Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

January 2017 – Theme

Budget-Friendly Eats

How low can you go? Can you make a meal for less than $3 per serving? Whatever your budget, show us your healthy entree recipe to help keep food spending in check in 2017

I love this month’s theme the Recipe Redux has chosen to use! The New Year usually means New Year resolutions, and that usually has something to do with budgeting or saving more money than you did the previous year, right!? We all have goals that we try to reach and if you are trying to budget or cut back on the amount you spend every night for dinner this dish is a great start to save. It is so easy for money to add up and this can last you all week! Most of the ingredients for this soup is probably already in your pantry or fridge–this is a great way to make sure those ingredients don’t go to waste.

It has been raining more than usual in Monterey these past few weeks and I love it! Rainy weather means soup and cozy comfort foods. I have been on a soup kick lately and I am trying out new recipes with my crock pot. I just started to use my crock pot again because it is so convenient and easy. I wanted to make this soup on my stove and the day I planned on making it, our stove and oven stopped working (how convenient)….but I was still wanting to make soup so I used my crock pot instead. This soup can last a whole week and I like to freeze half of it so I always have soup on hand. Besides this soup being budget friendly, it is also a great hearty soup loaded with fiber, protein and plenty of vegetables!

Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

This comforting soup is heart healthy, delicious and budget friendly!

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 (12.8-ounce) package of chicken sausage, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cups baby carrots; chopped

2 stalks celery; diced

2 (15-ounce) cans beans, drained and rinsed (I used white beans)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

2 bay leaves

4 cups chicken broth

2 cup beef broth

Black pepper, a pinch

3 cups baby spinach

1/2 cup pastina (small pasta)

Parmesan cheese; to sprinkle on top (optional)

Crackers or bread for dunking (optional)

Instructions

  1. Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a crock pot. Add all ingredients except for spinach and pasta.
  2. Cover crock pot and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. During the last 45 minutes of cook time, add pasta and spinach. Stir until combined. Once cooked, enjoy with bread or crackers all week long! Enjoy!
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Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

“I received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

This dish is extremely quick, easy, hearty and full of delicious flavors. The best part is I used Kikkoman’s Less Sodium Soy Sauce so I reduced the sodium intake on this! Soy sauce is rich in savory unami flavor that gives this dish a bursting flavor! This dish can be served as lunch, dinner, snack or even an appetizer by making these bite size.

This dish is light and has an abundance of fresh flavor! I used spinach and carrots as my veggie because that’s what I had in my fridge as leftovers from another recipe. However you can use other veggies such as zucchini, squash, bell peppers, kale or eggplant–the possibilities are endless! Use what you have!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This dish is extremely quick, easy, hearty and full of delicious flavors--It also takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1 small yellow onion; diced

2 cloves of garlic; minced

1 cup of fresh spinach; roughly chopped

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

2 Tbsp. Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce

2 tsp. sesame seeds

1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

Green onions; thinly sliced for garnishing

1 head of butter lettuce

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium frying pan on high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes until onions are translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey, spinach, carrots and ginger. Cook until turkey meat is fully cooked and browned.
  3. Once turkey is cooked, drain to remove access fat then put in a medium bowl. Stir cooked turkey meat with hoisin sauce, Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce and sesame seeds.
  4. To serve, spoon in meat mixture onto butter lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.
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If you are wanting to make more of a meal out of this, simply add cooked quinoa, rice or brown rice to the turkey meat! I like to keep it light for most of my meals but there are times where I crave those extra carbs. This dish is perfect because you are getting lean protein and vegetables–a perfect combination to eating healthy and getting the right nutrients in too.

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Easy Ahi Tuna Poke

“I received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
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I partnered with Kikkoman and had the opportunity to create this delicious sodium saving recipe! It is bursting with flavor by using Kikkoman’s Less Sodium Soy Sauce , it is also simple to make! I love poke and it’s not too often that you can find a good poke. I have always wanted to make my own poke but it always seemed so intimidating to make and prepare because it is made with raw fish. Luckily I live in Monterey so finding fresh fish around here is easier than most places. I got my fresh sashimi/sushi-grade tuna from Monterey Fish Company here in town. You should be able to find fresh sashimi/sushi-grade tuna at a specialties grocery store or your local grocery store that has a relatively large seafood department.

This recipe makes me extra happy because by using Kikkoman’s Less Sodium Soy Sauce, I am significantly cutting down the sodium intake that it usually found in poke.

Easy Ahi Tuna Poke

Easy Ahi Tuna Poke

Ingredients

2 1/2 Tbsp. Less Sodium Kikkoman Soy Sauce

1 tsp. Kikkoman rice wine vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

1 tsp sesame seeds; plus more for garnishing (I used black and white seeds)

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

3 scallions; thinly sliced plus more for garnishing

1 lb. sushi grade Ahi tuna; cubed into 1 inch pieces

Top with cubed avocado; optional

Top with sliced cucumbers; optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the Less Sodium Kikkoman Soy Sauce, Kikkoman rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes until combined.
  2. Add the cubed tuna and scallions and mix with a spoon. Mix gently as the fish is delicate. Mix until tuna cubes are covered in the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinade in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. This will allow all the flavors to enhance, do not skip this step.
  3. Once marinated, scoop poke into bowls and top with more sesame seeds and scallions. Serve over brown or white rice, chopped romaine lettuce, seaweed salad, or simply eat it as is!
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img_8206There are so many different ways that you can eat this poke, my boyfriend and I kept it simple and ate this poke as is! BUT you can also eat it over white or brown rice, chopped romaine salad or with sliced cucumbers or crackers. This poke is light and makes the perfect edition to your healthy eating New Year’s resolutions! 🙂

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Breakfast Apple Cookies

Apple cookies are the easiest treats to make! Thanks to Peace Cereal who sent me a few samples of cereals to try and this was one of my creations. It is quick, easy, healthy and the best part; it’s delicious!  (Also, if anyone has any tips or tricks to making peanut butter look pretty when spreading, let me know!)  The most common way to eat cereal is to pour it in a bowl, add milk and eat it with a spoon. This is a great way to get more out of your cereals by using it in different ways. You can find Peace Cereals by HERE. They have tons of healthy breakfast cereals. This cereal in particular has whole rolled wheat, rye, barley & oat mixed with dried dates, raisins, sunflower and flax seeds, almonds & walnuts. It is a great combination of crunchy, chewy and sweet in a bite! It also has plenty of whole grains, fiber & protein in one serving. You can try this with any type of cereal in your pantry, enjoy!
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Breakfast Apple Cookies

Breakfast Apple Cookies

Ingredients

1 Fuji apple; sliced into 1/4 inch slices

2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

Fruit, Seed & Nut Muesli Cereal by Peace Cereal

Instructions

  1. Spread peanut butter on smoothly on to apple slices.
  2. Sprinkle Fruit, Seed & Nut Muesli Cereal on each slice. Enjoy!
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