Raising Memories: Turkey Lentil Ragu Recipe & $75 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!
  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Turkey Lentil Ragu Recipe & $75 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

Back-to-School time somehow manages to creep up on me and surprise me every year! I'm only a few days away from the first day of school and my mind is buzzing with thoughts of what to pack for school lunches, what to cook for easy family dinners, what to send in their new backpacks to put in their new desks, how to create the ideal routines, and the list goes on and on! It's easy to spend a lot of money preparing for our kids to go back to school so Canadian Turkey and Lentils.org want to give one of you $75 to put toward those costs!

They've also given me a great recipe to share with you, so while we may have long lists of things to get in order this time of year, at least we can get our lists of easy, inexpensive, healthy meals started!


The ideal dinners during the school year are the ones you can easily turn into leftovers for a quick lunch or another dinner later in the week!


I find it way too easy to let my own nutrition slide during the day when my kids are at school and after the first several weeks of school, it becomes difficult to keep the kids' school lunches interesting. There are only so many non-nut protein sources that my kids will eat and we all run out of ideas to keep lunches interesting!

Having healthy meals for dinners that can be used as lunches later in the week makes life so much easier for me, and turkey and lentils are both great sources of protein packed right into this recipe! Did you even realize how much great stuff is in lentils? They're high in protein & fiber and are a great source of minerals like potassium, iron, and folate.

Now let's get on to that recipe so you can add it to your weekly recipe arsenal!

Turkey Lentil Ragu Recipe


Serves: 4 – 6 people
Prep time: 15 mins.
Cook time: 40 – 50 mins.

Ingredients:


1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
1 ½ cups (375 ml) onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 kg (1 lb) ground Canadian turkey
Salt and pepper to taste
2 large Canadian turkey sausages, casings removed
½ cup (125 ml) red wine
2 tsp (10 ml) Worcestershire sauce
2 cups (500 ml) tomato purée
1 cup (250 ml) water
1 can (796 ml or 28 ozs) diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) split red lentils
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp (5 ml) ground thyme
1 tsp (5 ml) ground oregano
1 tsp (5 ml) ground garlic powder



Instructions:


1. Heat olive oil in a large pot.
2. Add onions and cook over low-medium heat until translucent, 5-7 minutes.
3. Add garlic and continue to cook until garlic is cooked through and softened and onions begin to brown, an additional 5 – 7 minutes.
4. Add ground turkey and season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Add sausage and stir to break up into bite-sized pieces.
6. Cook until turkey and sausage are cooked through, 10 – 12 minutes.
7. Raise heat to high.  Add wine and Worcestershire sauce and cook until liquid is absorbed, 2-4 minutes.
8. Add tomato purée and stir to incorporate.
9. Add water, diced tomatoes and lentils.
10. Bring to a low boil.
11. Reduce heat and bring to a low simmer.
12. Add spices and cook for 5 – 7 minutes until lentils are cooked through.

13. Continue to simmer until ragu has thickened to your liking, up to an additional 10 minutes.
14. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
15. Serve over your favourite pasta!

TIP: Serve this hearty, tasty ragu sauce over a bed of spaghetti squash for a healthy alternative to pasta that kids will love!


$75 Giveaway


Canadian Turkey and Lentils.org want to help one of you get back-to-school ready with a $75 prepaid Visa gift card!  You must be a Canadian resident to win this giveaway. Giveaway will close on September 14th, 2017.  There are lots of different ways to enter (or you can enter more than one way). Fill out the form below to enter!


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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Canadian Turkey and Lentils.org, all opinions (as always) are my own.


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144 comments:

  1. Turkey is such a great protein. Yummy in so many recipes

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  2. I love turkey. But, I always forget to use worchestiser. SHEESH. HOW DO YOU SPELL THAT?!

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  3. There are quite a few recipes that could become family favourites but the Turkey Quesadillas will definitely become a big hit

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  4. I am sure my family will love the Smoky Turkey Lentil Chili

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  5. The BBQ turkey burgers are sure to become a family favourite.

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  6. I think my family would like the Mediterranean Lentil Pasta Salad.

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  7. I would love to try those breakfast tacos!
    jan

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  8. I know the kids would eat mini pizza meatloaf
    jan

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  9. The Turkey Quesadillas are sure to be a family favorite.

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    My family would like the Pasta with Lentils recipe.

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  10. With fall coming this Best Ever Turkey Chili recipe would for sure become a family favourite!

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  11. The Strawberry Cheesecake & Ice Cream Pie. It's healthy right it has lentil!

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  12. My kids would love the turkey quesadillas!

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  13. Lentils might be a challenge with my family but I think the Cheddar Smoky Turkey Lentil Burgers would be a success!

