We made it through our first major holiday of 2020 – Thanksgiving. It wasn’t the same being able to spend it with our extended families, but we made the most of it. I’ve been wanting to buy a fresh turkey and finally had a chance this year. It was so good and I’ll definitely be continuing this new tradition. In normal years, we usually eat at a family member’s house, so I usually don’t have many leftovers. This year, we were in our glory and had a plethora of leftovers.
After a few days of eating leftovers, I knew I had to rework the turkey into something different. I’ve been in the mood for soup and so glad I made this recipe. It was so good and simple to make! You could easily swap out cooked chicken for the turkey. I ended up making turkey bone broth in the Instant Pot and used that for my stock. It made the soup even more flavorful.
My kids are back to playing fall sports and that means I’m on the hunt for quick and healthy recipes for dinner. Ones that can be made in 30 minutes or less, so we eat something substantial … and not grilled cheese or quesadillas.
My husband and I enjoyed these Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowls. My kids were so-so on them. The homemade teriyaki sauce is delicious and so much better for you because you can control the amount of sugar used in it. I added a can of baby corn pieces in addition the broccoli and carrots, but you could substitute whatever vegetables you have available in your bowls. Cooked edamame would be really good!
I’m working on cleaning out my garage freezer and had a turkey breast that I needed to use. My family is not a big fan of turkey since they all prefer dark meat and there is never enough. I also had some frozen tortellini and chicken stock and figured soup would be the perfect way to use it all up.
This soup is delicious! I loved the rich broth, fresh veggies, chunks of roasted turkey and the touch of fresh Parmesan to finish it off. I ended up roasting the turkey breast and using half of it for this soup. The other half I chopped to add to salads for lunch.
Spring is officially here and that means spring veggies will be here soon! I love all the newness that comes along with spring – green grass, local fruits and vegetables, and the warmth of the sun. This past year, has been so gray, rainy and not the best weather. I think it really didn’t help the funk I’ve been in.
Now that spring is here, it’s time to shed all away and start getting back into eating better, working out and clearing my head. I’ve been intermittent fasting off and on the past couple of months, and while I’m not seeing huge progress, I feel so much better when I’m doing it. I need to get really serious about it – my 39th birthday is coming up next week and I want to focus on my health and well-being. I’ve been walking daily with my pup and now it’s time to focus on my eating. I need to cut back on how many carbs I’m eating – it’s the one thing I turn to when I want to snack. I decided I’m going to be better at cutting back on carbs at dinner.
I gave this recipe for lettuce cups a try and it was really good. There is a little bit of sugar in the dressing, but it helps to counter-balance the vinegar that is used. I enjoyed how fresh this meal was. Using ground turkey made it feel lighter, but kept me full all night as I was running my kids all over the place. I’m looking forward to making it again!
No one can resist saucy, cheese enchiladas that are packed full of ground turkey and black beans … except my son. Ha! He’s getting more vocal about what he wants to eat and the other night when I made these easy enchiladas, he wanted nothing to do with them. I decided it was a night I was going to pick my battles and not argue with them. The rest of us loved them and they made enough for us to have for dinner later in the week. I’m sure my son won’t want to eat them again.
As I mentioned, they were easy to make and I like that you use low-carb tortillas especially since I’m back to watching what I’m eating. We drizzled roasted shishito pepper sauce over them to add a little heat and they were so good!
2 tsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
juice from a lime
12 6-inch low carb flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 cups red enchilada sauce
toppings: thinly sliced green onions, sour cream, lime wedges
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Pour 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce into the dish.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions for 2 minutes until they start to soften. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground turkey and spices. Brown the turkey until it is cooked through. Mix in the tomato paste until combined. Stir in the beans and lime juice. If needed, add 1/2 cup chicken stock. I didn’t need it as my mixture was wet enough. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes more and then remove from heat.
To make your enchiladas, place a tortilla down on a flat surface. Place 3 tablespoons of the turkey mixture on the one side of the tortilla. Tightly roll the tortilla and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Continue until all tortillas are used. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and top with both cheese. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the sauce is hot and the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a couple of minutes before serving. Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions.
Sloppy Joe sandwiches are one of the meals that remind me of being a kid. We used to eat them pretty regularly, but with the sauce that comes from a can. I’ve made them several times for my kids and found that if I put anything between a bun, my son will eat it. That’s a win in my book especially since he seems to be getting more picky by the day!
I loved this recipe and the fact that I had just about everything in my pantry and fridge to make it. I used ground turkey in place of ground beef to make it a bit more healthy. I’ll use onion rolls next time, but my kiddos loved it with fried onions on top for a little crunch.
I’ve been craving Mexican food lately and thought this would be great way to enjoy some delicious food and eat from our pantry. I only needed to pick up corn tortillas, but I had everything else in the house.
The recipe came together really quickly and gave us enough for leftovers and a couple lunches for me. I love the mix of corn and black beans and my kids didn’t even know I used ground turkey instead of beef. I love swaps like that!
If you’re anything like me, you find yourself with way more zucchini than you know what do with. This recipe will take care of that problem for you! I loved the combination of zucchini and spinach, plus it’s a twist without the pasta. I swapped ground turkey in place of ground beef to make it even more healthy. I might add some mushrooms next time and I’ll definitely use a mandolin to slice the zucchini thinner.
I’ve been in a bit of a food rut lately and haven’t been making many new recipes. I’m hoping I can get out of this funk soon and get back to blogging regularly. Part of the problem is that I’ve been working to clean out of our freezer and pantry, so there’s not been too many exciting meals that I wanted to shared. My kids are also going through a picky stage and sometimes it’s not worth the battle to make something where one or more of us ends in tears.
One meal that we usually can agree on is meatballs. I had a pack of ground turkey in the freezer and there’s always pasta and sauce in the pantry. This was a great recipe to use up some of the items I had in the refrigerator too – spinach and basil! These meatballs were really easy to make, plus I loved that they were baked and not pan fried. Everyone agreed and gobbled dinner up!
1 large handful of spinach leaves
1/4 cup parsley, roughly chopped
8 large basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp marinara sauce
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the bowl of a food processor, combined the spinach, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey and egg. Fold in the spinach herb mixture, breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Form golf sized meatballs and place on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together the 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce and olive oil. Baste the meatballs with this sauce. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and golden brown.
Toss with warmed marinara sauce and serve with your favorite type of pasta.
Whenever we go to P.F. Changs, we get chicken wraps as an appetizer. I’ve seen copycat recipes floating around for awhile and it was finally time for me to get in the action. OMG….why did I wait so long? These are so easy to make and I had almost all the ingredients on hand.
They were a big hit with my daughter and I know we’ll be making them again, very soon! I used ground turkey since that’s what I had in my freezer, but I’ll be swapping it out for ground chicken the next time I make these wraps.
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp Sriracha, or more to taste
8 oz can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the ground meat and cook until browned, breaking into small pieces as it cooks. Drain any grease and then add in the onions, garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha. Cook until the onion become translucent, approximately 1-2 minutes. Stir in the water chestnuts and green onions and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
Scoop several tablespoons of the mixture into a lettuce leaf and eat like a taco. Enjoy!