Turkey Chili with Quinoa (Crock Pot)

The weather may be warming up outside, but we now have more things going on after school.  I still need to feed my family healthy meals but cannot be home to do so all the time.  I adapted this recipe from Jennie-O  with food that I had on hand.

I used organic beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, and quinoa with Jennie-O Lean Breakfast Sausage.  I cooked the sausage through and then added all the ingredients in my crock pot.  All of my ingredients were gluten free also, including Jennie-O’s sausage. Bonus!

Next time I think I will throw a half bottle of beer in also.  We completed our bowls with cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Turkey Chili with Quinoa in a Crock Pot


Turkey Chili with Quinoa (Crock Pot)
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Yummy Chili with a little healthy spin. Great for those week night meals when there is not time to cook. Gluten Free.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 6 servings
  • Jennie-O Lean Breakfast Sausage or Ground Turkey (about 1 pound)
  • ½ onion chopped
  • ½ green pepper chopped
  • 1 Tb chili powder (may need ½ Tb more to taste)
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 3 c chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can Navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ c quinoa uncoooked
  • ½ cup of salsa
  1. Cook turkey as specified on the package (depending on which product used)
  2. In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat adding turkey, onion, green pepper, gar lic, chili powder.
  3. Transfer to slow cooker.
  4. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, salsa and quinoa to slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours or until chili thickens.
  6. Place chili into bowls.
  7. Serve with desired toppings; sour cream, cilantro, cheese.


The kids loved this.  It was prepared in 20 minutes with the rest of the cooking time done sitting in a crock pot while we did our running around.  We got home at 5:30p and dinner was waiting. You have gotta love that!  Enjoy!

Nutella Rice Krispies Gluten Free #Nutella

OK, so this past weekend we tried something new. We added Nutella to our rice krispy treats. Sorry, we had to borrow a picture as the pan was attacked by a hungry mob of people!  Read your labels to make sure gluten free but these items generally are gluten free.


Nutella Rice Krispies

Nutella Rice Krispies


Nutella Rice Krispies
Chocolate, hazelnut, gooey, sticky rice krispy treats! Satisfies all those cravings.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 6 cups of rice krispies
  • 1 bag of large marshmellows
  • 3 T butter
  • ⅓ cup of Nutella
  1. Grease 9 x 13 pan with butter or cooking spray
  2. Place rice krispies in a large bowl
  3. Place nutella, marshmellows, butter in microwavable bowl
  4. Microwave on 1 minute, but stop when marshmellows have puffed up and are melty
  5. Stir until butter, nutella and marshmellows (work fast!) are mixed and add to rice krispies
  6. Stir until blended and dump in pan (still working fast!)
  7. Dampen fingers with water and push into pan
  8. Let cool
  9. Enjoy!

(Thank you for the picture http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com)

Pink Lemonade Cake Pops – Gluten Free

 Pink Lemonade Cake Pops - Gluten Free

This weekend was pretty great! A friend brought over her cake pop maker so we could make some cake pops with the girls. I was given this Pink Lemonade Donut Mix from Bumbalooza*. I had been wanting to make mini bundt cakes with the mix but just could not decide what to make with them. I figured, we were going to use the Pink Lemonade Donut Mix for our cake pops.


Once we started reading the directions, and having a glass of wine or two, us adults decided we were going to play around a little with the directions due to cooking pops instead of donuts. We replaced the mashed strawberries with homemade strawberry jam. The batter needed to be scooped and easily plopped into the pop maker. Yes, plopped is an official cooking term! This is country out here. lol. Once that was achieved we could start cooking one. We came up with about 6 minutes.

One child helped us mix it and plop into the cake pop maker. Another child stuck in the sticks, and the last step was to twirl in a glaze. None of us wanted them too sweet, so we brain stormed on what could we mix with powdered sugar for glaze. My friend asked where did the pink lemonade come from in the title? Then it hit me, lemonade glaze! I squeezed one whole fresh lemon into the bowl and kept mixing in the powdered sugar until it was pretty thick and sticky.

The last child in the assembly line swirled the pop into the lemonade glaze. It was awesome! So I am going to share our recipe with you, but please keep in mind that the consistency must be somewhat thick, like mashed potatoes. Cooking times will vary due to thickness of batter and machine temps. I hope your family enjoys these as much as we did along with the memories!

Pink Lemonade Cake Pops - Gluten Free
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Gluten free can be delicious and fun. Make these whimsical Pink Lemonade Cake Pops with your children and watch the magic begin!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 20
  • 1 box of Pink Lemonade Donut Mix from Bumbalooza
  • 3 Tablespoons of strawberry jam (or 8 strawberries juiced or pureed)
  • ½ cup of butter, melted
  • 2 eggs (or egg substitute)
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced separately in a mixing bowl
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients together except lemon juice.
  2. Place about 1 Tablespoon in cake pop maker
  3. Bake for approximately 6 minutes. Batter will darken a bit. Toothpick poke should be clean.
  4. Remove, dip stick in glaze and place in pop. Let cool.
  5. Roll cooled pops in glaze in bowl. Let set up.
  6. Enjoy!

*A box of Pink Lemonade Donut Mix was provided by Bumbalooza to create these delicious and whimsical treats.  Thank you for your support.