Back to School Tips & “Meal Starter” Turkey Ragu

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own.

My birthday is in early May and I would swear that was just a couple of weeks ago…where did this summer go?  Even though I dread the thought of the long, relaxing days of summer coming to an end, the slight nip in the evening air is making it all feel real!

With the end of summer upon us, we’re getting ready to adjust to new habits and back-to-school routines. Making the transition from relaxed days, later bedtimes, sleeping in and weekend fun to schedules, routines and healthy habits can be tricky for busy families.

With so much on the go, it’s no wonder one of the biggest challenges for parents is getting good quality meals on the table.  Come September, tips and tricks that help you get organized are essential, so you can deal with getting kids ready for busy weekdays packed with school, activities, sports and homework.

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On top of the to-do list?  Getting prepped for back-to-school breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks!  In addition to regular meal demands, many parents have to juggle picky eaters, dietary restrictions, and a variety of eating schedules.  Everyday meals need to balance these considerations while making sure meal choices deliver good quality nutrition, all on a budget, too.  With these everyday challenges, anything you can do to make your cooking routines easier and healthier is a big win, starting with meal planning.

Canadian Turkey is here to teach you to cook smart by creating ‘meal starters’ that you can cook once and then use as a base to create multiple recipes later on.  Make our Meal Starter Turkey Ragu, freeze in multiple portions and then you have a base on hand for quick meals during busy weeks.  Use this meal starter to create soups, pastas, casseroles, chili, and rice dishes.  Do the heavy lifting once and make cooking multiple healthy and nutritious dinners super quick and easy!

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5 TIPS TO GET BACK-TO-SCHOOL READY WITH CANADIAN TURKEY

1. Scale Up

Turkey is a great option when planning to double or triple your favourite recipes.  Scale your recipes so you can cook once and then freeze extras portions to have on hand when you need dinner or lunch in a hurry.

2. Foolproof Favourites

Develop a series of go-to recipes that you know are easy to prepare and that your family will love.  The Canadian Turkey website is packed with kitchen-tested recipes that are both healthy and tasty too.  Turkey is so versatile and comes in so many cuts that you can find something for everyone’s taste and preference.

3. Plan Ahead

Try to cook with recipes where you can do some prep work ahead of time or plan to pre-cook some or all the ingredients.  Meal planning up to a week in advance is a great way to save time during busy weeknights.

4. Keep it Healthy

Turkey is a great source of protein and important minerals and nutrients.  Both dark and white meat is lean, so you can feel good putting turkey on your plate without having to compromise on taste and flavour.

5. Change It Up

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!

While you’re here, don’t forget to enter the great GIVEAWAY, it’s near the bottom of this page.

BONUS – As a special gift, just for our readers and compliments of Canadian Turkey, we have included this FREE DOWNLOADABLE, with a variety of ways to use your Meal Starter Turkey Ragu! Just freeze portions of this recipe to have on hand to make several family favourites. (If you want a preview, I have it posted at the bottom of this page!)

 

4.8 from 17 reviews
Meal Starter Turkey Ragu
 
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 3.5 – 4 lbs. ground Canadian turkey
  • 2 turkey sausages, removed from casing (optional)
  • 3 cups white onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp. ground Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. tamari sauce
  • 2 jars (2 X 680 ml) pureed tomatoes
  • 3 cans (3 X 398 ml) diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil and sauté onions over medium heat.
  2. Cook until onions are lightly browned and caramelized, 6 – 8 minutes. In the last 2 minutes, add garlic and mix to incorporate. Do not let garlic or onions burn or they will make your sauce bitter.
  3. Add turkey meat and sausage if using. Stir occasionally so the meat cooks evenly.
  4. Add garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, Worcestershire and tamari. Cook for 8 – 10 minutes until no longer pink and cooked through.
  5. Add tomato puree and diced tomatoes.
  6. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until flavours incorporate.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Some tomato products do not come seasoned)
  8. Divide into desired portions, approximately 1 cup per person, and freeze until ready to use.
Notes
TIP: To add big flavour, make sure to follow these tips. Cook onion slowly until caramelized, but not burned. For best tomato flavour, use a premium brand of canned tomatoes. To add a large punch of flavour, buy butcher made sausage and remove from casings.

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PIN IT – MEAL STARTER TURKEY RAGU

Put Canadian turkey on your plate every day and feel good knowing that you are feeding your family healthy and nutritious food that will get everyone through their days filled with energy and good-for-you fuel!

Looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TOs? Follow the hashtag #TurkeyMakesItEasy and visit canadianturkey.ca for all your cooking inspiration. The recipe section is filled with amazing recipes for full meals, snacks, appetizers and family favourites. There are WHOLE TURKEY HOW TOs that are packed with helpful tips and instructions. You’ll find a goldmine of ideas in the recipe section for make-ahead dishes and leftovers. There’s nothing better than making some delectable dishes for the rest of the week or stashing some pre-made meals in the freezer for your next busy weeknight.

