Effortless Meals to Get You Out of the Kitchen and Back to Spending Time with Your Family

Can you believe we're already midway through August?! Seriously, where does the time go? As much as I love Autumn, I'm still trying to soak up whatever summer is left as much as I can. Depending on where you're reading this from, you may be gearing up for your kids to be heading back to school as early as next week (maybe even this week in some areas).

Whether you work out of the home or are a stay-at-home parent, having a few options for quick and easy meals is a must. Perhaps it's been a long day at work and you just want to relax, or you simply want to hurry up and get outside to enjoy some of that late afternoon sun. Either way, sometimes many of us need a break from cooking lengthy meals at the stove. That's what I like about Jennie-O's new Sun Dried Tomato Turkey Breast and All Natural Turkey Breast Tenderloin. I'm able to come up with easy meals that are pretty effortless, so I can enjoy the more important things in life, like spending quality time with my family.

 When I say "effortless," I do mean it!

My family and I like to have what we call "salad night." It's exactly what it sounds like–we simply eat salad for dinner. Of course since the salad is the actual entree, I like to make sure it's chock full of protein and other important nutrients. Adding foods like beans, tofu, and poultry are some great ways to get in that protein.

During our last salad night, I decided to add the new Sun Dried Tomato Turkey Breast by Jennie-O. Not only is it already seasoned, but it's also precooked, so there is no fussing with the oven (remember...effortless). The turkey is quite juicy and full of flavor. It's also extremely large, the kind of meat that you would typically have the deli slice up for cold-cut sandwiches. In fact, it's actually sold in the grocery store's deli department.


The fun part about salads is that you can get as creative as you want, because there are so many ingredients that complement each other. In this particular "salad night" meal I used:

  • a blend of baby lettuce and other greens
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • green onions
  • avocados
  • unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
  • garbanzo beans
  • dried cranberries
  • Jennie-O's Sun Dried Tomato Turkey Breast diced into cubes.

Other ingredients that I also like adding from time to time include, shelled edamame, tofu chunks, raisins, shredded cheddar, feta cheese, diced chicken, parsley, apple slices, eggs, tuna, green peppers, mushrooms, almond slivers, walnuts, olives, spinach leaves, broccoli, etc. This list could go on and on–seriously, the possibilities are endless!

Oh and of course it's worth mentioning that we had so much turkey breast left over after "salad night", that we were able to use the rest to make some hearty turkey sandwiches.

Okay so perhaps you're not a salad person or simply prefer a warm meal for dinner. Well let me just say that the slow cooker can be your best friend when you are looking to put together easy meals without slaving over a hot stove. If you do not own a slow cooker, run, don't walk to you nearest store and get one. You'll be so glad you did!
This next effortless meal is very reminiscent of pulled pork sandwiches, but instead of pork I simply used the Jennie-O All Natural Turkey Breast Tenderloin. I should actually say "tenderloins," because you get two in a pack. These are predominately unflavored, but do contain a hint of parsley. Other than that you pretty much get a blank canvas that enables you to season them to your own liking. My Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey Sandwich recipe is also as simple and flexible as can be.




  • Place both tenderloins (there will be two in a pack if you buy the Jennie-O brand) in your slow cooker
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to prevent sticking
  • Season the tenderloins with pepper and garlic powder (optional)
  • Cook on low for about 4 to 5 hours.
  • When the turkey is done take it out and place it on a cutting board. Shred the turkey tenderloins using two forks. It'll be real easy to do, since the turkey will be very tender at this point.
  • Drain most of the excess water from the slow cooker, but do leave a little to prevent drying out.
  • Place the shredded turkey back into the slow cooker. Mix in a half to a whole bottle of BBQ sauce (the amount added should be to your desired taste–whether you prefer it lathered in sauce or not. I personally use about 3/4 of a bottle).
  • Keep the slow cooker on low for about 10 to 15 minutes
  • Serve turkey on fresh rolls and top with coleslaw if desired.

Whether you're just taking full advantage of the warm weather days while they're still here, or trying to come up with easy meal plans for the kids when they get home from school, Jennie-O offers a bunch of delicious turkey products to help get you started. I hope my ideas offer some encouragement to you, that delicious meals don't always have to involve countless hours at the stove.

Now be sure to get out there and enjoy the rest of these warm summer days while we still have them!