Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Curry with Sweet Potatoes

Main, Poultry | November 22, 2016 | By

What to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Try this easy Turkey Curry dish featuring amazing Indian flavors and sweet potatoes. It’s like Thanksgiving all over again! Except Asian style. Your holiday house guests will be following their noses to the kitchen when these aromas float through the air. Who knew that leftovers could be that good?

Leftover turkey breast is awesome in this Indian dish!

turkey-breastSlice the leftover turkey breast into thick pieces before cubing.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Curry with Sweet Potatoes
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup light coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ½ large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • ½ large white sweet potato (or regular potato), peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups leftover cooked turkey meat, cut into thick cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Steamed white rice
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium-high. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in garam masala, cumin, and curry powder until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add in tomato, stirring for about 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk, water, and potatoes and stir well. Cook and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft. Stir in the turkey meat and simmer another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in cilantro to garnish before serving. Ladle over cooked rice with extra cilantro.
Notes
Adapted from: Skinny Taste

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Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Rice

Main, Poultry | October 18, 2016 | By

Asian Caucasian is all about healthy and flavorful, and these tasty stuffed peppers are no exception! They’re a piece of cake to make!  The ground turkey “stuffing” packs a slight punch with Asian spices, jalapeño peppers, and red chili paste. Gotta include healthy kale and brown rice. Top with your favorite herbs, like fresh cilantro. Did I mention it was good for you? 🙂 

Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Rice
 
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Serving Size: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 large red and yellow bell peppers, seeded (tops removed and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 8 oz. package button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh chopped kale
  • ½ cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow baking dish place bell peppers open side up and place in the oven for 15 minutes until peppers are just soft. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat canola oil on medium high heat in a large sauté pan. Add garlic, chopped bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, and shallots. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add in the ground turkey and cook until slightly browned. Add in mushrooms and ginger and cook another 2 minutes. Season with salt and stir in brown rice and chopped kale.
  3. In a small sauce pan on another burner, heat coconut milk, red curry paste, and sambal oelek on medium high heat until just boiling. Stir sauce into sauté pan with other ingredients. Sprinkle in cilantro and squeeze of lime juice.
  4. Stuff bell peppers with the mixture and place back in the oven for 25 minutes until the mixture is heated through. Serve immediately.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores.

 

Bean Thread Noodles with Chicken

Bean Thread Noodles with Chicken

Main, Poultry | September 27, 2016 | By

I do love Italian food, but listen up peeps!  Who needs pasta when these no-cook bean thread noodles soak up the flavors in this awesome, easy Asian dish!?  The Thai “magic paste” is the secret ingredient here that really highlights this recipe.  Add your favorite protein (this one’s with ground chicken), the crunch of chopped peanuts, and top with bean sprouts for a meal you won’t soon forget!  

Bean Sprouts (or “mung beans” as they’re known in Asia) are a great topper for this dish!

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Bean Thread Noodles with Chicken
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. vermicelli bean thread noodles
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon Thai magic paste (see recipe below)
  • ¾ pound minced ground chicken
  • 1 Thai red chili pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 8 ounces bean sprouts
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, pour boiling water over the noodles and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, fish sauce, sweet chili sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large wok over medium-high heat. Add the magic paste and the ground chicken. Brown the chicken and break up into small pieces, around 5-7 minutes. Add in the red chili pepper, bean sprouts and green onions. Stir fry about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the noodles to the wok, along with the sauce mixture and combine all ingredients well until heated through. Garnish with cilantro and peanuts.
  5. Thai Magic Paste:
  6. ½ cup fresh cilantro, leaves and stems
  7. ½ tsp. ground white pepper
  8. cloves garlic
  9. Tbsp. fish sauce
  10. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Ground into a fragrant green paste. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze.
Notes
Adapted from: “The Food and Cooking of Thailand” by Judy Bastrya and Becky Johnson

 

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