I’ve been in a bit of a food rut. We all get there. When you’re short on time and have go to meals. My diet is a rotating cast of ground turkey, chicken, veggies and brown rice or sweet potatoes for most meals.
Since I have less time to cook and have been tracking my macros more closely, I haven’t taken the time to get creative in the kitchen. Until now.
I needed a bit of a flavor change that still centered on lean protein choices. In the past I would have ordered in when my flavor cravings would hit. But since eating out isn’t guaranteed safe from gluten contamination it was back to the cutting board. Literally.
I had ground turkey on hand (like I usually do), so I hit the store for a few more items and put together this Thai Style Ground Turkey. I also managed to forget a few things while at the store. Namely fish sauce. But, despite leaving it out my taste buds were more than pleased with the resulting dish.
The kick of flavor comes from the combination of garlic, onion, fresh lime juice, gluten-free low sodium tamari and siracha. Thanks to my roommate I cooked this up in a wok. Don’t worry if you are wok-less, a large pot or frying pan will work just as well.
The list of ingredients may seem long but with just a few simple steps, this recipe comes together in about twenty minutes. Perfect for getting out of a food rut even with that ever busy schedule.
- Sauce Ingredients
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbsp of Sriracha
- 1 tbsp of Gluten-Free Tamari or Coconut Aminos
- 1 tbsp of Fish Sauce (optional - mine turned out fine without it)
- 1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
- Main Ingredients
- 1 red bell pepper cut in thin strips
- 1 small red onion cut in thin strips
- 1 1/2 cups fresh green beans
- 2 tbsp cooking oil with high heat index
- 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup - 1 cup chopped basil leaves or thai basil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- Mix together ingredients for sauce, set aside. Cut onion and red bell pepper into thin strips and snap ends of green beans. Chop basil.
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil over high heat, add in minced garlic. Cook garlic until fragrant and starts to brown. Add in green beans and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Then add in red pepper and onion, stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes or until they start to soften. Remove veggies to a bowl and set aside.
- Heat the other tbsp of oil and add ground turkey, breaking it apart with as it cooks. Heat until most liquid has cooked out and turkey is lightly browned. Add back veggie mixture and stir to combine. Add chopped basil, and stir together for another minute.
- Top with sauce mixture and distribute evenly. Cook until all sauce is absorbed into meat, about two more minutes.
- Serve hot as is or with brown rice.
- If you aren't a fan of spicy food leave out the red pepper flakes from the sauce ingredients.