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
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
Preheat oven to 325F.
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.
Transfer the mixture to a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Top with Green Giant Cauliflower Veggie Tots in a single layer.
Bake 12 - 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot.
Aaaaand it has a gravy packet that you just pour into a pot and simmer until hot and thick.
They turkey turned out perfectly juicy and the cajun spices were a nice change from the usual turkey. (Pssst, they have a regular turkey, too!) My kids came home from school the day I cooked it and said, “Why does it smell so good in here?!”
The Jennie-O website is where you should head if you need any Thanksgiving help. They’ve got several menus, a thawing calculator (you better do that one today!), and tons of recipes for side dishes!
If you happen to have leftover turkey, lemme suggest you make this uhhhh-mazing Cranberry Turkey Salad. There’s this grocery store in my hometown that makes the best chicken salad with grapes and pecans and, like, sometimes I dream about that chicken salad. So I kind of wanted to do that but switched the chicken for turkey and the grapes for dried cranberries.
It’s so good and even better on a croissant.
True story: was so excited to have an excuse to buy croissants and my evil husky ate the 3 remaining croissants while I was at the gym!