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]
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]
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]
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 the ... [Continue Reading]
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]
Lately I have been looking for recipes that Julia would enjoy as much as Brad and myself. She's been somewhat of a picky eater recently, but continues to like foods that are topped with tomato sauce. She's also loved meatballs in the past, so I thought this recipe from the "(Not) Just for Kids" section of Giada's cookbook, Giada's Kitchen, would be perfect.
All three of us really enjoyed this dish! The meatballs were flavorful and there was just the right amount of cheesiness to accompany the pasta and tomato sauce. We have enough leftovers for two more meals, so we will be eating this for at least one more dinner and maybe a lunch. I am looking forward to enjoying the leftovers and ... [Continue Reading]