Turkey Skillet Casserole

Turkey Skillet Casserole

Don’t worry about overcooking your pasta with this delicious Turkey Skillet Casserole by food author Linda Gassenheimer. In this hearty dish, the pasta cooks to perfection right in the sauce. The addition of turkey, mushrooms, and spinach give the meal a healthy, light touch. For one pot fanatics, you can even serve it right from the skillet.

Serves 2

2 teaspoons canola oil
3/4 pound boneless turkey breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 cup frozen chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup reduced-sodium, no-sugar-added pasta sauce
1/2 cup water
2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms
3 ounces fresh whole-wheat linguine, broken into 4–5-inch pieces
2 packed cups washed, ready-to-eat spinach
1/2 cup fresh basil, torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream

Helpful Hints:
It’s important to use fresh pasta from the supermarket for this recipe. Fettuccini can be used instead of linguine. Any type of reduced-fat cheese can be used. Minced garlic can be found in the produce section of the market.

1. Heat oil in a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, onion, and garlic. Sauté 3 minutes, turning turkey pieces to brown all sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Add the pasta sauce, water, mushrooms, and linguine. Stir to mix well. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, cover with a lid, and cook 3 minutes. The linguine should be cooked through. Add a little water if sauce is dry before pasta is cooked.

3. Add spinach and basil, stirring until spinach wilts. Remove from the heat and sprinkle the cheese on top. Spoon sour cream over cheese. Serve on 2 dinner plates.

Countdown: Prepare first 8 ingredients. While turkey and pasta cook, prepare remaining ingredients.

“Reprinted with permission of the American Diabetes Association (2015)”. 

Delicious One-Pot Dishes


This recipe comes from Linda Gassenheimer’s Delicious One-Pot Dishes: Quick, Healthy, Diabetes-Friendly Recipes.” This cookbook provides the easiest and quickest ways to create healthy one-pot meals that are packed with flavor. There’s also additional sections on shopping smart and stocking the pantry. Get the book at Amazon or ShopDiabetes.org.

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Savor the last days of summer: Five restaurants with open patios – and craft beers

The last hurrah of summer is upon us, and while you could use the long Labor Day weekend to try to squeeze in all the summer fun activities that you never quite got around to, why not just take it easy for an afternoon? Stake out a choice spot on one of these beer-friendly patios, sip on a few…

Santa Monica Mountains – Los Angeles Times

Quick & Easy Skillet Lasagna

Box meals will become a thing of the past once you try this easy, creamy Skillet Lasagna from one of our favorite food blogs, Our Family Eats. This recipe is full of wholesome, nutritious ingredients that quickly come together to create a hearty meal that you can feel good about serving again and again.


8 sheets of lasagna noodles
1 lb lean ground beef
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups all natural prepared pasta sauce
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated (you can use more if you’re a cheese lover)

1. Break lasagna noodles into pieces, approximately 2″ long.  Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions and drain well.

2. Meanwhile, cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat for about 5 minutes, breaking up large pieces.  Add onion and continue cooking until beef is cooked through and no longer pink.  Drain fat and return to the pan.  Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.  Pour in the pasta sauce; cook for about 2 minutes.

3. Reduce heat to medium low.  Add the cooked lasagna noodles to the skillet and stir to coat with the sauce.  Place 4-5 spoonfuls of ricotta cheese to the skillet, spacing them out around the skillet.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.  Cover the skillet with a tight fitting lid until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.  Stir to combine the cheese with other ingredients.

4. Serve warm with a green salad or steamed vegetables.

Serves 4

Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook.

Susan Schuman is a working mom with two small kids and a hungry husband. She writes Our Family Eats to share ideas for fun, wholesome meals that anyone can fit into their hectic schedule.  You can connect with Susan on Twitter @ourfamilyeats.

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10 Things To Do in L.A. For Under $10 This Weekend [9-4-15 to 9-7-15]

As you probably already know we do a twice weekly listing of our favorite to-dos and happenings around Los Angeles (pushed out Monday AM and Thursday AM).

However, it occurs to me that sometimes event-seekers just want stuff that’s down-and-dirty, cheap-and-easy. With that in mind, here are 10 quick ideas for this weekend each costing less than $ 10 that might be good to keep on your radar.

Events are listed for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and Monday this week because of Labor Day!) in descending order from most to least expensive. Follow the links for more info!

Fiesta Hermosa 2014

Fiesta Hermosa 2014. Credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce on Facebook

For all prices listed we’ll generally note the true cost including any service fees, as sometimes is the case with our ticket-affiliate partner Goldstar.

[RELATED: The Best Way to Find Discount Events in Los Angeles]

1. [$ 9.00] Fight Club at the Autry National Center for Eat|See|Hear.* (Saturday)

2.  [$ 8.50] Sound of Music matinee at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica.* (Saturday)

3. [$ 8.00] Picture This! at The Satellite. 21+ only. (Sunday)

4. [$ 5.00] 626 Night Market. (Friday-Sunday)

5. [$ 5.00 w/RVSP] Arrive before 2:30 to the Hotel Figueroa’s Wavey Pool Party on Labor Day and you get in for $ 5 if you RSVP. $ 10 after 2:30pm. $ 20 if you don’t RSVP. (Monday)

6. [FREE] First Fridays in Long Beach, Pasadena, & Abbott Kinney (Friday)

7. [FREE] Contemplate Art Viewing at The Hammer Museum (Friday)

8. [FREE] Fiesta Hermosa (Saturday-Monday)

9. [FREE] Hike with Ranger Ernie to the L.A. River bike path (Sunday)

10. [FREE] Free Fosselman’s soft serve ice cream at Dog Haus (Monday)

* Discount tickets available only via Goldstar links provided.

If you want a more complete rundown, check Christina’s weekend roundup that was posted up yesterday morning or check out our discount events page for more savings.

And of course, make sure to sign-up for our email list so you’re always in the loop regarding happenings around the city.