Spinach & Turkey Mini Pasta Muffins

ground turkey mini muffins

Sharing a new mini muffin recipe with you today! I know I am a little obsessed with these mini muffins especially in the meat form or the veggie form but they are just so easy and so great to have on hand for Charlotte and myself for the week. It’s a great way to have her experience many flavors in one meal too. I usually give her one or two for lunch or dinner a few times a week and now in the freezer, I currently have these, the chickpea veggie version and the spinach, oat, banana version. For these, I used up some spinach and mushrooms that I had from the week before so they wouldn’t go to waste. I also added a bit of red onion, egg and feta cheese, as well as garlic and orzo pasta which I had on hand already too. So all I had to buy for these was the ground turkey. I bet you have a lot of that stuff in your fridge too!

Here is what you need:

1 egg

1 lb ground turkey (or any other ground meat)

2 cups spinach leaves

1 cup mushrooms

1/4 cup red onion

1 clove of garlic

1/2 cup uncooked orzo noodles (mine were whole wheat) you will cook them and then add to the mixture

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

How to:

Cook the pasta according to the directions

Take the onion, garlic, mushrooms and spinach and chop in food processor until evenly finely chopped and then add to a large bowl

In the large bowl mix in the cheese, egg and the ground meat and combine with a spoon, spatula or your hands until all ingredients are evenly distributed

Pre-heat oven to 350

Spoon in and press down the mixture into mini muffin tray (or a full size one) to the top as these won’t rise

This made enough for 4 regular size muffins and 24 mini’s

Bake on 350 for about 28 to 30 minutes for the mini’s and 35 minutes for the full size

Let cool and then store some for now and some for later! These would even be great for a bite-size party food /appetizer for the holidays coming up (especially if there is going to be little ones there). Also, I didn’t season these with anything because Charlotte doesn’t need it and they are pretty flavorful on their own anyway but you certainly could!  I hope you can see these are really versatile and can be made with just about anything.

Happy baking! Happy feeding! Happy eating!

 

xo-Adrienne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Mondays Week 4

Market mondays

Had a great shopping trip yesterday at the market!

I spent my usual $30 and got lots of goodies to use in smoothies, snacks and salads for the week.

Apples-with nut butters, alone, in smoothies

Peaches-salads, smoothies and in Greek yogurt, alone

Tiny black raspberries-salads, smoothies and in Greek yogurt

Celery-salads and to put nut butters on

onions-potato salad

Potatoes-baby reds for roasting or potato salad

Spicy honey brown mustard-in potato salad with Greek yogurt, dip for pretzels, on turkey sandwiches

red leaf lettuce-salad and smoothies

Orange pepper-on salads and for dip

Beet chips-alone or with dip or Greek yogurt

Spinach dip-on grilled chicken or with veggies or chips

and…some red, white and blue candy corn for Max (don’t ask…)

Anyway, I have made a delicious chicken salad, a banana and avocado smoothie and a potato salad so far! Above I listed different things you can make to eat with the different ingredients, I hope you can use some of the ideas I listed 🙂

Here is the Chicken Salad recipe:

Lettuce, Grilled chicken, half of a peach cubed, a handful of raspberries, 2 tsp crumbled feta cheese, 1/4 cup cucumber toss with 2 tsp. dressing or olive oil and vinegar.

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Potato Salad recipe:

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15 small baby red potatoes boiled for 15 minutes and cubed into halves or quarters

2 celery sticks chopped

1 small Spanish onion chopped

3 tsp spicy honey mustard

2 heaping tbsp plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp oil of your choice

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Season with salt, pepper, basil & oregano

Mix all together and chill for several hours

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Banana & Avocado protein smoothie:

1 ripe banana

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 c milk of your choice

2 tsp ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds or chia seeds

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

3 to 4 ice cubes-blend

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Enjoy!! I hope from reading my blog you realize that it isn’t hard and it isn’t expensive to eat healthy and make balanced meals for you and your family! xoxo

Adrienne