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Tips to Clean Your Living Room

Simple Tips to Clean Your Living Room and get it sparkling clean!

For most of us, our living rooms are hard working, and are regularly used!  They are the spaces where we gather as a family to watch movies, play games and hang out.  They’re where we entertain our friends and guests.  Next to the kitchen, the living room is the heart of a home.

And in our home, because it is an open concept home, our living room is literally at the heart of all of our home activity, so I like to keep this space pretty clean and tidy.  But sometimes a little deeper cleaning is required.

I’m sharing a cleaning guide and some simple tips to organize and deep clean your living room.  This type of cleaning is not something you need to be doing every day!  In fact, some of the tasks only need to be done once or twice a year.  And these are all things that can be done over the course of an afternoon, or even over a couple of days if you just want to take your time.  Let’s get started!

Tips to Clean Your Living Room

Tip #1: Clean the couch

Our couch is very well loved.  And everyone is welcome on it, including the dog haha!  This means that I need to be able to clean it often.  When we bought this couch, the biggest requirement was that I needed to be able to wash the cushions.  With 3 kids and a dog, things need to be able to be cleaned.  So every once in a while I like to take the cushions off and wash the covers.  They come out smelling fresh and back to their original shape.  The couch looks brand new again!

  • Remove all the cushions from the couch, and vacuum away all the popcorn and mystery items that gather under the cushions.
  • Then if you can (if the covers are machine washable), take off the cushion covers, and wash them in the washer with cold water.  Check your drying instructions.  Make sure to check the washing instructions on your couch cushions.

Tips to Clean Your Living Room

Tip #2: Wash throw pillows and blankets

This is a good time to wash pillows and throw blankets too.  They look brighter and smell fresh!

  • If your couch throw pillow covers are machine washable, wash them in the washing machine.  I wash mine in cold water, and tumble dry on low heat, but check the instructions on your own items. 
  • I also take the pillow inserts outdoors to bang them together to get the dust out.

Tip #3: Check your lighting

  • Check to see if all of your light bulbs are working!  I am always surprised by how many light bulbs I end up needing to replace. 
  • This is a good time to clean ceiling light covers too.  Get rid of the dust and dead bugs!  A wash in soapy water will get the covers clean and bright again.
  • Pull out your vacuum and upholstery attachment, and vacuum all of your lamp shades.  It’s amazing how much dust they collect!

Tip #4: Don’t forget to dust

  • Get in all the nooks and crannies and wipe out that dust!  I have big bookshelves in our living space, so every few months I wipe them all out from top to bottom.
  • Dust baseboards, shelves, coffee tables, the mantel…anywhere you can imagine dust has settled.

Tip #5: Organize!

While you’re dusting, this is a good time to organize as well.

  • Recycle old papers and magazines.
  • Put away any decorations that are out of season.

Tips to Clean Your Living Room

Tip #6: Washing windows, blinds and curtains

Washing windows, blinds and curtains is my least favourite of all the jobs…it’s tedious and takes a bit of time, but the end result is really worth it.  And you don’t need to do this often.  Honestly, I’m lucky if I do this once a year.

Curtains

  • If your curtains are machine washable, wash them!  I put 2 panels in our washer at a time, and wash them in cold water.  
  • Then I dried them in the dryer for 30 minutes on medium heat, just until they were almost dry.  I find it easier to iron them when they are slightly damp.
  • Because they are cotton/linen curtains, I ironed on high heat, with a lot of steam.
  • Again, check the care instructions on your curtains and drapes.

Windows and Blinds

  • Wipe down your blinds with a cloth and warm water and soap.
  • Wipe all your window sills with warm water and soap.
  • Clean your windows with a window cleaner.

Tip #7: Clean your walls too!

Wipe down your walls.  I use warm water and soap to wipe down my walls.  It’s a simple way to clean away dust, grime and greasy little fingerprints (how do walls get so dirty anyway?!)  

Tip #8: Wipe down baseboards

While you are down on the floor madly cleaning your walls, give your baseboards a good wipe too!

