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Entries in weeknight dinners (27)


Weeknight Dinners: White Turkey Chili in the Slow Cooker

We have a special, extra "weeknight dinners" recipe to offer in the wake of Thanksgiving. This recipe comes from Go West contributor Edith Tarter, who notes that it goes great with a cranberry margarita. While we're out of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I think I'll give this a try with the optional chicken, instead. Hmm. Can I still fix myself a cranberry margarita? -- Tara

White Turkey Chili in a Slow Cooker 

2 cups cooked turkey, diced (or chicken) 
1 onion, chopped 
2 cloves garlic, chopped 
1 can chicken broth 
1 teaspoon cumin 
salt and pepper 
2 cans great northern beans, including juice 
1 can corn, including juice 
Juice of 2 limes 
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 

Mix everything BUT lime and cilantro in slow cooker and cook on low 3 hours or so. Add lime juice and cilantro and cook on low 20 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and another squirt of lime. 


Weeknight Dinners: Easy Turkey Tetrazzini 

This is usually a reader-submitted feature, but since we all will likely have some leftover turkey come Friday, I turned to my favorite food site, AllRecipes.com, for inspiration. The following recipe for Easy Turkey Tetrazzini comes from a cook known as "one+one" and got very high reviews. You can click here to read some of the changes other users of AllRecipes made to this easy casserole. 

Easy Turkey Tetrazzini

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes


1 (8 ounce) package cooked egg noodles

2 tablespoons butter

1 (6 ounce) can sliced mushrooms

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 cups chopped cooked turkey

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Weeknight Dinners: Garlic Lime Pork Chops

The latest contribution to our “Weeknight Dinners” series is another delicious-sounding recipe from Tracy Richter.  This recipe makes me wonder why I don’t cook pork chops more often. She notes that it goes great with rice.  

Photo by lapideo on Flickr.Garlic Lime Pork Chops

Source:  Hidden Valley (with a little change)


4 pork chops (bone in or boneless both work great but boneless is easier for the kids)

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 limes cut into wedges

3 cloves garlic – minced

Salt and pepper

1 1/2 cup Spicy Ranch Dressing

½ cup cheddar cheese - shredded


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Weeknight Dinners: Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

This week’s recipe comes from Ginger Friesen, one of our recent “Go West Moms You Should Know” for her role in creating MealBaby, a free service that allows you to easily coordinate the delivery of meals to family and friends.

Photo by hownowdesign on Flickr.Friesen contributed this recipe for Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad. She says she and her husband and their two young sons are “flexitarians, meaning we eat vegetarian (almost vegan) at home but will eat meat when we go out or are eating at others' homes.” Flexitarian! I’d never heard that term before, but I love it. Anyway, this recipe sounds particularly savory for a cold, rainy night, and we all know those nights are just around the corner. P.S. I’ll admit to never having cooked quinoa before. This recipe might convince me to finally give it a try! -- Tara


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Weeknight Dinners: Red Beans & Rice With Sausage

The following recipe comes from GWYM reader Tracy Richter. “With two boys, a husband and a dog, getting more than 15 minutes to actually stand in front of the stove is a challenge,” she wrote. “Here's one I've made twice in the last 10 days. Because it simmers for a bit you can get the table set, get the kids cleaned up, etc. and not worry about being stuck at the stove.”

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Red Beans & Rice with Sausage


(You can cut up everything in the morning and put it together that night or cut as you go)

1 package smoke sausage - chopped into bite size pieces

1 cup onion - medium dice

1 cup celery - medium dice

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