Monday, November 18, 2013
The Thanksgiving turkey has been saved. Our Herb Roasted Turkey is so moist and flavorful it is the only recipe you will ever need. Nothing beats this buttery herb infused flavor in your turkey.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
When you break it all down I am a simple gal. I like to make things from scratch, but in the end some days, convenience is king! I have been a long time lover of sandwiches and truly enjoy dressing them up. Now don't get me wrong the PB&J that my daughter enjoys more times that I could handle is not what I mean by sandwich lover.
I enjoy meat packed sandwiches that have cheese and scrumptious sauce dripping from them. I love a nice grilled crusty exterior and did I mention cheese? That is a sandwich that you can call a meal!
Friday, August 9, 2013
As we all prepare for back to school I have found myself shopping, researching and planning. Munchkin starts preschool this year. The supplies list is as long as my arm. Scissors, crayons, pencils, markers, notebooks, iPad, Mac Book Pro (ha! Just checking if you are listening), paper, art supplies, folders, paints... The list goes on and on. You would think we were starting our own academy.
I know everyone is preparing as 100 other parents are in the back to school aisle with us. They are aimlessly wandering the aisles like zombies with a list in hand. I do hope I am a little more organized, but even so it is overwhelming. Like most parents I feel lost gathering these supplies for my kid.
However, I feel more confident preparing healthy meals for my preschooler. I am am expert in the kitchen, not the back to school aisle, so answering all of the anxious parents requests for recipes that can be made ahead, frozen and reheated and are healthier options for the kids to take to school or eat after school is my forte. We decided to put together our favorite bites for our Munchkin. She loves them and I am sure you will too! Either way, all these meals will be a hit with your family.
Seeing your kids go back to school... Are you excited, sad or a little bit of both?
Friday, February 1, 2013
Game day or Valentine's Day these are an impressive appetizer! Cheesy Sun-dried Tomato Turkey Meatball Poppers are packed with Italian flavors, cheesy and moist meatballs loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, and tasty fresh herbs and spices.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Meatloaf is a tough sell in some families. Not in mine. In my house it is a favorite dish, one that always calls for seconds and this Cheesy Italian Mini Meatloaf is no different; loaded with fabulous Italian flavors in a moist cheesy meatloaf. Turning meatloaf into a family favorite is as easy as following this simple recipe!
My favorite garlic and lemon green beans served along side, compliment the perfectly portioned mini meatloaves. This fantastic complete meal that you will be proud to cook for your family goes from prep to plate in just 30 minutes. Your whole family is going to love it.
With love from our Kitchen Table to yours. XOXO
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Finger food is the perfect dinner for our parties. For our Christmas party I decided
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
This is a fun twist on taco night an amazing homemade spice mix (you really need to check out the recipe), homemade baked taco bowls and LEAN GROUND TURKEY! Yes, made with lean ground turkey that is so moist your guests will never know the difference. Chad (he's anti-turkey) was very surprised to hear this was turkey!
One spice in this mix really makes the flavor pop, these Turkey Taco Bowls are a must try!!!
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
I am constantly looking for new ways to make my daughters meals even more nutritious. So far her toddler favorites seem to be cheerios, fruit, pastas, ice pops and meatballs. If I would allow it I am sure she would eat fruit, pasta and Cheerios all day.
As a mom I feel a lot of responsibility for what my family is eating, so I started to work with what is in front of me (what she actually likes). I started creating ice pops packed with delicious and nutritious fruit and yogurt to make her snacks healthier.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Summer Grilling Celebration at TSRI continues with this amazingly flavorful Fully Loaded Tex-Mex Turkey Burger Slider.
But first, we have some exciting news to share with you. We are absolutely delighted to have just started writing for allParenting.com from the publishers of SheKnows . It is a fun and upbeat site that focuses more on the parents than the kiddos. We will have featured articles 4 times this month!!! We will share with you each time we have a featured article so you can some check it out. We look forward to seeing you there!
Back to the business at hand, this is an absolutely delicious and simple burger that will be a huge hit at your barbecue this summer. A celebration of summer with a flavorful seasoned lean turkey burger slider as the star. With fresh guacamole and a vegetable packed salsa, it is almost health food. Well that is what I told myself as I bit into the 2nd mouthwatering juicy slider. Crunchy, creamy, hearty and flavorful a burger so fantastic you can't help but eat 2, or 3.... I won't tell if you don't. But, you have to try this!!!
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Monday, May 14, 2012
This Broccoli Cheddar Turkey Egg Bowl meets all the criteria for great nutrition, incredible flavor and ease of preparation. Prepared with frozen broccoli florets, defrosted, these are quick to make and quick to disappear.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Happy Monday Slow Roasters! Today is On The Lighter Side at The Slow Roasted Italian. I would like to share with you a new meatloaf I created.
We surely love meatloaf in this house, but I get a little tired of the old standard Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze which happens to be Chad's favorite dish that I make and Munchkins favorite 3 Ingredient Meatloaf so, I decided to give some new flavors a try and I developed this incredibly flavorful and delicious Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf. It is a great low calorie option as it only has 267 calories per serving and 8 grams of fat.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Happy Monday everyone and welcome to The Slow Roasted Italian's Thanksgiving week of posts. We decided to post this week so you have time to shop for your supplies next week! When I planned the menu for our Thanksgiving dinner, I really was excited to try some new things. Truth be told, Mr. W was not as excited. As I have shared before, he is a simple Iowa guy. Meat and potatoes. Nothing creative, nothing different. He would have been happier with my creamy mashed potatoes and plain sweet corn, along side some great stuffing (which he loved) and our FABULOUS turkey Tommy.
