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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Healthy Garden Skillet

Ground turkey is an excellent substitute for ground beef. It's lower in fat and calories than ground beef. I prefer the ground turkey breast for chopped steaks or tacos, but whole ground turkey works great for savory dishes. This recipe couldn't be much healthier, especially if you use fresh vegetables from your own garden, but frozen or canned will work.

                            Healthy Garden Skillet 

1# ground turkey
1 small zucchini, diced
1 small yellow squash, diced
1 large garden tomato, diced, or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup bell pepper, green or red, diced
1/2 cup peas
1 small potato, thinly diced
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon shredded basil
olive oil
salt/pepper to taste

Sprinkle salt and pepper into ground turkey to season. Form ground turkey into small meat balls, 1/2 inch in diameter. Drizzle olive oil into skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté meatballs, turning occasionally until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan. Add diced potatoes. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Then add peppers, zucchini, squash, and onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes until tender.

Reduce heat to medium. Add tomatoes, peas, cooked meatballs, and marinara sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in Mozzarella cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle fresh basil on top and serve.  

Can be a stand-alone dish or serve with a side of pasta.
Add red pepper flakes for a little heat.