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Jo-Anna Rooney

One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup

This One-Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup is a quick and tasty dinner that can be on your table in less than one hour.  All the delicious flavours of lasagna in a soup!

I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup recipe, and was compensated for my time, but the recipe, pictures, all thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.  Turkey is delicious!

With the end of summer right around the corner, my mind starts to shift towards thinking about back to school time!  We’re slowly making the the transition from relaxed days, later bedtimes, sleeping in and weekend fun, to schedules and comfortable routines.  We’ve tackled back-to-school shopping, and now I’m starting to think about meal planning.  Fall is a busy time so I want to be prepared with some quick and easy-to-make weekday suppers recipes.  I thought you might be thinking the same thing, so I’m sharing this delicious and simple One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup that can come together in less than one hour.

One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup

The best thing about this recipe is that it has all the same flavours of lasagna but in an even easier to make recipe as soup!  So if your family loves lasagna, they will definitely love this lasagna soup.  It’s hearty, healthy and delicious.

One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup

Made with lean and nutritious ground turkey, a rich and flavourful tomato soup base, and loads of lasagna noodles. Top it off with a scoop of ricotta cheese, some grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.  SO good.  And ready in under 1 hour so you can have dinner on the table quickly on those weeknights before everyone runs off to hockey, rugby, dance, piano…all the things that keep us busy!

One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup

One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup Recipe Tips:

  • Make-ahead tip: If you wish to make this soup ahead of time, I would leave the noodles out as they will get too soft if they are left in the soup overnight.  To make the soup in advance, I would cook the noodles then add them right before you’re ready to serve.
  • Thick Soup Trick:  If the soup sits for too long, it may become thick as the noodles absorb liquid.  Feel free to add more broth and or water (about 1 cup should do).

One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup

I hope you try this One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup and love it too!

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One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This One-Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup is a quick and tasty dinner that can be on your table in less than one hour.  All the delicious flavours of lasagna in a soup!


Scale

Ingredients

Lasagna Soup

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 – 5.5 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 – 14 oz can tomato sauce (plain, no spices)
  • 1 – 19 oz can diced tomatoes (plain, no spices)
  • 1 L vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 6 lasagna noodles broken into 2 inch pieces

Soup Toppings (Garnish)

  • ricotta cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. In a stock (soup) pot, add about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  2. Add the chopped onion, garlic and ground turkey. Stir and cook until the turkey is no longer pink, and the onions are soft.
  3. When the turkey is cooked, stir in the oregano, basil, salt, pepper and tomato paste.
  4. Then add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar.
  5. Over low/medium heat, simmer the soup for about 15 minutes.
  6. Then add the lasagna noodles and let simmer for about 15 more minutes, or until the noodles are soft.
  7. Serve immediately, and garnish with fresh ricotta cheese, grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.

More delicious and quick weeknight dinner ideas made with turkey:

5 Tips to Make Back-To-School Easy with Canadian Turkey!

If you love to use turkey in your dinner recipes as much as I do, here are 5 tips to make dinner time even easier!

  1. Batch Cooking:  Turkey is the perfect choice for batch cooking. Plan for recipes that are easy to scale and cook extra turkey to provide planned leftovers, so you can cook once and eat twice!
  2. Get Healthy:  Turkey is a great source of protein, important minerals and nutrients. Power-up your plate without having to compromise on flavour with this tasty ingredient.
  3. Keep It Simple:  Turkey can be cooked ahead of time and freezes well, so you can have an easy meal on hand during rushed weeknights and busy weekends.
  4. Versatility Plus:  Turkey adapts to all of your favourite flavour profiles and spice combinations, and with so many cuts to choose from you can find choices that please the whole family. Turkey is a delicious option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can serve it hot or cold, and it tastes great the next day, too!
  5. Boost It: Add turkey to your favourite dishes for an instant protein boost! Salads, soups, pasta sauces and casseroles all benefit from the added nutrients turkey contributes.