Ok, so I told you last week about my lack of experience with cooking whole birds when I posted the Roasted Chicken with Lemons. By the way, if you do not want to do a turkey, that chicken is an amazing alternative. I approached this turkey with the same care that I did our chicken. What I did not tell you last week was my tendency to name everything, I really mean I name things. My daughter Em's high chair is named Chicco (easy enough, that is the brand and he has a tag in the middle of the chair). So, I started calling him Chicco. I name our fresh Christmas trees, usually named the type of the tree (such as Douglas or Noble). Our pumpkins were named, and of course I named our first chicken and our first turkey.
So, let me introduce you to our turkey. His name is Tommy, Tommy the Turkey! I have seen so many shows about making a turkey and seen so many posts about making whole chicken that I just decided to go with it. So, this recipe was my first attempt, but honestly it couldn't have gone better. All the herbs from the turkey dripped into the pan with the butter making for an incredible gravy base. I hope you enjoy.
Oddly, Tommy (the turkey) does not seem to be so photogenic, but he is all about being delicious, moist and amazing! Even Mr. W who is not a fan of turkey, loved it! The Amazing Herb Gravy that I made to go with this will be a separate post, it needs its own post as it is a love story, trust me!!! I ate it with just bread, a lot!!!
Simple Herb Roasted Turkey
1 (12-14 pound) whole, turkey (defrosted)
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoons ground sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups water
Preheat oven to 325°.
Prepare your turkey by removing innards and washing inside and out in cold water. Set turkey on rack in roasting pan. Slide hand under skin to separate skin from meat. Tuck wings under turkey.
Using your hands coat turkey with your butter mixture. Slide hands under skin to rub herb butter mixture over meat.
Rub mixture all over top, side and legs as well as under the skin. Pour water into pan.
Cover turkey with aluminum foil, bake for 3 ½ hours (basting occasionally if you prefer), or until temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees or more. (Turkey will continue to cook once removed from the oven).
NOTE: Run a checklist in your head BEFORE you put the turkey in the oven. Make sure you have added the water, smothered the turkey in the butter mixture and tucked the wings. Now, if you happen to forget to tuck the wings... Like I did. You can use tongs to do this after it is in the oven, but be warned your turkey is less cooperative once it has started baking. (imagine that). It took me and Mr W and a lot of patience to get those slippery partially cooked wings tucked. Not to mention they poked through my aluminum foil.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Looking for a "Little Kick"? Well, we found it! Mr. W has been talking about salsa and spicy food all week, I thought this was the perfect fit for him. Feeling a little snug in my shorts, turkey was a great option.
This burger was easy to make and packed a little punch of flavor and spice. Mr. W NOT being a lover of anything green, I chopped the jalapeno super fine. However it was still a tad bit crunchy. The next time I make this I will precook the jalapeno. That is what the final recipe reflects.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
A fun and comforting dish, Em loves Cheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas. Of course at her age some days she only eats the peas, and some days she devours it all. I am always excited to make this dish. The recipe goes a long way and it is a real homey dish.
Cheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas
1 pound Farfalle
kosher salt, small handful (to season the pasta water)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1/2 small onion, small chopped or grated
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounce Italian cheese blend cheese, shredded
12 ounce bag frozen peas
salt and pepper to taste
fresh grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
In a medium frying pan, over medium-high heat, add olive oil, garlic and onions. Cook until onions are translucent, add turkey and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Sear turkey on one side and break up with wooden spoon. Add remaining tablespoon of Italian seasoning and cook until done. Remove from pan and place in a bowl. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 6 to 8 minutes.
While the pasta is cooking, in a large sauce pan melt butter.
Add flour and whisk until the raw flour flavor dissolves, about 2 minutes.
Place a sieve over a heat safe bowl, filled with frozen peas. Drain pasta into sieve (slightly cooking the peas).
Return pasta to pot. Pour cheese over pasta. Add turkey and peas. Stir and add reserved pasta water 1/4 cup at a time, until it has a perfect creamy consistency.
Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste, if necessary. Serve immediately.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Hearty Tex-Mex Breakfast Burrito
4 egg whites
1/2 cup mixed diced bell peppers (red, green and yellow)
1/4 cup small diced onion
2 pre-cooked turkey sausage, diced
1/4 cup small diced tomato
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 and 1/4 teaspoon Mexican Spice Mix
1 slice 2% American or Pepper Jack Cheese
2 low carb tortillas
olive oil cooking spray
In a small bowl add egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon Mexican Spice Mix. Use a fork or whisk to combine well, just until bubbles start to form. Set bowl aside.
Place a 10" frying pan over medium heat. Spray with olive oil cooking spray, add peppers and onion and 1/2 teaspoon of Mexican Spice Mix. Add 1/2 a pinch of salt and pepper.
Stir continuously until veggies start to become translucent. Add sausage and about a tablespoon of water.
Continue stirring, once peppers are cooked, but not browned remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap.
Return pan to medium heat, add egg white mixture and stir.
Once eggs start to come together add parsley and then tomatoes.
Once eggs are completely cooked add veggie mixture and stir well.
Divide eggs between 2 tortillas. Add 1/2 slice cheese to each.
Fold tortillas and serve.
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