Crockpot Turkey Spagetti Sauce

Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti Sauce

My son, Zachary, asked after school today if we were having chicken again tonight. I told I made something he’s going to really like, a new pasta dish with a homemade Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti Sauce. It’s so easy! Start browning the ground turkey with Italian seasoning. Then, add the remaining ingredients. Set the timer on your crockpot for 4 or 7 hours (depending on when you’ll be home) and that is it. I was so excited to use the new Organic Hunts Diced Tomatoes, Sauce and Tomato paste. 43% of consumers are trying to include organic foods in their diets, and Hunts does a great job creating tomatoes with fantastic flavors. Hunts cans each tomato for their sauces and whole and diced tomatoes within hours of picking them from the field. This flash steaming process is only done with water so these are products are super fresh! This recipe can also be made with ground beef, chicken or pork. Toss with your favorite pasta; serve with a salad and call everyone to the table for dinner.

Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Vegetable Kabobs

Easy Vegetable Kabobs

Are you still trying to stay on track eating healthy and working out since the new year began? We are! I am trying to make sure my 3 kids eat more fruits and vegetables, and these Vegetable Kabobs have been a winner as a side dish at our dinner table. I used Ranch seasoning mix with olive oil for the marinade, and also make a yogurt ranch dip to go with them. You can use store-bought Ranch if you have it, but if you have time the recipe for homemade ranch is easy. It’s listed below. Just combine all the ingredients and store covered in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

1 (6 oz.) container nonfat plain Greek yogurt

5 tbsp. nonfat buttermilk

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

1/4 tsp. grated lemon zest

2 tsp. Ranch seasoning mix

 

Apple Pie Granola Parfaits

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Who loves apple pie? These Apple Pie Granola Parfaits a a great recipe for breakfast, dessert or afternoon snack recipe. With this recipe, you will think outside the pie pan. Deconstructed apple pie layered with spiced Greek yogurt and Pumpkin Flax Granola, make apple pie parfaits a pretty, crunchy twist on Turkey day dessert too. I used the Pumpkin Flax Granola from Nature’s Path which our favorite store-bought granola. This recipe only has 281 calories per serving with 2 grams of fiber so enjoy! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! What’s on your menu?

Healthy Mini Pumpkin Flaxseed Bread Recipe

I love one bowl, no mixer, quick bread recipes such as this one for Mini Flaxseed Pumpkin Bread Loaves. Not only is this so easy to prepare, but my kids can almost basically make them on their own with very little clean-up. I added a touch of nonfat Greek yogurt and ground Flaxseed to make these even healthier, moister and with added crunch, and my 3 children had no idea those ingredients were even in there. These Mini Pumpkin loaves make a great breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert that you can feel good about eating and serving to your kids. These also make wonderful Christmas food gifts as well :).

Homemade Caramel Corn

Homemade Caramel Corn anyone? This child (and adult) favorite is a great snack, dessert or even fun tailgating recipe. It also makes a great fall or Christmas food gift. I love this homemade Caramel Corn because it’s simple to prepare and uses a variety of almonds, pecans and walnuts, adding more protein. Make this even healthier by using my Saucepan Popcorn recipe to pop your popcorn. It’s so easy and uses no microwave. Be careful, this can get very addicting 🙂

Any Occasion Chocolate Cupcakes

This is not one of my typical “lightened-up” recipes, but I had to share these Any Occasion Chocolate Cupcakes with you. My daughter, Leigh, made this recipe for me the night I arrived home from being in Italy for a week. I was so excited to come home to my family and true comfort food. These are so spectacular. You don’t even need to make homemade icing. I wanted to post the recipe for Father’s Day, but I was traveling again this past week. I realized that this recipe is perfect for so many occasions: Father’s Day, birthdays, parties, showers or just because. I thought they would be a great way to start off the week so enjoy.

Turkey Eyeball Spiderweb Pizza

Halloween is just a few days away, and this recipe for Turkey Eyeball Spiderweb Pizza is a great main course for Halloween night or for any of your upcoming Halloween parties. I developed this recipe for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms, my favorite turkey brands. I created a simple homemade turkey meatball with panko breadcrumbs, egg white and seasonings, and my kids were eating them as fast as I could make them. They are delicious on top of this super easy pizza using an unbaked pizza crust and your favorite marinara or pizza sauce. These pizzas are so fun to decorate for Halloween. My daughter had so much fun helping me with the spiderweb design. Happy Halloween weekend!

Fall Breakfast or Snack: Apple Muffins

We are obsessed with apples at my house this time of year (Honey Crisps are one of my favorite varieties). I have been searching for an Apple Muffin recipe for the past week or so, and since I have been so busy with my upcoming cookbook and television appearances, I decided to adapt this one from King Arthur Flour. I love that this recipe includes nonfat buttermilk, and perhaps that’s why they are so moist. These make a great breakfast, dessert or after-school snack, and OMG did my kids love them!

Bakerella’s “Cake Pops” Book and Cookbook Giveaway

The first food blog I followed was Angie Dudley’s blog “Bakerella”. To me, it was (and still is) one the most incredible food blogs, and I patiently awaited each fabulous post clicking on her site day after day hoping for her to post again. I was contemplating starting my own blog at the time, and I emailed her and asked a number of questions. She was beyond sweet, helpful and resourceful, and I don’t know if I can ever thank her enough for all of her advice and encouragement. Recently, her incredible first book, “Cake Pops”, was released by Chronicle Books, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. This book is filled with incredible ideas, photos and recipes on how to turn a cake ball and cake pops into incredible shapes and designs. This book offers step-by-step instruction on how to create these. A few weeks ago, I was so fortunate to meet Angie in person at a conference, and she was so humble, gracious, and nice. I am so excited about her success, and I couldn’t wait to feature her new book on my site. This book is perfect for anyone that loves creativity and food, and I highly recommend it (my kids took it to school the other day, and all of the parents were calling me how to get a copy).

Smiley Face Pops

I’m giving away one free copy so please make a comment and tell me your favorite baking recipe or blog. The winner will be award this Friday, October 1. Good luck!

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