Easy Dinner Ideas For The Family that are Guilt Free

by Jenn

If you follow my blog, then you already know my kids have been in school for almost 2 months! Gosh, where does the time go. Needless to say I am always on the lookout for easy dinner ideas, which cannot always be easy – especially because I’ve tried to make better food choices for my family, and most of you know I am determined to reach my goal weight.  For me, making better choices starts at the grocery store, with foods like Butterball turkey.

Easy Dinner Ideas For The Family Without The Guilt

It happens to us all, crazy weeknight when don’t have time to go all out for dinner.  Here are a few easy dinner ideas to help you make better choices for your family without sacrificing the flavor!  

11 Easy Dinner Ideas Make With Turkey

I have loved turkey deli meat for as long as I can remember, Butterball makes amazing turkey deli meat, but I wasn’t sure about turkey sausage.  Have you tried the Butterball turkey sausage? I made Smoked Turkey Sausage Alfredo for dinner, which turned out great.  By using Butterball Turkey Sausage rather than beef or pork sausage we enjoyed a great meal, and cut back on the fat by almost 60% – making better choices feels good.

If you’re looking for a few easy dinner ideas that don’t leave you feeling guilty, here are a few to share with family and friends.

Roasted Italian-Style Sausage with Potatoes, Tomatoes, & Rosemary Basil Gravy

Roasted Italian-Style Sausage with Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Rosemary Basil Gravy – Tell me that doesn’t sound amazing!  If you are looking for an easy dinner idea and enjoy Italian Sausage, then you cannot go wrong with this recipe.

FAVORITE GRILLED SAUSAGES

Favorite Grilled Sausages – I don’t even think I need to say anything!  The name says it all, have fun with it and turn your favorite grilled sausages into a tasty meal for only you or the entire family.

THAI TURKEY WRAP

Thai Turkey Wrap – YUMMY, and easy idea for lunch or a light dinner.  It’s easy to make with leftover Butterball Turkey!  All you’re going to need is a flour tortilla, spicy mayonnaise, veggies, turkey, and a peanut sauce.  It’s a must try for anyone who enjoys wraps!

MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY WRAPS
easy dinner ideas turkey pita pocket recipes

Mediterranean Turkey Wraps – I think this is my favorite wrap recipe so far!  I mean, look at that picture, it’s pretty, and it’s been my experience colorful taste fabulous – especially when there are so many tasty veggies involved.

Turkey Pita Pockets – Another one of my favorite sandwiches is anything stuffed inside pita bread!  Can you say YUMMY??  Add a little ranch on that bad boy, toss in your favorite veggies – tomatoes, lettuce, some avocado and turkey slices..  Don’t forget the cheese, lol.  The picture doesn’t have any, and that would be the 1st thing I would do differently – add cheese.

Hot Italian Hero Sandwiches

Hot Italian Hero Sandwiches – WOW, does this look amazing or what?  It’s French bread rolls filled with a sliced turkey from the deli, spaghetti sauces and mozzarella cheese!  DANG, it sounds amazing.  Be sure to swing by and check out our Monster Meatball Sandwich, it’s something we do every Halloween for the kids!  What can I say, I love baking and sharing all sorts of Halloween recipes.

Nachos With a Twist

Nachos with a Twist – I couldn’t help it, I had to include the Nachos with a Twist because they look super yummy, easy and fun.  It’s a ranch dressing replaces the salsa and Butterball Turkey Bacon sounds like an awesome change from ground beef, which makes it easy to prepare, and I am going to bet VERY YUMMY!

Island Turkey Salad – Perfect for those times when you have leftover turkey!  Turkey, pineapple, grapes, and mangoes with honey mustard dressing.

The other night we wanted to make something quick and easy for dinner, so we grabbed the Butterball Turkey Sausage out of the freezer, and made Turkey Sausage Alfredo.  Did you know Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage comes in a variety of flavors, short cooking times is made with 100% turkey, and with 60% less fat than beef or pork sausage!  Now, that’s a quick and easy dinner idea I can feel good about!

Smoked Sausage Alfredo (1)Awesome Smoked Turkey Sausage Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream (divided)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces uncooked refrigerated Fettuccine pasta
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) Butterball® Smoked Turkey Dinner Sausage, diagonally cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 3 cups fresh grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

Slice  Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage into thin slices, place in frying pan on medium heat and cook until warm all the way through.  I like to keep them in until I have a little color on the sides

  • In a small mixing bowl on medium heat bring 2 cups heavy cream to a boil.  Reduce heat, and allow to simmer without cover until the cream is reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 15 mins).
  • Remove from heat, add butter and stir until all melted.
  • In a large saucepan, add 1 cup of heavy cream.  Set aside for later.
  • Cook noodles as directed on packaging.  We use all sorts of different noodles, so don’t feel like you cannot make this without the correct noodles!
  • Drain pasta, leave about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking liquid behind.
  • Once your cream mixture is simmering again add the cooked pasta, sausage, 2 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese.  Now add the basil leaves, pepper, and heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are heated through.
  • Stir in reserved pasta cooking liquid until desired consistency is reached. Don’t worry if the sauce doesn’t completely thicken right away, it typically will when removed from heat.
  • Divide pasta mixture to serving bowls. You can sprinkle evenly with tomatoes and remaining Parmesan cheese if you like.

Smoked Turkey Sausage Alfredo

Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )
Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 500 calories 10 fat

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream (divided)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces uncooked refrigerated Fettuccine pasta
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) Butterball® Smoked Turkey Dinner Sausage, diagonally cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 3 cups fresh grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 10 freshly basil leaves, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, optional

Instructions

  1. Slice Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage into thin slices, place in frying pan on medium heat and cook until warm all the way through. I like to keep them in until I have a little color on the sides
  2. In a small mixing bowl on medium heat bring 2 cups heavy cream to a boil. Reduce heat, and allow to simmer without cover until the cream is reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 15 mins).
  3. Remove from heat, add butter and stir until all melted.
  4. In a large saucepan, add 1 cup of heavy cream. Set aside for later.
  5. Cook noodles as directed on packaging. We use all sorts of different noodles, so don't feel like you cannot make this without the correct noodles!
  6. Drain pasta, leave about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking liquid behind.
  7. Once your cream mixture is simmering again add the cooked pasta, sausage, 2 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese. Now add the basil leaves, pepper, and heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are heated through.
  8. Stir in reserved pasta cooking liquid until desired consistency is reached. Don't worry if the sauce doesn't completely thicken right away, it typically will when removed from heat.
  9. Divide pasta mixture to serving bowls. You can sprinkle evenly with tomatoes and remaining Parmesan cheese if you like.

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