Italian Turkey Sausage and Mushrooms over Polenta

This one doesn’t have a picture, but was so well received at our dinner table that I’m typing it up for myself so I remember what I did! This is a take off on a Cooking Light recipe, but I needed to make it dairy free. I also didn’t want to use just 2 links of sausage, so I doctored it up and made it my own! Came together nicely and everyone gobbled it up. It ended up being a 6 serving meal in our house but if you have big appetites, you could make it 4. At 6 servings it was a heaping 1/2 cup of polenta and a heaping 1 cup of the sausage mix. Next time I make it I will serve a nice crusty bread with it as well (we also had broccoli which complemented nicely!)

Italian-Style Cabbage Stew

As I mentioned earlier this week, I got a gorgeous head of cabbage in my farm bag from Front Porch Pickings. My husband is a good German boy (from Pittsburgh originally) and he loves cabbage!! I normally make haluski or slaw with it, but since it’s been so dreary out, I went looking for a soup recipe to fill our bellies. I found some inspiration online and tweaked some recipes until it fit us just right!

Use your giant soup pot – this makes a TON! I made the mistake of starting with a smaller pot and had to transfer… oops!! This soup is filling and chock full of good for you vegetables. And the calorie count can’t be beat!!

*Leave the cheese out for a dairy-free meal!


(72) Eggplant Parmesan

Yum yum yum yum yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. We got some eggplant from our friends’ gardens. They gave us a purple one and 3 white ones! Have you ever seen a white eggplant? Me either… check it out!

You slice it thin (please, slice it thin and uniformly or you’ll be cursing like me…) and then soak it in a pot of water. I couldn’t figure out how to make it stay submerged, so I rigged up a weight using a small plate and my meat hammer!

You bake it in the oven to crisp it up – I had to do more like 7 minutes per side to get it crispy!

I imagine you could use jarred sauce, but this recipe was really very easy. I used about 3/4 of it in the eggplant and used the other 1/4 of it to put over some angel hair pasta. The sauce was very flavorful!!

When you’re done layering and baking – this is the cheesy goodness that you end up with!! Even the baby gave it two (messy) thumbs up! I will be making this one again!!

Here’s the recipe – it was already on my website, made and reviewed by my friend Jill! Enjoy!

PS: I made the recipe as written – I thought the amount of basil and oregano was fine for my tastes!!

(10) Light Italian Wedding Soup

This comes from one of those small supermarket checkout magazines. It’s Martha Stewart, so I figured it would be pretty good. It was not AWESOME, but for 250 calories, it was super filling. Next time I think I’d sautee a little garlic in after the onions are softened. I also feel like it needed a little kick (some red pepper flakes or a few shots of tabasco?). It was a little milder than I like. My husband also told me that he’d like it even better if there was some small pasta or rice in it. I agree! In another note, this was the first time I’d cooked escarole! Go figure!

Light Italian Wedding Soup

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2009
Yield: 6 servings (really, it could be 8)

EF Comments: This healthier take on a classic soup includes lots of greens and turkey meatballs.

1 lbs ground dark-meat turkey (93% lean)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Course salt and ground pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 cans (14.5 oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes in juice
2 heads escarole (2 lbs total), cored, trimmed, and coarsely chopped

1) In a bowl, combine turkey, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Using 1 tablespoon for each, roll mixture into balls.

2) In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add broth and tomatoes (with juice); bring to a boil and simmer. Add meatballs; cook, without stirring, until meatballs float to the surface (about 5 minutes).

3) Add as much escarole to the pot as will fit. Cook, gradually adding remaining escarole, until wilted and meatballs are cooked through (about 5 minutes more). Thin soup with water if desired [I ended up adding almost 3 cups of water]. Season with salt and pepper. Serve soup sprinkled with more Parmesan.

Per serving:
250 calories, 9.8g fat (3g sat), 23.6g protein, 19.3g carb, 4.8g fiber

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