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Ground Turkey Recipes For Dinner

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Ground Turkey Recipes For Dinner

Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving! A lean alternative to beef and chicken, turkey is low in fat and high in protein; four ounces of cooked ground turkey contains 85 calories and less than a gram of fat. Turkey makes a versatile substitution for ground beef in your favorite casseroles, meat sauces, meat fillings and more.

It is important to know what you are consuming and where in the world your food comes from. Food expert Dr. Gourmet says, “Ground turkey can be leaner [than beef] but it depends on what you purchase and where it comes from. There’s a wide variety of results when I look at different packages.” Dr. Gourmet continues by explaining the nutritional values between turkey and beef. He says, “By looking for quality ground turkey breasts or dark meat you can save a lot of fat and calories. One good trick is to purchase boneless, skinless turkey breast and grind it yourself using a food processor. It takes only a few pulses and you have a great product. I will usually add back in a little fat when I use very lean ground turkey products or it will be a little dry. About a tablespoon of olive oil per pound will do it and that adds only around four grams of fat per serving (and great quality monounsaturated fat at that).”

Try one of these 10 ground turkey recipes for dinner tonight!

1. Skinny Turkey Chili

From Skinny Kitchen, this chili recipe is a winner and top of the list. Skinny Turkey Chili is loaded with healthy beans that pack fiber and other nutrients for weight loss. Pair it with a lettuce salad and a fruit cup to make a complete meal. Skinnykitchen.com

Calories – 227 per one cup serving.

Makes eight – one cup servings.

2. Floosh’s Stuffed Cabbage

If you love the summer garden and cabbage from the patch, then you will enjoy this yummy rendition of stuffed cabbage. This recipe is from Hungry Girl (one of the best sites for healthy recipes). Choose cabbage that is organic and locally grown, if possible. The marinara sauce makes this a savory comfort-food meal. Hungrygirl.com

Calories – 260 per two cabbage rolls with sauce.

Makes seven servings.

3. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

A healthier choice than taco shells, lettuce provides the perfect base for this low-carb turkey filling. You won’t miss any of the flavors, but you will miss the extra calories. A recipe from the kitchens of Skinny Taste, this may become one of your favorite ground turkey meals. Skinnytaste.com

Calories – 255.

Makes four servings.

4. Turkey Salsa Muffin Burgers

The Thomas Muffin Company makes delicious light multi-grain English muffins for a great substitution to high calorie white buns. Prepare ground turkey with onions, salsa, and seasoning to create a yummy sandwich that your entire family will enjoy. Thomas Breads.com

Calories – 270 per serving.

Makes four servings.

5. Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

An old-time kitchen favorite, this variation of Shepherd’s Pie is low-cal and delicious. The sweet potatoes make this recipe extra nutritious, while the ground turkey adds protein. Peas, parsnips, mushrooms and celery are just a few of the additional ingredients that make this a true Shepherd’s Pie. Thanks to Skinnytaste.com for this recipe.

Calories – 250 per serving.

Makes six servings.

6. Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf

Kraftrecipes.com brings this ground turkey recipe to the table from their innovative kitchens. Fresh veggies, shredded cheese, Worcestershire and soy sauces add flavor to ground turkey, creating a savory low-cal meatloaf.

Makes eight servings.

7. Ground Turkey And Hominy

A hearty meal, combine ground turkey, hominy, and savory spices in your stovetop skillet for a delicious dinnertime favorite. Preparation time is only 20 minutes. Tasteofhome.com

Calories – 287 per serving.

Makes eight servings.

8. Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry

Low-carb and gluten-free, this is a great recipe if you are watching your weight and cutting out gluten. Thai flavors mixed with fresh ground turkey create a colorful stir-fry to entice even your finicky eater. From the kitchens of Yummly.com.

Calories – 220 per serving.

Makes six servings.

9. Spanish Rice

The aroma of the rice and spices will whet your appetite. Combine fresh ground turkey, tomatoes, brown rice and mushrooms for a satisfying low-cal meal. Find the recipe at Cooks.com.

Makes four servings.

10. Turkey And Vegetable Skillet

A quick easy meal created with fresh summer vegetables and lean ground turkey. From the summer garden zucchini and tomatoes, added with savory spices, create a healthy meal.

From fatsecret.com.

Makes four servings.

Ground turkey is easy to prepare and versatile. Add fresh vegetables from your own backyard garden, or visit your local Farmer’s Market for a variety of summertime favorites. If you have a favorite ground turkey recipe to share, please post it in the comment section!

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