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Crock Pot Pasta and Smoked Turkey Sausage

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I don’t know about you, but as we get closer to Thanksgiving, I begin to focus more on clearing out my pantry and freezer in anticipation of preparing the biggest meal of the year.  I tend to grocery shop less but still love to cook delicious meals for my husband and son.  The Crock Pot is always on the counter and the oven is used less often.

Smoked Turkey

As you know, chicken is a staple in my house and it is always on the menu several times per week.  However, last month hubby went to the Dominican Republic for a mini vacation so it was just Tayair and myself.  Instead of having chicken he suggested we try Smoked Turkey Sausage, so that is what we had for dinner the night hubby returned home.  

Using the Smoked Turkey Sausage gave this meal more flavor than using plain chicken.

Smoked Turkey Sausage

Ingredients:

1 – Package fully cooked Smoked Turkey Sausage – Diced

1 – 14.5 oz can of Petite Diced Tomatoes

1 – Jar Alfredo Sauce

2 – Cups Penne Pasta (uncooked)

Italian Seasoning

Options: Minced Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes

 

Most people don’t realize that you can put uncooked pasta in the Crock Pot, but for my money, it’s much better as it doesn’t get mushy and cooks up well.

Instructions:

Spray the inside of the Crock Pot with Cooking Spray, add Pasta, Diced Tomatoes and Smoked Turkey Sausage.  Sprinkle on a little Italian Seasoning and pour in Alfredo Sauce.  Add 1/4 cup of water to the jar, shake and then pour remaining sauce into Crock Pot.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.  If you prefer to use a red sauce like Marinara or spaghetti sauce as it works just as well.

Do you use Smoked Turkey Sausage in your meals?

 

 


Slow Cooked Hawaiian Turkey Tenderloins

I can’t believe that Crocktober is over, however, that is not going to stop me from cooking and posting my slow cooked meals.  Thanks to my friends over at Jennie-O I received a package of Turkey Tenderloins so I decided to add a few ingredients to make this mid-week tasty treat for hubby and our son, Tayair.

Jennie-O Turkey

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Jennie-O Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloin

  • 1 package of frozen peppers and onions

  • 1 small can of Pineapple Tidbits

  • 1 bottle Hawaiian Style Barbeque Sauce

  • Cooking Spray

  Slow Cooked Hawaiian Turkey Tenderloins

Instructions:

  • Spray inside of Crock Pot with Cooking Spray

  • Add 1/2 bag of frozen peppers and onions

  • Add Turkey Tenderloins

  • Add Pineapple Tidbits

  • Add remaining frozen peppers and onions

  • Pour entire bottle of Barbecue Sauce

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Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.  Serve over pasta or rice and enjoy.  However, because we had enough for leftovers, my son decided just to shred it and put on a whole wheat bun with coleslaw.

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, have you started planning out your Turkey day recipes?  If  you need some inspiration, head over to the Jennie-O website for meal planning suggestions.

 

DISCLOSURE:  I received the Turkey Tenderloins as a member of the Jennie-O Switch Circle.  Recipe and all opinions are 100% my own.

 


Slow Cooked Chili with Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey

Happy Crocktober!

Cooking in the fall is fabulous especially when you use a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot.

Last weekend I made a Slow Cooked Turkey Chili using Jennie-O lean Ground Turkey.  This is one of the easiest weekend or weekday meals to prepare. The next day leftovers are equally good so make sure you make enough to have some!

I love any recipe that you can dump into the Crock Pot in the morning then come home to a fully cooked meal…and of course a kitchen that smell delicious!

Jennie-O Ground Turkey

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz package of Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey

  • 14.4 oz package of frozen peppers and onions or Pepper Stir Fry

  • 14.5 oz can of Diced Tomatoes

  • 15.5 oz can of Black Beans rinsed in cold water

  • 10 oz package of frozen corn

  • 1 package of low sodium Chili Mix

  • Optional Ingredients: Cilantro, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, and of course a little of Hot Sauce!

