What: Italian-inspired Mini Turkey Casserole that is easy to assemble and prep ahead. Side-note: This tried and true kids’ favorite was one of the first recipes of its kind that I featured on my Instagram. I received such great feedback that I was inspired to start documenting my kids meals for all to see on Neurotic-mom.com!
When: When you are looking for a filling, healthy dinner or at-school lunch
Why: Because it’s never too early to start appreciating Italian flavors like Garlic, Tomatoes and Basil (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!)
How: Fast-cooking grains or pastas (we chose Quinoa for this but we also love it with Orzo or Farro) made ahead in large batches allow you to create easy kids meals in a snap. You can make personalized mini casseroles in small glass pyrex dishes or make larger batches (for several kids) that can be warmed in the oven and served.
Italian Style Turkey Casserole
Makes about 4 6 Ounce Servings or one 24 Ounce Casserole
1/2 Pound Ground Organic Turkey browned in a little Olive Oil or Butter
1/2 a 15 ounce can Organic Great Northern Beans or Cannellini Beans
1 Cup Cooked Quinoa or other cooked grain
1 Tablespoon Organic Salted Butter
1 small clove Garlic, minced, or a few sprinkle of Garlic Granules
3 Basil Leaves, minced (optional)
1/4 Cup Organic Strained Tomatoes from the jar (or choose BPA free cans)
In a medium skillet, warm the cooked Ground Turkey with the Quinoa. Add the Butter and stir until just melted.
Stir in the Beans and mix.
Stir in the minced Garlic and allow flavors to blend, another 2 minutes.
Stir in the Strained Tomatoes and stir. Now add the minced Basil.