This post sponsored by Green Giant. All opinions are my own.

I feel like every year around this time, my house gets super busy. It’s like, January hits and all of the sudden all my kids have a million activities and it’s made worse this year because I have a forever long list of things I want to do here before we move. So we are never home anymore.

I mean, it’s great and fun and all but it means we’re rushing to eat dinner, do baths, finish homework all in, like, an hour before bedtime. It’s not always easy to cook something healthy in that time so I wanted to share a delicious and healthy shortcut I’ve discovered.

Have you tried the Veggie Tots from Green Giant yet?

I am obsessed.

I spotted these at my grocery store a couple months ago and they’ve been a staple in my house ever since. And the best part is that my kids are all just as obsessed with them as I am.

So the Veggie Tots are a new take on the kid favorite tater tots and they get super crispy on the outside and are creamy and delicious on the inside. On nights when life is just crazy and we don’t get home until well past dinnertime, these are a great way to avoid the drive-thru because they take less than 15 minutes, everyone loves them, and I am happy that my kids are eating veggies. The new Green Giant line of Veggie Tots is also made with no artificial flavors or preservatives.

In addition to the Cauliflower Veggie Tots, Green Giant also has Broccoli and Broccoli & Cheese Tots! Plus, other delicious products like riced veggies, mashed cauliflower, and roasted veggies!

Keep an eye out for these delicious tots at Walmart, ShopRite, Food Lion, HEB, and more. They’re over with the rest of the Green Giant vegetables in the frozen veggie aisle.

I’ve been really enjoying incorporating the Cauliflower Veggie Tots into casserole-type dishes like this shepherd’s pie. They make dinner prep so much easier. Whereas with a traditional shepherd’s pie recipe, you’d have to make mashed potatoes to spread on top, you totally skip that step and just layer some Cauliflower Tots on top!

Plus, the tots get nice and crispy and who doesn’t love a crispy topping on a casserole?!
I chose to use ground turkey but feel free to use ground beef or chicken if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Cauliflower Tots Shepherd’s Pie

6 - 8 servings

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 small white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon ketchup
¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
2 (16 ounce) bags Green Giant Cauliflower Veggie Tots

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey and onion; cook, breaking up the turkey, until the turkey is cooked through and the onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in flour and stir to coat the turkey and vegetables. Add ketchup, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil; lower heat and cook until thickened. Stir in frozen peas and carrots.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Top with Green Giant Cauliflower Veggie Tots in a single layer.
  4. Bake 12 - 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot.
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Grilled Stuffed Peppers - quick and healthy dinner! Stuffed with ground turkey, rice, fresh corn, and zucchini!

Big news, guys!

I have figured out how to turn my grill on!

Yep, had that grill for, like, 6 years and I just now figured out how to work it.

Next challenge: the smoker.

Anyway, I haven’t stopped using it since I figured it out. I’m obsessed.

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I have partnered with Jennie-O this year to bring you lots of yummy recipes featuring Jennie-O turkey. 

Greek Turkey Burgers - delicious burgers in pitas with feta and homemade tzatziki sauce! Plus, the best tips for keeping turkey burgers from drying out!

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

I repeat, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Omg, you guys. I have never been excited for the last day of school. I have had a year and I am ready for 3 months of fun.

I’m gonna swim in all the pools, I’m gonna sleep stupid late every day, I’m gonna have ice cream every night, and I’m gonna eat all the burgers.

 

Greek Turkey Burgers - delicious burgers in pitas with feta and homemade tzatziki sauce! Plus, the best tips for keeping turkey burgers from drying out!

Okay, let’s talk turkey.

I tend to choose turkey over beef when it comes to burgers. Less calories, less fat = more cheese on top.

My favorite way to do turkey burgers is with the Jennie-O Lean Seasoned Turkey Burgers. They’re already portioned out and shaped AND seasoned with a bit of onion and garlic. So it saves you a lot of time, especially if you’re cooking up a bunch.

When I want to add a bunch of stuff to the burger itself, I go for the Jennie-O 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey. It’s lean but not so lean that it’s going to get dry on you.

Speaking of dry turkey burgers, let’s talk tips. Because it really is easy to dry out a burger if you aren’t careful.

