Turkey Pasta Bake

Wes and I are finishing up our 30 days of the Isagenix program today.  I can’t believe that it has already been 30 days, but I’m excited to see what the final results are tomorrow. I already have a basic idea of what mine are, but I am really excited to see Wes’.  He has definitely cheated less than me, and while I have done pretty good, I can’t lie and say I was perfect. Blue Bell definitely got the best of me more than I would have liked.

It’s those darn sales! It goes on sale for $3.99 and I have to load up. And of course I can’t leave it alone once it is in my house. But I never will be able to go on a diet where Blue Bell isn’t allowed. That would be seriously harmful to my well-being.

Once the results are in, I will post a full review of the products we used, what I thought of them, and whether we are going to continue on them or not. Until then, here is another Isagenix friendly recipe.  It is a simple pasta bake with much less cheese than usual, but still a whole bunch of flavor.

Turkey Pasta Bake

For the noodles:
1 1/2 cup whole grain pasta shells
1 can Campbells tomato soup
2 cups water

For the sauce:
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 white onion, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 can stewed tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce (homemade or from the jar)
10 basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
3/4 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

For serving
1 cup spinach leaves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In are large soup pot, add noodles, tomato soup, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium until noodles are nearly cooked. Once done, drain soup and water from noodles and set aside.

While noodles are cooking, add olive oil, onion, turkey, and garlic to a large skillet. Brown the meat. Then add in zucchini, carrots, and stewed tomatoes.  Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add in mushrooms, tomato sauce, basil, parsley, salt, red pepper flakes and drained noodles.  Stir together and let cook for 4 minutes.

Pour turkey and noodle mixture into a large pyrex or separate ramekins, sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top and stir it to blend it in a bit. Add parmesan cheese and bake for about 20 minutes.

To serve, place spinach leaves in the bottom of a bowl and ladle pasta bake over top. The leaves should wilt and will be the perfect addition to the pasta.  More veggies!

I’m a big proponent of sneaking in extra vegetables whenever I can. Spinach is a pretty easy one to hide… and zucchini. I think like 80% of the recipes I post have zucchini in them somehow.  Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but a lot of them do.

Notice how I cooked my pasta in tomato soup? I think it adds a little something extra to the pasta and gives the noodles more flavor.

Time for Suzie’s nightly run. She has one in the morning and usually one in the evening. Another benefit of fostering large dogs… more exercise!

Adopt a dog Friday!

Here we are with the second rendition of Adopt a dog Friday!  Just like last week, I am picking out a few dogs that I think are just precious and are available here in Dallas or at a local shelter in the DFW area.  This week I’m excited to introduce a sweet dog I got to meet: Bruno!

He is such a great dog and posed so beautifully for Thank Dog Photography who took this awesome shot.  I’m very sad because Bruno was actually supposed to be my foster dog, but unfortunately I am allergic to Great Danes. And well, Bruno just so happens to have some Great Dane in him, along with a variety of other breeds. He was with me for about 5 hours though and was an absolutely doll.  Although he is probably about 70 pounds or so, Bruno was completely convinced he was a lap dog and tried to crawl into my lap many times.  He is a total love bug and is just looking for a loyal family to call his own. Bruno is now available for fostering or adoption through Paws in the City, so please contact them if you have room for this great guy.

The next dog up on my list is Cheiner!

Her story absolutely breaks my heart and is the type that makes you second guess the kindness of humans. Victim of a divorce, this 13 year old labbie was dropped off at a kill shelter. Genius. This sweet girl would make a wonderful companion for someone who just wants a friend.  I’m sure she is a loving, loyal girl who doesn’t understand why she went from spending her days with a family to the confines of a cold cement-floored cage. Mom, Dad, will you come and get her?  She is available now at the Collin County Animal Shelter under animal ID 343175. Thank you so much to the Collin County Urgents Volunteer group who photographed beautiful Cheiner and are networking her on facebook.

And to keep things from being all black lab around here, the next fur baby up is this gorgeous mama, Shae.

There will be no more puppies in Shae’s future, she is spayed (yay!), micro-chipped and has all of her vaccinations! And that has to be one of the cutest faces I’ve seen.  She also is available at Collin County Animal Services under animal ID 341743.  Since she has had a litter of puppies, she may be more calm and docile than other two year old dogs similar to her.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about these dogs, fostering, or adoption in general. I would love to talk to you about it!