2015 is off to a crazy start! School, activities and sickness have left me meeting myself coming and going. I got a sweet deal on a turkey after Christmas, and decided over the weekend to roast it In my crockpot. A small bird, about 8 lbs. I used my giant crock, and it turned out soooo tender and delicious.

However, the other people in my house are already tired of turkey suppers, so I decided to experiment in my kitchen just this afternoon. The results are fantastic (in my opinion). I love easy dishes that require a minimal amount of time, dishes, and ingredients. I think we have a winner!


Italian Turkey stew


A whole bunch of spinach. My goal of making healthy spinach salads got away from me, and I needed to use this up. Frozen would work as well.

2 cans tomatoes. I used one can of stewed and one can crushed. Diced would have been nice, but I didn’t have any, and it’s a 15 mile trip to the store!

1 package lite cream cheese

1 can chicken stock

¼ cup grated mozzarella

Cooked turkey, or chicken, or maybe Italian sausage?

italian turkey soup

italian turkey soup 2


Sautee spinach in 1 Tbs of Olive oil until cooked down.

Remove spinach and melt cream cheese and whisk in chicken stock. Add mozzarella cheese and whisk continually.

Add tomatoes and stir in, add spinach back into the soup.

Dice turkey or chicken into fine pieces and stir in.

Simmer for approx. 30 minutes until hot and bubbly

Serve with garlic toast for dipping!

I skipped the garlic toast because I am low-carbing it (New Years Resolution), but it will be served to the rest of my family tonight.

What do you think?

Leah Peterson

Leah Peterson is a native Nebraskan, living on the ranch her ancestors homesteaded in 1878. She and her husband Matt, met at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and returned to the ranch in 2012 after working and living in Central Nebraska the past 12 years. They are parents to two daughters, Maggie and Lucy. Leah has an undergrad degree from UNL in Communication Studies, and a MA in Leadership from Bellevue University. Aside from her work at the ranch and opportunity to be a stay at home mom, she enjoys writing, photography, community involvement, spending time with friends and family and trying new recipes in her kitchen. Leah published her first children's book in 2011 titled "An Apple for Dapple" and enjoys traveling throughout the state to share her book with children and raise awareness about the importance Agriculture in Nebraska.