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Cheesy Turkey Spaghetti
Serves 12
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  1. 16 oz. dry spaghetti, cooked
  2. 1 lb. Velveeta Light (2%) Queso Blanco Cheese
  3. 2 cups cooked, chopped turkey (white meat preferred) *
  4. 1 can 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup
  5. 1 can 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup
  6. 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
  7. 4 oz. can of mild green chilies
  8. 4 oz. can mushroom stems & pieces, drained
  9. 1/2 cup water
  10. 1 small onion, diced--or less, to taste
  11. salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to mix well.
  2. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  3. Stir before serving.
  1. *ground turkey can also be used in this recipe
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Cinco de Mayo – 9 Mexican Turkey Recipes

Most of your favorite Mexican recipes can be made with turkey, which has more protein and fewer calories than other alternatives. Try one of these today!mexican turkey recipes


 Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos           Fajitas Fast and Easy      Baked Turkey Chimichangas 

Crock Pot Turkey Tacos

 Fajitas Fast and Easybaked turkey chimichanga




Turkey Quesadillas                   Mini Turkey Empanadas   Spicy Turkey with Black Bean Salsa

turkey quesadillasmini turkey empanadas recipespicy turkey with black bean salsa





Turkey Tostadas        Mexican Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Salsa        Turkey Fajita Pizza

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 Turkey Fajita Pizza (6)


turkey tenderloins recipe

Turkey Tenderloins with Peach Preserves

This turkey tenderloin recipe is a great weeknight supper.  Turkey breast in a soy sauce, garlic and orange juice marinade is sauteed and then topped with peach preserves.  Serve with rice and a steamed veggie for a light, but tasty, meal.


turkey tenderloins recipe


Turkey Tenderloins with Peach Preserves
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  1. Turkey Tenderloins with Peach Preserves
  2. 2 turkey tenderloins
  3. ¼ cup soy sauce
  4. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  5. ½ cup orange juice, divided
  6. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  7. ½ cup peach preserves
  1. Cut turkey into 2 to 3 inch medallions. (You should have 6 – 8 slices per tenderloin.)
  2. In a large self-sealing plastic bag place turkey, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 6 tablespoons orange juice and minced garlic. Seal and marinate in refrigerator for approximately 1 hour.
  3. Remove turkey from bag and discard marinade. In a large skillet warm remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add turkey to the skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until brown. Add peach preserves and remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice. Heat until sauce is bubbly.
  5. Serve with hot cooked rice.
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Crock Pot Turkey Tacos

Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos

Turkey tacos are a favorite among turkey lovers, and this slow cooker version will have them coming back for seconds.  Tender turkey breast with avocado, salsa, and pepper jack cheese combine for an easy family meal that cooks in the crock pot.


Crock Pot Turkey Tacos

Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos
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  1. 2 onions, coarsely chopped
  2. 6 pounds bone-in turkey breast, skin and fat removed
  3. 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
  4. 8 hard taco shells
  5. 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  6. 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  7. 1 cup tomato salsa
  8. 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  1. Place onions in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle turkey with salt and place in slow cooker, meat side up. Cover and cook on low until internal temperature of turkey registers 165 degrees, about 4 – 6 hours.
  3. Remove turkey meat from bone, shred it then toss with enchilada sauce.
  4. Place turkey in taco shell and top with lettuce, avocado, salsa and shredded cheese.
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Crock Pot BBQ Turkey Sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Sandwiches

These slow cooker BBQ turkey sandwiches are easy and delicious.  Great for get-togethers or potlucks, cooking turkey in the crock pot makes it tender and delicious.


Crock Pot BBQ Turkey Sandwiches


Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Sandwiches
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  1. 2 pounds turkey (thighs and/or tenderloins)
  2. 1/3 cup white vinegar
  3. 1/3 cup ketchup
  4. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. ½ lemon, quartered
  9. 4 burger buns, split horizontally and toasted
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine vinegar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, hot sauce, salt and lemon quarters. Fold in turkey. Cover and cook on High for 4 to 5 hours or on Low for 8 to 9 hours.
  3. Remove lemon quarters. Remove turkey from the bones if needed. Shred the turkey into smaller pieces.
  4. To serve, spoon hot barbecue mixture over bottom half of toasted burger buns. Top with other half.
  5. Serves 4
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Crock Pot Cordon Bleu Turkey Recipe

This turkey recipe will quickly become a favorite!  Slow-simmered turkey breast cutlets are wrapped with turkey ham and cheese and cooked in the slow cooker.  

