Apple Turkey Picadillo


Apple Turkey Picadillo

Apple Turkey Picadillo

This recipe, Apple Turkey Picadillo, is a twist on the Latin American staple that‘s made healthier with ground grand turkey and crisp apples.  It doubles well.  Try tucking it into whole-wheat tortillas or serve over instant brown rice for a quick and healthy supper.


Apple Turkey Picadillo Recipe


Apple Turkey Picadillo

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup finely chopped red onion

1 garlic clove, minced

8 oz. 99% lean ground turkey

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. dried oregano

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1 Tbsp. cider vinegar

1 medium tart green apple, peeled and chopped

1 cup chopped tomato

3 Tbsp. chopped green olives

½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup sliced scallion greens


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic; cook until soft, stirring often, about 2 minutes.  Add turkey; cook, stirring and breaking up, until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes.

Stir in cumin, oregano, salt pepper and cloves; cook for 30 seconds.  Stir in vinegar, scraping up any browned bits.  Stir in apple, tomato, olives and Worcestershire sauce.  Reduce heat and gently simmer. Stirring often, until any liquid in the pan has reduced to a syrupy, about 8 minutes.  Stir in scallion greens and serve.           2 serving, 1 ¼ cups each


(Recipe for Apple Turkey Picadillo, Diabetic Connect, 2015)


Easy Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast


Easy Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast

Easy Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast

This recipe, Easy Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast is from Diabetic Connect


Easy Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast Recipe


Easy Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast

1 tsp. oregano

¼ tsp. black pepper

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (six halves)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

¼ cup water

3 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules

1 tsp. parsley


Mix oregano and pepper and sprinkle evenly over chicken pieces.

In a large non-stick skillet, using medium heat, brown chicken evenly on both sides in olive oil.

Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chicken, bringing mixture to a gentle boil.

Pour skillet contents into slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 6 hours (3 hours on high).

Chicken is very tasty served on a bed of brown rice with steamed carrots!  Enjoy.


(Recipe for East Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast came from Diabetic Connect, 2015)


Escarole Soup


Escarole Soup

Escarole Soup

The Everything Soup Cookbook, this book has 300 mouthwatering recipes.  There is soup for everything…such as Curried Chicken, Lemon Chicken and Okra, Italian Minestrone Cola, Pumpkin, Rice and Egg.  I’ve picked out for you to try…

 Escarole Soup Recipe


Escarole Soup

1 head escarole

1 large onion

1 ½ cups diced celery

3-4 cloves garlic

8 cups basic vegetable stock (I use Kitchen Basics because it has LOW SODIUM)

2 bay leaves

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. oregano

Salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)


Tear the escarole into small pieces.  Dice the onion and celery.  Mince the garlic.

In a soup pot, begin warming the broth, alone with the bay leaves.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil, add the onion, garlic, celery and oregano, sauté for about 4 minutes (I would sauté until the celery is cooked) on low heat.  Add the escarole, stirring constantly, until it wilts.  Transfer this mixture to a soup pot.  Simmer gently for about 30 minutes.  Remove the bay leaves.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.


(Recipe for Escarole Soup, was in The Everything Soup Cookbook, 2002, 2014)


Greek Herb Ratatouille

Greek Herb Ratatouille

Greek Herb Ratatouille


When I lived in Florida, I went to a dinner at a friend’s home.  His Greek wife served a beautiful and delicious side dish the she called “Eggplant Fan” and she shared the recipe with me.  While I’ve made her version many times with great success, I was inspired by the movie Ratatouille and created this version.

             Joe Sherwood                                                                                    Tryon, Nebraska


Greek Herb Ratatouille Recipe

Greek Herb Ratatouille

1 small eggplant

2 small zucchini

2 small yellow summer squash

4 plum tomatoes

1 large sweet onion

½ butter, melted

½ cup minced fresh parsley

3 garlic cloves, minced

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. each dried thyme, oregano, tarragon and basil

½ tsp. dried rosemary, crushed

½ tsp. pepper

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


Cut vegetables into ¼ inch thick slices.

In a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish, layer the eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and onion.  In a small bowl, combine the butter, parsley, garlic and seasonings; pour over vegetables.   Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Bake, uncovered at 375 F. for 35 minutes.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Serve with a slotted spoon.    13 servings (3/4 cup each)


(Recipe for Greek Herb Ratatouille was on, 2014)


Pepperoni Pizza Quiche

Pepperoni Pizza Quiche

Pepperoni Pizza Quiche


Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


I put ever-popular ingredients into a pastry crust for her appealing “pizza pie”.  One thing for sure, there’s seldom a slice left when I serve it to family or company.

              Debbie White                                                                    Williamson, West Virginia


Pepperoni Pizza Quiche Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Quiche

1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese, divided

4 eggs

1 ½ cup half-and-half cream

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. dried oregano

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 large onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. canola oil

1 can (14 ½ oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

½ tsp. dried thyme

¼ tsp. sugar

1/8 tsp. dried basil

12 slices pepperoni, chopped

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

¼ cup sliced ripe olives


Bake unpricked pastry shell at 375 F. for 11 minutes.  Sprinkle with 2/3 cup Swiss cheese.  In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, salt, oregano, cayenne and pepper; pour over cheese.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté, onion in oil until tender.  Stir in the tomatoes, thyme, sugar and basil.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.

Sprinkle remaining Swiss cheese over quiche.  Top with the tomato mixture.  Sprinkle with the pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and olives.  Bake 5 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.  Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.        6-8 serving


(Recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Quiche was on, 2014)


Meatball Skillet Meal


Meatball Skillet Meal

Meatball Skillet Meal

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


With colorful vegetables and nicely seasoned meatballs, this tasty meal-in-one offers a lot of flavors for a little cash.

           Donna Smith                                                                     Victor, New York


Meatball Skillet Meal Recipe

Meatball Skillet Meal

½ cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms

1/3 cup quick-cooking oats

2 Tbsp. finely chopped green pepper

2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion

2 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 lb. ground turkey

4 medium carrots, sliced

1 small zucchini, sliced

1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

4 cups hot cooked rice


In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients.  Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well.  Shape into 1 ¼ inch balls.

In a large skillet, cook meatballs over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.  Add carrots and zucchini; cook, uncovered for 5 minutes or until tender.  Stir in tomatoes; heat through.  Serve with rice.

6 servings


(Recipe for Meatballs Skillet Meal was on, 2014)