Posts Tagged "turkey"

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!



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




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!



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Baked Mini Turkey Meatballs

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


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!!


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


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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Turkey Mushroom Patties with Gravy

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured


The turkey, mushrooms, and rosemary really work together well in this recipe!  It comes together pretty quickly and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen.  Goes great with wild rice or mashed potatoes!


Turkey Mushroom Patties with Gravy

(makes about 6 servings)

For the Patties:

1 1/3 pounds of ground turkey

3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided

8 ounces of crimini mushrooms, chopped (divided)

1 teaspoon of crushed garlic

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup of Italian breadcrumbs

1 egg, lightly beaten

few dashes each of onion powder and garlic salt

For the Gravy:

2 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of flour

1 14.5 ounce can of chicken broth (about 2 cups)

1-2 tablespoons of milk

few dashes of rosemary

salt and pepper to taste


Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet.  Add chopped mushrooms and crushed garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until soft and translucent, then remove to a small bowl.

In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, egg, cooked mushrooms (reserving 1/4 cup),and seasonings.  Form into about 6 patties (depending on the size you want) and flatten lightly with the palm of your hand.  In the same skillet you cooked the mushrooms, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add half of the patties.  Cook until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 7 minutes on each side.  Move to a serving dish and cover to keep warm, or, place in a baking dish and turn oven on to warm.  Cook remaining patties and remove.


In the same skillet, melt butter over low heat.  Once it is completely melted, sprinkle flour over top then whisk until smooth.  Cook about 3 minutes.  It will become very thick and look like a paste.  Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk and turn heat up to medium.  Add rosemary, salt, and pepper and cook until heated through.  When ready to serve, top turkey patties with gravy and a spoonful of the remaining cooked mushrooms.



Source:  Adapted from Rachel Ray Top 30 30-Minute Meals, Turkey & Wild Mushroom Meatloaf Patties

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Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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


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!)


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

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

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