Tip #9: Clean your Floors

Give this living space a good vacuum then wash the floors.

Fresh, Bright and Clean

All done!  It’s a big job, but I find tackling one room at a time, even over a couple of days, the job is manageable.  And the sparkling, clean end results are definitely worth the work!

More Tips to Stay Organized in your Home:

Have an inspired day!

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Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake)

This Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake) is a simple and delicious brunch recipe!  Serve with whipped cream, syrup and/or more fresh fruit!

Puff Pancakes, or Dutch Babies, are my family’s most favourite breakfast everrrrrrr.  They’re like a giant delicious popover that you smother in butter and syrup…seriously the best.  When these are on the weekend menu, we’re all really excited!

I’m especially excited because my husband is the one who makes these pancakes for us, and I love it.  In fact, he’s the one who makes our breakfast on weekends which is SO SO nice.  I love being able to sit back with a cup of coffee and have someone else cook…it’s so great.

And he makes the best puff pancakes.  Over the years we have tried many different variations and recipes for puff pancakes, and as time goes on, my husband has gotten pretty creative with his recipes.  We’ve had basic puff pancakes, banana puff pancakes, apple baked pancakes, and tropical puff pancakes.  Then this past weekend he made this beautiful Strawberry Blueberry Puff Pancake.  And it was as delicious as it looks.  Amazing.

Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake)

The fruit baked right into the pancake is so delicious.  And with a little dollop of whipped cream and some cinnamon sugar, this is the ultimate breakfast.  Yum yum yum.

Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake) Recipe

Puff pancakes are pretty easy to make, don’t be intimidated!  The key is to make the batter really smooth.  We have learned over the years that the more smooth the batter is, the puffier the pancake will be.  In fact, we use a hand blender to make a smooth batter.  Once the batter is smooth, you can add in the fruit.  Enjoy.

Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake)

This Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake) is a simple and delicious brunch recipe!  Serve with whipped cream, syrup and/or more fresh fruit!  Use a 12 inch 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
Author Jo-Anna Rooney

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup milk we use whole milk
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, lemon zest, sugar, salt, and flour until smooth. We actually use a hand blender to make the batter really smooth.

  3. Add the fruit. Don't stir the fruit in at this point, just add it to the batter. Set aside.
  4. In a large skillet (12 x 9), melt the 6 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.
  5. Pour the pancake batter into the skillet and let it cook for about 1 minute, without stirring!
  6. Then place the skillet into the oven and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes.
  7. The pancake is done when it is golden brown and puffed up.
  8. Once the pancake is done serve immediately (while it's puffed up), because it will shrink quickly!
  9. Serve with syrup or cinnamon sugar.

 More Delicious Dutch Baby Recipes:

Have a delicious day!

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How to Organize Your Freezer

Simple tips and tricks to Organize Your Freezer, and keep it organized!

Over the last few weeks I have been busy organizing my kitchen.  Everything from the pantry, to the drawers, to the cabinets and the fridge and freezer.  With 5 people in my household, and 4 of them active in the kitchen, things can get pretty messy and disorganized very fast.  And this drives me bonkers.  Especially when I don’t know what I’ve got in my pantry and freezer, and what things I’m missing…there’s nothing that annoys me more than when I’m about to bake or cook something, and someone has used up an ingredient.  So I decided it was time to get organized.  It’s a big job, but when it’s done it is well worth it.  To make things more manageable for myself I tackle one thing at a time, one day a time.

One day last week I decided to clean out and organize my fridge freezer.  We have 2 freezers in our home, a deep freeze for long term storage, and the fridge freezer that is used for more day-to-day things.  This day-to-day freezer really needed some help…it was a disaster…spilled peas, coffee, iced up mystery containers…it was time to clean it out and start fresh.

Here are some tips to help you get your freezer cleaned and organized, and stay that way!

How to Organize Your Freezer

Tip #1:  First things first, clean your freezer!

