“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
I totally get it. You’re done with work, it’s been a long day and the chef has taken the night off. Oh wait, what chef? Yah, I don’t have one either. You realize that you need to make dinner and you need to make it fast. And no, fast food from a drivethru is NOT, I repeat, NOT an option.
This simple yet delicious AND healthy recipe, is easy to prepare and it’s likely you have most ingredients on hand.
Start to Finish Time: 30 minutes
4-5 T. bacon grease or coconut oil, divided (see below for bacon grease note)
1 lb. ground turkey, preferably from happy turkeys
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 white or yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 C. frozen kale, kept frozen (see below for kale note)
Chili powder to taste (we use 2 T.)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Possible Additions: Salsa, Guacamole
Note before starting… when making this dish, you’ll likely add more seasoning than you think is necessary. When cooking turkey and veggies and especially with the kale, they take on way more seasoning than you normally use. Just be sure to test as you go for appropriate seasoning.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 T. of grease or coconut oil. Once warm, add in the ground turkey, salt and pepper, and half of the chili powder. While the turkey is cooking, stirring frequently, dice your onions and peppers (you can use any combination color you prefer) and mince your garlic. Once the turkey is browned, remove from pan and put onto a plate and save for later (be careful to not overcook since you’ll be adding it back in).
If needed, add more grease or coconut oil to the same skillet and the add in the peppers, onions, salt and pepper, and rest of chili powder and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add in the minced garlic and saute until softened. Add the frozen kale directly to the pan, cooking and stirring until it is softened and warmed through. Adding the kale will immediately cool down the heat in the pan so you may need to turn up the burner.
Add the turkey back to the pan, stirring until fully combined. Salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste – remembering that you’ll likely need more seasoning than you expect.
To serve, remove from pan and serve in a bowl adding salsa, avocado, or guacamole on top. Enjoy!!
Bacon grease...oh where does one begin. Bacon deserves it’s own post and it will get it, someday. First, though you do not need to be afraid of eating bacon. I would strongly encourage you to pay attention to the quality of bacon you are eating. There are certain foods that you “can get away with” not getting the top quality and bacon isn’t one of them. You get what you pay for. Again, we’ll touch on that more in another post – if you have questions, though, feel free to ask! In the meantime, whenever you cook bacon, save the grease from the pan. We use a basic glass bowl and put it in the bowl and then it goes into the refrigerator. It hangs out there and then during the week we’ll pull it out and use the grease for cooking – like this dish. The drippings from the bacon just add more flavor, yummy goodness. If, however, you don’t have bacon grease, feel free to use coconut oil. You want to stay from high heat cooking with EVOO as it cannot handle the heat. Coconut oil can handle the heat, though so it’s a great option.
Frozen Kale – we buy a huge bag of frozen kale at our local Costco and it’s the best deal of the century. It’s a 4 pound bag of kale – do you know how much kale it takes to have that much frozen kale!?!?!? It’s a LOT! So, go to Costco (or Sam’s – I bet they have it) and buy the BIG bag. We add itto so many different dishes. It’s an easy way to get the added benefits of kale in your meals.
I promise that once you make this a couple times, you won’t even need the recipe. It’s such an easy meal and you can change it up by adding different veggies such as carrots or broccoli to the skillet. I encourage you to always have the kale (or spinach) so that you are getting additional greens. Greens are so powerful and amazing for your body!
I look forward to talking with you more about foods and the role they play in our health and wellness! If you have any questions you can post them below or email me directly at info[at]inspiringradiance[dot]com
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