Rice Pasta Turkey Helper

You know like hamburger helper except not from a box…and turkey…and rice pasta   Haha..

I debated on posting this recipe because I usually don’t post my “throw together” dinners that are kind of boring, but this simple recipe was really delicious.  I don’t have many pictures for this one, so excuse the lack of creativity in this post.

I am hoping it will be forgiven because of the simplicity and deliciousness of the end result 🙂

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Ingredients: 

This recipe is pretty flexible, as I kind of threw in the amounts that I had on hand.  Feel free to make it your own and add as little or as much of the ingredients listed!

1/2 package Brown rice pasta

1 package extra lean ground turkey

1 tsp ghee

Soft Goat’s cheese (about 4-6 oz)

Dried oregano, to taste

Dried basil, to taste

Sea salt, pepper to taste

Grape tomatoes, a dozen

Kale, chopped with stems removed, about a cup

Garlic (a few cloves, minced)

Onion (sweet), chopped

HOW TO:

  1. Cook rice pasta and set aside (according to package instructions, usually about 6-7 minutes and rinse with cold water afterwards)
  2. Heat ghee and add turkey, spices, salt and pepper.  Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  3. In a separate pan, cook garlic and onions in a little oil until caramelized and browned (it will get a little thick and become sweeter in taste)
  4. Add goat’s cheese, tomatoes and kale to turkey.  Cover and let simmer until tomatoes soften (this won’t take long)
  5. Add caramelized onion and garlic.  Simmer, covered for about 10 minutes.
  6. Combine meat mixture with the rice pasta and serve immediately.

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Again, I didn’t plan on posting this so it is lacking in the picture department!  But the flavours were wonderfully delicious and creamy.

Can you tell our go to for a lazy night is turkey mince and rice pasta?  That…or poached eggs on toast…lol

I hope you enjoy as an easy weeknight dinner!

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Sunday 13 Bean & Turkey Chili

The reason this super hearty chili has Sunday in its name is because it uses a mix of 13 different dry beans that need to be soaked overnight (Saturday night in my case).

The beans and the chili itself simmer for a few hours, hence why Sunday is a great day to make this huge pot of yumminess!

This recipe freezes well and unless you want to eat chili 7 days in a row, I would most definitely put some in the freezer for a rainy day 🙂

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I was inspired by the recipe on the back of Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix and added a bunch of other ingredients and spices and ran with it.  The result was fantastic!  This recipe would be equally as fantastic if you cut out the lean ground turkey and made a vegan version!

I love Bob’s Red Mill and have used tons of their other products and have never been disappointed.

This was a great base for the chili with a mix of navy, black, red, pinto, baby limas, large limas, garbanzo, great northern and kidney beans, black-eyed peas, yellow split peas, green split peas, and lentils.

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Ingredients:

1 822g Package of Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix, soaked in water overnight

1 Package extra lean ground turkey

1 c pasta or tomato sauce

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

2 jalapeños, chopped (one seeded, one with seeds)

2 bell peppers, chopped

5 spinach ice cubes (or a few large handfuls fresh)

1 c chopped kale

1/2 bunch asparagus spears, chopped

3 vine tomatoes, largely chopped

Spice Mix (combine all in a small bowl)

3 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp sea salt, pepper to taste

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder 

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STEP BY STEP:

SOAK BEAN MIX OVERNIGHT IN WATER.

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THE FOLLOWING MORNING, RINSE, DRAIN, AND TRANSFER TO A LARGE POT.  COVER WITH WATER.

BRING TO A BOIL.  REDUCE HEAT TO LOW.  ALLOW TO SIMMER FOR ABOUT 1 HOUR, COVERED.

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WHILE THE BEANS ARE SIMMERING, I SUGGEST PREPPING ALL YOUR VEGGIES AND SPICES.

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AFTER ABOUT 40 MINUTES, YOU WILL WANT TO START COOKING THE TURKEY MIXTURE.

SAUTEE ONION AND GARLIC FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES IN A SAUCEPAN.

ADD LEAN GROUND TURKEY AND SAUTEE UNTIL COOKED THROUGH.

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ADD PASTA SAUCE, SPICES, AND ALL OTHER VEGGIES.  COMBINE WELL AND SIMMER FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES.

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ADD TURKEY AND VEGGIE MIXTURE TO BEANS AND COMBINE WELL.  SIMMER FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND YOU ARE DONE!

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GARNISH WITH WHATEVER YOU PLEASE.

I USED A LITTLE BIT OF SPRING ONION AND CILANTRO.  SERVE WITH CRACKERS.  (I USED MARY’S GLUTEN FREE)

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I know this recipe seems a little bit complicated because there are so many ingredients.  But it is worth it!  And just remember you will have a freezer meal ready to go!

I hope you enjoy this hearty Sunday meal 🙂  We did!

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