Sloppy Joe Casserole

This 5-ingredient casserole is sure to earn you high-fives from your family.  Not only are there only 5 ingredients, but it takes 15 minutes to assemble.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 can sloppy joe sauce (15.5 ounces)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, undrained (11 ounces)
  • 1 can flaky biscuits (5 biscuits, 6 ounces)

What you’ll do:

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, cook the ground turkey and onions over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the meat is cooked through.
  • Stir in the sauce and the corn.  Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Spoon the mixture into a casserole dish.
  • Separate the biscuits and cut each in half.
  • Arrange the biscuits, cut side down, around the edges of the casserole dish.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes, uncovered, until the biscuits are browned.

Recipe and image from Recipe.com

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Quick Chicken Scampi

This delicious skillet dinner combining linguine with chicken and vegetables will be ready in 25 minutes.  Recipe serves 4.  Feel free to substitute in another green vegetable if you can’t get your hands on asparagus.

What you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine (whole-wheat, if available)
  • 1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped drained roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • grated peel of 1 lemon (2-3 teaspoons)

What you’ll do:

  • Cook linguine as directed on package.
  • While the pasta is cooking, sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, melt one tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the chicken in the butter about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add onions, garlic, roasted red peppers and asparagus; cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Stir in the broth and remaining 1 tablespoon butter.
  • Cook until the butter is melted and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Drain the linguine.
  • Serve the chicken mixture over the linguine with a sprinkle of grated lemon peel on top.

Recipe and image from Betty Crocker.

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Spinach-Cheese Bake

This vegetarian casserole is perfect for breakfast.  But why not make it for dinner? Serve with a fresh fruit salad and a couple of mini muffins.  Leftovers are perfect for breakfast.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 (6-ounce) packages of baby spinach
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 1 /3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray.  Pour the butter into the bottom of the dish and tilt to coat.
  • Place the spinach in the bottom of the dish, top with cheeses.
  • Combine the flour, milk, egg substitute, salt, baking powder, mustard, pepper, nutmeg and red pepper in a medium bowl; whisk to combine.
  • Pour the milk mixture over the spinach and cheeses.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly browned.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Spice up bland chicken with this stuffed chicken dinner.  It’s super simple and only requires 3 ingredients.  That’s right, 3!  Serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos (from a jar)
  • 4 ounces room temperature reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4 chicken breasts

What you’ll do:

  • Mix together the chopped jalapenos and the cream cheese in a small bowl.
  • Cut a slit into each chicken breasts.
  • Stuff with 1/4 the cheese mixture and secure with toothpicks.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Recipe and image from EveryDay with Rachael Ray

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Skinny Italian Turkey Meatballs

Makes these meatballs small – they hold together better.  These are great served as-is with toothpicks as an appetizer, for dinner over spaghetti or with a good Italian roll for a sandwich.  Recipe makes 6 servings (4 meatballs each).

What you’ll need:

  • 20 ounces ground turkey breast (99% lean)
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

For the marinara sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 small onion, keep whole
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt
  • pepper

What you’ll do:

  • In a medium size pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and saute until golden, being careful not to burn.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, onion, bay leaf, oregano, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir and reduce the heat to low.  Cover and let simmer.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic and cheese.
  • Mix with your hands until everything is combined.
  • Form small meatballs, about the size of a ping-pong ball.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook 20 minutes.
  • Discard the onion and serve.

Recipe and image from Skinny Taste.

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Chicken Chunk-Grape Lunchbox Wrap

Do you pack the same turkey and cheese sandwich every.single.day for your kids to take for lunch?  Switch it up a bit with this delicious, healthy and easy-to-assemble wrap.  The ingredients are simple but your kids will be asking me another tomorrow.  This recipe makes 2 servings but is easily doubled.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 1 cup grapes, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup light ranch dressing
  • 2 whole-wheat tortillas

What you’ll do:

  • In a medium bowl, toss together the chopped romaine, chicken chunks, grape halves and ranch.
  • Place half of the mixture in the middle of each tortilla.
  • Fold the tortilla like a burrito and cut in half (optional).
  • The best way to store wraps in a lunchbox?  Wrap them in aluminum foil

Recipe and image from Quick Dish

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Shrimp Creole

Celebrate Mardi Gras with this southern-style, Louisiana dish.  Not only is this dinner delicious, but it’s healthy and easy to put together.  Serve over a bed of white rice for a dinner fit for Fat Tuesday.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (or 1 teaspoon cornstarch for gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 green onion, sliced

What you’ll do:

  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, green pepper, celery and garlic.  Saute until tender.
  • Add the tomatoes and the tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning and the bay leaf.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Mix together the flour and the water in a small bowl.  Stir into the tomato mixture and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Toss the shrimp with a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning and add to the tomato mixture.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and the hot sauce; stir to combine.
  • Cook for another 5 or 6 minutes, or until the shrimp opaque and cooked through.
  • Serve over rice with the green onion slices.

Recipe and image from SkinnyTaste.com

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