Lightened Up Turkey Pot Pie

If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, you had lots of leftover turkey.  I also had leftover russet potatoes from the mashed potatoes (you know I’m all about the sweet potatoes), so I made a game time decision and baked up this leftover turkey pot pie!  Something about pot pies remind me of childhood and this one was no different.  Except that my body doesn’t need all of those extra calories that are normally in pot pies.  I decided to lighten up this pot pie with only one pie crust and chicken broth. Repurposing leftovers is one of my favorite things to do.  This recipe would also work well with leftover chicken or one of those rotisserie chickens you can find already cooked at the grocery store.  I like to give you options.  No excuses.

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Spaghetti Pie

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Around this time every year my company fundraises, usually with a bake sale or pot luck, for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The walk takes place right in my neighborhood and raises millions of dollars every year to support AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). This is the 30th year that AIDS Walk has taken place in L. A. and I’ve been fortunate to participate the last five years. It’s incredibly fun (although waking up super early on a Sunday can be tough if you were out late drinking many of Sharde’s apple ginger cocktail the night before), and it always feels great to give back!

So where does spaghetti pie come in? It’s been the most requested dish for the last five years at our fundraising potlucks! It’s so easy, super affordable and must I mention yummy? And what’s more fun than food shaped like pie?!

 

If you’re interested in donating to AIDS Walk or learning more visit http://aidswalk.net/losangeles

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Favorite Turkey Meatloaf

We didn’t have a Meatless Monday post this week, but we have a really delicious Meatless Monday post for you next week and an amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe is in the works.  Hard life recipe testing.  Anyway, thanks for visiting us today.  Growing up, my mom always made the best meatloaf.  It was simple without a lot of fillers, but always so good.  Now, I make my own version using extra lean ground turkey.  It is one of my boyfriend’s favorite meals and I probably end up making it once a month.  I serve the turkey meatloaf with veggies and sweet potatoes or quinoa on the side. It makes great leftovers, too!

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Turkey, Quinoa, and Arugula Meatballs

These turkey, quinoa, and arugula meatballs are a filling and healthy main dish.  Serve them with a salad or roasted vegetables on the side and your favorite condiment.  I frequently eat these with Trader Joe’s garlic mustard aioli, but also like them with barbecue sauce.  Quinoa, a protein and fiber-rich superfood, will keep you full.  Haven’t heard of it? The United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa (it’s a thing) and you can find numerous articles about its benefits. So, time to get on the quinoa bandwagon if you aren’t on it. Arugula, a superfood full of vitamins and antioxidants, ramps up the health-factor of these meatballs even more. Healthy food can taste good too! DSC00397 Continue reading