Fiesta Chili~ Crock-Pot or Not~ You Decide!



Fiesta Chili was shared with me ages ago while coloring my favorite Nail Tech, Pam’s hair. She owns Pampered Nails in the Harris Arcade in downtown Hickory. If you need to have your nails pampered she is the go to girl! LOVE!! I have adapted this a bit so here goes! It is so quick and easy and everyone loves it!!

1 lb ground turkey browned
1 small onion, diced
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel
1 can corn
1 small can green chilies
1 can seasoned blackbeans, undrained
1 can white beans, drained
1 pkt taco seasoning
½ pkt ranch seasoning

Brown turkey and dump everything in the crockpot, set to low  or do on stove top which ever is most convient!

Porcupine Meatballs

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Ok, really I fancy myself as someone who knows alot about all sorts of comfort food and I have to say I had NEVER heard of Porcupine Meatballs until I read Dinner, A Love Story (highly recommend!) and like Jenny says improvising is half the fun! I was truly inspired and here is what I did:

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 cup uncooked rice

1/2 small Vidalia onion, chopped

1/2 small bell pepper, diced

3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce

2 T  parmesan cheese

splash of V8

mix everything together, I did that first thing in the morning, as prep time was going to be short at dinner. I used a small ice cream scoop (cookie size) to make all the meatballs the same size (I  know, anal) then put the following in a deep sauté pan.

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3 cups of V8

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 t cinnamon

1 T sugar

Bring to a simmer add meatballs, cover cook for 30 mins on med/low flipping half way through. I also took Jenny’s suggestion and made a yummy mixed greens and tomato salad with balsamic and olive oil.

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My family loved the meatballs. It was a quick easy dinner that we all enjoyed and will definitely be adding to my monthly meal plan. Jack espically loved how they looked cooking! See the spikes of the rice?  This was a fun meal to cook and isn’t that what it’s all about making life fun? Cause dinner friends is here to stay, might as well enjoy it!!

xoxo, Bird

Lackey’s Ragu

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Talk about yum-o, lick the bowl clean this is so good!!

Thanks to a family friend, Kipper Lackey for sharing this recipe with me years ago. I am re-posting since now I have a pic and it is so worth sharing again! ENJOY

I have shared this with many of my friends, all who have raved. It’s sort of a soup, a stew & a pasta. It is just yummy! Perfect for a cool fall day!

Lackey’s Ragu:

2 Tb olive oil

1 lg onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb ground turkey

3-4 Italian sausage, casings removed (I use 2 hot, 2 sweet)

2~ 14 1/2 oz cans tomatoes in juice with Italian spices

2~ 14 oz cans chicken broth

1 can Cannellini/white beans, drained

2 t oregano

2 t basil

1/4 t crushed red pepper

1/2 c small elbow macaroni

1~ 6 oz bag FRESH baby spinach

1/3 c grated Romano cheese

Heat oil, add onions & garlic. Saute 6 mins add ground turkey & sausage crumbles. Brown. (Put in warm crockpot and) Add tomatoes w/ juice, broth, spices, (I waited to add beans until 2 hrs prior to eating) beans and simmer at least 20 min. Add pasta cook 12-14 mins. (if using crockpot pasta may need a little longer) Add spinach & cook apx 3 mins (just before serving) Season with salt & pepper and serve with fresh grated cheese. (again, if using slow cooker… cook on low all day and add spinach apx 10mins before serving.) Yummy!!

Please note: I have adapted this for my CROCKPOT~ See notes in RED!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Taco Casserole

1 small bag (8oz) of Pepperidge Farm Cornbread stuffing mix

1 can cream corn

1/4 to 1/2 c water

1 lb ground turkey or beef

1/2 onion, diced

1 pkg taco seasoning mix

1 can black beans, drained

1can ro-tel, drained

1/2 c Mexican cheese, shredded

Mix together stuffing, corn & water. Press into bottom of 9×13 casserole dish (or if you have a small family like me make 2 square pans and eat one and freeze one for later!!) Brown ground turkey and onions add seasoning, spread over top, sprinkle with black beans and ro-tel. Top with cheese. Bake at 400 for 20 mins. Serve with sour cream and salsa. YUM!!

