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Turkey Sausage Zucchini Boats

turkey sausage zucchini boats 

 It’s zucchini time in Iowa! Head to your local farmer’s market (or find a neighbor with a garden!) and try this AMAZING turkey sausage zucchini boat recipe!


Turkey Sausage Zucchini Boats
Serves 4
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  1. 1 cup Jimmy Dean cooked turkey sausage crumbles
  2. 2 medium zucchini
  3. 1 cup tomato sauce with onion and peppers
  4. 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  5. 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  6. 1/4 tsp pepper
  7. 2 Tbsp reduced-fat Parmesan cheese
  8. 1/2 cup low moisture, part-skim, shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut zucchini length wise. Using a spoon or melon baller, remove seeds and scoop out flesh and chop the flesh into bite size pieces. Set aside the flesh in a small bowl.
  3. Drop the zucchini halves in boiling water and boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove zucchini halves from water and dry zucchini with a paper towel.
  4. In a 9 x 12 inch baking pan spread 1/4 cup tomato sauce into bottom of pan.
  5. Place the zucchini halves on top of the sauce with the open side facing up.
  6. In a large saute pan add olive oil and saute garlic. Add chopped zucchini. Season with pepper and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Return chopped sausage to pan and mix in tomato sauce. Remove from heat and add Parmesan cheese.
  8. Using a spoon, add equal amounts of sausage mixture to each zucchini half.
  9. Top each zucchini half with mozzarella cheese.
  10. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30-35 minutes until cheese has melted and zucchini is cooked through.
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!



broccoli-cheddar-turkey-egg bowl

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!



turkey peppers recipe

Atomic Turkey Pepper Recipe

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Atomic Turkey Pepper
Tasty appetizers; prepare in advance and grill!
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  1. 15 peppers - Jalapeño, mini sweet red, yellow or green
  2. peppers to make 30 pieces
  3. 1 package turkey bacon, cut in half
  4. 1 pkg. Hillshire Farm® Turkey Lit'l Smokies®
  5. 2, 8 ounce packages cream cheese
  6. 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers
  1. 1. Slice the peppers lengthwise to form two pieces. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and membrane.
  2. 2. Mix the cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. Fill the hollowed out portion of the peppers with the cheese mixture.
  3. 3. Place one Lit'l Smokies® on top of the cream cheese mixture. Wrap the half slice of bacon around the pepper. If the bacon is not staying tightly wrapped, it may be necessary to use a toothpick to hold it in place.
  4. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours before grilling.
  5. 4. Place top side down on a medium heat grill until the bacon is crisp.
  6. Flip to the pepper side and cook until the pepper is tender and the
  7. bacon is browned. Keep the lid covered while cooking.
  8. * To cook in the oven: Bake in the oven, set at 425 F, for 20-30 minutes
  9. or until the bacon is browned.
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/