Healthy Recipes for Moms

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Turkey Meatloaf

2 pounds ground turkey (1 pound white breast meat, 1 pound other)

1 cup quick-cooking oats or regular oats

½ cup diced vegetable like carrots or red pepper

½ cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed

¼ cup chopped onion (optional)

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ cup low-sodium ketchup

¼ cup fresh or canned Parmesan or Romano cheese

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried basil

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven to 400. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and place in a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Top with some more ketchup if preferred. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until done. A meat thermometer should read 165 for ground turkey to be considered done.

 

Notes for moms:

1. I often double this recipe and freeze one loaf for later.

2. For dicing up veggies, I microwave them in water for 3-4 minutes, and then dice them in my mini-food processor.

3. This makes a great recipe to give to a new mom, because it has lots of protein, and can be frozen without taking up a lot of freezer space. But remember to hold the onions if the mom is nursing.

 

This recipe is modified from Cooking Light.

October 28, 2007 Posted by | Entree-Casserole, Ground turkey/chicken | , | Leave a comment

Turkey Joes

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground turkey (1 pound lean breast meat, the other pound less lean)

1 onion, chopped

2 cans (15-oz) reduced sodium tomato sauce

1 can (6-oz) tomato paste

1/6 cup of sugar or less

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Salt and pepper

Directions: Brown turkey and onions in a skillet. Drain. Transfer to a slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 1 to 2 hours, then on low for 4 to 6 hours. Or cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Serve over whole wheat buns. Serves 6-8.

Notes:
1. This is easy to double, if your crockpot can hold it.
2. It definitely tastes better when cooked for the times stated above. If you let it cook much longer in the crockpot, it is good, but not great.
3. If you don’t have a crockpot, use a dutch oven and cook over low heat for 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally.

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Entree-Crockpot or Stockpot, Ground turkey/chicken | , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground turkey breast

1 small onion, chopped

1 (15-oz) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-oz) can chick peas, drained and rinsed

1 (15-oz) can dark red kidney beans or black beans, drained and rinsed

3 (15-oz) cans no-salt added stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 cup water

2 celery stalks, chopped (optional)

1 bell pepper, chopped (optional)

¼ cup red wine vinegar or white vinegar

1 ½ tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried basil

½ cup red wine (optional)

Directions: Spray a large stockpot/dutch oven with cooking spray. Brown the ground turkey and onions until turkey is just cooked through. Drain the grease away. Add the remaining ingredients except for the red wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low heat for 2 hours. Add the red wine and continue cooking for another hour. Serves 8.

Crockpot directions: Brown the turkey and onions in a skillet. Drain grease and transfer to crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot (except wine), and cook on high for 1 hour, then low for 4-5 hours. Or cook on low for 6-7 hours. Add wine, if desired, for the last hour of cooking.

Other notes:

1. It is easy to double this recipe and freeze the remainder for another meal or two.

2. I puree the vegetables (onions, peppers) until they’re unrecognizable by my kids.

3. Some kids might do better with only one kind of bean, if they’re fussy about having too many foods mixed together.

This recipe modified from 24hourfitness.com

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Entree-Crockpot or Stockpot, Ground turkey/chicken | , , , | Leave a comment