Easy Turkey Meatballs (or Meatloaf)

December has to be one of the most hectic months of the year.  People are scurrying about, shopping, attending events, donating, volunteering, and caroling while trying to keep up with all the every day tasks that do not get a Christmas vacation.

Dinners can become quite a challenge. That is why we have a delicious, easy and versatile recipe for you to keep your family full and happy.

This recipe can be used to make:
- spaghetti and meatballs
- meatball subs
- appetizers
- a main dish with mashed potatoes and green beans
- meatloaf
- meatloaf sandwiches

Printable Recipe

1 lb ground turkey (93% lean)
1 egg
2/3 cup pasta sauce
1/3 cup plain oats
1/3 cup dried vegetable soup mix (Knorr)
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions for Meatballs:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

3. Form mixture into 8 large meatballs or 16 small meatballs and place on a large cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover pan with foil.

4. Bake, covered, for 25-30 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Remove foil and cook for an additional 5 minutes to brown if needed.

Directions for Meatloaf:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Press mixture into 8x4 inch loaf pan and cover with foil.
4. Bake, covered, for 50-55 minutes or until meatloaf is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165F).
5. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Printable Recipe


Soup for Dinner

This time of year, with all the hustle and bustle, life can be so hectic.  Getting dinner on the table can be a big challenge.  A great way to get a warm meal ready for your family it to serve soup.  This soup is fast, easy and filling.  It's great for a fast weeknight dinner and nice enough to serve to company.  The gnocchi is a great alternative to noodles because they do not tend to get soggy when they sit in the soup for a while, so you can also make this ahead of time.  Are you familiar with gnocchi?  They are little dumplings made from potatoes and only take 3-5 minutes to cook! You can find them near all the other dried pasta.

This recipe calls for cooked chicken.  I used some of our rotiesserie chicken.  You could use some chicken or turkey sausage instead.  The recipe also uses broccoli, but spinach or kale could easily be substituted.  For a litle different flavor, you could use roasted red peppers instead of fresh.  Whatever you choose to use, I think you'll really enjoy this comforting soup!

 Start by sauteing a chopped onion in about a tablespoon of olive oil. 

 These are the ingredients you will need to gather and add next: chicken broth, chopped red bell pepper, chopped garlic, dried thyme and salt. 

 You will also need frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and shredded chicken, gnocchi, evaporated skim milk, corn starch, water, parsley and shredded Parmesan cheese.

Below is the recipe for how to make the soup.  Want to see this soup being made by one of our dietitians?  Click here to see the video.

Chicken, Broccoli and Gnocchi Soup
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½  cup water
4 tablespoons corn starch
1 pound gnocchi
8 oz. chopped frozen broccoli
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated skim milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
1.       In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
2.       Stir in the broth and thyme; bring to a boil and add the broccoli and gnocchi.  Cook for 3-5 minutes or until gnocchi begins to float; stir in chicken.
3.       In a small bowl, whisk together water and flour; slowly stir into soup. 
4.       Stir in milk and let simmer for 5-10 minutes or until soup has thickened.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5.       Serve in bowl and garnish with parsley and cheese if desired.  Enjoy!


Gifts You Can Find at Market Street

I love the Christmas season: the music, the decorations, the smells, the parties, the movies, and the goodies.  The problem is that I, like so many of us, want to fit so much into an already packed schedule.  When it comes to Christmas shopping, I am often wanting to find just the right thing but don't have time to run from store to store trying to find it.  The nice thing about shopping at Market Street is that I can find a variety of items (and not just food items).   These items can make great stocking stuffers or put together in a gift basket.  Let's take a look at some of those gifts.

 Here is a basket for a lovely lady in your life:

Let's not forget those special guys:

Hope this makes it a little easier to cross off items on your shopping list!