Posts made in June, 2016

Southwest Turkey Foil Dinner

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Meat, Veggies

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Yes, another foil dinner!  You guys need to try this!  Cooking in the foil keeps everything moist and so flavorful.  Plus, it contains the mess so I have less dishes to wash. :D  I love cooking with ground turkey but sometimes it dries out and isn’t very flavorful.  Not in this recipe!  We ate ours over some brown rice with a dollop of sour cream on top!

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I think when I make this next I will try putting some shredded cheese on top of the burger vs using the thin sliced colby I used.  It tasted great, but the cheese was a little obliterated when I opened the foil and I ended up adding another half piece.  If you want to do the cheese only at the end simple open each foil pack once they are fully cooked, sprinkle on the cheese, and close it loosely.  It will melt very fast and be ready to eat!  I hope you enjoy these!!

Here they are ready to be wrapped up and baked!

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Southwest Turkey Foil Dinner

(serves 4-6)

1 pound of ground turkey

salt, pepper, seasoning salt, garlic powder (I used about 1 1/2-2 tsps of salt, pepper, and garlic and maybe a tsp of seasoning salt. Season to your own taste!)

1/4 cup of salsa (or more, but my kids think it’s too “spicy” if I use too much!)

2 large or 3-4 small sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced

1 large zucchini, sliced

1 can of black beans

cooking spray and or olive oil (I used trader joes coconut oil cooking spray)

shredded or sliced cheese (I used colby jack. I think cheddar would be great too!)

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I served mine over brown rice and it was delicious all mixed together!  I use trader joes bags of already cooked brown rice that you simply have to microwave for 3 minutes.  They’re the best! I also think these would be tasty with a sprinkle of  grilled corn.  If you try it let me know. :)

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Preheat oven to 375 degress.  Lay out 4-6 large pieces of foil.  (I ended up making 5 packets and I had medium sized burgers–if you want more smaller ones do 6, 4 larger ones do 4)

In a medium bowl mix ground turkey with salt, pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt, and salsa.

Spray each foil with your cooking spray or drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Lay the sweet potato slices in the middle of the foil.  Place the zucchini along the outside edges of the sweet potato.  Spray lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on.

Drain the black beans and sprinkle about 1/4 cup of black beans over the top of the sweet potato and zucchini.

Use a scoop or your hand and form patties with the seasoned ground turkey.  Place one patty in the middle of each group of sweet potato.  The zucchini can be slightly under the meat, but it should mostly be on the edges around the meat.

Now you can put the shredded or sliced cheese on, or you can wait until the very end when you take it out of the oven.

Close the foil packets and place around a large cookie sheet

Bake for 30 minutes.  Mine were done perfectly at the 30 minutes mark. If you do more, smaller patties maybe check them at the 25 minutes mark. If you do fewer large ones they may need a few more minutes.

Eat on their own or over brown rice and topped with sour cream and more salsa!  Yum!

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Sausage and Vegetable Foil Pack Dinner

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Meat, Veggies

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Ready for a simple and delicious dinner??  I’ve seen these floating around the internet but for some reason never tried them.  Then I saw on Facebook that my friend mentioned how good they were and that we needed to try them, so I did!  (thanks, Tracy!) The vegetables soak up the flavor from the sausage so nicely and cooking in the foil makes them nice and tender, but not soggy.

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I’ve used a few different flavors of chicken sausage, so far my favorite was a sun dried tomato and herb one!  I’ve also used a variety of vegetables because the first night I made them I had leftover veggies from the week that I needed to use up.  All of them cooked perfectly in this dish!  Try it out and let me know what variations you like!

(Here are some ready to be wrapped up and go in the oven!)

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Sausage and Vegetable Foil Pack Dinner

serves however many you make :)

any cooked sausage you want to try!

any variety of vegetables you have on hand

potatoes or sweet potatoes (optional but recommended!)

non stick cook spray (I used trader joes coconut oil spray)

olive oil

salt, pepper, any seasonings you like (I’ve used italian seasoning, parsley, seasoning salt)

(Here are some fresh from the oven!)

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Preheat oven to 400 and lay out a cookie sheet.

Tear off squares of tin foil (mine were apprxo 10″ x  10″ but it depends on how much you plan to put in!) and spray them lightly with the non stick cook spray

If using potatoes slice into about 1/4″ inch pieces (no need to peel them)  Lay the sliced potato onto the foil.  I used about 3-4 pieces per foil.

Next slice the sausage into approx 1/2″ slices and lay on top of the potatoes.

Layer on the vegetables however you like.  Try to cut them into somewhat uniform pieces so they all cook the same.

Drizzle on about 1/2 tsp of olive oil per packet and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and whatever other seasonings you’re using.

Close the foul up so that it is secure.

Bake for 30-40 minutes.  This will depend on what vegetables you’re using and how big your pieces are.  I set my timer for 30 minutes usually then use a fork to poke the vegetables and potatoes to see if they are tender yet.

Let cook and eat!

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