Bacon & Turkey Soup

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My version of Bacon and Turkey soup. To lower the carb count I used an orange bell pepper instead of a sweet potato. Still got my splash of orange and comfort out of the soup on a very cold Virginia day.

My 15-pound bird yielded a lot of meat. I wanted to do something different with the leftovers than the standard turkey sandwiches (on oopsie bread of course!). So I thought of making a soup. I found a lovely recipe on I Breath. I’m HungrySmokey Bacon and Turkey Chowder.

I just made a few minor changes to the recipe, based on what I had in my house. My goal was not to run out to the grocery store for leftover soup.

My Changes
I used Applegate Naturals Uncured Sunday Bacon* rather than the cherry hardwood smoked bacon. While I love the idea of cherry hardwood smoked bacon, I can’t find any in my neck of the woods that is uncured with sugar. So I just remedied the lack of smoky flavor by adding a bit more liquid smoke. Read More


Bacon, Spinach & Mushroom Breakfast Casserole

This quick and easy breakfast casserole lasts for a few days and ends up saving me a lot of time in the mornings. Plus it is mighty tasty, low carb and healthy!

This quick and easy breakfast casserole lasts for a few days and ends up saving me a lot of time in the mornings. Plus it is mighty tasty, low carb and healthy!

Lots going on over the next few days. The weather forecast is awesome and I intend to spend my mornings training for my 5k or upping my walks to 8 miles.  To save time in the mornings I decided to whip up an egg casserole to last us for the next few days.

Breakfast casseroles are the easiest things to make. All you need are 8-10 eggs (for an 8 x 8 dish), some sautéed veggies, 1 cup of cheese and a protein. Toss in a little salt and pepper and you have yourself an amazingly tasty way to start the day. Read More


What To Do With That Left Over Turkey? Healthy Mac ‘N Cheese!

A perfect, healthy lunch solution for all that left over turkey -- Mock Mac N' Cheese.  It might not look pretty in the container, but it is tasty.

A perfect, healthy lunch solution for all that left over turkey — Mock Mac N’ Cheese. It might not look pretty in the container, but it is tasty.

With half a turkey breast and a leg sitting in the fridge, I started wondering how I could jazz up dinner.  I came across this George Stella recipe for Mac & Cheese (substituting cauliflower for the macaroni!) and it hit me. Add the turkey to increase the protein!

I ended up dividing the casserole up into 8 single serving size containers. A perfect Grab-&-Go lunch for my working hubby.

The dish is delicious and I didn’t miss the pasta at all…of course all of that glorious bacon helped.

For those of you not eating low-carb and want to use fewer points, try using fat-free cream and Cheddar cheeses, and less bacon (I can’t believe I wrote that!). Read More