Ground Turkey Curry


In the 21st century, most people changed their eating habits and chose to eat healthily.  However, I found that healthy foods do not taste as good as normal foods so when I introduce healthier meals to my family, I have to make sure my children will allow me to make it again.  I found this turkey curry recipe from SimplyRecipes by Elise Bauer.  I gave it a little twist to suit our tastes and it became a popular dish for my family.

Ingredients:

3 pounds Ground Turkey (93% lean)
1 White onion (chopped)
4 Medium Carrots (peeled and cut into big pieces)
6 Medium red potatoes (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks)
5 Roma tomatoes (diced)
1 cup Frozen peas
4 cups Low sodium chicken broth
1 head Garlic (minced)
20g Fresh ginger (about 1-inch piece) (peeled and grated)
3 ½ Tbsps Curry Powder
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Ground coriander
1 tsp Ground cumin
1 ½ tsps. Red chili powder
1 Tbsp Light brown sugar
1 tsp Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)

Method:

  1. Heat 4 tbsps. of grape seed oil over high heat in a large pan.  When the oil is hot, add ground turkey, make sure not to crowd the meat.  With 3 pounds of meat, it’s better to split the meat into 2 portions and cook separately.  Cook turkey until it begins to brown and liquid is dried up.  Set aside.  (picture 1)
  2. Brown onion in a pan, then add minced garlic and grated ginger.  Stir for about 1 minute.  (picture 2)
  3. Return ground turkey to the pan with onion, garlic and ginger.  Stir for about 1 minute.  (picture 3)
  4. Add 4 cups of chicken broth.  (picture 4)
  5. Then add in all spices (curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, chili powder, sugar).  (picture 5)
  6. Add diced tomatoes, carrots, peas and potatoes.  Add salt and mix well.  (pictures 6-8)
  7. Transfer everything to a pressure cooker and press the “Meat/stew” function, press the button to choose the cooking time to 15 minutes.   Turn the venting knob to “sealing” position.  When it’s done cooking, do a quick pressure release.  (picture 9)
  8. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can easily cook this on the stove top.  Cover the pot and simmer the curry for about 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  9. Serve over rice.

curry collage

Notes:

  • 3 pound of meat is enough for 2 meals for 5 people.  This dish is also very good the next day.
  • Ground turkey will release a lot of liquid when cooking.  Make sure not to crowd the meat, otherwise it will take a long time to brown the meat.

 

3-Meat Meatballs


3-Meat Meatballs

I have tried using ground turkey to make meatballs but they tend to lack flavor.  The texture is more dense and you need to kick it up a notch by adding a lot of seasonings.  I even tried to mix turkey meat with beef – flavor was a lot better but still couldn’t satisfy my taste buds, that is until today when I made these meatballs with 3 types of meat (turkey, pork and beef).  The combination of meats create an amazing flavor and the meatballs are very juicy.  My kids finished their whole plate tonight.

Ingredients:

1 pound
1 pound
1 pound
1
1 cup
½ cup
4 Tbsp
2½ Tbsp
4 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
2 tsp
2 tsp
2 tsp
Ground Turkey
Ground Pork
Ground Beef
Beaten Egg
Ketchup
Oatmeal
Dried chopped onion
Gralic powder
Light soy sauce
Brown sugar
Dried Oregano
Salt
Black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix the pork, beef and turkey together thoroughly in a large mixing bowl. Stir in all seasoning, then add in beaten egg and mix well.  (pictures 1 and 2)
  3. Stirr in oatmeal, you may want to crumble oatmeal with your hands and mix well.  (picture 3)
  4. Shape meat into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place them on a baking sheet and drizzle lightly with olive oil.  Bake for 20 minutes or until they are just barely cooked through and no longer pink inside.  Do not overbake.  (pictures 4 and 5)
  5. Return meatballs directly in your pasta sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes.  My home made tomato basil sauce can be found here.

Meat balls steps

You can serve meatballs with spaghetti/pasta, make a meatball sandwich or just eat them with the tomato base sauce.

Meatballs