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Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner

This Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner is a healthy and delicious dinner that can be on your table in under 1 hour!

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It’s January and many of us have resolved to eat more healthy, so I got together with 11 other bloggers to bring you some healthy and scrumptious meal ideas for you and your family!

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be daunting.  In fact, with easy to access nutritious recipes and quick meal ideas, eating healthy can be easy!  I never resolve to lose weight at New Years, because I know myself well enough to know that the second I give myself constraints like a diet, I will fail.  It’s just the way I am.  Instead I will choose to try to eat healthy, and not compromise on taste or quit any particular ingredient.  I won’t stop eating pasta or bread or dessert, instead I will choose to eat less of these things, or choose a more healthy option like whole grain bread or whole grain pasta and maybe a smaller piece of pie instead of half a pie. Ha!  Really, I try to eat as healthy as possible all year round, so I can sneak in the occasional slice of chocolate cake or my favourite cookies.

But I can always use new healthy meal ideas in my recipe box, and maybe you can too?  So after my recipe, at the end of this post, make sure to check out 11 more meal ideas!

Without further ado, as part this Healthy Dinner collaboration, I brought this Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner to the table.

Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner

The homemade sauce of this dish is loaded with healthy ingredients like roasted tomatoes, garlic and spinach, which is served over a plate of ancient grain noodles, and with a sprinkling of ricotta cheese.  Just look at how bright and delicious this pasta looks!

Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner

What I love the most about this dish are the roasted tomatoes.  Roasting tomatoes in the oven with olive oil and slices of fresh garlic, makes for THE most tasty pasta sauce, because by roasting the tomatoes, their flavour becomes so rich and bold.

Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner

Then tossed with noodles, fresh spinach, chopped basil and fresh ricotta this dish is a winner!  Winner winner pasta dinner!

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Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

Roasted Tomatoes

  • 2 lb grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 6 cloves garlic sliced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Pasta

  • approx 1 lb dried pasta of your choice (See Notes)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 juice from 1 lemon (optional)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled ricotta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic:

  1. Cut the grape tomatoes in half.

  2. Slice the garlic lengthwise.

  3. Toss the tomatoes and garlic in 3 tbsp of olive oil.

  4. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.

  5. Spread the mixture out onto a cookie sheet, then roast for 20 - 25 minutes.

Putting together the pasta:

  1. While the tomatoes are roasting, chop the fresh basil.

  2. Then start making your noodles according to the package directions.

  3. In the last 30 seconds of boiling your pasta, toss in the fresh spinach.  This is just to wilt it slightly.  Then drain the noodles and spinach.

  4. Once the tomatoes and garlic are roasted, pulse them in a food processor with 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Pulse for only about 10 seconds just to slightly break down the tomatoes and garlic.

  5. Toss the noodles and spinach with the roasted tomatoes, chopped fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

  6. Squeeze on some lemon juice, then toss again.

  7. Sprinkle with the ricotta cheese and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can use any kind of pasta that you like with this dish.  I used an ancient grains rotini noodle for some extra nutrition, but whole wheat or your favourite noodle would work great as well!

Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner

Make sure to stop by the links below for more delicious meal ideas!

Here are more Healthy Weeknight Dinners:

Healthy Weeknight Dinners

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Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe  //  A delicious and easy breakfast!

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

This Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe is a perfect weekend breakfast!  Serves up to 6 people.  Enjoy with a selection of fresh fruit!

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Just in time for the weekend I’m sharing this simple Dutch Baby Pancake recipe.  This is one of our most favourite breakfast recipes.  It’s like eating a giant popover for breakfast, and really, what’s not to love about that?  Definitely a treat.

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe // A delicious and easy breakfast!

It’s funny because every time we make one of these puffed pancakes they always look a little different.  They way they puff up is totally unpredictable and you just never know what you’re going to get…except that it’s always guaranteed to be delicious.  But don’t be alarmed when your Dutch Baby is sky high right out of the oven, then 30 seconds later it’s flat as, well, a pancake.  It’s all part of the process and charm of this delicious pancake.

