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Healthy Turkeyburger Helper

Healthy Turkeyburger Helper
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TOTAL TIME :20minutes15minutes
6servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 8 ounces pasta (shells or elbow work best)
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (sub color of choice)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain Kite Hill Cream Cheese (sub regular if you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon white mild miso paste (optional)
  • 1 cup low-sodium free range chicken broth (or the best you can do!)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb free-range ground turkey (or the best you can do OR grassfed beef)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
DIRECTIONS
PREP
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions slightly al dente—usually 1 minute less than the lowest time suggested (i.e. 6 mins of the box suggests 7-9 mins). Rinse with cool water and drain, then set aside. If your pasta has a tendency to stick, drizzle some olive oil over it and toss.
  2. Dice yellow onion and bell pepper into 1/2 inch pieces and mince garlic. Set aside, keeping garlic separate. In a small bowl, whisk together nutritional yeast, paprika, onion powder, sea salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a blender, puree cream cheese, miso paste and stock. Line a plate or shallow bowl with paper towel.
COOK
  1. Heat a large skillet or large pot* to medium heat and add oil. When oil moves quickly around the pan, add turkey. Cook, breaking up with a spatula, until turkey has golden brown edges. Some bits will be sticking to the pan and there should be some browning on the pan as well—this is a good thing! Empty the turkey onto your paper-towel lined plate or bowl and set aside.
  2. De-glaze the pan by adding enough water that you can scrape up the brown bits, and also add your onions and green bell pepper and turn to medium-low heat. Use your spatula to scrape and mix the de-glazed goodness with the veggies. Cook them, stirring frequently, until they are softened and onions are translucent, approx. 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and spice/nutritional yeast mixture to the pan with another splash of water and cook, stirring, until garlic is softened and fragrant, another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add turkey, pasta and the cream cheese mixture. Stir gently to incorporate. Turn heat to medium and cook, stirring, until liquid has thickened and doesn’t run around the pan, approx. 5 minutes. Add peas and cook just another minute or two until thawed. Taste for more salt and pepper and serve immediately! This dish should keep tightly sealed in the refrigerator for 5 days if the meat was fresh upon purchasing. It also should freeze beautifully for around 1 month. *if you choose a pan, it will be a little more difficult to stir everything together at the end, but using a large pot will be a bit more cumbersome for getting the turkey out—the choice is yours!
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