Healthy Easy Turkey Skillet Dinner

This is probably the easiest all in one meal I have fixed in quite a while…AND healthy too!  This is the true reason I started this blog!  If you are an entrepreneur working from home…this is PERFECT for you…especially mompreneurs.

As usual I added a few of my own adjustments that I will note as I share this recipe in parenthesis.

I lost the picture I took of the meal and found the same book for FREE online…. Everyday Healthy Meals. Click on the link and it will give you a FREE download of the book. There are some excellent recipes here and I will definitely try more of them and share!

THIS was reallllly good!  I would add garlic bread or something like that with this too!

Ingredients

nonstick cooking spray (I used sesame oil)

3/4 lb. ground turkey

1 tsp dried basil, oregano, garlic powder

(I used fresh garlic, fresh cilantro also!)

1 medium onion (peeled and chopped)

3 tomatoes, chopped ( I used Roma tomatoes)

1/2 tsp salt (I used creole seasoning instead)

3 T tomato paste

1/4 tsp ground black pepper (freshly ground!)

2 medium zucchini, sliced

1/4 c bell pepper (my addition)

Preparation

1. Spray nonstick spray (sesame oil – 1 T) in a large skillet

2. Brown turkey, onion, (bell pepper) over medium heat until turkey is cooked through and onion (bell pepper) are soft, about 10 minutes.

3.  Add tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings.  Simmer over medium/low heat for 10 minutes

4.  Add zucchini and cook for 5 minutes more.  If you want zucchini softer cook for 10 minutes.  Serve while hot

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My 1st Chicken Tortilla Soup

Have you seen the cooking show on Food Network, Mexican Made EasyI love Marcela Valladolid….I discovered her when her new show started earlier this year.  It is the only cooking show I actually tape each week. I watch many, but I tape hers! I love the uniqueness of what she cooks…check her out, especially if you like mexican food.

I have yet to find a restaurant that peaks my love for mexican food since leaving California which may be why I gravitate to her show.  She makes the recipes look quick, easy, and tasty..ok done with my commercial :).

This past weekend she did a show around Mexican comfort foods.  As I watched it, I could taste what I was watching her cook.  I have always wanted to cook Chicken Tortilla Soup and she made it look so easy.

I ventured to the grocery store on Sunday to get snacks for my greedy lil 8 year old granddaughter who is hungry every hour.  She is tall for her age, skinny, and eats ALL the time.  I try to keep fresh fruit around as she will eat that up willingly as well as yogurt.  She is a testament to small snacks keeping you slim…that’s another story…

I decided while I was there to fix the soup.  Found the recipe on my iPhone and continued to shop..

For those that know me, I added a few extra’s, cilantro and cooked chicken.  If you are a vegetarian…this is a great recipe for you.  I bought one of those chipotle chicken packages and cut it up in chunks, and added it to the pot at the end of the recipe.  I added the cilantro where you blend the ingredients.

This was GREAT…..I have to say it was better during my midnight snack…so I think if you make it early and let it sit so the seasoning really develops…it is very flavorful.  It was da BOMB!  Here is a link to the actual recipe….I actually want to fix everything she made during the show…I WILL get to that!  I believe it actually took about 45 mins to an hour at the most to prepare.

Chicken Pasta and Cheese

This recipe came to me in the middle of the night.  I have been wanting something different, especially pasta.  However this was going to work, it had to be quick and easy, I have work to do!  🙂

Note:  I think this recipe will work just as well with smoked sausage, Italian sausage or even a seafood like lobster…I might even add bread crumbs for a topping too!

Ingredients:

3 boneless & skinless chicken breast

1 box of whole wheat penne pasta

1 bag of shredded cheese (mexican 3 cheese)

1 jar of garlic/parmesan alfredo sauce

fresh garlic

sesame oil & olive oil

fresh spinach

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil the pasta, not until it’s done but about 5-8 minutes (it will fully cook in the oven). In a medium size pan, medium hot, add about 2 T of sesame oil and olive oil, add 3 cloves of fresh garlic (diced), stir around in the pan and remove the garlic.  Put the garlic in a medium bowl.  Brown and season the chicken in the oil.  Remove from the pan and put it in the bowl with the garlic. Drain and rinse the pasta.  Add the pasta to the bowl with the chicken and garlic.

Add the garlic parmesan sauce, cheese, and about 3/4 cup of fresh spinach to the mixture with the chicken and stir well.  Tip:  to get the rest of the sauce out of the jar…I pour a little bit of half and half and shake it up really well.

Once it is all mixed well, pour into a glass baking dish that has a cover.  If not, cover with tin foil and bake for about 20-25 minutes.  As a side dish I prepared my spinach of course:

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