I set out on a goal that I would start cooking more for my family. All too often we fall into the “we are in such a hurry!” phase that it seems like our dinners consist of Subway wrappers, and processed packages galore.
I hate that.
The three of us have three separate dinners every single night. For living such healthy lifestyles, our evening meals could use some improvement.
So… today I was in charge of a very important task. I was given some time to visit the grocery store ALONE (I know, fellow moms. I’m not sure how it happened, but you can believe I backed out of our driveway before my husband even finished saying, “go without us!”)
I used that alone time to plan out our meals for the week. For all three of us. Meals that consisted of real, whole foods.
What am I getting myself into?!
For dinner tonight I decided to make a turkey, veggie mix on top of cauliflower rice. Although I don’t stick to a completely paleo diet or lifestyle, I do see a lot of benefits of following some of the basic paleo principles, and I definitely like to limit any grains after 2:00 pm. I guess you could say I’m sometimes paleo-ish.
Hey, it’s a thing.
This dinner only took me about 10 minutes of prep time, and about 20-30 minutes total cooking time. Honestly that’s not bad when you consider I was also getting distracted by our son at various points in the cooking process.
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 sweet potato
1 yellow zucchini
1/2 white onion
2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper to your liking
1 bag cauliflower crumbles
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup chicken broth
**What’s great about this is you can really add any veggies that sound good. I had planned on chopping up red, yellow, and orange peppers, but had so much already that I decided to leave them out.
- Chop up sweet potato and zucchini and sauté with your favorite cooking oil (this can be olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, etc. etc.) I tend to go toward olive oil or sometimes even a spray butter if I’m watching calories (It’s important to note that spray butter is NOT paleo, and it’s also high in sodium). Cook until edges start to brown and veggies are soft. Add to a bowl and set aside.
- Brown your ground turkey. I season mine with a little bit of garlic salt and pepper.
- Once almost fully cooked, add back in your chopped sweet potato and zucchini and mix together well. Add in your can of diced tomatoes and one cup of vegetable broth. Mix together and let simmer on low heat, covered for about 12-15 minutes.
- While that is simmering, in another pan you can start preparing your cauliflower rice.
- Heat your cooking oil of choice and once melted/heated, add in your chopped 1/2 white onion. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add in 2 cloves of garlic and let sauté for about another minute or two.
- Add in your bag of cauliflower crumbles and 1/2 cup of chicken broth.
- Cover and let simmer for about 12 minutes, until crumbles have become soft.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
I don’t necessarily believe in serving sizes, but we got about 3-4 servings out of this entire meal. Our total calorie count for everything above come to around 900 calories. Split in 3 servings, that’s 300 calories for your dinner. Split 4 ways, that’s only 225 calories. For dinner!
I would love to get your input if you try this! Let me know what you think!