This low carb dish has 40 grams of protein and only 322 calories per serving!


Crock Pot Cordon Bleu Turkey



Crock Pot Cordon Bleu Turkey
Slow-simmered turkey breast cutlets wrapped with turkey ham and cheese.
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  1. 8 (4 ounce) turkey breast cutlets
  2. 8 thin slices turkey deli ham
  3. 8 thin slices Swiss cheese
  4. 2 tablespoons butter
  5. 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  6. 3 tablespoons sherry
  7. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. 1. Lightly flatten turkey cutlets between plastic wrap by tapping with the bottom of a skillet.
  2. 2. Place one slice of ham and one slice of cheese on top of each cutlet. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Wash hands.
  3. 3. In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Brown turkey roll-ups in butter.
  4. 4. Place roll-ups in slow cooker. In medium bowl stir together cream of mushroom soup, sherry and black pepper. Pour over roll-ups in slow cooker.
  5. 5. Cook on low in slow cooker for 4 to 5 hours.
  1. 1 serving: Calories 322, Protein 40 g, Fat 14.4 g (saturated 7.8 g), Cholesterol 117.1 mg, Sodium 583.3 mg, Carbohydrate 4.9 g, Fiber 0 g
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12 Turkey Recipes from “Hot Eats and Cool Reads”

12 turkey recipes
From time to time, we come across great food bloggers who cook with our favorite protein – turkey!  Sheena, from Hot Eats and Cool Reads, blogs from Minnesota, which happens to be the top turkey producing state in the US.  (Iowa ranks 9th for number of turkeys raised and 5th for the amount of turkey processed.)
Sheena specializes in recipes that are homemade, easy and affordable.  She loves using turkey because it’s versatile and easy on the budget.  “I also love using turkey to make recipes healthier, when we want something lighter on the menu!”
Here are a dozen turkey recipes from Sheena – one for every month of the year! Click on the recipe title or picture to see the recipe at Hot Eats and Cool Reads.
Slow Cooker smoked turkey red beans and rice
Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey Red Beans and Rice: Pure comfort food made in the slow cooker! Great smokey flavor and so hearty!
Turkey Burger Hobo Packs: Great for camping, or at home! The burger and veggies are so delicious and perfectly cooked!
Farmhouse BBQ Muffins: 30 minute meal the whole family will love! Full of BBQ goodness!
Bacon, Turkey and Broccoli Grilled Cheese: This is the ultimate grilled cheese! Tons of flavor and perfect served with a bowl of soup!
Cream Cheese Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe Cream Cheese Turkey and Vegetable Soup: Cream cheese goodness mixed with turkey and veggies! Perfect for a cold winter day! 


Turkey and Cranberry Thanksgiving Quesadillas

Turkey and Cranberry Thanksgiving Quesadillas: Fast and easy recipe that’s perfect for using Thanksgiving leftovers! Sweet and savory with cheesy goodness!
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Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey: This recipe is pure soul food! Great addition to any Sunday dinner!
The Ultimate McMuffin: The best breakfast sandwich ever! You won’t find this at any fast food restaurant!
Turkey, Barley and Vegetable Soup: Light, hearty and full of flavor! Great for meals any day of the week!

Linguine with Ground Turkey Meatballs and Marinara: Flavorful turkey meatballs served with pasta and marinara! The whole family will love this recipe!

Grilled Basil and Tomato Turkey Burgers: These burgers scream summer time! Full of basil and garlic, bursting with flavor!
turkey burger lemon dill sauceTurkey Burgers with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce: Healthy and delicious burger topped off with a delicious lemony yogurt sauce! Great for weeknights!