One Pot Turkey Lasagna Soup

Canadian Turkey Recipes, Tips and Nutrition:

Visit CanadianTurkey.ca for tips, tricks, techniques and recipe inspiration! Find recipes that are great for make-ahead-meals and batch cooking, recipes that kids will love, as well as recipes for the slow cooker and Instant Pot, and 30-minute main dishes.  You can also find information on turkey nutritionhow to cook turkey and more.  And follow Canadian Turkey on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and YouTube!

Have a delicious day!

Zero Waste Lunches for Kids

Putting together Zero Waste Lunches for Kids is easy!  With a few simple supplies it’s easy to reduce the waste generated by school lunch boxes!

I’ve always tried really hard to reduce the waste generated by our household.  I’m very conscious about recycling and composting, and now I’m working hard to reduce the use of one-time-use plastics as much as I can.  I’m also trying to reuse glass containers, and purchase items that don’t come wrapped in all kinds of plastic packaging…which is another whole issue in itself…we need to get rid of clamshell packages!  Anyway, I digress.  We’re just doing the best we can to reduce the amount of waste our home generates.  I believe that all the little things we can do, helps!  And one area I’m tackling this year is the kids lunches.

Zero Waste Lunches for Kids

The idea with Zero Waste Lunches is to reduce the waste generated when packing kids lunch boxes.  Basically it’s stopping the use of one-time use plastics such as saran wrap, as well as plastic yogurt containers, cheese string wrappers and juice boxes.  One kid can create a lot of waste at lunch time!

Zero Waste Lunches for Kids

Instead, we’re committed to trying to use reusable items such as beeswax wrap instead of saran, reusable snack bags instead of ziplock bags, cloth napkins instead of paper, stainless steel straws instead of plastic, compostable cutlery instead of plastic, and reusable containers for packing.

Zero Waste Lunches for Kids

Ideas for Zero Waste Lunches for Kids:

Here’s a little more detail about the items that will be appearing in my kids lunch boxes this school year.  All simple to use, easy find and relatively inexpensive.  There may be some concern about the initial cost of purchasing things needed for zero waste lunches, but over time not having to repurchase things (like ziplock bags, saran etc…) will end up saving us money!

  • Reusable Snack Bags:

    I found these cute monster reusable snack bags at Winners.  But you can find similar styles in many stores such as Walmart, Target, Amazon etc…  They’re especially great for things like crackers, pretzels, grapes, apple slices and cheese.

  • Bento Lunch Boxes:

    This Bento box is the brand Sistema.  I found it at Walmart, but again these are everywhere…Superstore, Amazon etc.  I really like using bento boxes because they really reduce the need for saran wrap and ziplock bags because foods just go into the little containers in the box.  Really simple.

  • Stainless Steel Straws:

    I bought these reusable stainless steel straws at Bed Bath & Beyond.  They’re great!  Just make sure to buy a kit with a cleaning brush…they need to be scrubbed inside too.

  • Plastic Straws:

    If you don’t like the feeling of steel straws, reusable plastic straws are great too.  I found this one at Starbucks.  It comes with a reusable water cup too…and they’re very inexpensive. I use them all the time and try to have them when I order cold drinks when I’m out and about.

  • Reusable Plastic Containers:

    I have a drawer full of reusable plastic containers that I use to pack sandwiches, leftovers and snacks.  I’m trying not to buy the disposable ones (like ziplock).

  • Glass Containers:

    I wash and collect various glass jars from things like jams, sauces, pickle jars…etc, and I reuse them for leftovers, and sometimes I use the small ones for lunch.  Little jam jars are great and easy for kids to handle.

  • Thermos:

    Thermoses are great for packing hot lunches.

  • Compostable Cutlery:

    Kids need cutlery for their lunches and I don’t like to send my good cutlery, so I’ve opted to use compostable ones.  Compostable cutlery lasts for a long time, it’s very durable, so you can wash and use them over and over.  Then when they break or wear out, you just throw them in the compost bin.

  • Beeswax Wraps:

    I’ve started phasing out saran wrap in my home, and have opted to use beeswax wraps instead.  They’re durable, easy to use and I love them.  Another great thing about beeswax wraps is that you can reuse them for at least a year if you care for them properly, then you just toss them into the compost when they’re no longer useable.

