June 10, 2014

Tasty Tuesday- Ground Turkey and Veggie Stew

Ingredients needed for this meal

Chop up the vegetables

Cook the vegetables on medium heat until they become soft- about 15 minutes

Then stir in the minced garlic and cook for about one minute

Add the ground turkey and break it down with a wooden spatula

Add half the spice mixture and mix everything together. Cook for about 10 minutes

After the 10 minutes, add in the can of tomatoes, cannellini beans, 2 tbsps of vinegar, the rest of the spice mixture and 1 cup of water. Give it a good stir, cover and cook on medium heat for 30-35 minutes

After the 30-35 mins, add in your zucchini and cook covered for about 7 more minutes

Turn off the heat and add in your baby spinach. Mix everything well. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes

Serve with a side of avocado salad and enjoy!

It's Tasty Tuesday and today I share with you another staple meal at our house. This one is chock full of veggies and lean protein. It is a one pot meal so, ( bonus! ) easy clean up! The amounts listed below will easily feed 4-5 people. Since it's just two of us, I always have leftovers and that's perfect because this is the kind of dish that tastes even better after a day or two.

I will usually accompany this dish with an avocado salad simply dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, lemon, salt and pepper and if I have Feta cheese, I'll sprinkle some on top. Oh, and don't be afraid to add a few pieces of that avocado salad to your bowl of stew and eat it together. So good! I hope you make this and enjoy it as much as we do.

Ground Turkey and Veggie Stew

1  1.25 lbs pckg of Ground Turkey Breast ( I use the Extra Lean )
1  15.5 oz can of Cannellini or other white beans rinsed and drained
1  14.5 oz can of Diced Tomatoes
1  cup of water

1  Small Sweet Onion
1  Bell Pepper ( whatever color except for green )
3  Cloves of Garlic 
4  Carrots
1  Large Zucchini
1  8 oz pckg of Mushrooms ( white or Baby Bella )
1  5 oz pckg of Baby Spinach

2  Tablespoons of Vinegar ( red, white, or balsamic)
2  Tablespoons Each of Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Chili Powder
1  Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
1  Teaspoon of Sugar ( regular white )
Salt and Pepper to taste
Extra Virgin Olive oil

In a deep pot on medium heat, add 2-3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once the oil is hot, add in your chopped onion, bell pepper, carrots, and mushrooms and cook until they become soft- about 15 minutes.

While veggies are cooking, mix all your spices ( cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes ) and sugar together in a small cup.

After the vegetables have been cooking for 15 minutes, add in the minced garlic and let cook for 1 minute.
At this point, add in the Ground Turkey and break it up with a wooden spatula. Add in half of the spice mixture, season with salt and pepper, and stir everything together and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes or until the turkey is no longer pink.

After that's cooked for about 10 minutes, add in the can of tomatoes, beans, 1 cup of water, 2 Tablespoons of vinegar and the other half of the spice mixture. At this point I would add a little more salt and pepper. Give it a good stir to mix everything well. Cover and cook for 30-35 minutes stirring occasionally. 

After the 30-35 minutes, stir in the zucchini, and cook covered for another 7 minutes.Then turn off the heat, stir in the spinach and let sit covered for 5 minutes. 

Serve and enjoy!

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