GIVEAWAY TIME

WIN – a $75 prepaid Visa gift card for one lucky reader to get back-to-school ready with Canadian Turkey!

DATES – Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM AT on September 14, 2018

ELIGIBILITY – Open to residents of Canada 18+.

TO ENTER – Using the Giveaway Tools form below, simply follow the instructions, complete the mandatory entries, (which unlock the optional entries), plus any or all the optional entries for your chance to win this prize.

Best of luck everyone!

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. We would love the QUICK & TASTY HONEY LEMON ROSEMARY TURKEY TENDERS.

  2. I wanna eat the turkey quesadillas!

  3. Wendy Jensen says:

    SHREDDED TURKEY TACOS is sure to become a family favourite turkey recipe.

  4. Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese will be the kids favorite!!

  5. wendy hutton says:

    the turkey burger mac and cheese would be a big hit with the family

  6. Jennifer Ann Wilson says:

    i think the Turkey Burger Mac and Cheese will be a huge family favourite.

  7. turkey quesadillas would be good!

  8. Love tacos and SHREDDED TURKEY TACOS would be a hit

  9. My kids would love the TURKEY AND CRANBERRY SANDWICH SPREAD.

  10. The Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese is sure to become a family favourite! It sounds delicious!

  11. I think the Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders will be a favorite.

  12. The Turkey Lettuce Wraps would be popular with my family.

  13. I would love to try the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  14. I would definitely be making the turkey quesadillas.

  15. I’d love to make the burger mac and cheese! Thanks!

  16. Sky-High Veggie Packed Turkey Nachos looks colourful

  17. The shredded turkey tacos would be sure to be a family favourite

  18. Elizabeth R says:

    The make ahead creamy turkey mac and cheese looks delicious.

  19. MINI PIZZA MEATLOAVES they look so yummy ! I will try these for sure

  20. Chris MacDonald says:

    Turkey Lasagna with Ricotta and Basil. We all love lasagna!

  21. Katrina Brady says:

    Turkey sloppy joe sliders!!

  22. Stephanie says:

    I think the Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders would be a family favourite!!

  23. Rosanne Robinson says:

    I know that the Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders will be my family’s favourite.

  24. Turkey lettuce wraps.

  25. Belinda McNabb says:

    I know that the turkey burger mac and cheese will be a hit

  26. must try the turkey sloppy joe sliders!

  27. The MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE is sure to become a hit!

  28. I think that SHREDDED TURKEY TACOS would be popular with my kids.

  29. TURKEY SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS is sure to become a family favourite

  30. Turkey and cranberry sandwich spread sounds like a favourite.

  31. Robert Young says:

    Turkey apple meatloaf muffins

  32. Heather Swanson says:

    Turkey bagel burger

  33. The Crunchy Turkey Cutlets sound like something we would enjoy.

  34. I think MINI PIZZA MEATLOAVES sound like something my family would like

  35. Clare O'Brien says:

    The Turkey Lettuce Wraps sound great!

  36. GobbleGobble says:

    The Spiced Fried Turkey Nuggets (https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/spiced-fried-turkey-nuggets/) is sure to become a family favourite because everyone can just dig in.

  37. The Turkey Ragu looks like it will be a favourite.

  38. kathy downey says:

    MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE is sure to become a family favourite!

  39. Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese will be a favourite.

  40. Florence Cochrane says:

    Batch Turkey Meatballs would be enjoy by my family in a number of meals.

  41. ivy pluchinsky says:

    My family would love the Turkey Burger Mac and Cheese

  42. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    My family would like the SHREDDED TURKEY TACOS

  43. Margaret Palmer says:

    Turkey Lettuce Wraps could become a new family favourite..

  44. Cathy Balogh says:

    MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  45. Our favourite is the Turkey Burger Mac N’Cheese

  46. Alanna Watt says:

    The turkey burger Mac and cheese looks like it would be a hit!

  47. https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/turkey-burger-mac-n-cheese

    This turkey burger mac’n cheese is a one pot meal that would be a hit!

  48. SKY-HIGH VEGGIE PACKED TURKEY NACHOS

  49. Lorna Webster says:

    The Mac and Cheese

  50. nancy lafrance says:

    The burger mac and cheese!

  51. The Grab and Go Turkey Muffins look great and they would be perfect for my family, especially for quick breakfasts and easy lunches.

  52. Edith Rennes says:

    The Sloppy Joe Sliders sounds like it could be a family favourite

  53. It’s already a favorite in our house– the Grab and Go Turkey Muffins! I make these all the time & they are the easiest thing to throw in my son’s lunch plus the whole family enjoys them!

