What's for dinner?
Have you ever had a dinner idea but not a recipe, so you head to Pinterest to find one? Or maybe you have no idea at all, but again...Pinterest to the rescue! That would be me. But it's very rare that I actually follow the recipe exactly. I pin them, print them, and then almost always end up changing them in one way or another. What can I say, I guess I just need something to jump start my brain. It's not that I do it on purpose. More often than not, I just have a different set of ingredients and feel like I can sub in and still make it good. I'm usually not wrong. That would be the case for this recipe. Out of 10 ingredients, maybe 2 stayed the same. (I'm guessing at the numbers, y'all. I didn't really count.) But, I did fix it in the crockpot!
- If you're curious, here are the ingredients I switched up:
1. Ground turkey in place of ground beef. I had some on hand and wanted to use it.
2. Fresh onion in place of dried. This is just my personal preference.
3. Orange bell pepper in place of green. Again, it's what I had on hand at the time.
4. Stewed tomatoes in place of diced. Another personal preference.
5. 2 small zucchini + 2 small yellow squash in place of 3 zucchini. It's what I had and needed to use them. Plus, I just love yellow squash and zucchini together! Yum!
6. Montreal seasoning in place of Italian. It's what was in the pantry, and it worked! Yay!
7. No cheese. This was by shear accident. I totally forgot it. Oops!
*And may I make one quick suggestion? Crockpot liners! Y'all, they are the best things ever! There's almost no clean up! And I have, at times, been known to grab a twist tie and bag up the leftovers just like that. Saves a dish! Hey, we don't have a dishwasher...let me correct that...we have 2 dishwashers. Us! And if we can save ourselves a dish here and there, we do!
Something else I find myself doing more and more over the years is looking at the finished product and thinking, "oh it would be good with..." In this case, it was mushrooms. I love mushrooms! And I think it might be an excellent addition. So, if you give this a try and decide to add them (or tweak the recipe to meet your own needs and taste) let me know how it turns out!
Happy cooking, y'all!
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Slow Cooker Turkey & Veggie Casserole
- 1 lb Ground Turkey cooked and drained
- 1 Onion chopped
- 1 Bell Pepper any color
- 2 small Zucchini chopped
- 2 small Yellow Squash chopped
- 24 oz Spaghetti Sauce
- 14.5 oz Stewed Tomatoes
- 2 cups Brown Rice uncooked
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Montreal Chicken Seasoning
- 1 cup Shredded Cheese your choice
InstructionsBrown meat and chop veggies. (I like to cook the onion with the meat)
Add all ingredients, except cheese, to crockpot.
Stir well to mix, cover, and cook on low for 4 hours.
Add cheese and cook an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
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