Posts Tagged ‘ground turkey’

Baked Turkey Meatballs

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Recipes

This one just came to me after reading a bunch of meatball recipes. This one is quick, easy and fun. We hope you enjoy.

Makes approx. 30 small meatballs

1 lb ground turkey
1 egg,  lightly beaten
1/4 cup Panko crumbs or plain bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 1/2 tsp parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400° F.  In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Next, line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  If you have a cooking stone, as we do,  you don’t need the foil and spray.

Shape and roll the meatballs into balls about 1″ in diameter.

Place on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until fully cooked through.

See we told you it would be easy. Let us know what you think.


Donna and Matt


The date was May 21st 2011.  Yes, this was the date of the highly “anticipated’ Rapture, predicted by Harold Camping.

If the rapture was to happen that night, we had to make sure we had a great meal before everyone vanished.

We decided on Not Your Average Joe’s, as it is one of our favorite restaurants that serves some healthy and great tasting meals. On this night we both ordered the turkey burger.  It was fantastic!  So joking with the waitress Matt said “Wow, that was excellent.  I wish I knew what you put in them.” She goes away and comes back with the complete list of ingredients.  Matt was so excited  that the next day he made a batch.

The recipe below, will make about 5-6 burgers (depending how big you like your burgers).  I find these burgers to have unique flavor and you don’t even need condiments for it to taste fantastic.  These are simple to make and easy to cook. Let us  know now how you like them!

1 pkg. 1.3 lb. 93% Lean Ground Turkey (we used turkey with a little more fat – as opposed to the 97% – so they stick together better)

 ½ cup of plain bread crumbs

 1 Tbsp. Oregano

 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

 1 Tbsp. Nutmeg

 2 tsp. Coarse ground black pepper

 1 tsp. Salt

 1 egg white

 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

 1 Tbsp. Olive oil

 4 large garlic cloves crushed

 3-4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

 ½ to 3/4 cup of chopped spinach

Mix all ingredients together well and make into patty’s. (We told you this was an easy recipe)

 Makes 6 large patty’s or 8-10 small ones.

Grill the burgers until cooked thru. Serve with a side salad or grill your own veggies. We par-steam the carrots and place them on the grill until slightly charred. We also cook summer squash this way it comes out fantastic!

We plan to hit Not Your Average Joe’s on Oct 21st 2011….. God willing :o)

Maybe we’ll see you there,

for a beer,

before we vanish into thin air.


Donna and Matt

Turkey Chili

Posted: October 3, 2011 in Recipes
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This recipe has been refined over the past few years. It is a healthy version of the classic football Sunday chili. It goes great with beer and it is easily reheated and awesome as leftovers. The chili can be kept in the fridge for 4-5 days after that you can freeze it. We put it in individual containers for quick thaw and reheat.

Keep in mind, as with most of my recipes, I never follow a recipe exactly every time. I don’t spend a ton of time measuring out exact amounts. I estimate most of the time. So if I call for a tablespoon of something and it looks like more or less in the picture that is why. I also almost always layer my spices.

This makes a large pot of chili, meant to be kept as leftovers. If you don’t want to make this large of a batch, just reduce the ingredients by half.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It is one of my favorite ones that I make. If you have any suggestions that could make this recipe even better, just us know in the comments below. Enjoy!!


2lbs of 99% fat free ground turkey

3 red bell peppers, chopped

 3 large onions, chopped

 10-12 Jalapenos, chopped

 3 – 28 oz cans of chopped tomatoes.

 1 – 28oz can of tomato puree

 2 – 4oz cans of tomato paste.

 2 large cans of black beans (1lb. 13oz.) drained and rinsed

 approx. 3 tbs of chilli powder (for the mash, layer extra thru out the cooking process)

 approx. 2 tbs of cumin (for the mash, layer extra thru out the cooking process)

approx. 1 tbs. Ground Cayenne pepper powder (for the mash, layer extra)

 4-6 cloves of garlic, crushed

 approx. 2 tbs of oregano

 approx 1 tbs. Salt (for the mash, layer extra thru out the cooking process)

 approx 2 tbs of ground black pepper (for the mash, layer extra thru out the cooking process)

 approx. 2-4 tbs. Olive oil

Chop the veggies, I use a corer for the jalapenos, if you don’t have one you can cut them in half and scrape out the seeds and slice into half wedges.

We use the 99% fat free ground turkey meat. Only 120 calories per serving, and almost no fat.


In a large skillet brown the turkey with 1-2 tbs of olive oil. Layering some chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper. (10 min or so). Then set the ground turkey aside.

I have a bottle of olive oil that has dried habanero peppers and rosemary fresh from our garden. This give it a little extra heat.

Heat 1-2 tbs. Of olive oil in a large sauce pan. Add the onions and cook until soft, (4-5 min.). Also layering your spices at this point.  Add ½ of the crushed garlic, cook another 2 min. I love the smell of this after I add the garlic.

Add all of the red peppers and jalapenos. Cook another 2-3 min. layering your spices.

Add the chilli powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, 2 cans of tomato paste and the cooked turkey. Mix well and cook for 2-3 min.

This part is the mash, cook this for about 2-3 min or until it is a nice thick mash, before adding the tomatoes and beans.

Add the 3 cans of chopped tomatoes and the can of puree, mix well and bring to a boil. We like to use the can tomatoes with no added fructose corn syrup. Let the ingredients from the mash blend in well here.

Add the black beans and stir well.

Simmer for at least 45 min. before serving.


Serve with baked scoops or what ever type of pita chips that you like. I bake my own, but that is for another recipe. 🙂