  54. The Quick & Tasty Honey Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders is sure to be a family favorite.

  55. Turkey sloppy joe sliders!

  56. Linda Svarovsky says:

    The make ahead creamy mac and cheese is a favourite.

  57. We would love the turkey quesadillas.

  58. Judy hunting says:

    My children love Mac n cheese so I would love to try Turkey Mac n cheese

  59. I think my kids would like the turkey quesadillas.

  60. kristen visser says:

    The Party Turkey & Cranberry Quesadillas looks absolutely delicious! sure to be a favorite

  61. Ooooh, there are so many yummy looking recipes! I think my kids may actually eat the turkey Mac & cheese so I will be starting there. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  62. Heather Sibley says:

    The Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese sounds delicious! I bet that it will be a hit in my household!

  63. The Sky-High Veggie Packed Turkey Nachos are sure to be a favourite with us. Yum!

  64. Judy Cowan says:

    I am sure MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE will become a favourite.

  65. The turkey burger mac and cheese will be a favourite of our family

  66. Martina Junkin says:

    I’m liking the meatballs. Looks yummy

  67. Orna Soref says:

    fried turkey

  68. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I think I’d love QUICK & TASTY HONEY LEMON ROSEMARY TURKEY TENDERS–sound delicious!

  69. My family love taco’s so the shreddid tacos would be a great choice for my family to try.

  70. Margaret Huitema says:

    MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE would really be a hit with my family!

  71. The Turkey Bagel Burgers would be a hit at my house.

  72. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    I know that the Best Ever Turkey Chili recipe would be a hit

  73. the Turkey Burger Mac and Cheese

  74. SKY-HIGH VEGGIE PACKED TURKEY NACHOS would be a hit!!

  75. My kids would love the party turkey cranberry quesadillas.

  76. Lettuce wraps sound yummy!

  77. Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese for sure! Thanks!

  78. Laurence Price says:

    The Turkey Burger Mac and Cheese looks the best!

  79. Juliee Fitze says:

    I think the kids would like the CREAMY TURKEY STEW IN A BREAD BOWL.

  80. Erica Seaman says:

    My family would absolutely love the TURKEY SWEET POTATO BURRITO.

  81. My family loves turkey burgers and roast turkey – nothing better.

  82. Jenny Major says:

    my family would like to try the Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese

  83. Stephanie N says:

    I think the CRUNCHY TURKEY CUTLETS would be a big hit.

  84. The TURKEY BURGER MAC ‘N CHEESE recipe could quickly become a family favourite.

  85. Margaret H says:

    I think the turkey tacoes would be great

  86. Valerie Gibson says:

    TURKEY LASAGNA WITH RICOTTA AND BASIL would be very popular here.

  87. Mike Gismondi says:

    the turkey meatball sub is our family favourite

  88. The Turkey Quesadillas could definitely be a family favourite!

  89. Wanda Perrier says:

    The Apple Turkey sausage rolls look like a great grab n go snack for my grandson

  90. Julie Bolduc says:

    THE MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE SOUNDS SO GOOD

  91. lynn clayton says:

    Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese my son will love that guaranteed

  92. Turkey veggie pasta! Yummy !!

  93. Crunchy Turkey cutlets.

  94. Carol Denny says:

    I think the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  95. Turkey burger mac and cheese is the family favourite.

  96. I’ve already made the stuffed turkey rolls with pasta sauce, and my family loves it!

  97. BEST EVER TURKEY CHILI would be well liked in our home.

  98. The spicy turkey nuggets will be a hit around here!

  99. Kim Stenner says:

    The turkey sloppy joe sliders would be a big hit. We like all kinds of sliders so this will be a good addition.

  100. I think the Turkey Lettuce Wraps will become a favourite

  101. Travelbuds says:

    My kids would love the CRUNCHY TURKEY CUTLETS. They look so good.

  102. brandon forsyth says:

    The TURKEY SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS looks delicious

  103. Tara Betterley says:

    I would like to try the APPLE MAC AND CHEESE BAKE for my kids.

  104. Marc-Andre Taillefer says:

    I’d love to make the burger mac and cheese! Thanks!

  105. I know my kids would love the turkey sloppy joe sliders!

  106. turkey mac and cheese

  107. Bacon and cheese turkey sliders

  108. cindy biggs says:

    turkey and cranberry sandwich

  109. I love the sound of the turkey and cranberry sandwich spread.

  110. I think the Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese would be a family favourite at my house.

  111. Dwayne Taylor says:

    Just loves the looks as the Rago starter for your meal

  112. my fav recipe would be QUICK & TASTY HONEY LEMON ROSEMARY TURKEY TENDERS

  113. Patti Lovecky says:

    Turkey and cranberry sandwiches.

