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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
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/

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

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Turkey Tostadas        Mexican Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Salsa        Turkey Fajita Pizza

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 Turkey Fajita Pizza (6)


12 Turkey Recipes from “Hot Eats and Cool Reads”

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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!
222382_421968577875413_274363288_n DSC_0023a DSC_0004a DSC_0001a Grilled Tomato and Basil Turkey Burger

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!
homemade turkey cheeseburger helper

Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

Easy and cheesy turkey recipe – and it all cooks in one pot!homemade turkey cheeseburger helper


You know those cute cookbooks elementary classes make for Mother’s Day? The ones where the kids write their interpretation of their mom’s recipe? I once saw a recipe for hamburger helper, written by a five year old, that said, “Open the box. Make the noodles.  Mix it up.”


Well, this isn’t quite that easy, but it’s close!  And Homemade TURKEY Cheeseburger Helper will  quickly earn a spot in your kid’s school cookbook.  

Homemade Cheeseburger Helper
Serves 6
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  1. 2 lb. lean ground turkey
  2. 2 ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  3. 4 ½ teaspoons paprika
  4. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  5. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  6. 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  7. 2 teaspoons sugar
  8. 1 teaspoon pepper
  9. 2 ½ cups hot water
  10. 5 cups skim milk
  11. 4 cups (13 oz. box) whole grain penne pasta (or other small pasta)
  12. 2 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. 1. Brown ground turkey in a large pot. Drain and return to pot.
  2. 2. In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch and seasonings with 1 cup milk. Combine seasoning mixture, hot water, 4 cups skim milk and pasta with the ground turkey. Stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, place a lid on top, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta is al dente, stirring a couple of times.
  3. 3. Turn off the heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until sauce is thickened.
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/

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Super Turkey Meatloaf

 We don’t know why meatloaf gets such a bad rap.  Our version is easy, flavorful and down-right comforting.

Cooked in the crockpot, this meatloaf will be ready for you when you get home from a long day of work. Serve it with a baked potato and green veggies, this is a traditional “farm family” meal that everyone will love!super turkey meatloaf


Super Turkey Meatloaf
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  1. 1 onion sliced
  2. 2lbs ground turkey
  3. 1 onion soup mix
  4. 1.5 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  1. 1/3 chili sauce
  2. 2 tbs brown sugar
  3. 1 tbs Dijon mustard
  1. Form into a loaf shape to fit the slow cooker. Place loaf into crock atop onion slices. Use a rubber spatula to shape and pull loaf away from the sides of the crock, allowing 1/2-inch all around the loaf.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours or until food thermometer registers 165 degrees F.
  3. Glaze
  4. Combine glaze ingredients and spoon over top of loaf the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/
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14 Tasty Turkey Recipes from The Slow Roasted Italian

We love turkey recipes, obviously.  So we get positively giddy when we find others who love them as much as we do!

Recently, we stumbled upon The Slow Roasted Italian – this husband/wife team creates amazing recipes and blogs about them together.  Donna is originally from Florida, but Chad hails from Iowa (or “God’s Country,” as they call it on their blog!)

You will love these turkey recipes: everything from kid-friendly veggie turkey meatballs to a traditional herb roasted turkey.  The Slow Roasted Italian‘s recipes are a testament to the versatility of turkey!

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hearty tex mex breakfast burrito

Hearty Tex-Mex Breakfast Burrito

Over 40 grams of protein and less than 400 calories…this breakfast burrito is amazing!



cheesy farfalle with turkey and peasCheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas

This is a great, easy weeknight meal that kids and grownups will love!



Little Kick Jalapeno turkey burger

“Little Kick” Turkey Jalapeno Burger

A fiery burger, perfect with a margarita on a warm summer night!




Simple Herb Roasted Turkey

Donna’s take on the classic Thanksgiving Bird!



southwestern turkey meatloaf

Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf

At 267 calories per serving, we think you should have seconds!



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Broccoli Cheddar Turkey Egg Bowl

High protein breakfast – make it on the weekend and then reheat throughout the week!



