Healthy and Fit Meals to Make with Ground Turkey

Just because it’s tradition to stuff a turkey, it doesn’t mean you need to feel stuffed and bloated too! With the holidays around the corner, unhealthy temptations will be lurking left and right. Having easy and healthy recipes on hand is key to staying on track to your fitness goals as well as keeping your family healthy!

If you’re a flavor lover, and want to stay healthy, turkey is a great option to a cleaner lifestyle. It’s lean, available anywhere, affordable, and super versatile! I’ve modified some of my favorite healthy meals to make to cut down the hidden calories which come from dressings, bread, and added in delicious and healthy toppings to pack in nutrition and flavor!

1. Turkey Meatloaf Bowl

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Ingredients:

  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • ¼ cup uncooked oatmeal
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, egg, salsa, onion, oatmeal, salt and pepper. Mix well with hands until blended. Place in a loaf pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until brown.

To make the bowl, place all these ingredients together and add in 2 slices of turkey meatloaf

  • 1 cup brown rice, raw (avoid white)
  • spinach, kale or lettuce (kale over everything)
  • diced tomatoes or red peppers
  • Black beans

Optional Toppings:

  • lime
  • natural sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • corn

Optional Dressing (mix all ingredients together):

  • 1/8 cup – lime juice
  • 1 medium – avocado
  • 2 tablespoon – chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon – garlic powder

1 teaspoon – sea salt

 

2. Turkey Lettuce Wraps


healthy meals to make - turkey wraps

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/8 tsp Ginger, ground
  • 3 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Lower-sodium soy sauce
  • Pepper to taste

Toppings:

  • 1 head butter lettuce (or any variety of lettuce you like)
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes or peppers
  • 1 medium lime

First, preheat skillet to medium/ high. Add in garlic and ginger. Add in turkey and cook until browned. Add in hoisin sauce and low-sodium soy sauce and pepper to taste. Once cooked, lay a bed of lettuce on a plate, and add turkey and your toppings of choice. You can even add some red peppers to bring in the heat. Wrapping this meal in lettuce will cut out the carbs, and make it one of your favorite healthy meals to make for any occasion!

3. Turkey Burgers

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium  onion, diced
  • 2  cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 inch piece  fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • natural sea salt
  • Pepper

Toppings:

  • Spinach
  • 1 medium sliced tomato
  • 1 bag whole wheat flat buns (instead of whole large buns)

To make the burgers: Bring a saute pan to medium- high, and coat it with olive oil, following onions, salt. Cook onions until they are soft for 7 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.

Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, egg, ginger, cilantro and the cooked onions and garlic. (Reserve the onion pan to cook the burgers in later.) Add one-quarter to one-half cup water; this will help the burgers stay nice and moist.

Add spinach and tomatoes on top of your burger, and place on a flat bun. Add in mustard, ketchup, hot sauce or other condiments, but hold the mayo! For those who are stricter, try avoid the bread and enjoy the burger’s taste for what it is!

 

4. Turkey Bolognese

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2  cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup  carrot
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 can natural tomato sauce
  • natural sea salt
  • 6 cups Zucchini noodles or Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Bring a saute pan to medium- high, and coat it with olive oil, and drop in the onions. Cook onions until they are soft for 7 to 8 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, egg, carrots, celery, cilantro and the cooked onions. Roll the meat into small balls, and put them onto the saute pan for about 5 minutes. Take the meatballs out, put the garlic on the pan and add the tomato sauce. Lastly, add the turkey balls back in and let it bring to a simmer until turkey is cooked through.

Serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.

 

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Tia

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