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Amazing Ground Turkey Meatloaf

In trying out ground turkey recipes, I have fallen in love with ground turkey meatloaf.

I know ground turkey has its unique taste, but believe me, you can work magic with just a few herbs and spices. I learned with the kids, to add a little hamburger seasoning at times depending on my recipe.

When it comes to ground turkey you will notice the meat is softer and not as tough as regular beef. This is where the eggs come in at. Depending on how I feel, I have used 5 eggs. I don’t like soft meatloaf. I love when it is moist, flavorful, and doesn’t fall off the fork when you try and scoop it up.  I have had my meatloaf fails, and trust me, trial and error.

my veggies are not cooked

For me, I don’t cook my veggies before putting them in my meatloaf.  I really didn’t know I was supposed to until recently. But I am a firm believer that if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.  My mom did it this way and it has just been my way for so long, that I honestly don’t even think about sauteeing the veggies. If you do sautee your veggies, please go ahead.

After one hour, you can barely see the veggies

If you notice after one hour of cooking you can barely see the veggies, but you do see some of the fat around the meatloaf. This is where you have two options, either spoon out the fat or leave it. For me, it just depends, if it’s not a lot of fat and grease, I leave it because I have to cook the meatloaf an extra 30 minutes anyway. If it’s a lot, I do drain the grease, pouring slowly.

See how the grease has dried up on the sides.

This is how my ground turkey meatloaf turned out. She is a beauty, isn’t she? The proof is in the pudding. Let’s see how she looks in the middle.

what do you think?

I actually cooked this delicious main course last Sunday for dinner. I actually blogged about it and learned how to make a roux. Check out my dinner!

In all honesty, this is a great entree and the leftovers are even better. Have you ever had a meatloaf sandwich? What are you waiting for? I am proud to say this is kid-tested and mother-approved!

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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Amazing Ground Turkey Meatloaf

A small twist to great comfort food.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 1 9X13 pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb 97 percent ground turkey
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp marjoram
  • 2 cups bread crumbs, crackers, or bread
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil your baking dish. If you prefer use parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Dice your onions and bell peppers to your desired size.
  • Set aside 1/2 cup of ketchup for later
  • Add all ingredients, and the other half of the ketchup together. Massage well, and don't worry about over-mixing, the meat will not get tough.
  • Try and make a loaf. Your goal is to make an oval shape and have it centered in the middle of your baking dish.
  • Bake for 1-hour covered. After one hour take the remaining ketchup and spread it evenly across the top. You can add more or less ketchup if you desire.
  • Turn oven to 375 and bake uncovered for 30 more minutes. Let meatloaf rest for 10 minutes. Enjoy!!
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Honey Lemon Fruit Bowl

If there is a recipe that can get a Gold Medal every time, I would bet on a fruit bowl. I have never tasted a bad fruit bowl recipe, and here is the reason why. All you are doing is taking your favorite fruits and making a beautiful melody of color that is sure to captivate even the pickiest palates.

I make fruit bowls quite often. It’s a beautiful dish and it is packed full of nutrients. Very seldom do I add honey, I like the natural flavors of the berries and watermelon, but sometimes you just have to spruce it up.

The Preparation

When you cut the bottom of your watermelon, be careful not to cut too far inward.

This is a mistake I made from cutting too deep.

If you cut your watermelon too deep, don’t worry, just get some aluminum foil and cover the base. If you want to make it look festive add apples, and oranges around the base for a fruity watermelon platter.

This is what you want. Finely sliced off just a little bit.

Do you have an ice cream scooper? I learned through trial and error this is the best device for scooping watermelon. All you do is turn the scoop in, turn, and pull out. It takes maybe 10 minutes from beginning to end, and I have better control of how deep I scoop out the watermelon.

 

If you don’t have an ice cream scooper, use a metal spoon and make smaller scoops to make sure you don’t puncture the watermelon.

Choose your fruits

What are your favorite fruits? Pick your top two, and use them. I have used apples, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, mangos, the list goes on.

I had kiwis, grapes, and strawberries on hand.

But I must warn you, bananas don’t work so well. If you want to add bananas, wait until it’s time to serve.

Once you are finished preparing your fruit bowl, you can dive in and enjoy it right then. I usually have other recipes to whip up so I always chill for 30 minutes, but you DO NOT have to wait.

Our family Super Bowl Party. See the fruit bowl and the aluminum foil is at the base.

Enjoy!

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Honey Lemon Fruit Bowl

Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

  • 1 watermelon (any size)
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 cup black grapes
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup watermelon juice

Instructions
 

  • Cut your watermelon in half. Turn it over and cut a small piece from the bottom. It allows the watermelon to stand more sturdy. Turn back over and scoop out the watermelon. Use an ice cream scoop, it makes the process go a lot smoother.
  • Cut up your fruit and add to a bowl. Add a cup of your watermelon to the fruit bowl. Stir so all the fruit is mixed well. Pour into the watermelon.
  • In a separate bowl, mix your reserved watermelon juice, honey, and lemon juice together. and pour juice mixture over your fruit bowl. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Stir and serve.
  • Enjoy!
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Homemade Crab Meat Sushi Rolls

I did it!!! I made homemade crab sushi for our family movie night, and it was a complete success.

