Monday, August 31, 2009

An easy, healthy and inexpensive meal...

I had the day off today, so I decided to make the most of it and be Mrs. Domestic...I took the dogs to the vet for the annual shots, picked clothes up from the cleaners, went to Wal-Mart for a few essentials and groceries, finished laundry, ironed and prepared meals for this week. I made a yummy tuna salad for lunches this week, my famous "Min-Pop" Pies (a delicious chicken pot pie recipe from the Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom First and Forever cookbook) for dinner tonight and one night next week (the recipe makes 4 pot pies, so I always freeze 2) and a very delicious and healthy pasta dish, which has become a staple around our house lately. This recipe is so good, so easy and makes a ton (it yeilds about 6-8 servings) so I thought I would share it with the blogger world. It doesn't have a formal, I'll go ahead and name it now...

Mindy's (with the help of Karen to spice it up a bit) Veggie and Turkey Pasta Paradise....


1 lb. of lean, ground turkey
1 White Onion, chopped
2-3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
1 Yellow Squash, chopped
1 Green Squash, chopped
1 Bag of baby spinach, chopped
1 Can of Hunt's Fire Roasted Tomatoes Diced
1 29 oz Can of Hunt's Tomato Sauce
Wheat Pasta (or whatever kind of pasta you prefer)
Garlic Salt
Ground Oregano
Olive Oil


Brown turkey in one skillet and set aside.

In another large skillet, sautee the chopped onions and garlic in olive oil for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Add the chopped squash and fire roasted tomatoes and season until desired with pepper and garlic salt. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Add pasta sauce, chopped spinach and ground turkey and season until desired with oregano, basil, pepper and more garlic salt. Let simmer 10-20 minutes on medium-low stirring occasionally. If you like a little spice, add some ground red pepper or red pepper flakes.

While the sauce is simmering, cook pasta.

Serve pasta sauce over pasta and add some grated parmesan cheese on top if you like. Enjoy!! It's a great meal to make on a Sunday afternoon when you have a busy week a head of you....Josh and I can eat on this for 3 nights at least! I would allow an hour to prepare from start to finish.

Have a great week everyone!!!


Courtney Squillante said...

Thanks for the idea, Mindy! I will be trying it soon! Sounds delish! :)

Lydia said...

I tried it tonight for some of our small group college was wonderful!! Thanks for sharing :)