Jennie-O Ground Turkey Chili

You can brown the Ground Turkey first in a little Olive Oil before placing in the Crock Pot, however, I prefer to use frozen Ground Turkey which allows it to thaw as it cooks with the other ingredients.  If you brown the ground turkey first, cook on high for 2 hours, otherwise, on low for 4 hours.

 This Turkey Chili can be topped with shredded cheddar cheese or sour cream and of course a little hot sauce.  Hubby loves cornbread and served over rice.

What is your favorite Crocktober meal?


Superfoods Friday ~ Spaghetti Squash

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Hello friends and welcome to Superfoods Friday

I’ve read other bloggers tout the greatness of the Spaghetti Squash and I knew it was a great Superfood, however, it was only recently that I discovered it’s actual goodness, and I loved it!

  • Spaghetti squash is low in calories, with only about 42 calories per serving (about a cup), this vegetable is a great swap for higher calorie ingredients.
  • Spaghetti squash is gluten free and because of its texture, it makes a great swap for actual spaghetti.
  • Spaghetti squash is a good source of fiber.
  • Spaghetti squash has a variety of other vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin C, beta carotene, and a number of others to support your overall health.
  • This winter squash also promotes blood sugar control, and has a cholesterol lowering effect that protects us from various forms of cancer. 

 

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Spaghetti Squash

I picked up a yellow Spaghetti Squash at Food Lion along with a can of Roasted Garlic and Onion Pasta Sauce. Since I had never prepared Spaghetti Squash I had to read several online recipes.  

After cutting the squash in half, I removed the seeds but kept them on the baking sheet.  Sprinkled each side with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and basil then placed each half upside down on the baking sheet.  Put into the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  

Note: it is very hard to cut, so poke a few holes in it first then microwave for 15 minutes to soften it up.  

The roasted seeds are also awesome!

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Superfood Spaghetti Squash

 

While the Spaghetti Squash baked in the oven, I heated up the pasta sauce adding a little more sprinkles of basil and garlic salt. After I removed the squash from the oven, allowing it to cool for 20 minutes then used a fork to scrape out the strands and placed into a bowl.  

Poured the warmed sauce over top and stirred lightly for a delicious and healthy meal.

Superfood Spaghetti Squash

When I posted a pic on Instagram and Facebook, a few people gave me some other suggestions which I will try the next time.  What about you, do you have any ideas for add-ins or maybe other ways in which to cook this Superfood Spaghetti Squash?

Stay Blessed  ~ No Stress in 2014!

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A Little Something Sweet ~ Mini Banana Loaf

Hello friends,

I remember when I was growing up my grandmother always had to have “a little something sweet” after eating dinner.  She believed everything in moderation and never over ate, but she loved her sweets. She would also proudly remind me that the most she ever weighed was 120 lbs, and that was when she was pregnant with her twins, my mother and uncle.

I haven’t seen 120 lbs since the birth of our first son, but I also believe everything in moderation.  Sunday dinners are my favorite meals to cook and sometimes I too like to have “a little something sweet” after eating.  

Recently while looking through the clearance racks at Walmart I found these Welcome Home Brands Mini Baking Pans.  They are made from oven safe paper and are a perfect size for “a little something sweet” dessert.

Mini Banana Loaf

 I cooked chicken and collard greens for dinner and then decided to make some Jiffy Banana muffins using the mini Baking Pans instead of a muffin tin.  Following the box directions I filled each mini pan with 1/2 batter without pre-greasing which wasn’t necessary. After putting them on a baking sheet, they were placed in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.
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Mini Banana Loaf

The mini banana loaf removed easily from the pan, there was no scorching and the bread was delicious, which was made a little more so when topped with banana slices and cherry sauce – just “a little something sweet!”

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How about you, do you like to have “a little something sweet” after dinner?

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Brownies in a Bowl | FAIL

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.

Today’s Friday Foodie Feature comes with a warning!