Zero Waste Lunches for Kids

Buy This, Not That Ideas for Zero Waste Lunches:

  • Buy foods in bulk and portion them out for lunches.  Things like crackers, yogurt, vegetables, granola…
  • Instead of buying little pots of yogurt, buy large containers and scoop them out into jars or reusable containers.
  • Instead of prepackaged cheese like cheese strings, cut up blocks of cheese and pack it into reusable snack bags.
  • Instead of buying juice boxes, pack water and juices in reusable water bottles.
  • Instead of paper napkins, use cloth ones.
  • Ditch plastic straws and use reusable ones instead.

It really is so easy to pack a zero-waste lunch…it just takes a little initial planning and purchasing, but then you’re set.  Do you have any tips for a zero waste lunch?

More School Lunch Ideas

If you’re looking for snack ideas for the kids, here are 50+ delicious ideas!

50+ Family Friendly Snack Ideas

35 Easy School Lunch Box Ideas

35 Easy School Lunch Box Ideas

Have an inspired day!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal!

I’m so excited to share our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover Reveal with you!  We gave our little pop up camper a bright and airy new look with less than $400. Come take a tour!

Finally, after a couple of weeks of hard work and literal sweat, our Pop Up Camper Makeover is complete!  We took this 15 year old camper from dark and dated to fresh, bright and airy.  Come see how we did it!

First, here’s a look at what our camper looked like before the makeover:

If you want to see more before pictures of our 2004 Forest River Rockwood Pop Up Camper, as well as our design plans, visit my first camper post here.  We were lucky that there weren’t any structural issues to deal with, allowing this makeover to be all about brightening it up and making it our own.

Here is what our Pop Up Camper looks like now!

Our camper makeover included painting the cabinets, laying new floors, recovering the cushions and recovering the countertops. I also bought new bedding, floor rugs, string lights and some cute decorations.  But the main focus of this project was to give the bones a fresh new look and I think we did just that!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Let’s start this little tour at one end of the camper and work our way to the other end.  This end of the camper is made up of our king sized bed, as well as one dining banquet (that also turns into a twin bed)

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Camper Cushion Reupholstery

The bright, new reupholstered cushions really freshen up this space!  I was/am a little worried about using such a light fabric for the cushions, but we really wanted a light and bright space.  Admittedly though, budget did come into play on this one as well. I searched for outdoor fabric and while there was plenty (in many patterns that I just didn’t like), outdoor fabric is very expensive!  Instead, I searched the upholstery section and found this light blue velvety textured fabric meant for couches, which also happened to be deeply discounted at $5 a metre!  It’s durable, but it’s also easy to clean. In fact, on our first camping trip last weekend I cleaned off some chili one of the kids had spilled and it came out with no problems so that’s great!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

To recover the cushions I used a no-sew method to reupholster them, which I’m going to share in more detail in another blog post soon.  But the basic method uses wood backings and a staple gun.  It was easy, economical and perfect for this non-sewer!  I think they turned out great.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

The Countertops and Tables

We wanted to recover the countertops and tables in the camper to match the bright cabinets, so we tried using contact paper.  I had read many many many blog posts of people using contact paper to cover all kinds of things including camper counters so we decided to try it.  I bought rolls of contact paper from Walmart and applied them with ease…it’s very simple to apply.  Then to make them more durable I applied 2 coats of Varathane.  I love how they look…however…they are not durable.  They will work for now, but we will eventually try something else.  We also left the trim on the tables and countertops, thinking that we’ll replace them later with some white trim, but for now they’re fine.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Now moving along…let’s have a look at the other side of the camper…this middle space is made up of the ‘kitchen’ and another banquet area (that also turns into a twin sized bed).

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Painting Camper Cabinets

The biggest impact in our camper is definitely the newly painted white cabinets.  I can’t believe how much of a big change the white paint made…look how bright everything is!  When choosing the paint we were actually hoping that it would be a little darker grey, but I do love how they turned out.  First we applied 2 coats of primer, then we applied 2 coats of the paint.  We made sure to use a durable paint so that we could easily clean off scuffs and dirt that are an inevitable part of camping.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

What to do about Camper Hardware?

