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Italian Meatballs with Smoky Tomato Sauce

I’m not really a big meat-eating person but I do love a turkey burger or turkey meatballs sometimes.  These Italian Meatballs with Smoky Tomato Sauce not only have ground turkey but they also have turkey sausage to add a little flavor.  Mixed with egg, garlic, and parmesan cheese, these meatballs can be made quickly and include one of my favorite spices – smoked paprika!  Personally, I would have preferred if there was a little more sausage in the mix but overall, I thought these meatballs were very tasty.  The tomato sauce also has smoked paprika and was a hearty, albeit garlicky, sauce.  I cut this recipe in half because I wasn’t looking to feed an army here and I still didn’t put in as much garlic as the recipe calls for.  These meatballs would make great appetizers for your next get-together – or maybe a nice topping to some whole wheat pasta!

The meatball ingredients:

In a bowl, mix together egg, garlic, bread crumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper.

Add in ground turkey and sweet turkey sausage.  Mix until just combined.

Roll mixture into balls and lay on a baking sheet.  Combine olive oil and smoked paprika and brush on each meatball.  Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes.

The sauce ingredients:

In a large saucepan, heat onion, garlic, basil, and oregano in olive oil until onion is tender.

Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat.  Cover and allow sauce to simmer for 20 minutes.

Top meatballs with sauce or serve it on the side.  Add more grated parmesan if you desire.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Better Homes & Gardens Magazine

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Jalapeño, Sausage, Jack, and Egg Breakfast Braid

Maybe you don’t like breakfast food and if not, too bad for you.  I’m going to cut right to the chase here – this Jalapeño, Sausage, Jack, and Egg Breakfast Braid is divine.  This delicious little package has eggs, cheese, turkey sausage, jalapeños and is full of flavor.  The recipe calls for chicken sausage with jalapeño peppers but I used hot turkey sausage instead.  The sausage combined with the peppers doesn’t overpower this dish at all but instead gives it just enough of a kick to keep eating another bite, and then another.  If you want to keep things a little more mild, you could use sweet turkey sausage here (or pork if you prefer).  I made this in June when my sister and 2-year-old niece were visiting and since I wasn’t sure if my niece would like the spiciness, I left out the jalapeños and used sweet turkey sausage.  It was just as delicious then but I really loved the fresh jalapeño pepper this time around.  This is a perfect breakfast to make for Christmas morning, in my opinion.  Go ahead and cut yourself a piece of this and see if you can keep from cutting another one.  It’s pretty much impossible.

The ingredients:

Cook onion and sausage in a skillet with the olive oil until sausage is fully cooked.

Add in slightly beaten eggs and cook until set.

Unroll the pizza dough and shape into a rectangle on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle cheese down the middle of the dough, leaving 2 inches on the sides.  Top the cheese with the egg and sausage mixture, remaining cheese, and chopped jalapeño.

Using a sharp knife, cut slits into the sides of the dough, about an inch apart.  Fold dough strips over the mixture diagonally, overlapping strips to look like a braid. 

Brush dough with egg white. 

Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Hot turkey sausage for chicken sausage
  • Reduced-fat Colby-Jack cheese for Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

White Bean Soup with Kale and Hot Turkey Sausage

When the weather starts to get colder outside, sometimes nothing else will do but a warm bowl of soup.  This White Bean Soup with Kale and Hot Turkey Sausage is hearty, warm, and spicy – just the way I like it.  The original recipe calls for Spanish chorizo but I couldn’t find chicken chorizo in my store (bummer) so I substituted hot turkey sausage.  I cooked the sausage first before beginning and this soup came together pretty quickly.  It wasn’t until I was almost finished making this soup that I realized it’s nearly identical to the Kale, Bean, and Sausage Soup with Parmesan Cheese I made last month.  Since I devoured that soup and discovered I love kale, I knew this soup wouldn’t last long either. 

The ingredients:

Sauté onion and garlic in a pan and cook until soft.  Add in chopped sausage.  (If using chorizo, add chorizo to the pan first and cook for a minute before adding onion and garlic.)

Warm broth in a microwave for 3 minutes and add to the pan with beans.  Bring to a boil. 

Stir in kale and black pepper and cook over medium heat for 6 minutes. 