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  14. The Piri Piri Turkey Drumettes would be a family favourite! (entered as Stephanie)

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  15. The Broccoli, Lentil & Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner looks amazing! Our family would love to try it out. (entered as Stephanie)

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  16. the kids would love TURKEY QUESADILLAS

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  17. wow never thought of dessert the kids would love No-Bake Walnut & Date Brownies and so would I

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  18. Yum! Looks like a great recipe that the whole family would love. Thanks for sharing new ways to use lentils as that is one food I am not great about being creative with.

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  19. The Turkey Tortilla Pie from the Kids recipes will definitely be a family favorite.
    Florence Cochrane

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  20. My family would love the Taco Breakfast.
    Florence Cochrane

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  21. We all love turkey here and the BATCH TURKEY MEATBALLS would be a big hit.

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  22. No one eats lentils here, I'm the cook! So I'll pick Broccoli, Lentil & Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner - at least we wouldn't go hungry then eh?

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  23. Turkey apple meatloaf muffins are sure to be our favourite.

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  24. BBQ Turkey Burgers would certainly become a favourite around here.

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  25. No doubt the Cheddar Smoky Turkey Lentil Burgers will be much loved in this household.

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  26. turkey quesadillas would be a sure hit!

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  27. mediterranean lentil pasta salad

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  28. Our family would love the Smoked Turkey Wraps!

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  29. My family would love the lentil recipe of the Broccoli Lentil and shrimp sheet pan dinner.

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  30. The Turkey Tortilla Pie would be popular with my family.

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  31. The TURKEY QUESADILLAS are sure to become a family favourite.

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  32. I think my family would like the One Pan Thai Turkey Bowls

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  33. TURKEY QUESADILLAS would definitely be a family favourite. (Judy Cowan)

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  34. One Pan Thai Turkey Bowls is one that I think my family would enjoy even though they are not big fan of lentils. (Judy Cowan)

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  35. these are all really tasty! (wobbles13)

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  36. GOOD MORNING CASSEROLE looks so yummy & I know the whole family would love this. Breakfeast is important

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  37. Breakfast Tacos - we love breakfast & this looks so good

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  38. TURKEY TORTILLA PIE is sure to become a family favorite!

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  39. Our family would love the Strawberry Cardamom Scones!

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  40. Best Ever Turkey Chili. thanks

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  41. Broccoli, Lentil & Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner. thanks

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  42. Our family will really enjoy turkey quesadillas.

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  43. The Mini Turkey Pizza Meatloaves sound really good.

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  44. The Lentil Breakfast Tacos sounds good to me.

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  45. The Turkey Quesadillas would be a sure hit with my family!

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  46. My daughters would LOVE the Breakfast Tacos

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  47. Mediterranean Lentil Pasta Salad looks like a recipe my family would like

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  48. We would love the GOOD MORNING CASSEROLE

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  49. I think we would love the Quick Pasta with Lentils

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  50. The Turkey Quesadillas will be a favorite around here for sure

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  51. I think my family will love the Cheddar Smoky Turkey Lentil Burgers

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  52. Debbie White BeattieSeptember 7, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    I know for sure that SWEET & SMOKY TURKEY SLOPPY JOES would be a family favourite

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  53. Debbie White BeattieSeptember 7, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    I know that Beef and Lentil Lasagna with Ricotta and Spinach would be a really big hit with us.

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  54. Who knew there would be so many dessert options that use lentils!?I have a hard time getting my husband to try anything that is perceived as "beans",but I think the Cinnamon Apple & Lentil Fritters could be a huge success! :)

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  55. They'd like the Turkey Quesadillas.
    Donna L.
    naloe@hotmail dot com

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  56. The lentil taco salad looks pretty tasty.

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  57. The recipe for Lentil Zucchini Lasagna

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  58. My kids would love the Turkey Tortilla Pie! :)

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  59. I would love to try the breakfast tacos. :)

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  60. I think TURKEY LASAGNA WITH RICOTTA AND BASIL would be a hit with my family

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  61. My family would love the turkey quesadilla! Looks delicious!

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  62. The Breakfast tacos would be a big hit at my house!

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  63. I think the Batch Turkey Meatballs would be a big hit in my house, we all love Turkey and we love Meatballs!

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  64. I know we would love the Breakfast Tacos

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  65. Fun to dip and an incredible crunch makes for a great kids/family meal so I'd make the Honey Garlic Turkey Tenders with Sweet and Smoky Dipping Sauce!

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  66. I know that the TURKEY QUESADILLAS will be a favourite

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  67. The Smoky Turkey Lentil Chili recipe sounds good I think my family would enjoy this recipe

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  68. My family would love the PIRI PIRI GRILLED TURKEY DRUMMETTES
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  69. My family would also like the Broccoli, Lentil & Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner recipe

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  70. My kiddos love the Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes. Thanks!