Duncan Hines Brownies in a Bowl I decided to make Duncan Hines milk chocolate brownies in a bowl instead of a pan.  I followed the directions on the box, however, since I baked them in Pyrex bowls they should not have been filled to the top!

Duncan Hines Brownies in a Bowl

Spray the bowls with non stick cooking spray, pour in the batter but DO NOT OVERFILL, otherwise the insides will not be done in the amount of time stated on the box.

Spray with non-stick cooking spray

 

DO NOT OVERFILL I eventually scooped the partially baked brownies out of the bowls and put them into a baking dish to finish cooking.

Duncan Hines Brownies in a Bowl

It was Malik who asked if there were supposed to be gooey on the inside.  So before realizing they were not completely done, I had topped each with a few scoops of Duncan Hines cherry topping and a few whooshes of Reddi Wip Cream.

Duncan Hines Brownies in a Bowl

This delicious dessert looked wonderful and after completely baking tasted just as good!

Have you ever had any cooking failures?

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Skillet Pie

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.

For the past several weeks, Route 495 in Wilmington has been shutdown and this has added an additional 30 minutes to my daily commute.  Now that I am getting home later, I’m trying to come up with fast and easy dinner recipes.

I found one online for a Chicken Tamale Skillet Pie, but changed it up a bit to use what I already had in the kitchen.

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What I Used:

1 package of Ground Turkey

1 can of cream style corn

1 can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes

1 Can of Crescent Rolls

Sweet Peppers

1/2 tsp ground cumin

Shredded Cheese

1 Skillet Pie

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a cast-iron skillet brown the ground turkey on medium high heat for 10 minutes or until brown.  Add a can of Cream Style Corn, a can of Ro*Tel tomatoes and ground cumin.

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Cook for 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, remove from heat, add a few sweet peppers then top with cheese.

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Cover with crescent rolls and put into oven to bake for approximately 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown.

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Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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This was a great meal and my men loved it, the next time I am going to use shredded chicken.

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Do you have any quick and easy dinner recipes that you can share?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Friday Fajita with the Perdue Chicken

Hello friends and Happy Fri-Yay!  A few weeks ago before the summer heat began to sizzle I made Fajitas with Perdue Chicken Breasts.  This easy breezy recipe was not only fun to make but filling enough for hubby and my mini men.

Friday Night Fajitas

 

The ingredients used are staples that I normally have in the pantry and refrigerator because Mexican food is quite popular in our home.

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INGREDIENTS:  

  • Perdue Perfect Portions chicken breasts – cut into 1/2″ strips

  • 2 tbls vegetable oil – divided

  • McCormick Fajita Seasoning and 1/4 cup water

  • Shredded Mexican (Taco) Cheese

  • 1 medium Onion – fresh or frozen – sliced

  • Peppers – fresh or frozen – sliced

  • Whole Wheat Tortillas

OPTIONS

Lime 

Fresh Spinach leaves

Cilantro

Avocado

Tomato – sliced

Jalapeno peppers

Sour Cream

 

frozen or fresh peppers and onions

I also like to keep packages of frozen peppers and onions because they are perfect for recipes such as this as well as add-in’s for Crock Pot meals.  I used a mixture of both fresh and frozen onions for the Fajitas.

Fajitas

 

DIRECTIONS:

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken strips, stir and cook for 3 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove chicken from skillet and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion and peppers; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes.  Return chicken to skillet, add water and Seasoning Mix; cook and stir 3 minutes or until heated through.

Fajitas

Spoon chicken/onions/peppers onto warm tortillas, add any options, if desired.

Friday Night Fajitas

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Black Eye Peas & Collard Greens ~ New Year’s Eve Tradition

Hello Friends and Happy (soggy) Sunday

Sitting here at the kitchen table, cutting out coupons and watching the rain fall I decided to fire up the iPad and read my emails (multi-tasking to the max).  After reading a new comment from Kirsten Womack I decided to repost the Kale and Black Eye Pea Soup recipe as a twist on my traditional New Year’s Eve dinner.  

black eye peas The cooking and eating of Black Eye Peas and Collard Greens is a New Year’s Day tradition deeply rooted in the African American culture.  I have for many years always had a big pot of Black Eye Peas and Collard Greens simmering on the stove top while chicken wings were being deep fried on the side.  It’s tradition to eat a little of each immediately after kneeling in prayer on New Years Eve for good luck and prosperity heading forward. 

