I wasn’t going to include this in the recipes, but I just had it for lunce again and thouroghly enjoyed myself. 🙂

This is a very simple recipe and probably won’t win any chili competitions, but it’s easy and tasty.


1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 large can of V8 juice
1 can of black beans (read the lable… some bean companies like to sneak sugar in there)
3 handfuls of dry whole wheat pasta ( I use penne )
1 Tbsp. Chili Pepper (more or less to taste)


Add V8 juice and dry pasta to medium sauce pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and to slow boil until pasta is cooked. While boiling the juice and pasta, brown the turkey. Add at any time to boiling juice. Add black beans and chili pepper, stir well and you are done. I told you it is simple.

Chicken and Classico Sauce

I don’t know if this qualifies as a recipe or just an easy lunch idea…

I was struggling with what to take to work for lunch. So I looked in the freezer and found skinless boneless chicken tenders. I placed them in a microwave dish and covered the chicken with Classico Tomato and Basil sauce. At work, to heat it up I put it in the microwave for two minutes, turned and stirred then two minutes more.

To go along with the chicken I put a slice of sugar free whole wheat bread in the sauce. For crunch I ate a small handful of triscuits. I suppose it would be just as easy to throw some frozen peas or something in the dish as well.

Turkey Burger


1/2 pound ground turkey
1 egg
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp olive oil


Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Form patties and brown both sides in a skillet (I use pam non-stick spray in the skillet). They need browned because the patties are to soft to put directly on the grill. Once brown, move them to the grill. Be careful not to turn them too much for they will break apart. This recipe yields two nice size burgers. Keep in mind that my measurements are “more or less”… you may find that you want more or less of any of them.

The turkey burgers do great in the George Forman style grill too. In fact if you prefer your burgers a little thinner that is the way to go. It’s difficult to make a thin patty on the outdoor grill because the turkey patties don’t hold together like beef does.

Family at Crystal Cave

Family at Crystal Cave
Originally uploaded by daddykirbs

Thanks to the group of young women that offered to take this photo of our family. I don’t know who you are, but this picture is special to me. Thanks!

Our family hiked up to the Crystal Cave at Garner State Park in Texas. The hike was a challenge due to our crew consisting of seven people and three dogs… but we made it! The cave itself wasn’t super spectacular, but the hike is a valuable memory.

Hi! I'm Blake. Online I go by "Daddykirbs". My farm and blog is a place to learn about my journey with Permaculture, Homesteading, Gardening and more. Thanks for visiting!