Cilantro Lime Rice and Ground Turkey Taco Bowl

Cilantro Lime Rice Ground Turkey Bowl pinWe have always eaten a lot of ground beef. I don’t know if it’s that we have cows on our farm or if it’s the fact that we grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. I mean, most people from my generation have eaten their fair share of those pre-packaged, just add ground beef, kits.

When I first decided to branch out and try other types of ground meats, I failed miserably. It stuck to the pan. It was dry.

This ground turkey bowl gives me hope.

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The thing about ground turkey or chicken is that it doesn’t contain a lot of fat. If you listen to any chef on TV, you will learn, “Fat is flavor.” Here at everydayashley.com, I try to promote a healthy diet. So adding fat back to the meat seems counter-intuitive. However, the fat in the olive oil I’m using here is mostly unsaturated.

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There are so many conflicting studies about saturated vs. unsaturated, animal vs. dairy fat, etc. that it can become mind-boggling. So when I get overwhelmed with, “what should I eat?”, I go back to basics: everything in moderation.

I eat red meat, I eat chicken and fish, I eat avocado and olive oil and coconut oil. I eat eggs. I eat cheese. I drink whole milk. By the diet standards when I was growing up, I should be dead by now! Or at least weigh a ton. But you know what? I have a physical every year and my numbers are fine.

But you know what else I do? I eat vegetables…LOTS of vegetables. Many days I have veg at breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. I eat fruit…LOTS of fruit. Fruit is my snack most of the time.

I eat whole grains that haven’t been stripped of their coating and have fiber for digestion. I eat probiotic food such as Greek yogurt to help build up the good bacteria that aid in digestion. Me and the girls even drink Kefir (fermented milk) and Kombucha (fermented black tea) on occasion.

AND…I get my booty in gear and move my body.

So, I am not afraid of ground beef. However, variety IS the spice of life. If you have read anything on this blog, you know I love spices. So variety, here we come, with some cilantro-lime rice and a side of ground turkey…gobble gobble!

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This dish is anything but dry. It is flavorful and moist and my girls even said, “I think I like this better than ground beef.” Winner, winner.

That rice…I could eat it all by itself!

The reason the ground turkey works so well here is that its own mild flavor soaks up the seasonings so well and lets them shine. It doesn’t overpower that earthy taco seasoning with the cumin and chili powder, or the fresh citrus taste of the cilantro and lime in the rice beneath.

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Hope you enjoy!

What are some of your favorite ways to use ground turkey? Let me know in the “Leave a Reply” section! Love hearing from you!

Happy cooking,

Ashley


Recipe for…Cilantro Lime Rice and Ground Turkey Bowl

1 lb ground turkey

2 tbs olive oil

1 small onion

2 bell pepper

1 tomato

2 jalapeno peppers

3 tbs taco seasoning (find my recipe here)

1/2 tsp salt (if you use my taco seasoning recipe, packaged taco seasoning already contains salt)

1 cup long grain white rice

2 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1 lime

Bring chicken stock to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rice and cook for 20 minutes on low, covered. Chop onion, bell pepper, and tomato into large chunks. Slice the jalapeno in half and take the seeds out, then mince. (Leave some seeds in if you want more heat.) Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium high. Add ground turkey, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno and salt. Lower heat to medium and cook until turkey is almost done. Add taco seasoning and tomato and stir through, then cook another minute to absorb the flavors. When rice is finished, take off heat and zest one lime into the rice, add the juice of the lime, and finish with chopped cilantro (stems and leaves). Serve with rice on bottom, top with ground turkey mixture. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

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