Before you get your freezer organized, it’s important to first get it cleaned out.  Make sure to work fast, so your food items don’t melt.  Here are some things to try:

  • Take everything out of your freezer.
  • Throw out old items…things you won’t use, food covered in ice and mystery foods!
  • Get rid of packaging.  If you can, get rid of boxes and store things in bags.
  • If you have doubles of items, put them together to save space.
  • Then use warm water and soap to give your freezer a good cleaning.

How to Organize Your Freezer

Tip #2:  Keep an inventory

While you’ve got everything out of your freezer, take an inventory of what you have.  You can use this Freezer Inventory Checklist. Then keep your inventory list updated each time you take something out or add something to your freezer.

How to Organize Your Freezer

Tip #3:  Organize with Bins

I like to use bins to keep things organized in my freezer.  Bins give a designated space for food items which makes organization easy for everyone when they are looking for something, or are putting food away.  In my freezer I use large bins for items I have a lot of, like fruits and vegetables, and smaller bins for things like ice packs and juice.

Here are my bins:

  • 1 bin for ice packs
  • 1 bin for raw meat
  • 1 bin for cooked, leftover meat
  • 1 bin for bread products
  • 1 bin for frozen juices
  • 1 bin for frozen fruits
  • 1 bin for frozen vegetables

Tip #4:  Organize your freezer into zones.

Put most used items in the front zone, and less used items in the back zone.  I keep the most used items in the front of the freezer for easy access, things like bread, fruit for smoothies, and ice packs for kids lunches.  Items I don’t use regularly go to the zone in the back.  This just makes things really easy to find.  Another tip to keep in mind here is, if you’ve got a deep freeze, use that freezer for items that you don’t use very often, or for large bulky items like roasts, turkeys and big boxes of food.

How to Organize Your Freezer

Tip #5: Label Items

Use a labeller or dry erase marker to label items in your freezer.  You think you will remember the soup you added to your freezer, but in a couple of months, it becomes mystery soup!  Just write what food item it is right on the bag.  And don’t forget to include the amount!

Tip #6:  Freeze things flat when possible.

If you are using ziplock bags to freeze food, lay the bags flat out on a cookie sheet first to freeze, that way you can stack them in your freezer when they’re solid (see the photo of the chicken broth above…this is how I freeze my soups, stocks, chili and stew).  You can store many more flat ziplock bags in your freezer than bulky containers.

How To Organize Your Freezer

Tip #7: Freeze things in useable portions.

Instead of adding a half container of leftover broth to your freezer, why not freeze it in portions?  Portioned items like broth, lemon juice, and tomato paste are really easy to access for cooking.  For example, I freeze both lemon juice and tomato paste by the tablespoon in ice cube trays, then transfer them over to ziplock bag once they’re frozen.  That way it’s really easy to access these small portions when I need them.  I also freeze broths by the cup.

How to Organize Your Freezer

A place for everything, everything in its place

I know at first it can seem like a lot to do to get your freezer organized, but if you just take the time, you will be so happy with the end result.  I find that once things are organized, and there is a space for everything, it’s much easier to keep it organized moving forward.  It’s just too easy to dump items in the freezer if things are already a mess, but if there’s a clear spot for something, it’s easier to keep it tidy.

I hope you found these freezer organization tips helpful!  Do you have any tips to add?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

More Tips to Stay Organized in the Kitchen:

Happy Organizing!

Meatballs and Gravy Dinner

This Meatballs and Gravy Dinner is a quick and delicious meal that the whole family will love.  Hearty meatballs and rich gravy are perfect with mashed potatoes!  Ready in less than 1 hour.

The one meal I know my kids will always eat, is meatballs.  Meatballs with spaghetti, sweet & sour meatballs, stroganoff meatballs, and meatballs and gravy.  And I love that because meatballs are one of my favourites too.  What I also love about them is how easy they are to make.

Meatballs and Gravy Dinner

This Meatball and Gravy dinner is quick and simple, and can be on your table in less than 1 hour.  So not only are they fast, but all the ingredient to make them are simple too. In fact you probably have all of them already.