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe // A delicious and easy breakfast!

The great thing about this breakfast is that you get all the best parts of a pancake, without having to stand at the stove and flip endless batches while everyone eats all of your hard work.  One dish with this Dutch Baby recipe, and we all get to eat at the same time.

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe // A delicious and easy breakfast!

Now how to enjoy these puffed pancakes?  Everyone in my family likes to dress their piece of puffed pancake a little differently.  Some like maple syrup and others, like myself, enjoy it with cinnamon & sugar sprinkled on top.  Oh and butter.  I like mine served hot with lots and lots of butter.  A definite indulgence.  Then when we’re done, we all politely fight over all of the delicious crispy buttery bits on the bottom of the pan…you’ll see exactly what I mean when you make one of your own.

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe // A delicious and easy breakfast!

Enjoy with a selection of fresh fruits for a well rounded breakfast!

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Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

Use an 12 inch in diameter pan for this recipe as the batch makes a very large pancake.  If you have a smaller pan, feel free to cut the recipe in half.

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 tbsp butter (See notes below)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the milk, flour, sugar, and eggs until smooth.  Really froth this mixture up!  The more frothy, the puffier the pancake will be.

  3. In a large skillet (12 x 9) (like a cast iron pan if you have one), melt the 8 tbsp of butter over medium heat until it is bubbly, and tilt the pan until the butter coats the bottom and sides of the pan.

  4. Pour the pancake batter into the skillet and let it cook for about 1 minute, without stirring!
  5. Then place the skillet into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
  6. The pancake is done when it is golden brown and puffed up.
  7. Once the pancake is done serve immediately (while it's puffed up), because it will shrink quickly!

  8. Serve with syrup or cinnamon sugar.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to use less butter if you prefer.  We always use 8 tbsp, but if you find this to be too much for your liking, use 4 - 6 tbsp. 

Recipe from Joy of Cooking

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe // A delicious and easy breakfast!

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, also known as Chippers, are a delicious and adorable treat!  This is my MOST FAVOURITE chocolate chip cookie recipe ever.

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There’s something about January that makes me want to clean everything and bake cookies.  Weirdest thing, but it’s true.  January’s were made for cookies.  So cookies I will make.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the years I have made many chocolate chip cookie recipes, but I just never found THE chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Nothing was soft enough, or just the right combo of crispy and chewy, or with enough flavour.  Until now.  I think this is my most favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time.  Yes.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

And it’s not just the size of them that I love.  But really, who can’t love a mini chocolate chip cookie?  They’re just all delicious and ridiculously cute…pretty much irresistible.  The problem with these cookies is that because they’re SO good, having just one will not do.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s the flavour and texture of these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies that makes them the best.  They are soft, sweet, chewy, crunchy and chocolaty all at the same time.  I looooooooove them.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

The biggest tip I have about making these mini cookies, is to use only 1 tsp of batter for each cookie. I know it seems ridiculously small, but any more and these won’t turn out as mini cookies.  Trust me on this one.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
The small size of these cookies makes them perfect for snacks and school lunches. As well, the huge batch size of this recipe makes them great for bake sales.  And if you’re not into mini cookies, you can use this recipe to make regular sized cookies too.

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings 12 dozen mini cookies
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Whisk together the flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

  3. In a separate bowl cream together the butter and sugars.

  4. Add the eggs to the butter mix, one at a time.  

  5. Then add the vanilla.

  6. Slowly add the flour mix to the butter mix, and combine.

  7. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.

  8. To make mini chocolate chip cookies, roll 1 tsp of dough for each cookie, and place them on a cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.

  9. Bake for 8 minutes or more if needed.

Recipe Notes

 

Regular Size Chocolate Chip Cookies:

If you prefer to make regular size chocolate chip cookies this recipe will work just great!  It will make approximately 2 dozen medium sized cookies.

