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Cheesy Italian Pasta

My Cheesy Salsa Pasta was such a huge hit around our house that I wanted to try making something that was similar to it, but with different flavors. This time I decided to try it with an Italian spin on it, replacing salsa with regular tomatoes and adding some Italian seasoning. I left out the cream cheese and used a little cornstarch in white wine to thicken it up. All in all, it went over really well here.

6 oz uncooked pasta
3/4 pound extra lean ground turkey
1 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 cans diced, no salt added tomatoes, drained
2 cups low sodium beef broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Cook the turkey, onions and garlic together in a large skillet until cooked thoroughly. Add the beef broth, Italian seasoning, and tomatoes. Whisk the cornstrach into the wine, then pour into the skillet. Let it come to a boil. Add the pasta and cheese to the skillet. Simmer until the sauce becomes thick.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 415.4
Total Fat: 7.0 g
Cholesterol: 48.8 mg
Sodium: 461.6 mg
Total Carbs: 49.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.9 g
Protein: 35.3 g

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Taco Turkey Meatloaf

This is one of my favorite recipes just because of how easy it is.  Just mix some stuff together and toss it in the microwave.  I was lucky enough this time around to test it out on a couple of our closest friends.  They loved it, which is saying something because one of them doesn’t like turkey meat too much.  Kind of like the Cheddar Ranch Burgers from a couple of weeks ago, this has so much flavor in it that you don’t realize that it’s ground turkey.  I like to use the Deep Covered Baker for stuff like this in the microwave because it has a lid and it’s microwave safe, but you can use anything that is microwave safe and just use plastic wrap to cover it.  You can also make it in the oven, it just takes a bit longer but then you can use any pan you have.


1 pound ground turkey
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Combine the ground turkey, peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, taco seasoning, lemon juice, chili powder and garlic powder together in a large bowl until well mixed.  In a microwave safe glass or stoneware container, form the meat mixture into a loaf shape.  Loosely cover with a lid or plastic wrap and microwave for 15 – 17 minutes.  Top with the salsa and cheese, microwave for another 3 – 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees.

To use the oven instead of the microwave, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the meatloaf for 30 – 35 minutes.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 242.8
Total Fat: 4.8 g
Cholesterol: 55.0 mg
Sodium: 928.6 mg
Total Carbs: 16.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Protein: 31.8 g

Ranch Cheddar Burgers

Normally I don’t like whole wheat bread stuff.  I’ve tried because I know how good they are supposed to be better for me, I just can’t get used to the taste.  Luckily these burgers are so flavorful that you can’t taste the wheat.  I like them with just a little ketchup, don’t need mayo or anything else like that.  The hubby doesn’t even care that they are turkey burgers!  Since we normally cook these on the grill, it’s easy to just throw some asparagus on there too.


1 lb lean ground turkey
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry ranch dressing mix
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Mix all three ingredients together in a bowl and form into four patties.  Cook on a grill or in a frying pan on top of the stove.  Cook for five minutes on each side or until no longer pink inside.

Nutritional Info

  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 228.9
  • Total Fat: 10.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 85.9 mg
  • Sodium: 797.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
  • Protein: 28.9 g