  114. The Quick One-Pot Turkey would make my top list.

  115. I would be making the Quick One-Pot Turkey – so simple.

  116. andrea amy says:

    Shredded turkey tacos!

  117. I would like to try the turkey quesadillas.

  118. I know for sure that my family would love the

    Spiced Fried Turkey Nuggets!

  119. I think Creamy Turkey Stew in a Bread Bowl.

  120. Carolann Westbrook says:

    I believe the turkey and cranberry sandwich spread would be utterly delicious……. know I would love t!

  121. The family will enjoy the Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes

  122. Saucy Turkey Meatball Subs will become a favourite.

  123. Elaine Buonsante says:

    My family would love the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE and so would I especially so I can make ahead of time.

  124. Turkey sloppy joy sliders. Instant family favourite for sure!

  125. the turkey buger! :)

  126. I can’t wait to try the turkey quesidillas with my kids!

  127. Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese

  128. My daughter would love the mini pizza meatloafs. They look so yummy!

  129. SweetPanda says:

    My favourite is APPLE MAC AND CHEESE BAKE

  130. Cheryl Grandy says:

    Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese is sure to become a favourite.

  131. Darren Scrubb says:

    TURKEY AND CRANBERRY SANDWICH SPREAD

  132. Darren Scrubb says:

    QUICK & TASTY HONEY LEMON ROSEMARY TURKEY TENDERS

  133. My family would love the Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese.

  134. caroline m. says:

    I’m sure the turkey burger Mac n cheese will quickly become a favourite

  135. Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese will be a family favourite

  136. I think the turkey burger mac n cheese would be a hit in our home. Thanks!

  137. The Best Ever Turkey Chili would be a favorite! :)

  138. I can see the Tortilla Pizza Melt becoming a favourite!

  139. Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese would be a favourite.

  140. Turkey sweet potato burrito..but vegan style.

  141. The Turkey Lettuce Wraps look like they might a hit.

  142. My family would love the MAKE-AHEAD CREAMY TURKEY MAC AND CHEESE

  143. Rachel Williams says:

    I think that the honey lemon rosemary turkey tenders would be an instant hit in our home.

  144. The turkey recipe I am sure will become a favourite for my family is the Turkey Lettuce Wraps!

  145. Veggie packed turkey nachos could become a fav!

  146. turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese would be awesome for my family

  147. Creamy Turkey Stew in a Bread Bowl. who can resist? -no one

  148. so mloriany great choices, sloppy joe sliders would be yummy

  149. Crunchy Turkey Cutlet

  150. I think the Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese would easily become a family favourite. The kids never say no to a little mac and cheese.

  151. Quick & Tasty Honey Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders. thanks.

  152. The Shredded Turkey Tacos would be a big hit.

  153. TURKEY SWEET POTATO BURRITO

  154. I might give the Good Morning Casserole a try :). Thanks!

  155. Rianna Mcgarry says:

    The Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese looks amazing

  156. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    turkey quesadillas

  157. Crunchy Turkey Cutlets are great.

  158. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I think the Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese is definitely to become a family favorite.

  159. sarah alexis says:

    Without a doubt the SKY-HIGH VEGGIE PACKED TURKEY NACHOS would be a hit!!!

  160. My family would like shredded turkey tacos.

  161. Angela Smith says:

    definitely the shredded turkey tacos – taco anything is a huge hit in my house lol

  162. Debbie MacLean says:

    Oh I can’t wait to try the breakfast casserole! Mornings are so hectic and this will be a delicious way to start the day! Or together with a salad it would make a delicious supper!

  163. The recipes look so good, can’t wait to try them out.

  164. Recipes look so good can’t wait to try them out.

  165. I would like to try the TURKEY BURGER MAC ‘N CHEESE

  166. My kids would love the QUICK & TASTY HONEY LEMON ROSEMARY TURKEY TENDERS.

  167. Rick Gallard says:

    The Mushroom leak and turkey stuffing go over very well at my place!

  168. Jessica Matheson says:

    The Veggie – Packed Turkey Nachos look AMAZING ! :)

  169. Karla Sceviour says:

    The BAKED TURKEY CHEDDAR RANCH PULL-APART SLIDERS is sure to become a family favourite!

  170. SAUCY TURKEY MEATBALL SUBS would be a hit

  171. Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese looks great!

  172. Allison Matz says:

    Turkey Sloppy Joes would be a hit.

  173. Those Saucy Turkey meatball subs look divine! Sure to be a hit!

  174. Natasha Poirier says:

    My kids would LOVE the Turkey burger mac n cheese!

  175. We love Turkey tacos.

  176. Honey Lemon Rosemary TUrkey Tender would be the fav !

  177. Turkey tacos all the way!

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