Recipe adapted from New York Times

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I hope you try this recipe and love these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies as much as we do!

Have a delicious day!

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Cake Doughnut Muffins

Cake Doughnut Muffins

These  Cake Doughnut Muffins are a delicious and easy homemade snack!  A sweet light cinnamon flavoured muffin with a scrumptious cinnamon sugar mix on top!

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There are fewer ingredients in life that go together better than cake, cinnamon and sugar.  And these Cake Doughnut Muffins are basically these 3 ingredients…and they’re delicious.  And don’t they just sound so warm and squishy?!  Cake.  Doughnut.  Muffin.  My 3 favourite things all in one recipe.  Life is good.

Cake Doughnut Muffins

This is a great recipe for those days when you need something to snack on or something for the kids lunches, because almost everyone likes them.  And they’re easy to make with simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry already.   In fact they’re so easy, you should have your kids make them, they’re a great beginner baking recipe.

Cake Doughnut Muffins

My kids have finally reached that age where they are big helpers in the kitchen.  They’re old enough to complete a recipe from beginning to end without much involvement from me.  At first I actually found it kind of hard to have them take over in the kitchen, but I have learned to embrace and really appreciate it.  If they want to bake cookies or make lunch, I’m all for it.  Their contribution to our family in ways like this are invaluable.  It takes a lot of pressure off of me, and provides great learning for them.  I love it.  My daughter has turned into quite the baker…she’s made some cookies that rival mine for sure!  Love that.

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Cake Doughnut Muffins

In fact, my daughter made these muffins, and they’re delicious!  Don’t they look great?

Cake Doughnut Muffins
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If you’re looking for a simple and delicious muffin recipe, this one is for you!  These are also SO good with raspberry jam spread on them.  Yum yum yum.  I hope you enjoy them! – – – ———-

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Cake Doughnut Muffins

Servings 12 medium muffins

Ingredients

Muffin:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg and milk.

  4. Add the milk mix to the flour mix and gently combine. Don't over mix the batter or the muffins will be chewy.

  5. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper muffin cups, then fill them about 2/3 full with the batter.

  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

While the muffins are baking, make the topping: the melted butter and cinnamon/sugar are to be prepared separate!

  1. First melt the butter in one bowl.

  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

  3. As soon as the muffins come out of the oven, remove them from the tin.

  4. Dip muffin tops in butter, then dip in sugar/cinnamon mix.
  5. Enjoy!

Adapted from Muffin Mania and the Joy of Cooking
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Homemade Hot Chocolate

Make this Homemade Hot Chocolate with just 2 simple ingredients!  You’ll never buy mix again!

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Our winter has been SO cold and snowy, and I’m loving every second of it!  We’ve been out skating, snowshoeing and tobogganing as much as we can, just enjoying all of the snow.  In fact one of my favourite times with my kids are the nights outside at our lake skating…there’s just something so great about being able to do this together.  Then we come home and have homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows.  LOVE.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

I used to think in order to have hot chocolate, I had to have a can of mix that I bought at the store.  I have since learned that THE BEST hot chocolate is one you can make right at home with just 2 simple ingredients from your panty.  No extra chemicals or colour, just cocoa and sugar, that’s it.  And so easy to make too.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

You can make 1 cup of hot chocolate with 1 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp sugar…that’s it.  Not much easier than that!  And if you want to keep a stash of this mix ready on hand, just mix up a full jar and keep it in your pantry.  Then when you want a cup of hot cocoa, add some mix and milk to a saucepan and heat on your stove, or put it in the microwave for about 1 minute.  That simple.  So yummy!

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Homemade Hot Chocolate

Servings 1
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

Ingredients for 1 cup of Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk or more if you like it less sweet

Instructions

  1. For an individual cup of hot chocolate, add 1 tbsp of cocoa, 1 tbsp sugar and 3/4 cup to 1 cup of milk into a saucepan on the stove.

