3 Ways to use ground turkey

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Use ground turkey in your quest to eat healthier.

3 Ways to use ground turkey

Ground white meat turkey has long been an ally for those looking to lose weight. Lower in calories and fat than ground beef, many recipes state that you can just replace ground turkey (one-for-one) with ground beef for a more healthful alternative. There's only one problem: ground turkey neither tastes nor feels like ground beef, meaning that the resulting dish after the swap is oftentimes nothing like the original. However, not all hope is lost. You can still use ground turkey, you just need to be a little sneaky in how you do it and then your dinners will really truly not know the difference.

Turkey chili

Yields 6-8 servings

The half-pound of ground beef is usually enough to fool the mouth that all the ground meat is the turkey.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground white meat turkey
  • 1/2 pound ground lean ground beef
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a pot over high heat, pour in the olive oil.
  2. Once the olive oil is hot, add the onion, a pinch of salt, and the garlic and sauté for 10 minutes.
  3. Add both types of ground meat and cook until all pink is gone from both them.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir constantly and let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

Turkey burgers

Yields 8 patties

The dark meat turkey in these burgers go a long way to convincing the mouth that this is a real hamburger you're eating.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dark meat turkey
  • 1 pound light meat turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 buns

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients (except the cooking spray and buns) in a bowl until well incorporated.
  2. Make a patty with about 1/8 of the meat and make sure it sticks together like you would expect a hamburger patty to stick together.
  3. If not, add more breadcrumbs.
  4. Use the cooking spray to coat a skillet and cook the patties three to four at a time.
  5. Serve on the buns.

Turkey meatballs

Yields 16-24 meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound white meat ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, minced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flake
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups marinara

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients except the marinara.
  3. Roll the meat mixture into small balls and put into a baking dish that has been greased with cooking spray.
  4. Pour the marinara into a sauce pan and bring to the point where it's just starting to bubble.
  5. Cover the meatballs with marinara.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.

Keep using that turkey

Turkey, walnut and mushroom sausage
Spicy spaghetti with turkey walnut meatballs
Turkey tacos with red pepper salsa

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