Turkey Meatloaf – Body for Life

1.4 lbs lean ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
4 egg whites
1 cup salsa
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats (uncooked)
1 package knorr vegetable soup mix
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
(instead of salsa and vegetable soup mix, i used rotell tomatoes and lipton onion soup mix)
combine turkey, onion, egg whites, salsa, oats, soup mix and black pepper.  press mixture into a 9×5 loaf pan and spread ketchup over top.  bake in  preheated oven (350) until meatloaf is no longer pink in the center and juice is clear — about 60 minutes. 
I got this recipe from Body of Life

Potatoes au Gratin

I am in love with a new blog: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/ so lately all of my recipes I have been trying are from her blog.

  • 4 whole Russet Potatoes, Scrubbed Clean
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1-½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Freshly Grated (I also added onions and ham to mine)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Smear softened butter all over the bottom of a baking dish.

Slice potatoes, then cut slices into fourths.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, minced garlic, salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.

Repeat this two more times, ending with the cream mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and really bubbling. Add grated cheese to the top of the potatoes and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving by the spoonful.


Strawberries and Bananas drizzled with Balsamic Glaze

3-4 Strawberries (washed and sliced)

1 Banana (peeled and sliced)

1 Cup balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp of sugar

Clean and cut Strawberries and place them in a bowl or Plate, Peel and Slice one banana place in same bowl. Pre heat stove to medium to high heat and fill small sauce pan with 1 cup balsamic vinegar, sugar and honey. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer till the syrup reduces to 75% and thickens into a syrup.

Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

1 (2-pound) beef tenderloin, halved and cut into 1-inch slices

6-inch wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes

Garlic-Mustard Glaze, recipe follows

Heat grill to high. Skewer 2 pieces of the beef onto 2 skewers so that the meat lies flat. Brush the meat liberally on both sides with the Garlic-Mustard Glaze. Grill the meat for 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked to medium-rare doneness, brushing with the remaining glaze while grilling. Remove from grill and serve.

Garlic-Mustard Glaze:

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup grainy mustard

2 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Spanish paprika

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before using.


Coffee Cake

I saw this Recipe and I just HAD to make it! It’s not the normal boring coffee cake you are thinking of. This is REAL coffee cake, with coffee in it…

  • 2 cups Flour

  • 2 cups Sugar

  • ¼ teaspoons Salt

  • 2 sticks Butter

  • 3 Tablespoons Instant Coffee Crystals


  • ½ cups Buttermilk

  • 2 whole Eggs

  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • _____
  • 1-½ stick Butter
  • 1 pound Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Instant Coffee Crystals
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two round baking pans.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

Melt 2 sticks of butter in a pot over medium-low heat. While that’s melting, add 3 tablespoons instant coffee to 1 cup boiling water. Set aside.

Once butter has melted, add coffee mixture to the butter in the pot. Let it come to a boil for about ten seconds, then turn off the heat. Set aside for just a minute.


In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

Pour the butter/coffee mixture into the flour mixture. Stir the mixture together gently. The purpose here isn’t to mix it together perfectly, but to cool down the heat before adding the egg mixture.

Add in the egg mixture and stir gently until well combined. Then pour into pans. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until set.


Allow to cool completely.

Combine all icing ingredients, then ice the cake. Chill for an hour before serving.

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Chicken Scallopine


(I am a sauce person. I LOVE sauce so much that you can’t even see the chicken in this picture! I promise its under all the mushrooms and saucy goodness)

  • 1 pound Linguine ( I used rice)
  • 6 whole Boneless, Skinless, Trimmed Chicken Breasts
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 12 ounces, weight White Mushrooms, Sliced Thin
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • Chicken Broth (optional)
  • 1 whole Lemon
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream (can Use Half-and-Half)
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Capers
  • Chopped Fresh Italian Parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese, For Topping

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Flatten chicken breasts to uniform thickness. Salt and pepper both sides, then dredge in flour. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry chicken breasts until golden brown. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Throw mushrooms into the pan and stir. Immediately pour in wine and chicken broth (optional), and then squeeze juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon. Stir to deglaze the pan, and then cook vigorously for 1 minute, until sauce reduces.

Pour in cream and stir, then add capers and parsley and stir. Turn off heat. Stir and add salt and pepper to taste. Don’t under salt!

Place pasta and chicken on a platter and top with every last drop of sauce. Generously sprinkle Parmesan Cheese over the top.


Bacon wrapped Smokies


I got this recipe from my Sister in law who made these for Christmas Eve and they were gone in about 2 seconds.

1 package 16 oz or 1 pound of Smokies

1 package of bacon cut into thirds

1 cups of brown sugar

How I made these was: Preheat oven to 375 I cut the bacon into thirds and wrapped each smokie, place all the wrapped smokies in a single layer in a baking dish then sprinkled  the brown sugar over the top. Baked them for about 15-20 minutes and then turned the heat up to 400 for about 5-10 minutes or longer until the bacon becomes crispy…

guaranteed you make these they will be gone! I made them for a gathering and everyone just kept eating them, and eating them…

Pound Cake


  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch) loaf pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs, 1 at a time.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.

When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes. Take them out of the pans, place them on a baking rack and allow them to cool completely. Wrap well, and store in the refrigerator.