  2. Heat over low on the stove, whisking often.

  3. Pour into a mug, add marshmallows and enjoy!

Make a Jar for your Pantry

  1. If you want to keep the hot chocolate mixture ready to use, you can make a jar of it and keep it in your pantry.  It will last for months.  Just add equal parts cocoa and sugar to the jar, and mix well.   Then add to milk when you want a cup of hot chocolate.

 Enjoy this hot chocolate with homemade chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  A perfect treat.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

I hope you try this and love it!

Have a delicious day!

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Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd Glaze  {A Pretty Life}Feature

Top Recipes of 2016!

Taking a look back at my Top Recipes of 2016!  There was a lot of deliciousness happening over here!

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Hello friends!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!  Now we find ourselves in that blissful lull between Christmas and New Years…where we wake up and don’t know what day it is.  I actually love this week…the pressure of Christmas is off, my Merry-making is done and now I can just sit back and relax, and eat leftovers for days.  It’s great.  We don’t even have to get out of our PJ’s if we don’t want!

This is also a great time for me to look back on the work I have done on my blog over the past year.  In 2016 I created 136 blog posts of recipes and home projects!  Boy was I was busy, but I hope to post even more in 2017!  It’s so interesting for me to dig into all my stats to see what your favourite posts were over the year!  This information helps me to plan for the next year…it’s important to know what you, my reader, like to read.

As I look back over everything I posted in 2016, I’m also busy planning and dreaming for the upcoming year!  I have so many ideas that I just need to make come to life…sometimes that’s the hard part.  The ideas are there, but actually creating them can be challenging, but that is a challenge I’m excited about!  But for now, let’s look back at your favourites from 2016!

Your Favourite Recipes of 2016

Marshmallow Vanilla Buttercream Frosting {A Pretty Life}

My most popular recipe of 2016 was this Marshmallow Vanilla Buttercream Icing.  And I can understand why…marshmallows and buttercream all swirled together in a creamy frosting is amazing.  Especially on chocolate cake!

Cabbage Roll Soup

The next most viewed recipe was my Cabbage Roll Soup. This is one of my favourite recipes of all time too.  But I have to admit, I wasn’t sure it would go over well…I didn’t think people enjoyed cabbage as much as I did.  But I’m super happy to see that this delicious soup is also a favourite of yours!  And it’s perfect for a cold January night.

Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers

Another favourite was my post of Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers!  I was very happy to see that this post was well loved…I mean, you just can’t go wrong with recipe ideas made with Boursin cheese!  SO good.

Jalapeno Cheddar Quick Bread {A Pretty Life}

My Jalapeno Cheddar Quick Bread is one of my most pinned and visited posts of all time.  The great thing about recipes like this quick bread, is how easy they are to make.  It is possible to have fresh baked bread on your table in less than an hours time.  I think the fact that this recipe is so low fuss, with no kneading or rising required, that makes it so popular.

Chocolate Bundt Cake

I was thrilled to see my Chocolate Bundt Cake as one of this years favourites!  We all just love a classic recipe…basic, timeless and delicious.  This chocolate cake is SO chocolaty, tender and moist.  In fact, I think I will make it for New Years this year!

Strawberry Beet Salad

Seeing this Strawberry Beet Salad in the top post list surprised me SO much.  Who knew so many of you would love the strawberry-beet combination together?!  Love it.

Easy Lemon Loaf

My recipe for this Easy Lemon Loaf is one of my favourite home recipes.  I make this at least a couple times each year, especially in January.  It’s such a classic recipe and I’m thrilled to see it as one of your favourites too!

Lavender Honey Cake

I’m so happy that you love my Lavender Honey Cake!  It’s a sweet vanilla cake with delicious flavours of lavender and honey baked in…a perfect snacking cake!  I also have a soft spot for this cake because it reminds me of our summer trip to Ucluelet.

