A fast and healthy weeknight dinner recipe, ground turkey is sauteed with vegetables and simmered in a fragrant Indian spiced tomato sauce.
We eat a lot of ground turkey in our house and I imagine many of you do, too. Versatile, affordable and packed with protein and minerals, it is a busy cook’s best friend!
Acting like a blank canvas, I love using ingredients and spices from around the world to add flavor to ground turkey. Szechuan Green Beans and Ground Turkey is a staple in our house and I frequently make Turkey Black Bean Chili with Sriracha and Yogurt for lunches throughout the week.
Ground Turkey and Zucchini with Indian Spices was created on a whim to use up all of the summer vegetables I bought at the farmers market during the summer but it’s great all year round to use up whatever you have on hand.
Naturally gluten free, high in protein and low carb, my Ground Turkey and Zucchini with Indian Spices turned out to be the perfect lunch that I could prep in bulk and enjoy for several days. In fact, the flavors developed and got better over time. I love when that happens. Serve on brown rice or as is with a side salad.
What is Garam Masala?
Garam Masala is the combination of 30+ spices. Some of the ingredients it would include would be star anise,bay leaves,fennel seeds, garlic, ginger, turmeric and more.
Where can I buy Garam Masala?
Many grocery stores including TJ’s and Whole Foods sell it in their spices section. Amazon stocks it as well.
What’s good to serve with this ground turkey recipe?
Brown Rice would be a nice add or one of my Lebanese salads.
Is this ground turkey recipe spicy?
The cayenne to the recipe is optional and does add a little bit of heat to it. Leave it out if you would like to serve mild.
Do I have to have every ingredient in this recipe on hand to make it work?
Heck no. Don’t worry if you’re missing an ingredient or spice. Use the recipe below as a guide but free free to use what you have available to you in your pantry.
Is this recipe freezer friendly?
Is this recipe gluten free?
What are your favorite ground turkey recipes? Any questions I can answer for you? I’d love to hear from you. Your fork is waiting.
Ground Turkey and Zucchini with Indian Spices
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
- 1 large zucchini diced
- 1 tablespoon ginger minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon grass minced, optional
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne optional
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup tomato sauce low sodium
- 1/2 cup diced scallions
- Heat a deep skillet over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Sautee onions until tender, about 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add ground turkey and salt. Cook until turkey is half-way cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in bell peppers, zucchini, ginger, lemon grass, cumin, smoked paprika, garam masala, cinnamon, cayenne and allspice. Saute until veggies are tender, about 8-9 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for additional 5 minutes or until everything is cooked through and tender.
- Sprinkle with scallions right before serving.
- Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
Recipe by The Lemon Bowl // Photography by Alejandro Photography
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