Ground Turkey Casserole {3.27.13}

Ground Turkey and Veggie Casserole

Recently we started another challenge through our BBCF family/community.  It’s the “Get Right For the Summer- 8 Week Challenge.”  It’s not necessarily a Paleo challenge, but rather eating and exercising right.  It feels good to be in charge of your health and to actually see a difference in how you feel when making healthy (and not-so-healthy) choices.  It is pretty impossible (for me) to make healthy food choices 100% of the time.  It just drives me nuts to be a complete health freak.  But I support those who can do it.  It’s just not me.

So for the 8 weeks, Matt and I really started off on the WRONG foot.  We knew it was coming though and it’s just that this challenge started a little too early for us.  So we started basically on week 2-3.  It’s fine.

One of the biggest ways for us to stay on track during the challenge is to have our meals planned out and to eat as clean as possible during the week.  When the weekend comes, sometimes there are challenging [food & drink] moments that we face and quite frankly, we enjoy indulging once in a while.  As long as we don’t take it overboard, we don’t feel as bad about having a few beers or a slice of pizza or whatever the situation may be… But like I said, if we stay on track and eat as clean as possible during the week, (protein and veggies), then it’s not too bad if we “cheat” a little here and there over the weekend.  Cheating doesn’t have to be an all out black-out binge, although sometimes that’s the only thing that sounds good.  Haha!  The BIG trick for me is to try and feed those cravings (salt or sweet), as purely as possible so when it’s time to satisfy that sweet tooth I don’t overindulge in cake, ice cream, candy, cookies, etc… when maybe a big bowl of sliced strawberries with lite cool whip may have done the trick.  I need to remember that!!!

So, typically I make breakfast and dinner.  I’ve said this before I think.  We are on our own for lunch and the other two meals are prepared by me.  Here is a recipe I made up the other night for dinner.  I usually make the same 10 dinners over, and over, and over again because they are 100% Paleo and they’re pretty good- and easy.  EASY.  That’s a big one for me with two kids…  It’s gotta be easy or it’s just not practical… right now anyway.  At dinner time, I’m cooking for 4 (well actually 3) but still have to prepare Finnley’s food/bottle, etc.  I don’t have the time for complicated recipes these day.  Although, I do miss the days where I was able to make stuffed mushrooms and that delicious raspberry mousse.  Ahhhh!  Maybe sometime soon…

So!  This recipe is EASY (as I’m sure you’ve guessed) and it’s so darn good.  It’s really healthy and light, but filling.  How about that!?  I usually make a salad out of the ground turkey meat, but this time I wanted to do something different.  It turned out great!  Although, Jake wouldn’t take not even a bite!  He’s in such a weird food phase right now.  Ugh!

GROUND TURKEY CASSEROLE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Get out a casserole dish that will feed about 4-6.  9×13 works.

-1 pkg. Lean Gound turkey

-1 onion, chopped

-1 green bell pepper, diced/chopped

-1 small can corn (optional)

-1 small can diced tomatoes

-1 small can tomato paste

-dash garlic salt, black pepper, celery salt, and/or taco seasoning

-1 large yellow squash

**** Warning: this next part can be dangerous****

-1/2 cup shredded cheese (thus making it non-Paleo)

Directions:

Brown the turkey meat on the stove on medium heat.  Once cooked thoroughly, about 7 mins, cover on low.

In the meantime, dice or chop up the onion and bell pepper.  Set aside.  Open the canned corn, diced tomatoes and the tomato paste.  Add to the meat (if the meat is already browned).  Then add the diced bell pepper and onion and all the seasonings.  Mix together and cover for about 5 minutes (or until the veggies are tender).

Slice up the yellow squash in small slices.  Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with the yellow squash slices, so it acts as a base to the casserole.

Pour the meat mixture over the squash.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Serve immediately.

Oh, I didn’t forget!  Yes.  The cheese.  If you choose to do so… go ahead an cover the top layer of the casserole with that 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.  I think I used cheddar.  It was SOOO GOOD.  I think some casseroles just need cheese… this may be one of them.  I haven’t tried it without it, so I can’t say one way or another.  If you forego the cheese, I think a spicy salsa or hot sauce would go really well on top, after it is baked.  I have a great love for srirracha and now that I’m thinking about it, that just might do the trick if you need that extra kick.  With or without the cheese!

Would love to hear your comments if you decide to make this fab dish.  Enjoy!!

One Response to Ground Turkey Casserole {3.27.13}

  • Sounds like a great recipe! I am definitely going to try it. Mikey and I usually have chicken or fish during the week with a vegetable. It’s so healthy and filling. I don’t usually miss the carbs. That’s probably because I get enough carbs in other meals. It feels good to eat so simply some times.

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