Make-ahead meals: ground turkey 2 ways

make-ahead meals: ground turkey 2 waysNow that the birthday/holiday/work travel rush is officially over, I’m back in the kitchen after a few weeks of running around and eating restaurant food for almost every meal. I missed cooking (really, I did!), but of course I came back to a CRAZY busy week at work. What could possibly make me happy in this situation? Coming home from a long day of work and having dinner practically made for me! In this case, one pound of low-or-no-fat ground turkey does the trick. The ground turkey is mixed with fresh, smoky southwestern ingredients and spices to create two delicious recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and chock full of veggies! Turkey stuffed peppers are fantastic to make when you have some extra time (aka Sunday night) since they take about 40 minutes to bake. Just whip up the whole pound of turkey and keep leftovers in the fridge for Taco Tuesday (or Wednesday, or Thursday)!

Turkey stuffed peppers are the perfect one-dish meal! Smoky cumin-spiced turkey mixed with hearty black beans and sweet tomatoes and onions make for a healthy yet filling meal. I ate one red pepper half (the hubby had two) and I had plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.

The spiced turkey/bean/veggie mixture does double-duty as delicious taco filling! I sliced up some avocado and served the tacos with toppings like cheese and Greek yogurt. Heat up some rice and serve with a big side salad for a complete meal. This turkey taco filling would be great for game day or for your own family taco bar!

make-ahead meals: ground turkey 2 ways
Make-ahead meals: ground turkey 2 ways
Yield: 4 stuffed peppers, 4 turkey tacos

Ingredients for turkey filling:
1 lb 99% fat free ground turkey, browned
1 16-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large tomato, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed (3 if they’re small)
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
3 tsp cumin
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

Turkey stuffed peppers:
I used 2 red peppers cut in half, yielding 4 stuffed pepper halves. I used water as the cooking liquid and shredded low-fat cheddar to top each pepper. See complete recipe here. I heart Skinnytaste!

Turkey tacos:
Prepared turkey filling
Taco shells of your choice, corn or flour (our choice: corn, hard shell)
Topping suggestions:
Sliced avocado
Shredded low-fat cheddar or monterey jack cheese
Plain non-fat Greek yogurt (I love Greek yogurt mixed with a dash of hot sauce for a creamy, spicy kick!)
Hot sauce or wing sauce
Salsa
Shredded lettuce

Recipe source: Skinnytaste
Photography: Lighten Up Recipes

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