When making over the kitchen area my husband and I just weren’t sure what to do about the hardware like the drawer handles and pulls…do we replace it?  Do we paint it?  Do we leave it?  In the end, we opted to use the original hardware which is gold and I’m really happy we did.  I love the look of the gold in here.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Little Details

In the makeover process we also discovered all kinds of nooks and crannies and little things that needed painting…things like the furnace grate and fire extinguisher holder which were an ugly shade of brown.  To freshen these types of things up I spray painted them with a high heat enamel spray paint and they look brand new!  We also painted the outside of the fridge with the same white paint as the cabinets.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

I also lined the insides of all the shelves and drawers with shelf liner…I like the feeling of everything being clean.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

The Flooring

One of our favourite parts of our camper makeover is the addition of the new flooring!  We opted to use a vinyl hardwood peel and stick flooring that we placed right over our existing linoleum.  The process of laying it down was quite tedious, as we had to cut around a lot of little corners and edges.  But it was worth all the work because the flooring looks amazing against the white cabinets!  Then I finished things off with some cute throw rugs to warm things up.  I’m in love.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Now Let’s Decorate!

Once all the big tasks were done, all that was left was the really fun stuff…the decorating!  For a lot of the decorations I ‘shopped’ around my home for things.  I used dishes and cushions from my summer patio for the camper…all bright and cheerful to match!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

I also bought a few things like string lights and new rugs for the floor, but I didn’t really spend much.  Our goal was to keep spending to a minimum.

SO pretty.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Let’s Talk Timing and the Budget

We’re just so happy with how it all turned out!  The whole makeover took about 2 weeks with us doing what we could on weeknights and weekends.  And we definitely stayed on budget!  If you remember, we set a makeover budget of $1000 but we definitely came in under that at $354 for all the renovation supplies!  You can read more about that below.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

We also learned a lot during this process, including a few things we wouldn’t do again.  I’m going to share those in another post…but overall, we’re thrilled!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper at Night

I wanted to show you how our camper looks at night with the lights on and all the beds out…it’s super cozy.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Now there’s nothing left to do but enjoy our new-to-us camper!  We’ve already had it out camping, and we also have plans for a couple more camping trips by fall.  SO exciting!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

 

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover Source List

Renovation Supplies:  Budget $1000, Total Cost:  $354  !!  WAY under budget  !!

  • Paint:
    • Primer:  KILZ Premium Primer:  High Hide Stain Blocker  $26
    • Cabinet Paint: SICO Evolution Paint, Custom Colour in Eggshell  $55
    • Grate and Fire Extinguisher: High Heat Enamel Spray Paint by Tremclad in the colour Aluminum  $13
  • Cushion Fabric: Bought at Fabricland: 8 metres for $44
  • Contact Paper for Countertops: at Walmart  $18 plus $30 for Polyurethane
  • Flooring:  Found at Lowe’s:  Cryntel SelectionsPlus Stormy Grey 2-mm Peel-and-Stick Luxury Vinyl Tile  $100
  • Drawer Liners:  Bought at Walmart $18
  • Miscellaneous: Staples, brushes, tape $50

Non Essential Decor…aka all the fun stuff.

Even with all this added into our original budget, we’re still under!

  • Bedding:
    • Yellow Duvets:  IKEA:  1 king, 1 queen: $95
    • Speckled Duvets:  IKEA:  2 twin:  $40
  • Cactus String Lights: Bought at Simons $10
  • Globe String Lights: Walmart  $16
  • Boho Mat: Simons  $20
  • Jersey Shag Rug: Walmart  $9
  • Cactus Garbage Can: Winners  $16
  • Dishes:
    • Cactus Glasses:  Walmart
    • Plates and Bowls:  Superstore
    • Cutlery:  Simons
  • Do Not Feed Bears Sign:  Saskatoon Farm
  • Pillows:
    • Tropical:  Michaels
    • Striped and Polka Dot:  Minted

If you made it this far into my very long reveal post, thank you so much!  I hope you love what you see…but more important, I hope you leave feeling inspired to maybe tackle a little trailer makeover of your own, it’s cheaper and easier than you might think!