Meatballs and Gravy Dinner

For this recipe I make a simple ground beef meatball, and create a gravy made out of consomme.  I always try to have consomme on hand because I use it in so many recipes, but it is the best when used to make gravy.  You can use beef broth, but I find that the flavour isn’t as rich or deep as consomme.  I use 2 cans of consomme for this recipe because we like loads of gravy…everything must be drenched in gravy.  Yes.

Meatballs and Gravy Dinner

So good over creamy mashed potatoes.  Yum.

Meatballs and Gravy

A perfect weeknight dinner…I hope you enjoy it!

Meatballs and Gravy

This Meatballs and Gravy Dinner is a quick and delicious meal that the whole family will love.  Hearty meatballs and rich gravy are perfect with mashed potatoes!  Ready in less than 1 hour.

Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna Rooney

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper

Gravy:

  • 2 10.5 oz cans of consomme
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • fresh ground pepper

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 5 - 6 large potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Instructions

Making the Meatballs:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the ground beef, minced onion, egg, and salt & pepper.
  3. Shape into meatballs, about 1 1/2 inches round.
  4. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the centres are not pink.

Making the Sauce:

  1. While the meatballs are baking, you can start the gravy.
  2. In a skillet add the consomme and simmer over low to medium heat.
  3. Stir in the butter until melted.
  4. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking until the flour is completely mixed in and the mixture is bubbling.
  5. Once the mixture has thickened, whisk in the cream and simmer until thickened once again.

Making the Mashed Potatoes:

  1. While the meatballs are cooking, and the gravy is simmering, you can start the potatoes.
  2. Boil the potatoes until they are soft.
  3. Drain completely.
  4. Add the butter and cream, and mash until smooth. Note: I start with 1/4 cup of cream and add more if needed.
  5. Season with salt & pepper.

Putting it all together:

  1. When the meatballs are cooked through, add them to the gravy and simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Serve over mashed potatoes.

More Meatball Recipes:

Have a delicious day!

What’s For Dinner? Turkey Noodle Soup Dinner Menu

This comforting soup dinner menu includes Turkey Noodle Soup, fresh bread and dessert! 

Welcome back to What’s For Dinner!  This week it’s all about comforting soup, homemade bread, and a chocolatey dessert.  This is a perfect winter or rainy day meal!  And as a bonus, everything can be ready in about 1 hour…an hour an a half if you don’t feel like rushing 😉  I hope you enjoy this menu!

Turkey Noodle Soup Dinner Menu

  • Main Dish:  Turkey Noodle Soup
  • Fresh Bread:  Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread
  • Dessert:  Triple Chocolate Deep Dish Brownies with ice cream

Turkey Noodle Soup

This Turkey Noodle Soup is a big hit with my family!  The meatballs are so flavourful and the broken spaghetti noodles take me back to childhood chicken noodle soup.  SO good and so comforting! And it can be ready under 1 hour.

Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread

This Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread is perfect with soup!  Serve it warm out of the oven in about one hour.  No kneading, to rising, no fuss required.  Just deliciousness…and the best dipped in soup!

Triple Chocolate Deep Dish Brownies with ice cream

And for dessert, Triple Chocolate Deep Dish Brownies with ice cream. These brownies are gooey, warm, chocolatey and rich. Heck yes.

A simple and quick dinner menu idea.

More Meal Planning Ideas:

Visit my Meal Planning Page for more What’s For Dinner Menu Ideas.  There are so many meal ideas from pasta, to burgers, to spaghetti and more!

Have a delicious day!

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread-Feature

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Make the dough for this Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread with your bread machine.  So easy, and delicious!  Sweet, gooey and full of cinnamon sugar deliciousness!

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread is the ultimate in sweet delicious breads.  Seriously.  This bread is the stuff dreams are made of.  It’s sweet, soft, gooey and full of delicious cinnamon flavour.  If I had my way, we’d have a loaf every Saturday morning…but that’s just not good for my pants, know what I mean?  But when you want a treat, you should make this bread.  

