Ground turkey is a good, healthy alternative to ground beef, but plain old turkey burgers and meatloaf aren’t the only foods you can make with it. If you’re sick of the same old recipes, look no further. There are plenty of non-boring ground turkey recipes you can make that are as tasty as they are nutritious. Here are 10 of our favorites:
1. Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Fans of PF Chang’s will love these healthy lettuce wraps, which are loaded with ground turkey, garlic, onions, ginger and water chestnuts. Hoisin sauce, soy sauce and rice vinegar are added for flavor, and then everything is nestled in lettuce leaves for a satisfying, low-carb lunch or dinner.
Recipe: Eat Yourself Skinny
2. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet
Skillet dinners are not only loaded with ingredients, they make for easy preparation and clean up, since everything goes in one pan. This skillet contains sweet potato, ground turkey and shredded mozzarella cheese along with garlic, onions, and peppers for extra flavor. This gluten-free and low-fat dinner is definitely anything but bland.
Recipe: Primavera Kitchen
3. Ground Turkey Mexican Lasagna
A plain ground turkey lasagna has been done over and over again, but this Mexican spin on the Italian dish will leave you salivating. Corn tortillas are used instead of lasagna noodles, and a mix of ground turkey, beans, cheese, corn, peppers and onions are layered between them for a spicy and exciting dinner.
Recipe: Evolving Table
4. Greek Tacos
This twist on tacos slightly resembles a gyro, as its made with ground turkey, tomatoes, cucumbers and a classic Greek tzatziki sauce, but served in a tortilla instead of a pita. Ditch your boring stir fry and make one of these refreshing tacos instead.
Recipe: Cooking Classy
5. Turkey And Greens Skillet Pasta
If you’re going to eat pasta, you might as well add some protein to it, and this swiss chard, tomato, and cheese-filled dish goes well with the addition of ground turkey. It’s loaded with lots of spices, so you definitely won’t find this dish uninspiring.
Recipe: The Kitchn
6. Thai Coconut Curry Turkey Meatballs
Bye bye boring meatloaf and hello fancy Thai turkey meatballs! These paleo-friendly, grain-free meatballs are loaded with flavor thanks to their rich coconut curry sauce, and although they sound intricate, luckily they only take about 30 minutes to make.
7. Ground Turkey Empanadas
Try your hand at some Latin cuisine with these Ground Turkey Empanadas. These protein-filled pastries make great party appetizer or game day grub, and they’re surely a far more interesting way to consume turkey than in a boring casserole.
Recipe: Grandbaby Cakes
8. Taco Pizza
Ground turkey with taco seasoning? Old news. But ground taco turkey meat on a pizza? Now that’s exciting. This pizza-taco fusion is made with crescent rolls, cream cheese, ground turkey, tomatoes, lettuce and a variety of cheeses. It’s definitely more indulgent than some other turkey meals, but make some as little bites, and you won’t feel the need to go overboard.
Recipe: Living Well Mom
9. Ground Turkey Stuffed Jalapeños
Get a glass of water handy, because you’ll need it after chowing down down on these spicy turkey-stuffed jalapeños. These loaded apps are filled with ground turkey and cheese, but you can eat these guilt-free, as they’re a lightened-up version of your typical jalapeño popper.
Recipe: Noble Pig
10. Turkey Bolognese Zucchini Noodles
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to spaghetti and meatballs, look no further. This bolognese is made with spiralized zucchini instead of spaghetti and ground turkey instead of beef for a lightened-up dish. The best part? It takes only 30 minutes to make.
Recipe: Whole and Heavenly Oven