First up, don’t keep flipping the burger! Just leave it alone! For the turkey burgers, I start with 9 minutes on each side and then use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. If it’s not at 165F, I let it go a few more minutes. But don’t keep flipping it back and forth!

Don’t squish your burgers with the spatula while they’re cooking. You’re squeezing all the juices out when you do that.

If you want to add a little extra moisture to your meat mixture, a couple tablespoons of olive oil or some sauteed onions will do the trick.

And finally, let your burgers rest for a few minutes before you serve them up. It allows all the juices to redistribute and get delicious and stuff.

Greek Turkey Burgers - delicious burgers in pitas with feta and homemade tzatziki sauce! Plus, the best tips for keeping turkey burgers from drying out!

So for these, I used those Jennie-O Lean Seasoned Turkey Burgers that I love so much. I cooked up some of those, tossed them in some split pitas with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. And then sprinkled some feta on top. Plus, a healthy drizzle of homemade tzatziki sauce.

I’m addicted to tzatziki sauce.

And I know what you’re thinking.

“Amanda, you don’t like cucumbers.”

I know.

But tzatziki sauce is one of the greatest things on earth.

Before you head to the store for your turkey, be sure to print out the $1 off Jennie-O Frozen Turkey Burgers coupon! Click for the full recipe

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Sausage and Kale Naan Pizza - an easy and healthy way to do pizza night! Turkey sausage, kale, and mozzarella on top of delicious naan bread!

Monday! Woo!

No?

Ugh, I’m with you. I’m not ready for today. I meant to get so much done this weekend.

But what did I do?

Got a really awkward sunburn and then watched all of the 3rd season of Young and Hungry.

Productive? Nope. Fun? Yep.

But now that means that I have a ton to do this week. So pizza for dinner!

Sausage and Kale Naan Pizza - an easy and healthy way to do pizza night! Turkey sausage, kale, and mozzarella on top of delicious naan bread!

My current favorite way to do pizza is with naan bread.

How much do you love naan bread? I’m not much of a bread eater but I could eat garlic naan bread after garlic naan bread and never get tired of it.

If you’ve never tried it, it’s kind of like pita bread but softer and without the pocket in the middle. And it has these puffy bubbles on top that make it really, really hard to resist.

So for this Sausage and Kale Naan Pizza, you  just cook some turkey sausage with kale and garlic and then pile it on top of naan bread. Then you add some of those cute mozzarella balls on top and broil until the cheese is all melty and delicious.

Seriously easy. I’ve made this several times for lunch the past couple months and it takes me no time at all!

Sausage and Kale Naan Pizza - an easy and healthy way to do pizza night! Turkey sausage, kale, and mozzarella on top of delicious naan bread!

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Bleh, Monday.

My husband goes back to work today and it’ll be really strange since he’s been on leave for over a month. He had to shave his beloved “leave beard” yesterday in preparation and I swear he almost cried. And then when the baby (who’s not a baby) saw him without the beard, he said, “Hey. Your head looks funny.”

I died. 

Anyway, I hope your whole weekend was fantastic. Broncos lost. I’m dealing with it. We won’t talk about it anymore.

We went to IKEA on Saturday. And btw, IKEA on a Saturday is not really a great idea. But, you know. 

Since it’s in Denver (like a 40 minute drive for us) we’ve been planning this trip for awhile and I had ridiculously long list of things that we needed. I figured, I only go once a year – I might as well make the best of it. Right?

So then my husband (should I start calling him by his name? I can’t decide) spent all Saturday night and most of yesterday building ALL THE THINGS. The little ones got bunk beds and we got a new bed for the big one and a TV stand and several other things that required lots of sweat and curse words from the husband.

It was fun.

The kids had these Hawaiian Sloppy Joes for lunch yesterday and absolutely loved them. The baby (yeah, the one that’s not a baby) kept eating all the meat mixture off his bun and then yelling, “MORE SLOPPY, PLEASE” which made the meal even more entertaining than it usually is. 

But they’re really delicious and I had way more spoonfuls of the meat than I put in My Fitness Pal. Gahhhh, I love sloppy joes. 

So what makes it Hawaiian? Pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, aaaaaaand BACON. How can that be bad? My kids tore through the whole pot during lunch. No leftovers. I was impressed. 

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