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  71. I love the recipe for the Breakfast Tacos. My family loves lentils and this looks like a perfect combination of foods!

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  72. Nice, I'd like to try the turkey lasagna

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  73. Lentil Chili & Macaroni Skillet would be a nice dinner!

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  74. My family would enjoy the Best Ever Turkey Chili.

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  75. Lemony Lentils looks delicious.

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  76. The Turkey Quesadillas would be a hit in our house for sure.

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  77. The Lemony Lentils is a recipe we would enjoy.

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  78. Breakfast tacos for the weekend.

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  79. Family will love best ever turkey chili

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  80. My kids love the smoked turkey wraps!

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  81. mediterranean lentil pasta salad is our favorite dinner side!

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  82. The One Pan Thai Turkey Bowls look great!

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  83. The turkey lasagna with ricotta and basil looks yummy!

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  84. turkey apple meatloaf

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  85. The Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs would be a fav

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  86. Turkey Quesadillas as I love them with chicken but never thought of using turkey

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  87. The PIRI PIRI GRILLED TURKEY DRUMMETTES are sure to become a family favourite.

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  88. I think my family would love the Smoky Turkey Lentil Chili recipe.

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  89. The Mediterranean Lentil Pasta Salad.

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  90. The TURKEY TORTILLA PIE is so good !

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  91. My family will love the Garden Pasta Salad

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  92. For sure my family would love the Mini Pizza Meatloaves!

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  93. A family favourite from the lentils recipe page would be the Broccoli, Lentil & Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner.

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  94. I really want to try the Thai Turkey Bowls with Lentil Falafels! yummy :)

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  95. Turkey quesillas would surely be a favourite. Finger food is always popular.

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  96. Chili Stewed Squash & Chicken must be good because our family loves all of the ingredients.

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  97. The Mediterranean lentil pasta salad will be a hit with my family.

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  98. The BBQ turkey burgers are sure to be a hit with my family.

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  99. The Grilled Turkey Tacos would make a fast, tasty weekday meal.

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  100. I would like to try the Simple Pasta with Lentils.

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  101. The Roasted lentil & cauliflower tacos look like a new, fun twist on tacos that my family would find unique and enjoy!

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  102. Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes would surely become a big hit.

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  103. The Mini-Pizza Meatloaves are sure to be a hit around here!

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  104. I'd love to try the Broccoli, Lentil & Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner.

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  105. I think HONEY GARLIC TURKEY CASSEROLE will be a classic

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  106. Our family would like one pan thai turkey bowls on lentils.org

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  107. My family would love The Turkey Quesadillas

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  108. The Smoked Turkey Wraps would be a favourite in our house.

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  109. Quick Pasta with Lentils is sure to become a favourite

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  110. Tortilla pizza melt will be delish!

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  111. I would love to try those breakfast tacos!

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  112. My family would love the Smoky Turkey Lentil Chili

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  113. This looks so yummy - I have to try it!

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  114. Love the honey garlic turkey casserole recipe

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  115. I'd love to try this if I still had teeth....oh well, maybe in the next life

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  116. The Turkey Quesadillas would be a hit.

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  117. The Mini Pizza meatloaves would be a definite favorite in my house

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  118. My family would love the breakfast tacos

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  119. I think Batch Turkey Meatballs will become a favourite - they are convenient and versatile.

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  120. I think my family would love Broccoli, Lentil & Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner.

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  121. I think the kids would love the Mini Pizza Meatloafs!

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  122. The Herbed Lentil Skillet with Spinach, Tomatoes, Feta & Egg looks amazing!

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  123. The smoked turkey wraps sound great!

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  124. The lentil zucchini lasagna would also be great to try!

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  125. I sure Love Turkey Wraps! Easy to make and Healthy too! Thanks so much!

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  126. My kids would love the turkey quesadillas.

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  127. I think the Cheddar Smoky Turkey Lentil Burgers would be a hit in our house.

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  128. The Turkey Tortilla Pie would be a hit with my family.

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  129. The Cheddar Smoky Turkey Lentil Burgers would be perfect for us to try.

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  130. My daughter loves anything pizza related, so the many pizza meat loafs would be a hit

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  131. My family would like Breakfast tacos

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  132. Definitely the brocolli-lentil-shrimp-sheet-pan-dinner/

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  133. Mm...mmm...mmm...I'm always looking for new recipes to incorporate turkey into. Thanks for joining last weeks Tasty Tuesday, I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  134. I'm afraid that I'm not a fan of lentils at all but I do love turkey :-)

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  135. This recipe sounds good apart from the lentils, I wonder if it would work just leaving them out.

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~Heather Lynne

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