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Family Recipe Makeover: Tortellini Soup

Family Recipe Makeover: Tortellini Soup
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Things You Need:

  • 1 lb of lean ground turkey sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (depending on preferences)
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2-3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 24 oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz stewed tomatoes
  • 1 pkg of tortellini of your choice

How to do it 🙂

  1. Brown sausage in skillet with onion. Combine all ingredients except tortellini. Slow cook on stove for 3-4 hours. Add tortellini and cook another hour or so.
  2. Note: I double all ingredients except tortellini because we prefer it that way.
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White Chicken Pumpkin Chili

White Chicken Pumpkin Chili

White Chicken Pumpkin Chili

I know most people love chili in the fall and winter. However, for me.....it is comfort food year-round. I was playing around with a recipe this morning and came up with this. The canned pumpkin adds extra fiber to this recipe. I will be having this for my lunches throughout the week.

Ingredients

  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups diced/shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups white beans
  • 1 tbsp cumin or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp chili powder or more to taste

Instructions

  1. Saute green pepper and onion until translucent.
  2. Add garlic, cook for one minute longer.
  3. Add the chicken. (I used frozen chicken that I had made in the crockpot that I discussed here).
  4. Next add pumpkin, diced tomatoes, diced green chilis, and white beans.
  5. Next, add the spices. Adjust these to your family's taste. Our family likes a lot of chili powder and cumin flavor. You might choose to add salt as well. I choose not to add salt out of personal preference.
  6. Simmer for at least 20 minutes. I prefer to put this in the crock-pot and let it do all the cooking for me. However, in a pinch do this on the stove and you can be eating a delicious and nutritious chili by lunchtime.
  7. To serve try topping each serving  with fresh cilantro,  plain greek yogurt, and extra diced tomatoes. This could be served over quinoa or brown rice as well.

Recipe Notes

To serve try topping each serving  with fresh cilantro,  plain greek yogurt, and extra diced tomatoes. This could be served over quinoa or brown rice as well.

 

 

Whole Grain Taco Bake Casserole

Whole Grain Taco Bake Casserole

 

  1. Whole Grain Taco Bake Casserole

    I love casseroles. They are comforting. They are easy. They are inexpensive. They fill empty bellies of teenage boys. This is one I have been making for years. It has seen changes through the years to become healthier, but it is still a family favorite that gets made quite often. The mix that I refer to is here.

    Ingredients

    • 1 bag of whole grain noodle casserole/soup mix
    • 1 lb ground turkey browned (or cooked diced chicken breast)
    • 1 can black olives drained
    • 1 can whole kernal corn drained
    • 1 can undrained diced tomatoes
    • 1 can refried beans
    • Shredded cheese for topping

    Instructions

    1. Combine all (except cheese) in 13X9 casserole dish with 2 cups water. It helps to mix all in a large mixing bowl and transfer to casserole dish-as this can get a bit messy.
    2. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 30-45 minutes. Uncover and top with shredded cheese and bake 5 more minutes.

     

Whole Grain Noodle Taco Bake Casserole or Soup Mix

 

Whole Grain Noodle Taco Bake Casserole or Soup Mix
 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried whole grain noodles (ziti noodles, macaroni noodles, etc)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp dried minced onion

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a ziploc bag. Place on shelf and use in casseroles, soups, etc.

 

Crust-less Quiche Lorraine

Crust-less Quiche Lorraine

 

 

Crust-less Quiche Lorraine ~ Fit Mom Adventures

We love quiche. Even my kids LOVE it. I feel fancy when I make it. It feels good to have some leftover the next day-although my chances of getting any left over have quite diminished as my kids have gotten older. I actually started making this without a crust quite some time ago. I was having one of those "where did my day go?" kind of days and realized that a home made pie crust was not going to happen. As I have started being more mindful of what I eat, and what I feed my family- the fact that it is crust less works well for us. I created this recipe to feed a hungry with growing boys family. Feel free to adjust the recipe size to what works for your family!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 slices turkey bacon
  • 8 eggs or egg substitute to equal 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat mozzarella cheese

Instructions

Instructions

  1. cook turkey bacon until desired crispness.
  2. Mix together eggs and milk in bowl.
  3. Stir in crumbled, cooked bacon and shredded cheese.
  4. Pour mixture into two sprayed glass pie plates or casserole dish.
  5. Bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

*I will add a box of frozen spinach that has been defrosted. I squeeze all the water out, and add it to the egg mixture.

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

 

Ever think that when you are trying to lose weight or eat healthier you have to give up comfort foods? I used to think that until I started trying to re-vamp our family favorites. My family actually prefers the ground turkey over ground beef. Goes great with brown rice, sweet potatoes, green beans, and/or salad. Can serve with ketchup on the side for those that have to have it. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk nonfat milk,etc.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic

Instructions

  1. Mix all and spread in loaf pan. Bake at 350 for about an hour.