Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Turkey Spirals

Writers block!!!

I actually cooked this recipe a few weeks ago, and even though it was delicious, I don't remember much about the experience (aka I don't have a very cool and cheeky story to open this blog).

Anyway, I made some delicious turkey spirals that weren't exactly what Paula was planning with her original recipe, but I think it worked great!

I had a really hard time finding the pasta shells that Paula recommended in whole wheat. I figured if we were going to have a pasta dish I would at least add some fiber. Instead I found whole wheat lasagna noodles which lead to my spiral idea!

Once I had the noodles cooked and the stuffing prepared, I layed the noodles down on wax paper and started spreading the stuffing. I left a little room on either end to make for a clean roll.

I then set the rolls up in the casserole dish and topped them with the spaghetti sauce. They baked in the oven for about 45 minutes and came out as delicious little single serve turkey rolls!

Even though this recipe took several pots and pans....and minutes, it was worth the work.!

Paula's recipe said it feeds 6-8 but I couldn't imagine 3 lbs of meat and 1 lb of noodles, plus the extras feeding only 6-8 people! I went ahead and calculated the old recipe facts based on her recipe feeding 13. That means there would have been almost 1300 calories per original serving!!!
Here are all of the facts:

Taste: Seconds...Actually Thirds Please!

Waist: Tighten Your Belt A Notch (pair with some vegetables and a small starch)

Turkey Spirals
30 oz chopped spinach (thawed and drained well)
2 lbs 95% fat ground turkey
1 package fat free cream cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan + 4 tsp for topping
2 lg onions, chopped
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup egg substitute
13 whole wheat lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
1 cup chopped tomato

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Brown turkey in large frying pan, drain. Mix turkey with spinach, cream cheese, seasoning, Parmesan (minus topping), onions, egg substitute.

Lay noodles flat on wax paper. Spread turkey mixture evenly across noodles, leaving 2 inches on each end empty. Roll noodles into a spiral and stand up in a casserole dish. Top the spirals with the pasta sauce, tomatoes, and Parmesan. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Enjoy!


  1. Anything with spinach, onions and cheese is guaranteed to be good in my book. These look delicious!

  2. Wow! These are such a unique way of using lasagna noodles. I love this and I am going to make a vegetarian adaptation as soon as it cools down here!

  3. Looks yummy! Adding this to my list of recipes to try!

  4. Having taste-tested this myself, I must agree that they were delicious!! I suggest adding just a touch more spaghetti sauce -- not sure what this does to the nutritional stats, but it helps even things out a little bit. Kudos to the chef ;)