use county, we call ’em parishes

Metairie (Met- a-ree or Metry) – suburb of New Orleans, I lived most of my life here in Jefferson Parish

Kenner (Kenn-er or Kenna)  – suburb of New Orleans, where I live currently in Jefferson Parish

Beignets (been-yays)- fried square of dough with powdered sugar on top

Cafe’ Au Lait (cafay o lay)- coffee and chickory mixed with steamed milk

Laissez le bon temps rouler (Lay-say lay baw taw ruelay) – french for “let the good times roll”

Poor boy (Po’ boy) – crispy french bread sandwich cut off of yard sized loaf of bread to top with choice of roast beef and gravy, fried seafood, ham ‘n cheese, italian sausage, meatball, etc. The original poor boy sandwich was french fries topped with brown gravy on the bread.

Dressed – topping for po-boy including mayonaisse, lettuce, tomato, pickles

Muffaletta (moof-a-lot-a) – large, round sandwich topped with italian meets, cheeses and olive salad

Makin’ groceries – going grocery shopping; buying groceries ( I personally have never said I am makin’ groceries, but it is more heavily used by the older generations.)

Snowballs- like a snow cone, but much better due to the very fine powder like shaved ice topped with sweet syrups and choices of condensed milk, evaporated milk, soft serve

Where Y’at? – how’s it going, where you at, where you been; also local magazine of arts and entertainment

Mom an’ Nem-mom and family

Ya’ll (yawl)- short for you all; similar to “you guys” in other regions of the country; not pronounced with the thick country accent like Paula Deen

Mardi Gras (Marty Graw)- also known as Carnival season; begins two weeks before Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras Day; celebrated 40 days before Easter to start up the Lenten season; people drink, eat, and go to the parades

Parades – large, themed floats with riders dressed in masked costumes who throw cups, beads, doubloons (coins, not real), trinkets to people/families lining the streets; also have dance teams and local high school bands performing between the mix of floats, dressed up Indians, people on horseback, clown cars throwing candy, and flambeaux (flam-bo) walkers who carry lit torches to lead the way in night parades and collect thrown pennies/coins from the crowds of people lining streets.

Throw Me Somethin’ Mister – parade watchers yell out to the floats to get riders attention and get some goodies

Hurricane– a massive alcoholic beverage served at local bars downtown; originated at Pat O’ Brien’s

Bourbon (Ber-bun)- street lined with bars, restaurants, strip clubs, souvenir shops located in the French Quarter, downtown New Orleans; there’s a party every night on Bourbon

Here is a more complete list regarding foods around the area and here is a more extensive list of terms heard around the area if interested in learning more about the New Orleans (pronounced New Oar-lins, not New Orleeens except when referring to Orleans Parish) native tongue.

Question of the Day: Does your hometown have any cultural terms that are specific to your area and otherwise uncommon across other regions of the United States? Please share, ya’ll! 🙂

Quick Fix Meal

Quick Fix Post


Almond Butter and Strawberry Jam on Bagel Thin with Hot Green Tea


Packed for yesterday but eaten today–turkey and dijonaisse on sandwich thin; salad made of squash, yellow tomatoes, celery, carrots, feta cheese, and drizzle of balsamic/olive oil mix; and apple sauce on the side.


Another piece of Chantilly Cake…Mmmm, Mmmmm, Good!


This dinner came together in a flash.  Twenty minutes and dinner was on the table.  For tonight’s menu–pork tenderloin chops seasoned with salt, pepper, dried thyme, pork seasoning, and garlic powder and baked at 350* for ten minutes. Sides included frozen Steamfresh brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes both cooked in the microwave.  It was quick and easy, yet satisfying.  If only every night’s dinners could be as tasty and quick to fix!

Quick Fix Meal

Added a Tsp Brummel & Brown to the Sweet Tater

Question of the Night:  While I’m all about quickness at the moment, is there a quicker way to upload pictures onto my blog?