Archive for: Turkey

Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili

Put your crock pot to work with this easy, protein-packed Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili. This is my favorite healthy chili recipe! Meet my new favorite chili. We've got chickpeas. And veggies. Some lean protein in the form of ground turkey (and more from the chickpeas!). And just enough spice to make both the grown ups and the kids happy. :) That's a quadruple win. Wait a second. We need to add one more win to the list because this turkey and chickpea chili is made in the slow cooker! The slow cooking process allows the flavors plenty of time to develop, and it also means that come dinner time all you have to do is spoon this deliciousness into your bowl. ... [Continue Reading]

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes

These BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes are irresistibly spicy-sweet sandwiches packed with veggies, turkey, red onion, and cilantro. Add some melty cheese and you've got a meal that will make the whole family happy! I never know what to expect from my kids when dinnertime rolls around. Some days, Hannah's sleeping and Julia and William play together as nicely as can be. Other days... well, I'm sure you can imagine! I've been planning super easy meals because even when the kids are cooperating, I can't push my luck. Things can only go smoothly for so long before someone is crying. ;) Sloppy joes are a family favorite that are quick and easy to get on the table. I have a few different recipes that ... [Continue Reading]

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

This crock pot lasagna is possibly the easiest lasagna you will ever make. A few minutes of stovetop cooking for the meat and onions, and then into your slow cooker everything goes. Dinner will be ready when you are! Not to state the obvious or anything, but it's January. Which for many of us means we are in full-on winter. No, I don't live where it snows or gets below zero or anything, but temperatures still drop and we have our share of rainy, windy weather here. What's more comforting on a cold winter day than knowing your dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker, and making your house smell amazing at the same time? Not much, except maybe the fact that when dinnertime does ... [Continue Reading]

Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

These turkey and cheese roll-ups are a quick and tasty option when once again you are wondering, “What's for lunch?” This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. While I’ve designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too! Do you struggle with finding fresh ideas of what to eat for lunch? How about what to feed your kids for lunch? I know I'm always looking for new ideas for what to feed my two. At least now that it's summer I don't have to worry about packing lunchboxes. But when 11:30 rolls around and everyone starts to get hungry, it's nice to have a plan in mind. So far this week we've ... [Continue Reading]

Turkey Chili Taco Soup

This Saturday we had our family over for lunch following William's baptism. The baptism service was very nice, and it was wonderful to get together to celebrate as a family. For lunch we made this Turkey Chili Taco Soup, and it was a huge hit. Most everyone asked for the recipe, and here it is! When I say “we” made this soup, I really mean Brad. Having a lunch party at our house on Saturday isn't easy when we both work Fridays because there is not much time to prepare. I did my best to clean the house earlier in the week, and then Friday night after the kids went to bed there were only a few last minute things we needed to do. I worked on picking up the house and setting the tables (with ... [Continue Reading]

Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro

Sloppy joes are a great easy weeknight meal, and even though I have a favorite recipe for them, I can only eat them so often. There are so many other great recipes to try, plus we try not to eat too much beef in our house because it's not the healthiest of the protein options out there. Which is why I'm so excited about these Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro. Since these are made with red onion, ginger, hoisin, cilantro, and lime juice, they have a completely different (and delicious!) flavor profile than traditional sloppy joes. And, since they're made with turkey rather than beef, I can feel good about serving them to my family on a regular basis. I know at first glance, you ... [Continue Reading]

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce

Sometimes I shy away from making meatballs because I worry that it will take too much time out of an already busy day. Whenever I actually make them, though, I realize that they don't take much time at all, especially if you bake them rather than cooking them in a skillet. I've found that cooking meatballs on the stove is a messy effort, and I usually end up with some of them sticking to the pan and breaking apart. When I just pop them in the oven, they still brown up nicely and I'm left with much less mess. So now when a recipe calls for browning meatballs on the stove, I skip that step and cook them in the oven (unless of course there is a really awesome reason for browning in a skillet, ... [Continue Reading]

Turkey Burgers

I'm really, really going to miss this warm summer weather when it's gray, cold, and dreary outside. Today Julia, William, and I spent most of the morning outside in our backyard. We blew bubbles, which is still one of Julia's favorite activities. Sometimes I wonder how she doesn't pass out from blowing so many bubbles without a rest! Then Julia rode her tricycle around and around as William watched. He loves to be outside, and I totally agree when the weather is as perfect as it was this morning.  I feel so lucky to be able to work part-time, so that I can enjoy days like today at home with my two little kiddos. Turkey burgers are a staple meal in our house, either grilled outdoors when ... [Continue Reading]

Pasta and Meatballs

Pasta and meatballs is one of those classic meals for which you need a great recipe in your repertoire. I know that many recipes call for a combination of meats, typically beef, veal, and pork, to create a rich flavor, but I've never been a fan of multiple meats together (or veal, for that matter). Plus, I like to cook as healthfully as I can, which in this case means using ground turkey for my meatballs. Don't start thinking that this meal is lacking in flavor because the meatballs are made with turkey, though. The meatballs are everything I expect a meatball to be. And the sauce? The sauce is amazing (and so easy!) The key to the sauce is that it is cooked in the same pan that you browned ... [Continue Reading]