I love sushi. I love the different flavors, but my all-time favorite is California Sushi Roll. It’s simple but flavorful, and I love it with wasabi and soy sauce. Due to the rise in cost of going out to eat and groceries, I had to do without my beloved sushi until I finally made it.

I don’t have a sushi roller, but I did roll it with my hands, and I must say I am pretty impressed with myself. If I can do it, I know you can.

You can use anything inside your sushi, but I like crab meat, and I felt more confident in using a salad mixture than just veggies.

Speaking of veggies, I sliced my carrots, cucumbers, and celery into thin slices. I watched quite a few youtube videos, and I just went with the flow.

See how the veggies are not cut perfect? I didn’t spread my meat evenly, but I tried. I’ll get it down pack next time!

Make sure you chill them covered in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The seaweed wraps were tearing when I tried to cut them.

Make sure to have some wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger to add to the sushi. I promise you; you will not be disappointed.

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Homemade Crab Meat Sushi Rolls

Crab meat sushi rolls with carrots and celery
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 4 sheets Nori Sushi Sheets/Wraps
  • 2 cup cooked crab meat
  • 1/2 package cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp white or black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cucumber

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, separate your crab meat until it is flaky. You can have it clumpy but remember it has to fit inside the sushi sheet, and we have to fold it.
  • Next, add mayo, cream cheese, onion powder, salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Stir until you have a nice crabmeat salad.
  • Cut your cucumbers, onions, and carrots into little sticks or strings. You can use a vegetable shredder if you would like. Make sure to use a paper towel to dry out any moisture in your vegetable sticks.
  • Get your sushi sheet and smear the crab meat on top. Be careful because the sheets are thin. Add your veggie strips in the middle.
  • Roll the sushi wrap away from you, be firm in your roll but not too tight. To help the edges stay closed, you can add some crab meat mixture to the edges or a little water.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for the mold to hold. Use a sharp knife to cut into sushi pieces or eat whole. Enjoy.
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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I actually just made this soup the other day. It was really cold outside and the girls needed something to warm their bellies. Nothing is better on a cold winter’s evening than some good old homemade soup.

I had a few fresh veggies left in the refrigerator and I decided to do something I have never done before, made broccoli and cheddar soup. I was very intimidated by this recipe because for it to taste so savory and creamy, I wouldn’t have guessed carrots and other household stables would have created such a delicious dish.

If you have broccoli, milk, onion, and cheese… you can make this same great meal as well.

I sauteed my veggies at first, added my seasonings and broth turned my heat down to a nice simmer, and let the magic begin.

The broccoli started to fall apart, but they were still a little too big for my liking. I separated half of my veggies and blended them in the blender for a nice thickening.

You can see the bits and pieces of fresh veggies blended well into the soup. Make sure to blend veggies before adding milk and cheese.

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Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Warm and savory comfort food will be a hit for the entire family.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 finely diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cps half and half
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large head of broccoli
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp sea salt or salt of your choice
  • 2 tbsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil on medium-high heat, in a large pot, add finely diced onion. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Chop up your head of broccoli, grate, and finely dice your carrots, and garlic to add to your pot. Turn heat to high.
  • Add your chicken or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. You want the carrots and broccoli to cook and get tender. Add all your seasonings and give a good stir. Once at a boil, cover and let simmer for 15-20minutes.
  • Add your milk and cheddar cheese. Stir very well, you will notice the soup begin to thicken. Continue to simmer for 15-20 more minutes and dinner is ready.
  • Enjoy!

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Notes

If you are not a fan of chunky soup, before adding the milk and cheese, take out half of the vegetables and blend them in a blender.
I find it makes the soup have an excellent thickening, and the flavors blend beautifully.
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Sausage and Cream Cheese Dip

This is a fail-proof oh-so-good dip recipe that is great for Super Bowl parties, appetizers, special events, and even as favorite comfort food. The best part… it only takes 3 ingredients.

I was first introduced to this recipe when I was in college during a family Christmas Party. It was the most delicious dip I ever had. After the first bite, I got the recipe and I make sure to always have it during an event.

Our annual family New Year Eve party, with my favorite sausage and cream cheese dip.

All you need is about 20 minutes and 3 ingredients. You would think that with only 3 ingredients, a masterpiece can’t be made but boy are you wrong.

Get your favorite breakfast sausage, I use Neese’s because I like the spicy and robust flavor. Be mindful if you get maple syrup flavor sausage it will come out sweet. I get mild to hot Rotel tomatoes and chiles but you can use original.

You can experiment with this recipe. I have tried it all, I have even used ground beef, ground turkey, chorizo, there is no right or wrong way.

Make sure to bring tortillas. I hope you enjoy it.

