Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Well, friends, fall has graced us with its presence. Nice! The colors, smells, tastes, and feel of this time of year make me happy to discover new recipes that are simple and tasty. This recipe happens to be colorful too which makes it taste that much better. It has quickly been added to my “Make that again” list. It was so good! We get to use some scrumptious in-season veggies, fresh herbs, and warming spices. You may have already noticed the jar of Frontier Co-op cumin in my photo. Definitely one of my favorites! The recipe called for yellow pepper, but I had red on hand. It also calls for shredded mozzarella but I used fresh. The flavors were so tasty, and the leftovers didn’t last long! This one gets two thumbs up! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Serves 4


3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
1 pound ground turkey
1 yellow bell pepper
1 cup onion, diced
½ cup mozzarella, shredded
½ cup water
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper


In a large cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute and then add ground turkey.
Use a wooden spoon to break apart meat and continue cooking approximately 8 minutes until browned.
Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to incorporate.
Add onion and bell pepper, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add diced sweet potato and water.
Stir and cover with a lid for approximately 6-8 minutes until the sweet potatoes soften.
Add additional water during this process if needed to keep the meat from drying out.
Remove lid and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
Top with shredded mozzarella and allow it to melt.
Remove skillet from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

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No Churn Avocado Ice Cream

We have not had a shortage of hot days this summer and what goes better with a hot summer day than some yummy, creamy, sweet avocado ice cream? Yup, avocado. I was searching for a recipe for a dessert that would be refreshing and easy to make that would go with a light summer lunch of gazpacho. I wanted something easy, tasty, fresh and not have to use a lot of ingredients, when, bingo, I happened across this recipe and photo of No-Churn Avocado Ice Cream! Sold! It looked and sounded delicious. I had the perfect avocado on my counter and just needed to get some sweetened condensed milk and heavy whipping cream and I was all set. I thought it would taste really good after some spicy gazpacho, and it did. With only 3 ingredients to put together, it was super easy, and it even turned out to look just like the recipe photo, which usually doesn’t happen. I made it the night before and put it in the freezer according to the directions. It set up very nicely and was still soft enough to dish up fairly easily. Do yourself a favor and try this recipe from: It’s wonderful!

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Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Yogurt Sauce

Heat up that barbeque, grab a cold one, and watch some salmon sizzle on the grill. One of the best summer meals is some grilled salmon with some vegetables, rice, or another side dish. These yummy Moroccan spices add flavor and character that will make your taste buds tingle. Top it off with the creamy yogurt sauce to dazzle your senses. This is one tasty recipe. Add fresh salmon to your shopping list this week and make for your family or just for yourself. Happy cooking!

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Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad

Nothing says summer like a fresh cut watermelon. It’s fun to try new recipes and perfect when you find one and have all the ingredients on hand. So, the new tasty side dish was a yummy mixture of flavors and textures– sweet watermelon, juicy cucumbers, crisp red onions, salty feta cheese, raw honey, and tart lime juice. The blend of characters danced on the tongue after each bite of the sweet-savory salad. This dish is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Find the recipe at The photo is of the actual dish made using this recipe. It was delicious! Continue reading

Broccoli Slaw and Top Sirloin Marinade Recipes

Easy, yummy side dish with a kick and an aromatic marinade…
It’s always nice to find new ways to incorporate more vegetables and fresh organic ingredients. It’s a bonus when people love new attempts. The new endeavor was a fresh broccoli slaw mix with a kick paired with an aromatic marinade for some top sirloin. Use the basic recipe on the back of the broccoli slaw mix package to start and then add a honey chipotle dressing for the added kick, and use two apples instead of one. This recipe went well with sloppy joes one night and some marinated thin top sirloins another night. The marinade had such a wonderful aroma so, give it a try. There is nothing like the smell and taste of fresh organic garlic! Is there? The ingredients blended so well together while the flavors danced on the tongue. A fabulous mingling of tasty goodness. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Best Broccoli Soup

This time of year in Iowa a healthy pot of warm soup takes the winter chills away. A great vegetable to start with is broccoli. It can always be found in the produce section, and broccoli is packed full of nutrients. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and is related to cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. It’s full of vitamin C which may help boost the immune system. A nice crusty bread pairs well with this soup. This recipe was found in the Taste of Home Books One-Pot Recipes and was submitted by Carolyn Weinberg, Custer, Montana.

Best Broccoli Soup


2 cups water

4 cups chopped fresh broccoli (about 1-1/2 pounds)

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

1/2 cup chopped onion

6 tablespoons butter 

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 cups chicken broth

2 cups milk

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1teaspoon onion salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt


Carolyn’s directions:

In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, celery and carrots; boil 2-3 minutes. Drain; set vegetables aside. In the same kettle, sauté onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour to form a smooth paste. Gradually add the broth and milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 1 minute. Add vegetables and remaining ingredients. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).

Recipe: Beef Stew

Happy new year! A time to reminisce. A time to cuddle up with warm memories of the comforting food we know will always satisfy our bellies. As we cuddle up under the warmth of blankets in our winter wonderland here in Iowa, what better time to pull out an old recipe. A recipe that has been made time and time again with fresh, wonderful ingredients without fail. Hearty, tasty bites of potato, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and beef. Yup, you guessed it, beef stew. As the smell of this pot-full of goodness drifts through the house, it also brings the comfort of warm memories we leave behind as we turn the calendar to 2018.Continue reading

Recipe: Crispy Baked Tacos with Seasoned Cauliflower

Okay, it’s that time of year, when busy comes in all shapes and sizes. Family gatherings, parties with friends and co-workers, school concerts and sports, holiday shopping, and baking. Suddenly, there is no time for a good family meal. Options are good! And remember, a good dinner can be quick and meatless, just be sure to include healthy ingredients that are full of flavor. Tacos are a good choice. They are versatile and easy to bring together in a jiffy. The filling ideas are endless, so get creative. This recipe hosts some delicious ingredients that are fresh and tasty. It’s good to follow the recipe the first time, then if you like it, you can make adjustments for the next time, if needed. These tacos are gluten free and vegetarian.

Recipe from: She Likes Food

Crispy Baked Tacos with Seasoned Cauliflower

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Yield: 10

Crispy baked tacos filled with a healthy and delicious seasoned cauliflower mix!

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Cold Buster Chicken and Pasta Soup

Chicken, lemongrass paste, turmeric, and orzo pasta…yum, the soup is on!
Well, the cold season is upon us, and one of the best things to eat is a hot bowl of chicken soup. There is just something that heals your soul when you eat homemade chicken soup; it warms you up and nourishes the body. This recipe is an easy way to make someone feel better or to serve on these cold nights. Enjoy, this soup is so good!  

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Recipe: Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf

Oh, the smell and taste of fresh basil! This meatloaf recipe is amazing and we are all in luck, you can still get fresh basil at the Farmers Market. This recipe is a favorite, so yummy you will want to keep it handy to make again and again. Add some fresh veggies and baked sweet potatoes for a deliciously nutritious dinner. Gather around the dinner table and enjoy!

This Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf recipe is a perfect whole30 & paleo option that is super easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner!

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