Fifteen Minute Bean Soup

Fifteen Minute Bean Soup

Makes 8, One Cup Servings


1 can low-sodium tomatoes, diced

1 can low-sodium great northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 small onion, diced

1 can low sodium chicken broth (or 2 cups of water and one bouillon cube)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 10 ounce package frozen spinach

½ cup whole wheat pasta, uncooked


  1. In a 2 -quart saucepan, combine all ingredients except spinach and pasta. Allow to boil.
  2. Add spinach and stir to break up as spinach thaws and mixture returns to a boil.
  3. Stir in the pasta and simmer until macaroni is tender, about 6-8 minutes.

Nutrition information per serving

121 calories, Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Protein 6g, Total Carbohydrate 24g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Sodium 196mg.

Turkey dinner, turkey leftovers: now what?

turkey-532962_1280My family loves turkey leftovers as much as they love the freshly baked turkey. I look forward to preparing different dishes with the leftovers. My husband’s job is to pull the meat off the bone, put it in plastic bags, and refrigerate it.

Once this is done, we sit down and ask our family what dishes they would like us to prepare with the turkey. One of the favorites that is always asked for is a turkey and noodle casserole. I even add the leftover vegetables for more flavor, as I don’t want them to go to waste either.

Another favorite is making turkey soup. Again you can add noodles and/or vegetables, and gravy. My favorite is turkey salad, made just like you would make chicken salad. We make sandwiches using the leftover cranberries and rolls.  Just be mindful of food safety, when handling, deboning, storing and reheating your leftover turkey.

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Pizza Meat Loaf

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Pizza Meat Loaf

Servings: 4 servings about 1/4 loaf each


  • 1 lb.  Ground turkey
  • ¾ cup Spaghetti sauce
  • ¼ cup Mozzarella cheese, part-skim
  • ½ cup Green peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup Onion, minced




  1. Lightly grease 9-inch pie plate with vegetable oil. Pat turkey into pie plate.


  1. Place turkey in 350˚ F oven; bake until turkey no longer remains pink, about 17 to 20 minutes.


  1. Cover turkey with waxed paper.
  2. Cook on high; rotate plate 1/4 turn after 3 minutes.
  3. Cook until turkey no longer remains pink, about 5 more minutes. Drain.


  1. Top baked turkey with spaghetti sauce, cheese, and vegetables.
  2. Return turkey to either the conventional oven or the microwave oven and heat until cheese is melted, about 1 to 2 minutes.


Calories 255 Total fat 14 g Saturated fat 4 g Cholesterol  88 mg  Sodium 376 mg


15-Minute Soup

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Makes 4 servings; Serving size 1½ cups


  • 1 ½ cups pre-soaked beans or 1 (16-ounce) can beans, drained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chopped or diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen, chopped spinach
  • ½ Cup macaroni


  1. In a 2-quart pot, combine all ingredients except spinach and macaroni.
  2. Heat until the liquid comes to a boil.
  3. Stir in and break up spinach; bring to a boil again.
  4. Stir in macaroni and simmer until pasta is tender, about 6-8 minutes.

Nutrition information per serving

145 calories, Total Fat .5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Protein 7g, Total Carbohydrate 28g, Dietary Fiber 7g, Sodium 135mg. Excellent source of vitamins A and C. Good source of iron and calcium.

Benefits of eating more meals at home

What are the benefits of eating family meals at home?  Eating at home can save a lot of money.  Meals prepared at home are often healthier than meals eaten away from home.  Most importantly, you have time to connect as a family.  Often, we think preparing meals at home takes too much time.  Check out the short video in our blog to see how an at-home meal compares to take-out.