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Sausage and Cream Cheese Dip

This dip recipe is creamy and spicy, serve with tortillas. Best to be eaten warm.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 10

Equipment

  • 1 large skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb neese's country sausage/ jimmy dean
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel diced tomatoes and chiles, undrained
  • 2 packages cream cheese for extra creaminess

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook your sausage and crumble, Cook until done and drain.
  • Add Rotel and cream cheese and stir until cheese has melted.
  • Serve warm with tortillas. Enjoy!!!

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Keyword cream cheese, dip, sausage
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Turkey Tetrazzini

We recently had a winter storm come through our area, and I couldn’t find any meats in the supermarket. I was left to defrost a turkey I had gotten on sale during the Christmas holiday.

There were some turkey leftovers, and I had the best recipe in mind, TURKEY TETRAZZINI! You can do anything to this casserole dish and come out a winner. I love using white wine or heavy cream, but I have used different broths, sour cream, cream cheese, and it has always been a family hit.

This is baked ar 350 for 35 minutes. I wanted it darker but you can serve it just like this.

This recipe has had to be tweaked due to a younger child deciding not to eat sweet peas lately, but I pulled off a great Kid Tested Mother Approved Recipe that was another weekday dinner success.

I took the aluminum foil off and cooked for an extra 10 minutes to get the cheese darker. I love when my cheese has those brown spots.

You can use more turkey if you like, I didn’t have more than 4 cups, I love to have every bite with meat and veggies. They soak up the cream and you are left with delectable goodness.

See how the casserole is still moist and the cheese has melted beautifully? This is true comfort food.

 

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Turkey Tetrazzini

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An easy recipe for the entire family. You use leftover turkey for this dish, great after Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Equipment

  • 1 9X13 baking dish

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups cooked turkey meat
  • 2 cups egg noodles (any size)
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • 1 can cream of mushroom
  • 1 carrot diced fine
  • 2 cups turkey stock
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 3 cups mild cheddar

Instructions
 

  • Cook your egg noodles for 7 minutes and run under cool water. You want to stop the cooking process since you will be baking them. You just want the noodles to take their shape while still being al dente. After rinsing place in a large bowl.
  • Turn oven to 350 degrees. Grease your 9x13 baking pan.
  • Shred your turkey into pieces and place it into the large bowl, adding everything except your cheese.
  • Stir well and place your mixture in a 9x13 baking pan.
  • Add cheese on top and bake cover for 35 minutes. Enjoy!!!

Notes

You can add sweet peas, broccoli, mushrooms, corn, asparagus, any vegetable you would like. 
Substitute the turkey stock for white wine for an exotic taste of evaporated milk for a more creamy taste.
 
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Simply Irresistible Banana Pudding

This banana pudding is simply irresistible because there is no baking and in less than 25 minutes, you will have a homemade dessert that will be one for the record books.

There is something about bananas and vanilla wafers that go together like peanut butter and jelly. My mom was the queen of desserts, and this is one dessert that makes me feel nostalgic every time I taste this.

This recipe will use cream cheese and lemon juice, and it is the best thing since sliced bread. The creaminess and slight twang from the lemon, accent the rich fruity flavor of the ripe bananas, givingthe vanilla wafers an extra sweetness your palate will thank you for.

For the best outcome use an electric mixer, it helps to get out any lumps from the cream cheese, and adding the vanilla pudding will have it blended into creamy goodness.

See how the pudding is smooth and slightly thick. That’s thanks to the cream cheese. Blend on medium-low, and don’t forget to use a spatula to scrape the sides.

A secret that has worked wonders, before starting the recipe, go ahead and cut up your bananas and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the slices. It will keep the bananas from turning brown quickly and add to the flavor of the banana pudding.

Start your layers with cookies and then bananas. Once the bananas are added, it will be easier for the vanilla wafers to stay placed on the side. Notice how the bananas still look freshly cut; that’s the lemon juice, it helps the bananas from turning brown.

When you pour the pudding mixture on top make sure you pour enough to get into the nooks and crannies and repeat with vanilla wafers and bananas, and pudding.  When you are finished with your layers, make sure to crumble up some of your leftover vanilla wafers for a pretty garnishment on top. It doesn’t matter how big or small the crumbles are.

You can also add whip cream if you would like or eat it like this.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Simply Irresistible Banana Pudding

A southern favorite with freshly sliced bananas, pudding, and a few secret ingredients of my own.
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 10

Equipment

  • 1 9x13 cake pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 box vanilla wafers
  • 7 bananas
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14oz)
  • 1 package vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Using your electric mixer, mix the package of cream cheese and lemon juice on med-low. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, mixing until smooth and creamy.
  • Follow the vanilla pudding instructions and add to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Slice the bananas and drizzle with a bit of lemon juice. It stops the bananas from turning brown, set aside.
  • Layer your dish with vanilla wafers and then bananas. Take some of your cream cheese mixture and spread it evenly on top. Repeat steps until all your bananas, vanilla wafers, and pudding mixture have been used. You may have vanilla wafers still left and that is ok. You can use some for later.
  • Take some of your leftover vanilla wafers and crumble them up for a nice garnish you can sprinkle across your banana pudding.

Notes

You can make this overnight for the flavors to set, or at least make and let chill for a few hours before serving.
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