Tuesday, February 14, 2012

5 Ways.... to Use Ground Turkey

1:  Turkey Empanadas

- Brown 1/4 lb. ground turkey in oil with one small chopped onion, 1 clove garlic, and 1 tsp. cumin in a skillet.

- Stir in 1/3 cup chopped olives (optional) and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until browned.

- Halve 2 refrigerated pie crusts and top with turkey mixture.  

- Fold each of the four sections in half and seal the edges with fingers and then press with a fork to make uniform.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Great with salsa and a salad for a delicious lunch or dinner!

2:  Turkey Sloppy Joes

- Brown 1 lb. ground turkey in oil with one small chopped onion and 1 clove garlic in a skillet.

- Mix in one 8-oz. can of tomato sauce, 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce, and season with salt and pepper.  Simmer until thick.

Serve on hamburger buns with coleslaw or a fresh salad.  Enjoy!

 3:  Pasta with Turkey and Broccoli

- Cook 3/4 lb. pasta of your choice with 2 cups of broccoli, following the directions on the pasta box for cooking time.

- Brown 1 lb. ground turkey in oil with 1 teaspoon each fennel seed and crushed red pepper and 2 cloves chopped garlic in a skillet.  Season with salt and pepper.  

Toss pasta, broccoli, 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for a delicious, wholesome meal!

 4:  Turkey Barley Vegetable Soup

- Brown 1/2 lb. ground turkey in oil, then remove. 

- Add with 1 cup chopped onion, carrot, and celery in a skillet and stir until softened.

- Return turkey to pan and add 6 cups of chicken broth and 1/2 cup pearl barley, and season with salt and pepper.  

- Simmer until barley is tender and add in 3 cups chopped spinach before serving.

Serve with warm bread and enjoy!

 5:  Turkey Fried Rice

- Cook 3/4 cup rice following package directions.

- Brown 1/2 lb. ground turkey in oil with 1 tablespoon garlic and ginger and 2 sliced scallions.  

- Add rice, 1 cup frozen peas, 4 sliced carrots, and 2 tablespoons each of Hoison sauce and rice vinegar. 

Cook until heated through, and top with additional scallion slices.

Serves 4 = 2 nights of dinner for two!
{all pictures from Real Simple}

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