Happy Camping!

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

Welcome to my Anemones edition of Flowers From My Garden!  I’m sharing some gorgeous bouquets of this fabulous and easy to grow flower!  All grown in my  little urban cut flower garden.

My biggest and happiest garden surprise this year were my anemones.  I bought two packages of anemone corms from Walmart this spring, not really thinking much about them.  Honestly I thought they probably wouldn’t grow, so I only put them into two pots.  And boy am I ever sad I didn’t plant more!  Anemones are SO easy to grow, they’re pretty prolific, and they’re SO SO gorgeous.  Next year, I’m planting at least 5 pots full.  I’ve had anemones since the the beginning of July and I’m still getting blooms into August.  Just fabulous.

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

Create a Cut Flower Garden Wherever You Live!

I’ve really been enjoying my little urban cut flower garden.  I’m still amazed by how many flowers I can actually grow in my city yard…like I said before, my only regret is that I didn’t start doing this years ago.  But it’s a great reminder that a cut flower garden can be created anywhere.  Grow them in pots on your balcony or patio, create a plot in your yard…if you have access to even a little outdoor space you can grow flowers!

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

My Experience with Growing Anemones

This is the first time I’ve ever grown anemones.  For some reason I really thought they were too exotic to grow anywhere but a flower farm.  I’m here to tell you that’s not true.  Anyone can grow them.  What I have gathered from my very limited experience in growing anemones, is that they love humidity, and they love sunshine but not direct sun.  But they’re also very forgiving…mine did well despite being a bit crowded and also they survived many very rainy days, as well as couple of dry soil days and even some hail…whew!

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

I really didn’t fuss over them or do anything special.  I just patiently waited for blooms and they did not disappoint.  Next year I can’t wait to plant more varieties!  I’m definitely going to be ordering some fun colours and variations.  My goal is to have more anemones than I even know what to do with!  ALL THE ANEMONES!

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

A red and white bouquet for Canada Day…

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

And a beautiful mixed bouquet.  Anemones look so pretty with all kinds of flowers so I stuffed this bouquet with anemones, pansies, verbena and lavender.  Gorgeous.

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

I mean seriously…look at this purple anemone.  Simply stunning.

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

Flowers From My Garden: All the Anemones!

More Flowers From My Garden Posts

I’m going to continue to share bouquets from my garden as new flowers start blooming…hopefully I’ll have some gorgeous ones right into the fall!  Stay tuned!

An Early Summer Bouquet…this is my first bouquet from early this summer

An Early Summer Bouquet

Have an inspired day!

Oven Baked Salmon Plus 5 Tasty Flavour Ideas

Have this perfectly juicy and tender Oven Baked Salmon on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes.  Plus 5 tasty flavour ideas to try!

There are many ways to cook salmon, but one of the easiest methods is to bake it in the oven.  Preparation is as simple as laying the salmon out on a piece of parchment paper, seasoning it with some simple spices or sauces, then putting it into the oven for 20 – 30 minutes to roast.  While the salmon is roasting you can put together a few side dishes like rice, salad or any of your favourite vegetables, and dinner is ready in 30 minutes or less!  Easiest dinner ever.

Oven Baked Salmon

Depending on what flavours you like with your salmon, you can keep it simple with salt & pepper, or a little butter and dill, or smother it with your favourite sauces.

5 Delicious Flavour Ideas for Roasted Salmon:

  • Simple Seasoning: Before roasting, season the salmon generously with salt and pepper. You can also use a seasoning salt.
  • Dill & Butter:  Before roasting, lather each piece of salmon with butter, then add dill. Season with salt, pepper.  After the salmon has roasted, garnish with fresh dill.
  • Sweet & Spicy: Before roasting, brush each piece of salmon generously with a sweet chili sauce.  We like to use Frank’s Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce.
  • Teriyaki: Before roasting, brush the salmon generously with your favourite teriyaki sauce.
  • Garlic & Dijon:  Mix together 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp dijon mustard and 1 clove of garlic. Then before roasting, season the salmon with salt and paper then brush the salmon with the garlic/dijon mixture.

Enjoy!