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Hot turkey sausage for Spanish chorizo

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

This past weekend, we got our first snow of the season in the Philadelphia area.  Yes, you read that right…snow!  There is something strange about looking out the window and seeing snow in the foreground and vibrant orange and yellow leaves still on the trees in the background.  The sound of the chilly wind and sharp ice particles hitting my window prompted me to reach for a one pot dish like Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya.  I made this recipe early on Saturday morning while it was still slightly dark out and my house smelled like warm comfort food all morning long.  Smoked sausage is cooked with onion, green pepper, and celery before being simmered with long-grain rice, chicken broth and thyme.  Once the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, diced tomatoes, cayenne pepper, and cooked chicken are added.  I used smoked turkey sausage with pepper jack cheese in this dish which added another level of heat with the cayenne pepper and was very tasty.  I also used precooked chicken which has become one of my favorite time savers.  I grabbed a warm bowl of this and ate it while I cozied up on the couch with a blanket and watched the unseasonal slushy snow fall.  Hopefully you’ll try this too, only without the snow!

The ingredients:

Cook chopped sausage in canola oil until browned.

Add in celery, onion, green pepper, and garlic. 

Once vegetables are tender, add in rice, water, broth, cayenne, salt, and thyme sprigs.  Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes until rice is cooked.

When rice is cooked and all the liquid is absorbed, remove the thyme springs and stir in cooked chicken and undrained diced tomatoes.  Cook a few minutes more until chicken and tomatoes are warm.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Smoked turkey sausage
  • Precooked chicken strips

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Kale, Bean, and Sausage Soup with Parmesan Cheese

The temperatures are dropping into the 40s this week which puts me in the mood for some warm soup!  Kale, Bean, and Sausage Soup with Parmesan Cheese to be exact.  The recipe actually calls for escarole but my grocery store didn’t have any so I used kale instead.  Normally, the old me wouldn’t have even looked for escarole and would have automatically reached for spinach instead.  But part of the point of this blog is to try new things and expand my palette so instead of taking the easy way out with spinach, I turned to kale, which I don’t think I’ve ever eaten before.  A nutritious leafy green, kale wilts easily like spinach so it works well in soup like this.  Mixed with sweet turkey sausage, fennel, and cannellini beans, this soup is satisfying and exactly what I want on a chilly evening.

The ingredients:

Cook together onion (I used shallot because it’s what I had on hand), fennel bulb, garlic, and sausage in olive oil.

When the sausage is browned and the vegetables tender, add in chicken broth, water, and beans.

While the soup comes to a boil, wash and chop the kale.

Add the kale into the soup and cook until wilted.

Top with parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Kale for escarole
  • Shallot for onion

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Pizza Supreme

We’ve all done it.  Gotten home from work and craved pizza so we picked up the phone and called the nearby pizza joint.  Afterall, when that craving hits, it’s either that or one of those dreaded, dull cardboard-ish disks known as the frozen pizza, right?  Wrong!  You can make pizza at home in the same amount of time (or less!) than it takes for a pizza to be delivered.  Last night I made Pizza Supreme – refrigerated pizza dough, topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, red and orange peppers, mushrooms and turkey sausage.  Cutting of the veggies: 5 minutes.  Browning of the sausage:  3 minutes.  Cooking of the veggies: 5 minutes.  Assembly of the pizza: 2 minutes.  Bake time:  8 minutes (according to the recipe, it should take 15 but my thin crust was toasty brown after 8).  Total time until pizza was in my mouth: 23 minutes!  And it tasted…wait for it…supreme!  Making your own pizza allows you to control the oil, the sauce, and the cheese and it’s a great use for whatever veggies (or meat) that might be lurking around in the fridge.  And another benefit?  You won’t be left with a bellyache!  I mean, unless you eat the whole thing.  Which…is easy to do.

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

The ingredients:

Brown the turkey sausage in olive oil.

Add peppers, mushrooms, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes.

While the veggies cook, roll out pizza dough on a baking sheet and top with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. 

Then add the veggie-sausage mixture.

Bake at 500° until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.  Slice and enjoy!

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Shallot instead of onion

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine

I usually substitute spinach in recipes calling for arugula but I decided to give it another try with Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine.  The peppery flavor of the arugula is usually a bit much for me but in this case where it is wilted, the flavor is more subtle, not overpowering, and blends well with the turkey sausage (I used sweet turkey sausage but spicy will work just as well).  The fresh fettucine and juicy cherry tomatoes help keep this pasta dish light while the sausage makes it satisfying.  It didn’t take long to make either which is a plus for those of us with full-time jobs or busy moms.  I’ve become a big fan of using fresh pasta (as I did with Spring Linguine with Basil) instead of dried pasta since it cooks much faster but I’m just wondering why there’s no whole wheat available yet? 😦 

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Parmesan cheese for pecorino romano

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

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