Turkey Apple Salad

I’ve been trying to eat healthier this year.  This is one of those great dishes that you wish you ate more of after you put your plate in the dishwasher.  This would be great to eat around Christmas time because of its coloring.  On Thanksgiving the Hubby and I made two turkeys; one for eating on the big day and one for shredding and putting in freezer bags to save for a rainy day.  I was so glad I decided to pull one of those bags out for a yummy turkey dinner night.   I got the original recipe from pinterest, but made quite a few changes to it so now the recipe is mine.  I apologize because my measurement aren’t really exact, because I don’t always measure everything, but they are pretty good estimates.  Happy eating!

Turkey Apple Salad

apx. 3 cups shredded turkey

1 large Granny Smith or Gala apple chopped into little pieces

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/4 cup onion flakes

1/2 cup parsley flakes

1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

1/4 cup craisins

1 cup greek yogurt, plain

1 avacado, pureed

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. chili sauce

red pepper flakes to taste ( I put in about 2 tsp.)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

salt and pepper to taste

(serve with lettuce, Pita’s, and some hot sauce)

Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.  Combine them both and refrigerate until ready to eat.  Voila! Num num num num.

Turkey Meatballs with White Sauce

We don’t have spaghetti and meatballs very often, but we should have it more.   It’s easy and I usually have all of the ingredients I need, so it is pretty convenient when I don’t have a plan.  I am really in love with ground Turkey meat and I prefer to cook with it rather than beef when I can.  These meatballs ended up being SO delicious that EVERYONE wanted more, even my little baby.  My boys both had two, and were okay with leftovers the next day.  If you prefer a more traditional meatball try out THIS and if you just really love the turkey/ranch combination, then you’ll love THESE too.

Turkey Meatballs

1 lb. ground Turkey

2 oz. ranch dressing mix

1/4 cup (apx) Italian style bread crumbs

2 eggs

water as needed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine all of the ingredients (except water) with your hands.  Squish it really well until the meat is really moldable.  If it’s too dry add a little water, but not too much.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.

White Sauce

(disclaimer:  this is not an award winning recipe for white sauce, but it’s quick and a great basic recipe to have around.)

2Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. oil

3 Tbsp. flour

3 cups milk

4-5 garlic cloves minced

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Put the butter, oil, and flour in a saucepan and stir constantly on Medium heat for 15-20 seconds.  Add the milk, garlic, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese and stir until the the sauce reaches the right consistency.  ( In the picture above I ran out of parmesan cheese and so I used cheddar.  Cheddar is not as good!  So, the color might be slightly different when you make it:)

Sloppy Joe Casserole

I don’t make this very often because Brett isn’t a fan.  I, on the other hand, have been craving this for months so I finally gave in.  It’s not fancy by any means, but it’s easy comfort food that’s a step up from the traditional Sloppy Joe’s.  If you like Sloppy Joe’s and pasta then you’ll LOVE this!  Have a great Independence Day!

Sloppy Joe Casserole

1 (8 oz.) pkg. noodles

1/2 lb. ground beef, or turkey

1 can of Sloppy Joe mix (you can use the packaged kind and follow the directions on that)

1 -16oz carton low fat cottage cheese

1-2 cups cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook the noodles and drain.  While the noodles are cooking, prepare the meat and add the Sloppy Joe mix.  Add cottage cheese to the meat and Sloppy Joe mix.  In a casserole pan add half the noodles, then half the meat mix on top. Repeat, and top with the cheese.  Bake uncovered for about 30-40 minutes or until bubbling and cheese is melted.  Mmmmm.

Happy Cooking!

Flavorful Turkey Burger

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Last year, after watching an episode of the Biggest Loser, we decided to try out turkey burgers.  They are much healthier for you than beef, and they’re delicious!  This is a really simple recipe, but a must for eating healthy, flavorful food.  You’ll LOVE it!

Flavorful Turkey Burgers

1.5 lbs. ground turkey

1 (1 oz) packet Ranch Seasoning Mix

2 Tbsp. oil

1 egg

(opt. 1/2 cup cooked quinoa)

Fixings:

provolone cheese

sliced tomatoes

sliced avocados

lettuce

Mix the ground turkey, seasoning mix, oil, (quinoa) and egg until fully incorporated.  ( I mix it by hand, squishing it all together with my fingers. . . is it strange that I like the feeling?)  Fry it, grill it. . fix it up until fully cooked however you prefer.

Notes:  Turkey is a much dryer meat than beef, and so it can sometimes fall apart.  I add the provolone cheese in just before it’s done cooking and the cheese helps it all stay together.  I like the flavor of these SO much more than traditional burgers.  Oh, and you really have got to eat it with avocados, the flavors together are harmonious and pretty much awesome.

Turkey and Cranberry Wreath

This is a perfect post-Thanksgiving meal! It’s amazingly delicious, easy, and beautiful.  Enjoy and happy cooking! 

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Turkey and Cranberry Wreath

2 cups chopped, cooked turkeys

1 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberry

3 Tbsp. snipped fresh parsley

1/2 cup mayonnaise (or sour cream)

2 Tbsp. honey Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 egg white, lightly beaten

2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients listed above the egg whites. Place one circle of crescents like a star then open the next crescent tube and place it in the middle overlapping each other. Scoop on the turkey mixture into the center where the crescents meet. Wrap the crescent points around the mixture over and over and then baste the top with the egg whites, sprinkle with cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes. Very yummy. You’ll love it!

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