Jennie-O contacted me about making a healthy recipe using their Jennie-O turkey products. I agreed very quickly as I love to try new products and I already knew I could substitute turkey in the place of ground beef. They sent me coupons for free products and I set off to the kitchen.
Did you know that you can reduce fat, calories and improve your health by switching to turkey instead of beef? Well, several years ago I started replacing ground beef with ground turkey. No, ground turkey does not taste like beef nor do you think you're eating Thanksgiving in every bite. However, I can tell you, when seasoned properly you can use less salt and increase the flavor plus reduce the fat in your favorite recipes.
One recipe I enjoy is cabbage rolls. Now, they are a pain in the butt if you don't have perfect cabbage leaves. You need to steam them, cook the filling, roll, bake and so on. So one day I thought what if I take the ingredients and throw them into a casserole? Genius! HERE is the original recipe: LINK
And this is the new fat calorie reduced recipe!Sausage and Cabbage Un"rolled" Casserole 1 lb turkey sausage
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
cook the sausage and spices until done. IF you do not have a nonstick skillet, add a TBSP of oil because turkey is very lean and the meat will stick at first. I cooked mine until dark brown and a little crispy.
Now add: the rotell and water. In a 13 x 9 pan add cooked rice, the chopped cabbage, pour the meat mixture on top and sprinkle with cheese.
2 cups chopped cabbage
1 can roasted tomato Rotel
3 cups water
2 cups cooked rice
cabbage, chopped into 1 inch pieces
tomato meat mix
sprinkle with 1/2 cup Italian finely grated cheese
Bake 350 for 20 minutes, then 400 for 20 minutes
allow to cool, serve with a salad or other veggie of your choice
Jennie-O is a sponsor for The Biggest Loser and they have wonderful recipe to help the contestants to lose weight without loosing flavor. On their site they have wonderful recipes like this: LINK to recipes
Turkey Breakfast Sausage Chilaquiles
Prep time 20 mins
Total time under 30 mins
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
1 roasted red bell pepper
1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce, if desired
salt and pepper, if desired
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Mild Turkey Breakfast Sausage Roll
48 baked corn tortilla strips
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
¼ cup crumbled low-fat feta cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium avocado, died or ½ cup guacamole, if desired
In bowl of food processor or jar of a blender purée all sauce ingredients until smooth. Pour into a 2 quart sauté pan, simmer sauce, stirring, 3 minutes and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Keep warm. (Sauce may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered.) Yield 6 cups.
Cook turkey sausage as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Set aside.
Assemble Chilaquiles in shallow dishes or soup bowls. Crumble 6 tortilla chips into each bowl. Top with ¾ cup very hot sauce. Sprinkle with ¼ cup turkey sausage crumbles. Garnish with onion, feta cheese, cilantro and avocado, if desired.