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 Tacos: Weeknight Dinner Idea

Two weeks down, and our school is in full swing. Can you believe it? We are up to our ears in homework, dance, football and soccer, so dinner is always a challenge. These Easy Tacos are an ideal super quick weeknight dinner recipe. Instead of using a store-bought taco mix, use this homemade spice mixture which will have a lot less sodium. You can even make the meat ahead of time to simplify the dinner process. If you are gluten-free or eating Paleo, spoon the meat over the salad or use gluten-free tortillas (that’s what I do). Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

Weeknight Favorite: Roasted Garlic Turkey-Basil Meatloaf

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I love making Turkey Meatloaf this time of the year because everyone in the family loves it, and it’s such a cinch to prepare. This recipe has extra garlic flavor with fresh garlic and tomato sauce with roasted garlic. Chop some fresh basil and add panko breadcrumbs to make it even more special. Enjoy on a busy weeknight or sunday night supper.

Family Favorite: Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I made Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs last night, and my kids went nuts over it. For some reason, they acted like I had slaved in the kitchen all day. They were so impressed! This recipe is a breeze. It’s true comfort food for the first week of school. Feel free to substitute ground turkey if you prefer. 

Simple Turkey Burgers with a Twist

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I used to not be a fan of ground turkey, but because all of the recipe development jobs I have received requesting recipes for ground turkey, I have grown to love it. Even my three children have grown to love ground turkey, especially this recipe with guacamole and turkey bacon (some of their favorite ingredients). This recipe is so easy and flavorful, and I hope you will try it too. I am still in Chicago at the International Housewares show, but I miss Alabama and love light comforting recipes such as this one.

Fresh Simple and Luscious Lasagna

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Lasagna can seem like a pain to make, but really it’s so easy and really worth it. This recipe is special because it gets its great flavors from an array of vegetables, fresh parsley and sausage. It’s not too high in calories and fat as I used very few noodles, part-skim ricotta cheese and just a small amount of shredded cheese for such a large dish. If you don’t prefer sausage, use lean ground beef or ground turkey. You can make this recipe ahead. It’s perfect for company or for weeknight with leftovers for the next day.

 

Sausage-Vegetable Lasagna

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced celery

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound mild or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms

11/2 cups marinara sauce

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green pepper and onions

1 (15-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese

3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

6 lasagna noodles, cooked

11/2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Preparation

1. Saute first 5 ingredients in a large saute pan or Dutch oven in hot oil  over medium heat 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender; add mushrooms and continue to cook until sausage is browned. Add sauce and tomatoes; simmer 10 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese and parsley, stirring well.

3. Layer lasagna noodles, sausage mixture and ricotta mixture in a 13- x 9-inch lightly greased baking dish; repeat with remaining layers ending with sauce. Top with shredded cheese. 

4. Bake at 375F, covered 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes more. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Turkey Meatloaf with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil

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Whether you are a huge fan of meatloaf or not, I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite meatloaf recipes that I developed using ground turkey. Ground beef or pork may be substituted for the turkey, but the ground turkey works well with the fresh combination of basil, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Anyone can put this recipe together with ease, and yes, it can be made up ahead of time and baked later in the day or even prepared up to one day in advance and warmed up just in time for dinner. Serve with a big salad and your favorite vegetable or potato side dish for a delicious comforting meal.

 

Turkey Meatloaf with Sun-Dried Tomatoes 

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (use can use plain breacrumbs if you like)

3/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2/3 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup chopped onion (optional)

2 egg whites

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/3 cup ketchup

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-x 5-inch pan with aluminum foil. Combine ground turkey and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well. Shape into a loafpan. Bake 50 minutes. Spread 1/3 ketchup evenly over the top and bake 10 minutes more.