One thing I never thought I’d say—as a former vegan/vegetarian/whathaveyou–is that I am currently having a love affair with ground turkey—as in “craving it on the regular.” Strong cravings. Like, want to eat it for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner types of cravings.
As y’all know (I hope) it’s not meat in and of itself that I am against, but much of the terrible aspects surrounding its production and processing in this country…so I have tried to be very careful about where, and from whom, I purchase meat.
The FODMAP diet has meant an increase in protein in my diet, and that also means an increase in meat. [You can be a vegetarian and eat Low FODMAP, but this is what works for me.] Luckily, I’ve found a ground turkey in town that I *believe* is humanely raised, and I’ve been having a lot of fun using it in various recipes.
Like this one.
Inspired both by the success of a Thai Basil Ground Turkey Skillet I tried, as well as a recipe for Orange Spice Chicken I saw on Pinterest, this dish came together fast, and with amazing results. So I had to share.
Really because I need someone else to start craving ground turkey and make me feel better about the situation.
Herb & Spice Orange Turkey Skillet
- 1 cup brown rice (dry measure)
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 10-oz. package fresh spinach (about 6 cups)
- 2 cups chopped oranges
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp. dried dill
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- salt + pepper, to taste
- hot sauce, to taste [make sure it is FODMAP friendly, such as Louisiana brand]
- Prepare rice according to package directions.
- While rice is cooking, blend together 1 cup chopped oranges, 1/3 cup water, 1/8 tsp. each of thyme, oregano, dill, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper, along with a pinch of salt.
- About 15 minutes before rice is finished, add a bit of olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
- Season ground turkey with remaining spices, as well as salt and pepper, then add it to the hot pan.
- Using a wooden spoon, break up turkey and cook until browned.
- Pour orange sauce over the turkey.
- Stir in oranges, spinach, and fresh basil.
- Cook until spinach is wilted.
- Serve with rice, and drizzle with hot sauce if you like.