Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf

What I like about this slow cooker turkey meatloaf is that it’s lower on meat but rather is “beefed up” with red lentils, and contains zero breadcrumbs that are successfully replaced by oats. I love substituting some of the meat with lentils or beans in traditional recipes (on my to do list is half lentils bolognese sauce) because they help cut back on meat for health and budget reasons.

One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

Good news is that if you are a pumpkin fan – you will appreciate hints of pumpkin in a cheesy pasta pot, and if you are not a pumpkin fan (like my kids) – you won’t taste it as much and can easily substitute with a can of tomato sauce. But I suggest you try making this one pot taco pasta with pumpkin because its fiber, potassium and vitamin C content are so beneficial for our heart health, and you can barely taste it. Not to mention creaminess…
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40 Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipes

40 healthy spaghetti squash recipes including casseroles, boats, bowls and pasta, for real life without crazy amount of cheese and weird ingredients. I personally went through each recipe from other talented healthy cooks to make sure recipe is relatively easy, doesn’t contain a lot of ingredients, ingredients are simple, and spaghetti squash recipes are healthy because what is the point of eating spaghetti squash casserole if it’s loaded with 3 cups of cheese, right?! And although I haven’t tested every single recipe, I found at least one comment…
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Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Spaghetti squash mixed with organic cream of mushroom soup, tomato sauce, cheese and tender turkey pieces, then topped with crunchy Panko breadcrumb topping and baked until bubbly and golden. This spaghetti squash casserole was SO delicious, comforting and at same time guilt free. After trying spaghetti squash quiche with kale and mushrooms, I have experimented with  a few casseroles using spaghetti squash instead of traditional pasta (see vegetarian baked spaghetti squash casserole).

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Well, it’s really Fall, which is kind of so sad because summer was fun, filled with vacations, pool days and fresh produce (yellow cracking watermelons, I miss you already!). I am honestly so-so-so sad. I love Fall colours and air, but I love summer more. I am excited for my trip to Mexico City (after an earthquake it lost a bit of excitement but I think I will still go), all holidays, and skiing season, but deep down I am waiting for next summer already. Turkey stuffed acorn…
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Turkey Taco Soup

You can pull off this turkey taco soup mostly with pantry ingredients and minimal effort, because this healthy taco soup is either ready quickly on a stovetop or cooks itself in slow cooker while you are gone. Whatever method you choose, I’m sure it will work perfectly for this chaotic time of the year with back to school and sports. I’m certainly feeling “under the weather” of math homework and hockey tryouts. But then summer is nice, but kids are home – no perfect scenario in this life exists….
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Zucchini Lasagna

Comfort food lightened up with zucchini pasta “sheets” and made with 7 simple ingredients. I know there are many zucchini lasagna recipes out there but I thought I would share my healthy version simplified with store bought organic tomato sauce and without any extra steps to remove moisture from zucchini. Everything cooks in one pan and this recipe is quick enough to prepare even on a weeknight, just like my chicken zucchini with corn and zucchini bake with tomatoes and Parmesan recipes.

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

When I still had post-baby weight to lose, every Monday night I would watch The Biggest Loser. I found show motivational and relatable. One episode, there was healthy turkey chili recipe made and that recipe became a staple in our house, for over 5 years now. This ground turkey chili is healthier than its traditional counterparts because it’s made with leaner turkey instead of beef, chock full of vegetables and uses simple preservative-free spices like organic taco seasoning and chili powder (=> 3 must have homemade spice recipes)….
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Ground Turkey Quinoa Casserole with Spinach

If you have lots of leftover quinoa from last night’s dinner and ground turkey in the freezer, this ground turkey quinoa casserole with a giant pack of baby spinach is for you. Some of my favourite casseroles are made with quinoa: Tex Mex black bean quinoa casserole, spinach artichoke quinoa casserole and spinach chicken quinoa casserole. Quinoa is a queen of healthy whole grains, full of complete protein and contains all essential amino acids. Treat it like rice but quinoa is even better, simply just because it is ready in…
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Buckwheat Soup with Leftover Turkey

At Easter dinner, I was given a turkey carcass (thank you, Katie – you know me oh so well). It came from a large turkey that fed over 20 people, with a substantial amount of meat on it. How could I say “no”?! I can’t stop but compare my life “before” and “after”. Yes, even a turkey carcass does that to me, yes. A carcass from my childhood had no meat on it, just bones, which was used for making 2 soups. You boil the carcass so many times…
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