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Oven Baked Salmon


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Have this perfectly juicy and tender Oven Baked Salmon on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes.  Plus 5 tasty flavour ideas to try!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 oz salmon fillets (skin on, about 3 to 4 fillets)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place the salmon fillets on a large baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes.

Love Salmon? Here are more delicious recipe ideas:

Have a delicious day!

Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad

This Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad is a delicious and easy summer meal! Loaded with fresh summer blueberries and peaches, flavourful grilled turkey, and goat cheese, all drizzled with a blueberry balsamic vinaigrette. So good.

I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad recipe, and was compensated for my time, but the recipe, pictures, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.  We really love turkey.

Turkey is such a great protein to substitute for other meats on the grill.  I like it because it’s lean, easy to grill, and is a nice change in dinner routines.  I always remind myself that turkey isn’t just for the holiday season.  Its mild flavour lends nicely to rubs, sauces and salad dressings all year round.  Turkey is especially delicious when grilled on the BBQ then added to a summer salad for a complete meal! This Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad is a perfect summer dish.

Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad

This salad is loaded with fresh summer blueberries and sliced peaches, fresh veggies, grilled turkey, crumbled goat cheese…all drizzled with a homemade blueberry balsamic dressing.  Colourful and bright summer flavours.

Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad

Reverse Sear Grilling Method for Turkey Breasts

Grilling turkey on the BBQ is so easy, and if you do it right, you will end up with the most tender, moist and delicious turkey!  We have grilled quite a few turkey breasts over the years and we really like method of grilling called reverse sear. The reverse sear method is the best way to cook thick cuts of meat evenly.  The idea being to cook both the interior and exterior of the meat perfectly without drying it out, which is perfect for turkey breasts which are thick cuts.  I’m sharing how to do this in the recipe card below.

Grilled Turkey Breast

Because the salad dressing has quite bold flavours, I wanted to keep the seasoning of the turkey simple, yet full of flavour.  I added a dry rub of salt (about 1 tsp) to the turkey breast and let it rest for about 4 hours in the fridge.  When it was time to grill, all the turkey needed was to be seasoned with fresh black pepper.

Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad

The result of the dry rub and the reverse sear is a tender and SUPER tasty turkey breast ready to be added to a fresh summer salad.

Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad

Blueberry Balsamic Salad Dressing

When I’m creating salads I always like to use ingredients that are in season, and right now it’s all about blueberries.  Fresh delicious blueberries. And it just so happens that blueberries pair perfectly with turkey, so I whipped up a quick blueberry balsamic dressing.  Just 5 simple ingredients…fresh blueberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey and pepper.

Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad

So good.

Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad

Salad Serving Ideas

You can toss this salad together before serving, but I really like the look of it when each ingredient is separated out. Then when it’s time to eat, everyone can scoop out what they like.  Or better yet, if you want to make things even easier, serve all of the ingredients in separate dishes and let everyone assemble their own salads.

Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do!

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Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Turkey Salad is a delicious and easy summer meal! Loaded with fresh summer blueberries and peaches, flavourful grilled turkey, and goat cheese, all drizzled with a blueberry balsamic vinaigrette. So good.


Scale

Ingredients

Grilled Turkey Breast:

  • 1 turkey breast, approximately 2 lbs
  • ~ 1 tsp salt for the dry rub
  • fresh ground pepper

Blueberry Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1/2 cup or more of fresh blueberries
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sliced red onion
  • sliced sweet peppers
  • spiralized butternut squash (optional)
  • goat cheese

Instructions

Prepare the Turkey Breast:

  1. For an extra moist and flavourful grilled turkey breast, I like to add a dry brine.  To do this sprinkle the meat with the 1 tsp of salt.  Let it rest in the fridge for 2 to 4 hours.

Making the Blueberry Vinaigrette:

  1. Using a hand blender or food processor, combine all of the dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy.  Set aside.

Grilling the Turkey Breast:

You will need a good instant read thermometer.