Fully-Loaded-Tex-Mex-Turkey Burger

Fully Loaded Tex Mex Turkey Burger

Crunchy, creamy, hearty and flavorful a burger so fantastic you can’t help but eat 2, or 3…. 



munchkin-veggie-turkey meatballsMunchkin Meatballs

Kid friendly, mommy approved.  Mini-meatballs with zucchini and carrot.



20 minute homemade taco bowls with turkey

20 Minute Homemade Turkey Taco Bowls

This fun twist on an ordinary taco night is just what your family night needs!



tsri-ravioli-and-sasauge-skillet-30-minute-mealRavioli and Sausage Skillet
30 Minutes, one skillet, and enough inactive time to clean the kitchen:  this is perfect.








 Green-Chile-Cheese-and-SausGreen Chile and Cheese Sausage Poppers

Makes 100 mini meatballs – great for parties, or freeze and reheat as a quick snack!



dash-italian-mini-meatloafCheesy Italian Mini Meatloaf Cups

Fabulous Italian flavors in a moist cheesy meatloaf. Turning meatloaf into a family favorite is as easy as following this simple recipe!


cheesy-sun-dried-tomato-meaCheesy Sun-dried Tomato Meatball Poppers

Game day or Valentine’s Day these are an impressive appetizer! 



Chipotle Bacon Monte Cristo tsri-chipotle-bacon-monte-cristo-sandwichesSandwiches

Spicy Chipotle Pepper sauce spread over bread topped with mild cheddar cheese, turkey slices and bacon. 







Donna and Chad also have dozens of other amazing recipes on their site – be sure to check it out and tell them we sent you!



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Florentine Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs made with lean ground turkey breast are great for a quick, weeknight family meal.  Packed with protein AND spinach, they are healthy and freeze well.  Serve them with pasta and alfredo or marinara sauce.


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Florentine Turkey Meatballs
Frozen chopped spinach makes a colorful combination for this meatball recipe. Top with a creamy alfredo or marinara sauce for serving.
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  1. 1 box frozen spinach, defrosted and well drained
  2. 1 1/3 pound ground turkey
  3. 1 cup finely chopped onion
  4. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 1/4 cup milk
  7. 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  8. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  9. Salt and black pepper
  10. Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  1. Wash hands. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl thoroughly combine all ingredients except olive oil and mix well.
  3. Form into 12 large balls and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and arrange on a nonstick cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.
  4. Place balls on dinner plates and top with favorite sauce and garnish with parsley, if desired.
  1. Makes 6 servings. Serve with noodles. 1 serving: calories 332, protein 25 g, cholesterol 121 mg, sodium 568 mg, carbohydrate 14 g, fiber 2 g
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/
mini turkey empanadas recipe

Mini Turkey Empanadas

mini turkey empanadas recipe

Katie here – I made these mini-turkey empanadas as part of our big Food Photography day.  To be honest, I didn’t even know what empanadas were, and I was really concerned that the empanadas would be TOO mini.

But they weren’t.  They were perfect.  As soon as they were cool enough to touch, I was sampling them, and my friend and I quickly devoured the extras that weren’t needed for the photo shoot.

Although the pie crust adds some calories, ground turkey breast is so lean that these still come in under 400 calories per serving.  And the filling was so absolutely delicious – I’d use it in a tortilla or on top of nachos, too.

One last thing I have to add – these would be a great snack to freeze and reheat, and of course they’d be great for the big game!


