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Spicy Turkey BowlI love a meal you can make for dinner and then have enough leftovers to enjoy for a lunch as well. It’s like making two meals in one. This spicy turkey bowl cooks up in less than ½ hour. It is delicious as a stand-alone meal or enjoyed later in a lettuce wrap. When you’re looking for a delicious healthy meal spicy turkey bowls are a perfect option! This spicy turkey bowl recipe can be easily doubled. Feeds two with leftovers. I doubled the recipe and will have enough for two more meals.Spicy Turkey Bowl


Spicy Turkey Bowl




8 oz ground turkey

½ cup canned black beans, rinsed

¼ of a red onion, chopped

1 cup chicken broth

½ cup dry quinoa

½ cup salsa

Cumin – 1 tsp

Chili powder – 1 tsp


1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 Tbsp pepitas




In a skillet brown the ground turkey. When the turkey is cooked add the black beans, chopped red onion, chicken broth, dry quinoa, salsa, cumin and chili powder. Simmer the mixture until the quinoa is cooked through. I cooked the mixture for about 25 minutes covered and then turned off the heat and let it stand for about five minutes. Depending on the variety of salsa you use and what type of chili powder you use will determine how spicy this dish is.Spicy Turkey Bowl


When serving top with 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro and 1 Tbsp pepitas.


We enjoyed this spicy turkey bowl for dinner last night and I can’t wait to enjoy the leftovers in a lettuce wrap for lunch!Spicy Turkey Bowl


Have you cooked with quinoa before? One of my go to recipes is a sweet chili glazed chicken with quinoa pilaf. The quinoa is combined with scallions, garlic and cumin and cooked in chicken stock with added currants. It is so good. I love finding new ways to enjoy quinoa. What is your favorite way to enjoy quinoa? I’m always looking for new recipes!

As we head toward the middle of the month my focus is on healthy recipes. For the next few weeks I will be sharing recipes that are better for us. The recipe today is adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe I discovered years ago. It is actually an appetizer recipe but I have to admit I have never served it as an appetizer, rather I serve it with some brown rice and it makes an excellent dinner. Mix up a salad and you’ve got a well-rounded meal!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. The great thing is that you can mix it up ahead of time and just keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. It reheats wonderfully in the microwave. This recipe can be halved. It makes about 16 appetizer servings or feeds 6 for dinner.

Asian Meatballs

Package of ground turkey (about 20oz)
1 green pepper, seeded and minced

green peppers, chopped vegetables

Minced green peppers.

vegetables, green peppers

I use my mini cuisinart to chop the vegetables.

8 scallions, thinly sliced
2/3 cup dried bread crumbs (sometimes I used seasoned)
4 Tbsp minced water chestnuts (almost the whole small can)

water chestnuts, canned vegetables

Water chestnuts

2 egg whites
2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
½ cup sweet and sour sauce
1 cup unsweetened applesauce

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a nonstick jelly roll pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, lightly combine the turkey, pepper, scallions, bread crumbs, water chestnuts, egg whites and soy sauce.

ground turkey mixture, meatballs

Combine ingredients well.

ground turkey, bread crumbs

Combine all ingredients except applesauce and sweet and sour sauce.


Shape into meatballs, about 1” in diameter ( I make them slightly larger when serving this for dinner). Place on the pan and bake until cooked through and browned about 15-25 minutes.

turkey meatballs, asian meatballs

Form into meatballs, place on pan.

Meanwhile in a 2-quart microwavable dish, combine the sweet and sour sauce and applesauce; microwave on high until hot and bubbly, 2 minutes.

applesauce, sweet and sour sauce, homemade

Sauce mixture

applesauce, prudent pantry, sweet and sour sauce

Sauce ingredients.

Stir in the meatballs and serve with toothpicks. When I make this for dinner, I place the meatballs in my casserole and pour the sauce over. When ready to serve I heat it briefly in the microwave until hot and bubbly, then serve over rice.

meatballs, brown rice

Asian meatballs served on brown rice.

asian meatballs, meatballs, homemade

Cooked meatballs.








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