Monday, March 7, 2016

Triple Threat Turkey Taco Bites

An efficient offense will get you to the Big Dance but it is defense that wins you championships. I say it's due more to a balanced attack on all sides. I grew up in Chicago at a time when basketball was everything. The Chicago Bulls coined the phrase Three-peat before Kobe made a name for himself. I grew up watching Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan dominate every opponent to their first title in 1990.

The team was led by Tex Winter, teacher of the Triangle Offense. But they didn't get there without each other balancing out the attack. Phil Jackson was all about the defense and when they made defensive stops, they learned to capitalize on them and make opponents pay. Teamwork is key. With Grant rebounding, Pippen blocking shots, and Jordan scoring, their balanced attack was unstoppable even for the best defensive team in the NBA, the Detroit Pistons. 

A similar team this year in the running for a NCAA title is a local Philadelphia favorite, Villanova. It's hard not to root for a team that not only resides a short distance from where we live but is a dominate defensive team balanced by smart offensive attack. You have to come to the tournament with confidence, a variety of weapons, and each player needs to perform at their role into one cohesive unit.

I've coached enough basketball to know that you need a balanced team to succeed. You can't win with only one star. That's why you see teams combining the talents of superstars who excel at their positions becoming super groups. You start with the post players down low with the center and power forward, they should be the meat of the lineup. The guards keep everything moving while the point guard demands your attention. Each player should be a triple threat on offense excelling in passing, shooting, and dribbling. While on defense you should be guarding your man, rebounding, and defending the basket. Building a successful team means the sum of all its parts should be one team working together. 

The same could be said about cooking. It starts with the players or in this case, the ingredients. You want to put your faith in your best lineup that can get the job done so you only start with the best quality. Your recipe, to be successful should be a powerful taste while maintaining a delicious balance of healthy and nutritious profile of flavors.

In cooking, it begins with your protein, which is your star player. In this case, you should start with Shady Brook Farms Turkey.  Their premium turkey are raised without growth-promoting antibiotics and are available without the premium price to fit your grocery shopping budget. With a variety or products from ground turkey, turkey sausage, turkey breasts and more, you can work turkey into your everyday recipes. Combine their quality products with knowing you are supporting family farms. Shady Brook Farms turkey is raised by 700 independent family farmers who work hard to get quality food from their house to yours.

That's why Shady Brook Farms have teamed up with Life of Dad to bring you the #TurkeyMadness challenge. When it comes to culinary throwdowns I look forward to a challenge. Not that Out With the Kids or One Good Dad have a chance the week they are up against me but we can let them try. They should get used to the Dikembe finger wag when they face my Triple Threat Turkey Taco Bites recipe below. 

Triple Threat Turkey Taco Bites


Shady Brook Farms ground turkey
1 bag Multigrain tortilla chip scoops
1 Bunch green onions chopped into small slices 
Small can jalapeno peppers
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese

Taco Seasoning:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt, pepper


1. Brown ground turkey in a 12" skillet, drain fat

2. Mix all seasoning together and add to pan with 2/3 cup water. Bring to boil and simmer
3. Preheat oven to 325 
4. Arrange tortilla chip scoops on a baking sheet and fill each one with seasoned turkey. Like things spicier? Put a jalapeno slice in the bottom before filling the scoop.
5. Top with cheddar cheese and green onions and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted
6. Top with one dollop of sour cream and garnish with another jalapeno slice 

Think you can take me one on one?  Enter at Life of Dad and submit your own recipe. One competition every week will have a $250 winner! Each week will host a new theme, a challenge you will have to rise to in order to produce something not only delicious, but something creative that will look great.

#Turkappetizer:  March 7-13
Create a delicious gameday appetizer including turkey and a whole lot of spirit from your favorite college basketball team.  Ex: Jayhawks Seventeen Layer Turkey Dip.  Share photos with your recipe that show how awesome turkey and Kansas University are together.  

#TurkBQ: March 14-20
The Turkey BBQ. We’re not just talking turkey burgers here. How are you going to take all of the splendor that the BBQ can offer to transform turkey from an oven-baked classic, to a slow cooked, smokey masterpiece? BBQ that turkey breast to the standards of perfection that would blow away pitmasters from KC to Austin.  

#SouperiorDinner: March 21-27
Create a soup that’s not only delicious, but is considered a meal, in and of itself. Using Turkey as the main protein, we want you to elevate soup from being a side thought to the main course of a meal. Create a soup that’s delicious enough to satisfy the most finicky of 3-year olds, but also filling enough for any parent to walk away feeling healthy and full.

Create and photograph your own turkey recipe using the guidelines below. 
Share the photo of your image on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter using #TurkeyMadness and email your recipes and photos to

SHADY BROOK FARMS and HONEYSUCKLE WHITE will choose the winners based on:
How creative you get with your dish
How hungry your photo makes them
How well you use turkey in your recipe
How your recipe fits in with the week’s theme
Bonus Points: Using Shady Brook Farms or Honeysuckle White turkey in your recipe. (It's raised without growth-promoting antibiotics, so it's an easy decision! Learn more.)
Be sure to not only spice up your food, but also your presentation! Photo superiority could just be the leg-up needed for a win. Each week the champ will enjoy bragging rights, plus a nice $250 Visa gift card to sweeten the deal!

It's time to run a fast break to the store, get your Shady Brook Farms or Honeysuckle White turkey and execute your game plan. Think your recipe can upset me? Put your turkey where your mouth is.

See Official Contest Rules

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad  and Shady Brook Farms / Honeysuckle White for this promotion.

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