Posts Tagged "spinach"

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!

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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)

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*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!!

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Baked Mini Turkey Meatballs

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

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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!!

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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

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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???

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Baked Pasta with Spinach and Turkey

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Pasta

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the perfect weeknight meal.  Comes together quickly, is health, and is great as leftovers.  You can also prep it ahead and then just bake it before you’re ready to serve.  I hope you enjoy it!

Baked Pasta with Spinach and Turkey

(serves 8)

Canola or olive oil spray

1/2 cup of grated Pecorino Romano and parmesan cheese blend

8 oz skim ricotta

8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

2 dashes of dried basil

1-1/2 pounds ground turkey

1 pound of your favorite pasta

2 cloves of garlic, smashed or 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic

10 oz of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid or 2 cups of fresh spinach

4 cups of your favorite marinara sauce

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9X13 baking dish with canola or olive oil spray.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a large skillet brown your ground turkey.  Once cooked, remove turkey to a bowl and add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil.  Cook garlic for a minute or two then add your spinach.  Season with sea salt and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.  Add the cooked turkey and your marinara sauce.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine ricotta, 6 tablespoons of the grated parmesan cheese, half of the shredded mozzarella cheese, and a few dashes of basil.

Place half of your cooked pasta into your prepared baking dish.  Top with half of your sauce then spread your prepared ricotta cheese mixture evenly over the sauce.  Add the over half of the pasta and top with your remaining sauce.  Sprinkle your remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove the foil and finish cooking for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted.  Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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Source:  Slightly adapted from http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/09/baked-pasta-with-sausage-and-spinach.html

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Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Meat

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This is not your Grandma’s meatloaf!  Most people would not consider meatloaf an exciting dinner, but this recipe just might change your mind.  The flavors really compliment each other, and its lighter than regular meatloaf.  I hope you try it soon! (PS It is hard to get a flattering picture of meatloaf!  I hope you won’t let that deter you and you’ll try it anyways!)

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Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

(Makes 6-8 servings, depending on how hungry you are ;) )

1-1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped fine

1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup of chicken broth

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1 cup of chopped spinach

1 cup of bread crumbs

1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

1 egg

1 cup of milk

1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

salt and pepper

additional tablespoon each of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese for the top
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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 9X5 loaf pan with non stick cooking spray.  Heat olive oil in a medium skillet and add chopped onions and sun-dried tomatoes.  Cook until onions are translucent then add chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce.  Once it is heated through, remove from heat and set aside.  In a large bowl combine ground turkey, spinach, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, egg, milk, and spices.  Add in the onion and tomato mixture and mix just until combined.  Press evenly into the loaf pan and sprinkle remaining bread crumbs and parmesan on top.  Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until cooked through.  Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.  Great as leftovers too!

 

Source: Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-meatloaf/detail.aspx

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