6 Easy and Delicious Recipes To Make With Ground Beef

Seeing this 6 Easy & Delicious Recipes To Make with Cooked Ground Beef post as a top post for 2016 actually surprised me a lot!  But I guess like me, you are also looking for delicious ways to use ground beef!  I’m going to try to do more time-saver posts like this in 2017.

Raspberry Galette

And #10 on the most loved recipes of 2016 is this recipe for Raspberry Galette!  This is a fantastic recipe and I’m so glad you thought so too!  I love me a rustic pie.

My Favourite Recipes of 2016

Now one of the things I noticed about the top 10 posts of 2016, was that my top favourites were not there!  I love all 10 of the recipes above very much, but my most favourite are these Lemon Scones and Raspberry Baked French Toast.

Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd Glaze

In fact I feel like these Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd Glaze are one of my most underrated recipes of all time.  These scones are amazing…and with the lemon curd glaze?!  Oh my.  D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.  You have to make the glaze for them…and try these warmed up.  I can’t even.

Raspberry Baked French Toast

And my last fave is this recipe for Raspberry Baked French Toast.  Now I did only post this recipe in the last 2 weeks, so it really hasn’t had much time to get out there!  But I have a sneaking suspicion that it will be in my top most loved recipes!  It’s scrumptious!

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I loved putting this post together…it’s so fun to see what you love!

I want to thank you again so much for taking the time to stop by and read my recipe and home posts over the year…without you, I wouldn’t be doing this crazy thing called blogging.  I enjoy having each and every one of you here with me and I hope to see more of you in 2017!  So stay tuned for more fun…I’m excited about what’s to come!

Have a delicious day!

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Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey with Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey with Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing

This Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey with Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing is a perfect holiday recipe!  A delicious tender turkey with fresh lemon and herb flavours!  I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious roasted turkey recipe just in time for the holidays!

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Hello friends!  Well here we are and it’s suddenly December 20…it’s officially crunch time!  This is the week where I hustle big time purchasing last minute gifts, cleaning the house in preparation for guests, tackling my grocery list and doing the final meal preparations for the big weekend!  I will not feel stressed.  I will not feel stressed.  I will not feel stressed.

Actually I think I’m more ready than I give myself credit for, as I’m sure you are too!  The one area of Christmas planning that I don’t get too stressed about is Christmas day dinner.  I think that’s because I don’t try to change the menu up each year, and I just stick to our tried and true favourites…turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, turnip puff, broccoli salad and fresh bread.  Comfort food at it’s best!

I’ve shared many of my family’s big holiday recipes over here, but you know what I thought was kind of weird?  I’ve never actually shared a traditional roasted turkey recipe with you!  I’ve shared my Bacon Wrapped Turkey and a favourite recipe for Turkey Brine, but never a roasted turkey recipe.  Well today that changes!  Today I’m sharing my delicious recipe for Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey!  And I’ve also got a great recipe for a Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing.

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey

This recipe for my Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey is really simple!  It has fresh ingredients like lemons and fresh poultry herbs which pair perfectly with turkey.  I don’t like to stuff my turkeys with stuffing, so instead for this recipe I filled the interior of the turkey with chunks of lemon and sprigs of fresh rosemary.  The lemon and rosemary steam the turkey from the inside out while it roasts!  And the herb and butter rub creates a golden, juicy turkey with a gravy that has hints of butter flavour…it’s amazing!  All of it.  Tender turkey with subtle and delicious lemon and herb flavours.  SO good.

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey

When it comes to roasted turkeys, the thing I’ve realized over the years is that they are not hard to make.  They’re really not.  We all hear those stories of Mom getting up at the crack of dawn to get the turkey in the oven and slaving over it all day, but that’s not how it is.  I actually find roasting a turkey quite simple…in fact, I’d even go as far to say it’s the easiest part of Christmas dinner.  It’s the side dishes that get me.