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

And don’t worry, it’s much easier than it may look.  In fact, I make the dough for this pull apart bread in my bread machine.  Bread machines are so awesome for us non-bread makers…they do all the work for you. And the best part is, the end result is the same…you end up with a loaf of delicious bread.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

I also really love that this is a sharing bread…set it out in the middle of your table, and everyone can help themselves.  You’ll notice a funny thing will happen…everyone will get quiet, and the middle pieces will disappear first.  That’s where all the gooey soft cinnamon sugar syrup is.  Are you convinced yet?

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

This recipe will make one large loaf of Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread.  Don’t worry if the pieces jumble up all over the place as the loaf bakes…it will taste amazing. I have also included some pictures below of how to prepare and cut the dough before it goes into the pan for baking…

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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Make the dough for this Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread with your bread machine.  So easy, and delicious!  Sweet, gooey and full of cinnamon sugar deliciousness!

Servings 1 loaf
Author Jo-Anna Rooney

Ingredients

The Dough:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp skim milk powder
  • 1 tsp bread machine yeast

Cinnamon Sugar Mix:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp melted butter

Instructions

The Dough:

  1. Set the bread machine to the dough cycle.
  2. When it is finished, remove the dough from the machine and set it in a warm place, cover with a clean tea towel, and let rise for 1 hour.
  3. At this point, you can put it in the fridge to use the next day, but when you take it out, let it sit for 30 minutes to warm up.

Cinnamon Sugar Mix:

  1. Combine the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside
  2. In a saucepan or microwave, melt your butter. Set aside.

Putting it together:

  1. Roll out dough to measure 12 x 18 inches.

  2. Slather it with the melted butter.

  3. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mix evenly over the dough. Use all of it. Yes.

  4. Cut your dough into 6 even strips, vertically.
  5. Stack the dough pieces on top of each other.

  6. Cut into 6 even strips again.
  7. Grease a loaf pan with butter.
  8. Line up your dough pieces as shown below.

  9. Cover your pan with a clean tea towel again, and let rise for 30-45 minutes more.
  10. Then, in a preheated 350 degree oven, bake for 35-45 minutes. (I put a cookie sheet under my tin, because the sugar mix tends to bubble over.)

  11. When baking is complete, take bread out of the oven, and let rest in the pan for about 15 minutes.
  12. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If you are using a bread machine, you can use the recipe for Sweet Dough, from your recipe book for your machine.
  • If you want to make the dough from scratch you can find the recipe over at Joy the Baker.

This recipe was adapted from Joy the Baker

Here’s a visual on how to prep the dough.  This is the fun part!

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Roll out the dough to measure roughly 12 x 18 inches, then slather it with all the melted butter.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Spread the cinnamon-sugar mix evenly over the dough.  Use all of it.  Yes.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Cut your dough into 6 even strips, vertically.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Then stack the pieces on top of each other.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Cut into 6 even strips again.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Take each section of dough, turn them upward and line them up in a lightly greased baking pan.  Sprinkle on any extra cinnamon-sugar mix that may have escaped.  Now refer back to the recipe for baking instructions.

Then eat.  Indulge. Wipe the drool off your chin.

This post was originally published in April 2011.  I just updated it with new, delicious pictures!

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread {A Pretty Life}

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Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

Make this Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey Dinner in less than 1 hour!  Sweet, tangy and so flavourful.  And one dish means dinner prep and clean up is easier than ever!

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I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious turkey sheet pan dinner recipe!  I was compensated for my time, but the recipe, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.  We really love turkey.

Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

I love that sheet pan dinner recipes are so popular right now, because they are big time savers for those of us making dinner!  With everything assembled in one pan, they’re easy to prepare, serve and clean up. And the ingredient combinations are endless, so no sheet pan dinner needs to ever be the same!

This weekend I made this Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey sheet pan dinner which is packed with vegetables, and nutritious and lean marinated turkey.

Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey Marinade

The star of this sheet pan dinner is the lemon honey garlic turkey.  I marinated chunks of turkey in a honey, lemon garlic marinade while I chopped up a bunch of vegetables, but if you want to maximize flavour, you can marinade the turkey for a few hours or even overnight.

The great thing about choosing turkey for a sheet pan dinner, is that it pairs so well with all flavours and vegetables…and it’s an affordable meat as well.  I can feed my family of 5 with 1 turkey breast, for less than $15!

Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

You can use any vegetables that you like for this sheet pan dinner…clean out your vegetable drawer!  Right now my pantry and veggie drawers are full of winter vegetables like yams, potatoes, onions and brussels sprouts, which are perfect for a sheet pan dinner.  And they pair perfectly with turkey.

Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

Delicious.  And gorgeous.  A colourful dinner always gets eaten up in my home.

Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey before…

Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

And Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey after…all roasted and delicious.

Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

This hearty and delicious supper can be on your table in less than 1 hour from start to finish!

Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey

Make this Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Turkey Dinner in less than 1 hour!  Sweet, tangy and so flavourful.  And one dish means dinner prep and clean up is easier than ever!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jo-Anna Rooney

Ingredients

Turkey:

  • 1.5 - 2 lb turkey breast cut into 2 inch chunks

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice approx juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp hot sauce (I used Sriracha)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce

Vegetables:

  • 1 yam cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 large potatoes cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 large onion cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 10 brussels sprouts cut in half
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Glaze:

  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, honey, brown sugar, garlic, hot sauce and soy sauce.

  2. In a bowl mix together the turkey pieces with the glaze and let marinate while you prepare the vegetables.  See notes.

Vegetables:

  1. Prepare your vegetables and lay them out on a sheet pan.

Putting it all together:

  1. Add the chunks of turkey to the sheet pan.

  2. Then drizzle 3/4 of glaze on the turkey pieces.

  3. Then drizzle some olive oil and the remaining glaze over the vegetables. Gently mix the vegetables until they're coated in oil and the glaze.
  4. Salt & pepper generously.

  5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through, and the yams are soft.

Recipe Notes

If you have time, the turkey can marinate in the glaze overnight.  This will give the best flavour!

More Delicious Turkey Recipes:

5 “back to basics” tips to eat healthy all year long with turkey:

  1. Choose nutrient-rich foods first.
    Foods such as whole grains, veggies and fruit, nuts, seeds, yogurt and lean meats (ahem… turkey!). Turkey is packed with nutrients like vitamin B12 (important in keeping your nervous system – the body’s electrical wiring – working well), selenium (an antioxidant mineral) and zinc (for a strong immune system).
  2. Cook more meals at home.
    When you make more of your meals at home, you can control the ingredients that you’re serving your family. By cooking more whole foods “from scratch”, you’ll be more likely to get more good-for-you nutrients and save money at the same time – it’s win-win!  Here’s a turkey time-saver tip: Cook once, eat twice with planned leftovers. On the weekend, roast a whole turkey, a large turkey breast or extra thighs to enjoy for Sunday dinner and then use the leftovers to make quick meals during the week.
  3. Create a balanced plate:
    To build a healthy plate, combine protein-rich foods, such as turkey, with plant-based foods, such as veggies.
  4. Practice smart snacking.
    When you’re hungry in between meals, a small snack made with nutritious foods can help keep your energy levels up and keep you from overeating at your next meal.  Leftover turkey is ideal for when you need a snack to keep you nourished between meals.
  5. Bump up the protein.
    Turkey is an excellent source of high quality protein. Each 100-gram serving is lean and packs in about 30 grams protein.

Canadian Turkey Recipes, Tips & Nutrition:

Visit the Canadian Turkey website for all the tips, tricks, techniques and recipe inspiration you might need! There are more delicious turkey recipes, a tonne of great information on turkey nutritionhow to cook turkey and more! And follow Canadian Turkey along on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and YouTube channel.

Have a delicious day!