Mini Turkey Empanadas
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  1. 1 pound ground turkey
  2. 1 cup chopped onion
  3. 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. 1 (16 ounce) can tomatoes, drained and crushed
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  7. 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  8. 1 teaspoon cumin
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  10. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  11. 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  12. 2 (15 ounce) packages refrigerated pie crusts (4 crusts)
  1. 1. Wash hands.
  2. 2. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook and stir turkey, onion, green pepper and garlic for 5 to 6 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  3. 3. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, cilantro, cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly, or until liquid is evaporated. Remove skillet from heat and cool.
  4. 4. Using a 3 inch round biscuit cutter, cut 12 rounds from each pie crust for a total of 48.
  5. 5. Spoon heaping teaspoon of filling in center of each round. Fold pastry in half and pinch edges together to seal.
  6. 6. Lightly coat 2 (15x10x1-inch) baking sheets with nonstick spray. Place empanadas on baking sheets and bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until mini empanadas are golden brown.
  1. Makes 12 servings (4 per serving)
  2. Serve with sour cream and chopped green onion.
  3. 1 serving: calories 399, protein 8.9 g, fat 22.5 g (saturated 9.1 g), cholesterol 43.1 mg, sodium 386.5 mg, carbohydrate 3.7 g, fiber 1.1 g
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/
turkey tostadas recipe with leftover Thanksgiving turkey

Turkey Tostadas

The colorful meal, filled with taco flavor, is a great way to use leftover turkey.

turkey tostadas recipe with leftover Thanksgiving turkey


Turkey Tostadas
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  1. 2 cups cubed cooked turkey OR 1 pound ground turkey, cooked
  2. 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  3. 4 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  4. 1/4 cup canned refried beans
  5. 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  6. 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  7. 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  8. 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  9. 1/4 cup taco sauce
  1. 1. Wash hands.
  2. 2. In large skillet over medium heat, combine turkey and taco seasoning with measurement of water recommended on seasoning package. Bring mixture to a gentle boil; immediately reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. 3. Arrange tortillas on large cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F. oven 5 to 7 minutes or until tortillas are crispy and lightly browned.
  4. 4. Spread each tortilla with one tablespoon beans. Top with 1/4 turkey mixture and cheese. Return to oven 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. 5. To serve, top with tomatoes, lettuce, onions and taco sauce.
  1. Makes 4 servings.
  2. 1 serving: calories 283, protein 26.6 g, fat 8.9 g (saturated 4.3 g), cholesterol 68.2 mg, sodium 1175.6 mg, carbohydrate 23.5 g, fiber 2.9 g
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/
ground turkey chinese spring rolls

Ground Turkey Chinese Spring Rolls

ground turkey chinese spring rollsTry these flaky spring rolls made with purchased phyllo pastry.  The sesame oil adds a hint of nutty flavor.





Ground Turkey Chinese Spring Rolls
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Try these flaky spring rolls made with purchased phyllo pastry. The sesame oil adds a hint of nutty flavor.
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  1. 1 pound ground turkey or shredded cooked turkey
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  4. 2 cups bok choy, sliced thin OR 2 cups bagged coleslaw mis
  5. 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  6. 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon dry sherry
  8. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  9. 8 sheets phyllo pastry
  1. 1. Wash hands.
  2. 2. In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high head, cook and stir turkey, garlic and ginger until turkey is no longer pink.
  3. 3. In a medium bowl combine turkey mixture, bok choy, onion, soy sauce, sherry and oil.
  4. 4. On clean, dry counter layer phyllo sheets into a stack and cut in 2 (7 x 18) rectangles. Work with one sheet of phyllo at a time. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with a damp cloth.) Place sheet of phyllo with one of the short sides facing you. Coat with nonstick spray.
  5. 5. Place 1/4 cup of turkey mixture in a 5-inch strip, 1 inch away from bottom and sides of phyllo. Fold 1-inch bottom edge of phyllo over filling. Roll up, folding in sides to completely enclose filling.
  6. 6. Repeat previous steps with remaining sheets of phyllo. On 2 large cookie sheets coated with nonstick spray, place rolls, seam-side-down, and coat tops with cooking spray.
  7. 7. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 14 to 16 minutes or until all surfaces of rolls are golden brown. Serve immediately.
  1. 1 Serving: Calories 79, Protein 6.2 g, Fat 3.2 g (Saturated .8 g), Cholesterol 22.4 mg, Sodium 152.2. mg, Carbohydrate 5.9 g, Fiber .5 g
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/