  1. After the turkey has had time to rest in the dry salt brine, preheat your BBQ to 225 – 250 degrees.
  2. Season the turkey with fresh ground pepper.
  3. You want to roast the turkey over indirect heat, so add the turkey to a top rack in your barbecue.  Let it sit and cook until the internal temperature is 150 degrees.
  4. Then quickly take the meat off of the grill, turn up the heat in your barbecue to high, keep the lid open, and give the turkey breast a quick sear on both sides.  Flipping the breast multiple times, searing it until it has a nice crust…this part should only take 5 minutes.  The final internal temperature should measure 165 degrees.
  5. When the turkey is done, remove from heat and let rest under tin foil for a couple of minutes.

Assembling the Salad:

  1. While the turkey is grilling, you can begin to assemble the fresh salad ingredients.
  2. Wash and dry the butter lettuce and fresh blueberries. Slice the peach, red onions and sweet peppers.
  3. Then assemble everything is a large salad bowl.

Putting it all together:

  1. When it is time to serve the grilled turkey, cut the turkey into 3/4 inch slices, cut against the grain.  Then lay it on your assembled salad.
  2. Crumble on the goat cheese.
  3. Drizzle with the blueberry balsamic dressing.
  4. Serve with fresh bread and enjoy!

5 Ways to Grill Great Meals with Turkey Cuts

11 Ways To Build Big Flavour With Turkey On The Grill:

  1. Learn to use direct and indirect heat. Direct heat works best to sear turkey, develop savoury crusts on your cuts, create flavourful grill marks, and cook smaller or thinner cuts of meat quickly. Indirect heat works for larger cuts of meat that need to cook low and slow, coaxing out flavours while keeping cuts moist and tender.
  2. Smoke and sizzle mean big flavour! Use the barbeque to brown your turkey and create caramelization that adds big, bold flavour and keeps your meat juicy and tender. Smoke adds that unique and special BBQ taste, allowing you to cut down on salt, sugar and fat.
  3. Preheat your grill to hot so that food will sear on contact. Searing will lock in those flavourful juices and help to avoid sticking which can lead to charring. Make sure to season your meat first, so that the sear will create a flavour-packed crust.
  4. Use dry and wet rubs to season your turkey cuts. Turkey marries well with a wide variety of herbs and spices, so feel free to experiment with your favourite combinations to enhance taste and texture.
  5. Know when your meat is done! Use a meat thermometer to check doneness and avoid overcooking or undercooking your turkey.
  6. Leave it alone! When cooking over indirect heat, leave your turkey cuts alone without turning or flipping very often to allow for even cooking and browning.
  7. Cook your entire meal on the BBQ – appetizers, side dishes, vegetables and even desserts can be cooked over the grill. Cooking entire meals on the grill will give you juicy meat and tasty vegetables. Grilling locks in moisture and adds natural smoky flavour, cutting down on the need for extra fat, salt and sugary sauces. Visit thinkturkey.ca to explore a library of amazing grilled turkey recipes!
  8. Marinate your cuts to add big flavour and help to keep your turkey moist and juicy. Infuse flavour into your meats by marinating with healthy fats like olive oil, and adding citrus, beer, wine or vinegar and fresh herbs, spices and rubs.
  9. Prep your turkey meat for the grill. Remove from the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before cooking to allow the meat to come to room temperature. Dry the meat off with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. This will promote an even sear and avoid steaming the meat.
  10. Be patient and take the time to preheat your bbq for the best results.
  11. Don’t crowd the meat! When grilling your turkey, leave space between the turkey pieces to promote even heat circulation and ensure consistent cooking.

 

Canadian Turkey Recipes, Tips and Nutrition:

Visit CanadianTurkey.ca for tips, tricks, techniques and recipe inspiration! Find recipes that are great for make-ahead-meals and batch cooking, recipes that are perfect for leftovers, as well as ideas for snacks, breakfast and 30-minute main dishes. And don’t forget all the delicious grilling recipes!  You can also find information on turkey nutritionhow to cook turkey and more.  And follow Canadian Turkey on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and YouTube!

Have a delicious day!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: Design Ideas

I’m so excited to share our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover with you!  Stay tuned as we give our little trailer a bright and airy new look!