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey

So let’s get to the details of how to make this simple turkey dinner!  For our family get togethers there are usually 8 – 10 of us, and I will roast a 14 pound turkey to feed us.  This is a medium sized turkey that only takes about 3 hours to roast.  A smaller turkey of this size feeds us comfortably, but doesn’t leave us with a tonne of leftovers which I like.  I’m not one of those people that likes to have turkey leftovers for days.  I’m happy if we have one more meal out of it…and usually that’s hot turkey sandwiches with gravy!

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey

We like to eat our Christmas dinner around 5 o’clock, so I will get our turkey into the oven about 1:30 so it can rest while I get the rest of the dinner onto the table.  So for this recipe I would start the turkey preparation about 1 o’clock…I prepare the turkey and pat it dry, put it in the roaster, then put together the butter and herb mix for the rub.  Once that’s done, the rest is easy.

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey

As I mentioned before, I don’t like to stuff my turkey with stuffing while it bakes. Now I know a lot of people like to stuff their turkeys but I’m not one of them.  I find that the stuffing gets too mushy and adding the stuffing actually makes the turkey have to cook a lot longer.  Instead I like to bake my stuffing in a separate dish.  If oven space is an issue for you, you can even make the stuffing a day ahead and just heat it up when you need it.

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This Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing is a delicious side dish with all the traditional herb flavours of Christmas dinner.  I’ve also added hazelnuts and apples to this recipe for extra crunch and deliciousness.  But the big question is do you add raisins to your stuffing?!  I do, but I will say that half of my family picks them out, but what is stuffing without raisins?!  😉

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey with Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing

Don’t be afraid to make a roasted turkey!  The Canadian Turkey website has a tonne of great information on Whole Bird How To’s like how to choose the right size of turkey to servehow to prepare and serve a turkeyhow to safely thaw a turkey, information on cooking times and temperatures, and even how to carve a turkey.  It’s easy.  I promise.

I hope you enjoy these recipes for Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey, and Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing!  They’re a perfect Christmas dinner combination!  Enjoy.

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Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey with Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey:

  • 1 - 12 to 14 lb turkey thawed
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary about a handful with the stems
  • 2 lemons cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • salt & fresh ground pepper

Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing:

  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 leek chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 10 cups of cubed sourdough bread or plain if you prefer
  • 1 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 apples peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Instructions

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey:

  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Prepare your turkey (rinse it if you like), pat dry and place in a roasting pan.
  3. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the chopped lemons and fresh rosemary sprigs.
  4. Make sure the skin from the neck of the turkey fully covers the back portion of the turkey, and that the legs and wings are tucked in.
  5. In a bowl combine the fresh chopped rosemary, fresh chopped thyme, salt & pepper and the 1/2 cup butter. Mix well.
  6. Rub the turkey with the butter and herb mix, making sure to butter all of the turkey (the breast, wings and legs).
  7. Place the turkey into the oven and immediately TURN DOWN the heat to 350 degrees.
  8. Roast for 35 - 40 minutes per 2 lbs, so a turkey of this size will need to roast for approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  9. The turkey is done when the thigh meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 - 170 degrees F.
  10. When the turkey is done, remove it from the oven, cover it in tin foil and let rest about 15 - 30 minutes, or long enough to get the rest of your dinner together.

Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a deep oven proof dish like an enamel pot, melt the butter over low-medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped celery, onions and leek and cook until tender.

  4. Add the bread cubes, and mix until the bread is coated in butter.
  5. Add salt, pepper, sage, thyme, raisins, apples and hazelnuts. Mix well.

  6. If you find that your stuffing is too dry at this point, add some chicken broth until it's how you want it.  Sometimes I have to add up to one cup.

  7. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes.
  8. After 45 minutes, uncover and bake for 30 more minutes, stirring once or twice.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer not to use sour dough bread for your stuffing, any bread of your choice is fine.

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Have a very Merry Christmas!  xo

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Disclosure:  I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you a delicious roasted turkey recipe just in time for the holidays!  I was compensated for my time, but the recipe, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always!  We really love turkey!