Thursday, September 27, 2012

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta with Veggies

Last night was another one of those days... that ran into night and before I knew it - it was 6pm. Earlier in the day I had my wits about me long enough to set out some ground turkey from my freezer... Having no idea what for, I just did. Well, there I was with 35 minutes until we were off again. this is what we ended up with, another creation prepared all in less than 30 min. BAM! And we all loved it!

1 pkg noodles of choice

3 C prepared spaghetti sauce (- I really like Kirkland brand from Costco - it is a great base with good "real" flavor)
1 C cream or 1/2 & 1/2
( OR 3 to 1 ratio)

1 lb ground turkey (or 1/2lb  turkey 1 C quinoa*)
1 small zucchini - sliced and quartered
1 small yellow squash - sliced and quartered
1 medium onion - sliced and wedged
1 C parmasean cheese
1 tsp seasoning/or garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Boil water. Add noodles and boil until tender. While noodles are cooking,
brown turkey, drain and set aside.  Use that same pan, drizzle olive oil and saute onion, zucchini and squash on high until slightly tender and toasted. Remove from pan and set aside. Pour sauce and cream into pan and let simmer. Then add meat, (previously prepared*) quinoa, veggies and Parmesan cheese. Toss together and pour over noodles or dump it all in one big dish and stir.

* Quinoa - you can make up 5-6 cup in advance and put in the freezer. Pull it out when ever you want to add great nutrition or protein to any meal! 1 Cup added to anything makes it better for you.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Taco Pie - Crock Pot Version

My life as of recent does not profit me very much extra time. This little recipe I created (30 minutes BAM! done) was a life saver today and I wanted to quickly share. I love LOVE LOVE having dinner done before my kiddos all come rolling in. I am a much better mom when I am prepared that way. So this is a re-look at an old favorite of ours. I like this one better. Hope you enjoy!

1-1/12 lbs lean ground turkey or beef - cook until no longer pink and drain
(** or half meat and half quinoa** that's my vote:)

 Mix well in a bowl and then add meat/quinoa mixture to this.
1 26oz can Tomato Soup
1 can Rotel (Diced tomatoes with green chili's)
1 bag frozen corn
1 can black beans
1 1/2 C greek yogurt of lowfat sour cream
1 pkg low sodium taco seasoning
1 pkg dry ranch seasoning
2 Tbl dried onion flakes

2-3 C cheese of choice
7-8 tortillas

Layer in "old school" (round with perpendicular sides) crock pot
grease lightly the bottom of crock-pot
meat mixture
cheese and repeat until full.
Cook on LOW for 4 hours

You can also do this in 2 separate dishes one for dinner tonight and one for the freezer.
Bake (thawed & covered) 350 for 40 min

Serve with fresh guacamole, salsa and rice.