Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

For good reason, this classic Irish holiday casserole has survived the test of time. In this adaptation, seasonal North Carolina sweet potatoes provide sweetness and depth, while the ground turkey — cooked with traditional peas and carrots — makes this a complete one pot meal, worthy of all the festivities! Serves 4 Ingredients: -2 tablespoons … Read More


EFNEP’s Twenty Dollar Thanksgiving Guide

We are watching our wallets more than ever this year. However, a leaner budget doesn’t mean that the holiday season should be any less festive. In these trimmed-down recipes, we’ve outlined simple ways to have a memorable meal that hits on all the right traditional notes, without breaking the bank. Serves 4 Herbed Baked Turkey … Read More


Creamy Coconut Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Serves 4 This light and bright flavorful recipe is a riff on a classic favorite. It comes together quickly and is ahealthy choice for a hearty, warm-weather dinner. INGREDIENTS: – 2 slices whole-wheat bread, hand torn into small pieces – 1 large egg, slightly beaten – 1 lb ground turkey – 1 ½ tsp salt … Read More


Have Yourself a Food Safe Holiday

Happy Holidays! Whether you’re the head chef at your holiday gatherings or bringing a casserole to share, food safety is always the most important job in creating a holiday meal. Eating food that’s not cooked or refrigerated correctly could make you and your guests sick. Nobody wants to miss out on the fun because of … Read More


Mini Meatloaves

Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken 1 ½ cup salsa 1 egg, lightly beaten ¼ cup dry bread crumbs ¼ cup finely chopped onion Dash of black pepper Non-stick cooking spray Directions: Heat oven to 350 F Combine all ingredients, saving half of salsa for topping Divide into 5 equal portions and … Read More


Cabbage Meat Skillet Dish

Serves: 10 Serving size: 1 cup Ingredients: ·       1  pound ground turkey ·       1 medium onion, finely chopped ·       1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce, low sodium ·       1 cup water ·       ¼ tsp black pepper ·       ½ teaspoon of your favorite seasoning mix (Italian, Asian, Curry, Greek, etc) ·       1 medium head cabbage, about … Read More


Preparing a Safe Turkey Dinner

If you are preparing for Thanksgiving, or just making a turkey, it is always good to follow food safety procedures and to make sure you know exactly what you’re doing. It is important to always use a food thermometer to make sure that the temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit so that bacteria that can cause … Read More


Easy Cheesy Tortilla Bake

Makes 12 servings Ingredients 16 whole-wheat tortillas 2 cans low-sodium tomato soup (10 oz.) 2 cups chunky salsa 1 cup fat-free milk 4 cups cubed, cooked chicken or turkey 2 cups low-fat shredded cheddar cheese Vegetable cooking spray Directions Wash hands and surfaces. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat baking dishes with cooking spray. Cut … Read More


Southwestern Turkey Casserole

Makes 6 servings   Ingredients 1 cup onion, chopped 1/2 green pepper, chopped 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 pound ground turkey 8 ounces canned, low-sodium tomatoes 10 ounces frozen corn, thawed 1 cup 1% low-fat milk 1/2 cup cornmeal 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons chili powder 3/4 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded Directions Preheat … Read More


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