We’ve been avid family campers for years and have just recently outgrown our current travel trailer.  With 5 of us, including a teenager that is almost 6 feet tall, plus a dog, our camper was just too small to house us any longer.  We’ve been talking for a couple of years about what we wanted to do once we outgrew our trailer, and finally decided to buy a pop up camper.  I grew up camping in pop up trailers and have always loved them.  They surprisingly have a lot of space.  And if you buy them used they’re relatively inexpensive, and often don’t really need a lot of work done to them.  So this summer we finally decided to make the leap and buy a new-to-us pop up camper.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover

I was a little overwhelmed at the idea of trying to find a trailer…we’ve had a lot going on here this spring…so my Dad, being the great sport that he is, helped to find the perfect camper for us! A couple of weeks ago this 2004 camper became available and we snapped it up the first day up on Kijiji!  It has the perfect layout with enough beds for all 5 of us.

Our Pop Up Camper Before the Makeover

Meet Wilma!  Our 2004 Forest River Rockwood Pop Up Camper. She is in excellent condition and really doesn’t need anything done.  But…I just can’t help myself…I’ve always wanted to make over a trailer and now is the perfect time.  Wilma is getting a makeover!

 

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: BEFORE

As you can see the trailer is fine, but the colours just aren’t what we want for our camper.  The cupboards are a little dark and the cushion pattern is outdated. But the bones, the structure and the layout are perfect for us.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: BEFORE

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: BEFORE

This camper has 4 beds, including a kingsized bed, a queen and 2 twin beds, so everyone will have a bed…no one will have to have a makeshift bed on the floor anymore!  This is very exciting for our youngest 😉

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: BEFORE

There are 2 sitting areas with tables.  One is set up like a sectional couch, and one table is a small dinette, so there’s lots of room for hanging out, eating dinner and playing games.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: BEFORE

It’s a fantastic layout.  All it needs is a freshening up with some new paint, new cushions and some fun decorations.  I can hardly wait to get it finished!  Our goal is to makeover Wilma in less than 2 weeks.  I think we can do it because really, all we’re changing are aesthetics, nothing structural.  I think the hardest part is going to be changing the cushion covers and painting.  I hate painting, but it’s worth it in the end.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: BEFORE

Our Pop Up Camper Makeover Plans

I thought it would be fun to share our camper makeover with all of you, so I’m going to show you what our plans are for Wilma.  You can also follow along on Instagram as we share what we’re up to in real time.

What We’re Not Changing in Our Pop Up Camper

Our camper is in great condition, so there are quite a few things we’re not going to be changing:

  • We are not changing any structure at all, the camper is in great condition.
  • We’re keeping the beds, they’re in great shape.
  • We’ll also be keeping the curtains, they’re also in great shape and I like the colour enough not to go to the trouble of replacing them, I’m just going to wash them.  But I will remove all the frilly valences.
  • I like the drawer and cupboard pulls so we’ll keep them for now.  They’re currently gold and the shape is great.

The Makeover Plans for Our Pop Up Camper

Most of our makeover plans are aesthetic changes that shouldn’t be too hard to complete.

  • Prime and paint the cabinets. We’re thinking either white or really light grey
  • Add new flooring. We’re thinking vinyl grey peel and stick hardwood.
  • Do something with the counter and table tops. We’ll either cover them with contact paper or replace them altogether.
  • Recover the cushions. This is going to be the biggest challenge for me because I can’t sew and we don’t want to pay to have someone recover them.  So I’m going to DIY reupholster them with a light upholstery fabric of some kind.
  • Repaint the outside of the camper.  We’re not going to do that this summer though, we’ll tackle it either in the fall or next spring.
  • Decorating:  Purchase new bed linens, rugs, dishes, string lights and decorations.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover Budget:  $1000

  • Our budget is $1000, but we’re hoping to keep it closer to $500.  Our goal is to keep this as inexpensive as possible without being too cheap.  We’ll see how it goes.
  • The budget will only include paint, flooring, cushion covers and that sort of thing.  Not the decorations or new bedding.

As we refurbish and work on our camper I’m going to share our progress and DIY projects over here on my blog, so make sure to stay tuned!  I think the final reveal is going to be amazing!