Balsamic Turkey and Peppers

Turkey tenderloins are a tender strip of white meat under a turkey’s breast.  This part of the turkey is my favorite, as it is tender and delicious and low in calories.  If you can’t find turkey tenderloins, turkey breast, cut into cutlets, will also work well for this delicious and healthy recipe. ~Katie

Balsamic Turkey and Peppers


Balsamic Turkey and Peppers
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  1. 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  2. 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  3. 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  4. 4 (4 ounce) turkey breast cutlets OR turkey tenderloins sliced
  5. Olive oil
  6. 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  7. 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  8. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  9. 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  10. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  1. 1. Wash hands.
  2. 2. In a shallow dish combine flour, salt and pepper. Coat turkey with flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  3. 3. In a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook the turkey for 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Transfer the cutlets to a platter and keep warm.
  4. 4. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the skillet along with the peppers and garlic. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally until peppers are crisp-tender.
  5. 5. Add the basil and vinegar to the skillet along with the turkey cutlets. Raise the heat to medium and cook an additional 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  1. Makes 4 servings.
  2. 1 serving: calories 202, protein 28 G, fat 5 G (saturated 1 G), cholesterol 75 mg, sodium 442 mg, carbohydrate 8 G, fiber 1 G
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Try these other recipes using turkey tenderloins:

Grilled Citrus Turkey Tenderloin

Iowa State Fair Turkey Tenderloin

Lemon Garlic Turkey Rotini

Fajitas Fast and Easy

My family loves fajitas, and I love this fast and easy recipe that uses my favorite lean protein – turkey! ~Katie

(Use turkey tenderloins or turkey breast and cut into strips for this recipe.)

Fajitas Fast and Easy

Fajitas Fast and Easy
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  1. Fajitas Fast and Easy
  2. Vegetable oil
  3. 1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
  4. 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
  5. 1 yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
  6. 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  7. 1 pound sliced turkey strips
  8. 1 package dry Italian salad dressing mix
  9. Water as needed
Serve with
  1. Tortillas
  2. Salsa
  3. Sour Cream
  4. Shredded Cheddar cheese
  5. Lettuce
Sauté and remove from the pan
  1. Vegetable oil
  2. 1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
  3. 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
  4. 1 yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
  5. 1 small onion, sliced thinly
To the warm pan add
  1. Vegetable oil
  2. 1 pound sliced turkey strips
  3. 1 package dry Italian salad dressing mix
  4. Water as needed
Serve with
  1. Tortillas
  2. Salsa
  3. Sour Cream
  4. Shredded Cheddar cheese
  5. Lettuce
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Other quick and easy turkey recipes:

Thai Turkey Roll Up

Simple Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Turkey Sausage Zucchini Boats

Easy Orange Turkey in the Crock Pot

Spaghetti Squash & Turkey with Thai Peanut Sauce

You don’t have to eat out to enjoy good Thai!  And you don’t have to ruin your diet, either!

This recipe is a unique spin on Thai food – turkey and spaghetti squash ramps up the nutrition without sacrificing flavor.


Spaghetti Squash with Thai Peanut Sauce

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey and Thai Peanut Sauce
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  1. 4 cups cooked spaghetti squash (about 1/2 a large squash)
  2. 1 (13.5 oz.) can light unsweetened coconut milk
  3. 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  4. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  5. 1 - 2 tablespoons Surichi (hot chili) sauce
  6. 2 teaspoons Sesame oil
  7. 1 teaspoon dry curry seasoning
  8. pinch of ground ginger
  9. pinch of ground cinnamon
  10. pinch of ground black pepper
  11. a few drops of honey to taste
  12. 1 cup chopped or shredded cooked turkey breast
  13. 1 cup finely chopped green cabbage
  14. 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  15. 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  16. 2 handful of chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Prepare Spaghetti Squash
  2. Bake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Put whole squash in a baking dish and bake until you can easily insert a paring knife, about 40 minutes to one hour. Remove squash from oven and let cool about 10 minutes.
  3. Microwave: Pierce your squash about 6 times with a fork or knife (so the steam can release as it cooks) Microwave about 15 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes. Cook until you can easily cut into the squash.
  4. Cut it in half from tip to tip (long ways) and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Scrape the sides of the squash with a fork until you have removed all the stringy spaghetti.
  5. Sauce
  6. Whisk together coconut milk, peanut butter, spices and honey in a large skillet. Combine with cooked squash. Toss with green onion and chopped peanuts.
  1. This is delicious served hot, chilled or at room temperature.
  2. If desired garnish with cilantro, peanuts, green onion and coconut flake.
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Check out these other healthy turkey meals:

Hawaiian Turkey Stir Fry

Turkey Wild Rice Salad

Florentine Turkey Meatballs