Stuffed Shells

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This is one of Jack’s favorite meals. These stuffed shells are so yummy. They freeze wonderfully if you make up a big batch place shells in a freezer bag and pull out as you need them. I add spinach and carrots to get more veggies in and the lean turkey keeps it pretty healthy!
1 package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed & drained well 
1 pound ground turkey 
1 (8-ounce) package lo-fat cream cheese, softened 
1  sweet onion, chopped
1 to 2 carrots, chopped fine
Parmesan Cheese
Salt and pepper 
1 egg
1 (1-pound) package jumbo pasta shells 
1 jar your fav Pasta Sauce
Cook shells, drain & cool. Brown the turkey,drain. Place turkey in large bowl with the spinach. Stir in the cream cheese until blended. Sauté onions and carrots until tender. Transfer to the bowl with the other ingredients and stir to combine. Add grated cheese, salt, and pepper, to taste, and combine. Let mixture cool and then add egg. Preheat the oven to 350. Place shells in a large baking pan and cover with tomato sauce. Cover with foil and bake for approximately 1 hour. Serve. Shells freeze beautifully. Add sauce when ready to cook.
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Easy Swedish Meatballs

This is a great and super easy Swedish Meaballs that is family friendly! My Jack loves meatballs and using the turkey makes it a tish healthier.

Now let me start by saying that I make homemade meatballs but for this recipe I bought premade Turkey Meatballs. (don’t judge)

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1 pkg Turkey Meatballs (HT has their brand as do Shadybrook Farms in the fresh meat counter)
2 pkgs of mushroom gravy (McCormick brand, apears to have less added junk)
2 c water
1 pt button mushrooms or 1 small can mushrooms
1c beef broth (I have used Chix & it worked fine)
4oz low-fat sour cream (stir in at the end)
8 oz egg noodles, cooked & drained

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Follow pkg directions on gravy, add broth, mushrooms & meatballs- heat throughly- tastes even better if you let simmer on low for a few extra minutes! Or like today throw it all your crock pot and set to low, it’s great! Just before serving stir in sour cream and pour mix over egg noodles. Grab a salad and poof! Dinner in less than 30mins. Add Hubby & BJ LOVED it!! Enjoy! Mama Bird

G’s Favorite Lasagna

This is an amazingly simple, crowd pleasing lasagna. It is so yummy! Your family & friends will love this! A few tips: 1. I use Barilla, no boil lasagna noodles 2. I use a 9×13 rectangle baker 3. my fav jarred spaghetti sauce is Ragu Organic or Trader Joe’s Marinara (use whatever you enjoy!)
2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 can mushrooms
1 tsp each oregano, basil, garlic, salt & pepper
1 lb ground turkey, browned
1/2 lb italian sausage
1 onion, diced
1 Tb olive oil
2 cups chicken broth
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed & drained
1 pkg shredded Italian cheese mix
Brown turkey & onion in olive oil, add seasonings, sauce, mushrooms. Heat broth & cream cheese, bring to slow boil & turn down to med-low and whisk until smooth. Layer dish with meat sauce, noodles, cream cheese, spinach, meat sauce, noodles, cheese DELISH!!!

Souper Sunday

For the New Year I have decided to do Souper Sundays!
Making a big ole vat of yummy soup is a great way to start the week, it will do a few things:
makes for a great Sunday night meal, leftovers for lunches and it’s cost effective!
onto this weeks soup!
Tomato/Corn Chowder
1 lb ground turkey breast or ground beef
2 baking potatoes, cubed
1 (28oz) can whole tomatoes, rough cut with juice

1 can chicken or beef broth
2 soup cans water
2 c V8. halved
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 (16oz) can drained corn
3 T flour
1 c milk (warm milk before adding flour and it will not clump!)
Brown turkey & drain. Add potatoes, broth, juice from tomatoes, water, 1 c V8, salt & pepper. Simmer until potatoes are fork tender. Blend corn, remaining cup V8, and flour dissolved in milk. Cook over low heat, stirring until thickened add to meat & potato mix.
What’s your favorite soup?

Lackey’s Ragu

This is a recipe that was shared with me years ago by a friend who is a mom to twin boys and is a great cook. I have shared this with many of my friends all who have raved. It’s sort of a soup, a stew & a pasta. It is just yummy! Perfect for a cool fall day!
Please note: I have adapted this for my CROCKPOT~ See notes in RED!
2 Tb olive oil
1 lg onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey
3-4 Italian sausage, casings removed (I use 2 hot, 2 sweet)
2~ 14 1/2 oz cans tomatoes in juice with Italian spices
2~ 14 oz cans chicken broth
1 can Cannelli/white beans, drained
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 c small elbow macaroni
1~ 6 oz bag FRESH baby spinach
1/3 c grated Romano cheese

Heat oil, add onions & garlic. Saute 6 mins add ground turkey & sausage crumbles. Brown. (Put in warm crockpot and) Add tomatoes w/ juice, broth, spices, (I waited to add beans until 2 hrs prior to eating) beans and simmer at least 20 min. Add pasta cook 12-14 mins. (if using crockpot pasta may need a little longer) Add spinach & cook apx 3 mins (just before serving) Season with salt & pepper and serve with fresh grated cheese. (again, if using slow cooker… cook on low all day and add spinach apx 10mins before serving.) Yummy!!

For more great recipes visit my friends at Blessed with Grace and Dining with Debbie.