This year will be no exception, however, I may use the Crock Pot to cook them both together not only for the added luck but because it will make for an easier clean up.  

We also send one of our sons outside with money in his pocket and then have him be the first to walk through the front door.  This is not an African American tradition it’s just something fun to do!

What are your New Year’s Eve Traditions?

REPOST from 12/13/13

Today’s Friday Foodie Feature is Kale & Black Eye Pea Soup

Sunday I purchased a container of CutnClean Kale from Safeway to be used in my salads for the week.  However, after hearing the weather forecast for more snow I decided to use it to make a Crock Pot soup with Black Eye Peas.

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In the winter, my grandmother used to make the best homemade vegetable soups using ingredients she already had in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry.  So in keeping with tradition I used some leftover celery stalks, an onion, garlic, carrots and Bouillon cubes to make this soup.

Ingredients:

  • Dry Black Eye Peas – 1/2 bag
  • Kale – 1/2 package
  • Celery – diced
  • Carrots – diced
  • Onion – diced
  • Garlic – diced
  • Bouillon Cubes (2)
  • Water
  • Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • Smoked Turkey Necks (optional)

Mama Midget (yes that was her name), never used measuring cups or spoons so neither do I especially when using the Crock Pot.  I just throw in what I have or think is enough.

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Rinse and drain 1/2 bag of dry Black Eye peas

Add 2 Bouillon Cubes to 3 cups of hot water

Pour Olive Oil into Crock Pot just enough to cover bottom

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Chop onion, garlic, carrots and celery and add to Crock Pot

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Add Kale and sprinkle with Black Pepper

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Pour in Bouillon Stock, adding more water to cover all ingredients if necessary

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Stir and if desired add Smoked Turkey Legs or Necks

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Cover and cook on low 8 hour, high 4 hours – depending on Crock Pot model.  Don’t forget to make some Skillet Corn Bread!

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Friday Foodie Feature – Lean Pockets

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

What happens when it’s Friday night and you don’t feel like cooking, ordering pizza or going out and a bowl of cereal just won’t cut it? In our house when that happens we head straight to the garage and to the freezer.  There is where I try to keep microwavable meals and snacks specifically for those occasions and last Friday night it was Lean Pockets Pretzel Bread Sandwiches.

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I am not a big proponent of frozen meals & snacks because of the excessive sodium some of them contain but these Lean Pockets brand sandwiches are only 250 calories with 650 mg of sodium which isn’t a lot compared to others that contain well over 1000 mg of sodium.

The Lean Pockets Sandwiches were filled with Spinach and 3  Cheeses, Fontina, Romano and reduced Fat Mozzarella.  I zapped one in the microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds in the crisping sleeve then cut it in half.  It didn’t seem like it had a lot of filling and could have had more spinach, but to my surprise it was quite good and hit the spot. The soft pretzel bread encased a flavorful mix of spinach and cheeses that paired well with my glass of Friday night wine!

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Speaking of wine, I want to reintroduce my “play cousin” Cook E doe Face.  She is a down to earth YouTube Vlogger who will have you in stitches as you watch her create some delicious dishes and “knock you on your butt cocktails”.

Cook E de Face is from Philly and I fell in love with her atty-tud (Philly slang) from the very first video I watched.  In today’s world it is so easy to get caught up in the negativity but you know me, I like to keep it light.  Cook E doe Face has me laughing out loud and reminds me of my own New York cousins.  If it were left up to me she would definitely have a show on the Food or OWN Network!

Check out this recipe for Flatline Cocktail.

 

Have a fantastical day – Smooches!

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