Monday, September 30, 2013

Recipe: {Slow Cooker} Turkey Vegetable Soup

This started out as chili...then it turned into vegetable soup...but, it turned out delicious!


-1 lb lean ground turkey
-1 package mixed vegetables for soup (found in Publix frozen vegetables)
-1 small can tomato paste
-2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
-1 tsp cumin, dried
-1 tsp chili powder
-1 tsp ground pepper
-1 can beans (I used red kidney)
-2 cups water


-Brown the ground turkey in a greased skillet
-Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, mixed vegetables, cumin, chili powder, and pepper
-Add the browned ground turkey
-Stir all ingredients together
-Add water, stir again
-Cook on low for 6-8 hours

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Recipe: Chicken 'Hot Pockets'

I decided to be somewhat adventurous tonight and take a chance on a recipe I made up in my head on the way to a meeting earlier this evening.

I wanted to try and make a 'hot pocket' with chicken, so I went for it.
DH and I really liked them!

(Edited to add:
Please feel free to dip these in a sauce! We didn't need any for ours, but it definitely wouldn't hurt.
I contemplated making more of a 'sauce' filling, but I didn't want the crust to be soggy (I knew we would have leftovers). However, I did think about making one with plain, nonfat yogurt and pesto.
If you want to take a chance and try it, just add about 1 Tbsp of nonfat, plain yogurt with 1 tsp pesto per pocket.)

Here is what I did:

- 1 package Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza Dough OR homemade dough
- ~1 lb chicken breast, sauteed and chopped
- 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
(whatever kind you like; mine had a mix of broccoli, carrots, chickpeas, green beans, etc.)
- Cheese, shredded/grated (I used Mexican blend)
-Basil, dried
-Oregano, dried
-Garlic, powder
-Pam or Olive Oil

- Preheat oven according to directions for dough
- Spread out the dough and use kitchen shears to cut the dough in 4 or 6 sections (depends on how big you want your pockets)
- Sprinkle dough with basil, oregano, and garlic powder
- Sprinkle each dough section with desired amount of cheese 
(~1/8 to 1/4 cup)
- Divide chopped chicken pieces evenly among each section of dough
- Divide vegetables evenly among each section of dough
- Sprinkle a little more cheese on top of each section (~1 Tbsp)
- Fold each section over and smooth dough together (may need to wet fingers), then fold and press the ends
- Flip the 'pocket' over so that the 'seam' is on the bottom
- Use kitchen shears to make a small slit on the top of the 'pocket'
- Sprinkle pockets with garlic, basil, and oregano, then spray with Pam or brush with oil
- Place pockets on a greased baking sheet and cook according to dough directions
- Serve and devour!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Recipe: Sloppy Joes

I remember having Manwich when I was younger...and I also remember it being much better than it was a while back when I tried it again.

We had a lot of ground meat (my parents own a farm) that we needed to use and I was tired of spaghetti and hamburgers.

I decided to search for an acceptable 'sloppy joe' recipe that both DH and I would like.

I found this one at My Recipes and made only a few adjustments and it turned out GREAT. It was actually much better than I thought it would be. This recipe has a ton of flavor!


-1 pound lean ground beef or lean ground turkey (notice this is less than the recipe in the link)
-1 small (1 inch) onion, finely chopped
-1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
-2 to 4 tsp garlic, minced
-1 small can no salt added tomato paste
-2 tsp chili powder
-1 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp salt
-1 chicken bouillon cube with 1 cup boiling water, until dissolved
-1 can no salt added corn
-Hamburger buns

-Spray a large sauce pan with Pam, add onion and pepper and sauté until onion becomes clear (medium heat, ~2 to 3 minutes)
-Add ground meat and sauté until browned, keep stirring
-Add tomato paste, stir
-Add chili powder, cumin, salt, and water/bouillon mix
-Simmer until mixture becomes thick (~10 minutes on low heat)
-Add corn, stir
-Spoon desired amount onto hamburger bun and serve!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Never Forget

I'll never forget where I was that day. I was in 9th grade and we were in Mrs. Kesler's class. At first everyone was confused because we weren't sure what had happened. They turned the TV on and we watched live as the second plane hit and we knew we were being attacked.

Remember ALL of those who lost their lives that day.

Remember all of those who were in the towers, just going about their everyday life. Keep their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers today as we remember what happened 12 years ago, because they live through the pain of losing their loved ones every single day.


The attacks on this day killed more law enforcement officers than any other incident in American history. As a wife of a police officer, I ask you to remember all of the police officers, firemen, first responders, and people who dropped what they were doing just to help. And to continue to keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers today, as well as the current law enforcement officers who work hard to protect us everyday.


Remember all of the victims of American Airlines flight 11, United Airlines flight 175, American Airlines flight 77, and United Airlines flight 93.


Remember those who lost their lives at the Pentagon.

Remember all of the service dogs who were at ground zero alongside their human companions.

Remember the men and women in the armed forces who gave their lives and be thankful for the men and women who have defended our country after the attacks and to this day.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Recipe: Broccoli Chicken Bake

I just kind of threw this together tonight and it worked, so here is the recipe!


-1 lb chicken tenderloins or breast
-1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
-1 package frozen broccoli, large about 14 oz
-1 can 99% fat free cream of mushroom soup, 1 can of water
-Parmesan cheese
-Bread crumbs (optional)


*Preheat oven to 350F

-Sauté chicken in a skillet with Pam or olive oil, until fully cooked
-Prepare brown rice according to directions on box
-Pour cream of mushroom soup and 1 can of water into a large baking dish
-Add frozen broccoli to large baking dish, with cream of mushroom soup and water
-Add chicken and brown rice to large baking dish, once cooked
-Top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs, as much or as little as you like...
-Bake for 20 minutes

Monday, September 2, 2013

Recipe: Another Banana Nut Bread

I heart banana nut bread.

It reminds me of fall and I am looking forward to the fall season so much this year!

I based this recipe off of this one at simply recipes.


-3 ripe bananas, medium
-1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
-3/4 cup Sugar in the Raw
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 egg
-1 package chopped walnuts (about 1/2 cup)
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 cup all purpose flour
-1/2 cup whole wheat flour


*Preheat oven to 350F

-Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl
-Add applesauce to mashed bananas
-Add sugar (in the raw)
-Add vanilla extract
-Add egg, mix well
-Add walnuts
-Add baking soda and salt, mix well
-Add flours and mix well
-Pour mixture into greased bread pan
-Bake for 1 hour, or until a knife comes out of the center of the loaf clean
-Cool before serving