Ground Turkey 2-Ways

Good Monday morning to you!

Spring has officially sprung and we soaked in as much sunshine as we could yesterday. Our afternoon included a beautiful hike through Yellowdot Trail which was a fun way to get in some exercise and take a break from a busy Sunday of meal prep and laundry (for me) and tons of studying (for Frank). I hope you enjoyed the day!

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So, last week I posted a recipe for healthy stuffed peppers and I promised you a second way to use up your ground turkey mixture. This is a great way to make the most out of 3 lbs. of lean ground turkey!

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After I made the stuffed peppers, I transferred the other half of the ground turkey mixture to an air tight container. I put it in the freezer with plans to use it during the next week’s meal plan. On that following Wednesday morning, I removed the ground turkey from the freezer and let it thaw in the sink. By the time I got home, it was ready to turn into a delicious pot of chili! I added an extra bunch of vegetables to this batch so it was packed full of nutrients…just how I like it!

Ground Turkey 2-Way Chili


1.5 lbs. ground turkey mixture (Found in the stuffed peppers recipe link above)

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 zucchini, chopped

1 package of mushrooms, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

16 oz. can of black beans

16 oz. can of cannellini beans

32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 package of store-bought chili seasoning

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 tsp. dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to taste

Topping options

  • Shredded mozzarella, avocado slices, plain greek yogurt, sliced tomatoes etc.


1. In a pot, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil and then add the garlic and ground turkey mixture.

2. Add vegetables and stir until well combined.


3. Add the beans, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and all seasonings; stir until well combined.


4. Let simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes until the chili is bubbling and hot throughout.

5. Season with more salt and pepper to taste, as well as hot sauce (to your liking).


7. Enjoy on its own, on top of quinoa or with a few chips on the side! We had ours on its own and topped it with mozzarella, greek yogurt, and hot sauce (We ran out of avocados or those would have been on there, too!)

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So there you have it. Ground turkey used two ways, both healthy, satisfying and delicious! Have a great week!


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