Meat

Southwest Turkey Foil Dinner

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

87FCA4FB-1189-4FF7-9D89-9F365536A3EF

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!

F1BB83C4-4CED-41B8-BA34-3B53D2433235

 

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!

F20248A7-CCC0-4069-AD5B-026F5271C7A4

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!)

A62D27AE-4D71-48D1-99FC-89857AC31F90

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. :)

B24FED4E-4B06-46C9-85AA-927965395D05

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!

11418BE9-F173-45B4-AE7A-E170E7C23FCE

 

 

Read More

Sausage and Vegetable Foil Pack Dinner

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

605C8BE5-3656-40E1-A8E0-16E928A933C6

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.

90359226-E2E1-4D8E-9290-828B5B17C574

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!)

105156DD-FD38-4F13-93D3-D3E452A9789A

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!)

395F9D8B-AD69-4FC7-A5D0-C16520CF090E

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!

20160526_182811

 

Read More

BLT Spaghetti Squash

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Meat, Pasta, Veggies

20150923_130300 - Copyeating a few spoonfuls of the kids macaroni and cheese or peanut m&ms . . . This is a much better choice!!  Last night we had spaghetti so I cooked myself a spaghetti squash and saved the other half for my lunch today.  If you’re not sure how to cook one I usually cut mine in half (which takes super human strength if it’s at all big) drizzle it with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cook at 375 face down for about 35-40 minutes.  Once it’s tender you can spoon it out, use two forks to shred it more easily, or even just eat it right out of the squash!  Yum!  I hope you enjoy this healthy meal!

20150923_130233

BLT Spaghetti Squash

(makes 1-2 servings)

cooked “spaghetti” from the half of one spaghetti squash (Use both sides if you want more for leftovers or more servings)

2-3 pieces of turkey bacon (again, add more if you want more servings)

5 large cherry tomatoes, chopped

1 cup of fresh spinach, chopped if you’d like

1/2 tablespoon of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

sprinkle of parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella if you’d like! (optional)

20150923_130801

*Note: if you haven’t already cooked your spaghetti squash cut it in half and cook at 375 for 35-40 minutes.  I used leftovers for this dish.

Cook bacon over medium heat in a medium skillet.  Once it is lightly browned remove it to a plate to cool slightly, then chop into small pieces.

Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil into the same skillet.  Add the “spaghetti” from your cooked spaghetti squash.  I used only one side, if you want more servings go ahead and use both sides.

Add in your chopped cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Once it’s mostly heated through add in your chopped turkey bacon.

Finally add in your spinach and cook until everything is heated through and your spinach is slightly wilted.

Season to taste and if you’d like, add a sprinkle of cheese!!

20150923_130107 - Copy

 

Read More

Spaghetti Spaghetti Squash

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Meat, Pasta, Veggies

Wow!  It’s been awhile since we posted!  Things have been busy with moving, babies, family, etc.  Hopefully we’ll be back to posting once a week or so now!  We have some great recipes to share!  Here is a simple but tasty recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner.  We hope you like it!

20150902_124012

 

Spaghetti Spaghetti Squash

(makes 2 servings)

1 spaghetti squash

olive oil

salt and pepper

1 15 oz jar of your favorite marinara sauce

1 pound of ground turkey

1/4 cup of bread crumbs

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

1/3 cup of shredded mozzarella

 

20150902_123929

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray a baking dish or cookie sheet with non stick spray.  Cut your spaghetti squash in half (which can be very hard to do!) and scoop out the seeds from the middle.  Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper then place both sides face down in your dish.  Cook for 40 minutes or until tender.  Set aside.

Brown your ground turkey in a large skillet.  Once it is cooked through add your marinara.  You can taste it and season as desired.  (I usually add more basil and sometimes a little sugar to cut the tang)

In a small bowl combine your breadcrumbs, parmesan, and shredded mozzarella.

Scoop your prepared sauce into the bowls of the spaghetti squash then top each one with the cheese and breadcrumb mixture.  (You may have a little extra sauce left over for another recipe!)

Turn your oven to broil.  Cook the spaghetti squash until the cheese bubbly and stly brown on top.  Be careful it will burn fast!  Let cool and serve!

 

20150902_124116

Read More

Veggie Spaghetti

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Dinner, Featured, Meat, Pasta, Things We Love, Veggies

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI seriously love pasta, so when I saw these veggie “noodles” as a replacement for my beloved pasta I didn’t give them much thought.  In fact, I tried to ignore them in hopes they would stop popping up on my Pinterest or Facebook as a healthy alternative.  I finally gave in and searched the utensil that could make these veggie excuse for a noodle. . . I was surprised to find it for under $15 and free 2 day shipping with amazon prime. I also saw it online at Target and Walmart, both for around $15.  I tried it out for the first time tonight expecting to be disappointed.  In fact I had regular pasta cooked and was ready to dump my plate and go make myself some regular spaghetti. But guess what?  I ended up eating the whole plate of veggie noodles!  They were very tasty and satisfying and I felt full (but not stuffed) after eating.  I would definitely recommend giving these a try.  I made a simple marinara with ground turkey and topped it off with parmesan cheese.  I used 1 carrot and 2 zucchinis for myself and had some leftover.

Veggie Spaghetti

(serves about 6)

4+ zucchinis and 4+ carrots (or you can use just one or the other)

1 pound of ground turkey (or beef or you don’t have to use any meat!)

1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce (I use the large green/red can from Trader Joes)

seasonings such as salt, pepper, basil, garlic salt, etc.

fresh parmesan for the top

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Brown your ground turkey in a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Once browned add your marinara sauce and seasonings.

Use the Veggetti to make your veggie noodles.  Heat 1 (or more depending on many “noodles” you have) tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet.  Cook your veggie noodles over medium heat 4-6 minutes until tender.  I put a little salt and pepper on mine but with the sauce and cheese it really didn’t need it!

Top your noodles with the prepared marinara sauce and parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Read More

Baked Mini Turkey Meatballs

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in Appetizers, Cooking, Dinner, Featured, For kids, Meat, Pasta

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

These little guys are so full of flavor and so easy to make!  Not to mention they are healthier than your average meatball, using ground turkey meat and spinach.  Plus they bake up in under 15 minutes, not bad!  Perfect as an appetizer served with marinara for dipping, over a big plate of spaghetti, or in a meatball sandwich.   Try them for dinner this week!!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Baked Mini Turkey Meatballs

(Makes 34-46 mini meatballs)

1.25 lbs ground turkey

1 egg

2 tablespoons of milk

1 cup of chopped frozen spinach, thawed

1/2 cup of Italian style breadcrumbs

1/3-1/2 cup of Italian blend shredded cheese (or you can just use shredded mozzarella or parmesan)

1 teaspoon of sea salt

few dashes of pepper

few dashes of garlic salt

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir until just combined.  Do not over mix or your meatballs may be tough!

Use a tablespoon sized scoop and place meatballs on prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve immediately.  How easy is that???

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Read More