I eat a dish containing meat about three times per week. There are numerous health benefits to eating meat. Animal protein contains all the essential amino acids that our bodies need. Meat has a high phosphorus content that is easier for the body to absorb. Many non-meat eaters have deficiencies of iron, vitamin D, protein, zinc, and the b-complex vitamins, especially b12. Meat is a great source of all of these, and it is also filled with many other nutrients.
That being said, meat should be eaten in moderation — a maximum of 20% of your calories should come from meat. Also, there is good meat and bad meat. You should always go for lean cuts. Any meat that you eat should be organic. You should look for grass fed and free range. All processed or preserved meats, such as ham, bacon, salami, bologna, lunchmeats, etc. should be vehemently avoided. These types of meat are full of nitrates, added salt, unhealthy fats, nitrites, and many other things that are basically poison to your body.
This week, I was really in the mood for something involving ground turkey. I have a great recipe for zucchini turkey burgers, but I wanted to find another way to enjoy ground turkey. I came across this pin on Pinterest:
A very veggie turkey skillet casserole – I LOVE IT!!! The fact that it contains SO many wonderful veggies made it easy to know that this was what I wanted to make! As an added bonus, it’s SO easy – the hardest part is just the chopping of the veggies, and that’s only because it takes a little time. Other than that it’s pretty straight forward, and it turned out great. I did replace the instant brown rice with quinoa that I cooked in water instead of chicken broth. My husband declared this one as on of his favorite dishes that I make.
VERY VEGGIE TURKEY DISH
- 1lb. ground turkey
- 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 red onion chopped
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 medium yellow squash
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 carrot chopped
- 2 cups quinoa (cooked)
- 4 cups baby spinach
- Cook turkey in a skillet, over medium-high heat, stirring to break up the meat. Do this until the meat is no longer pink.
- While the turkey is cooking, chop up all the veggies.
3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook till tender.
4. Add the squash, tomato, bell pepper, carrot, and garlic powder. Cook till the veggie are tender and crisp.
5. Add the quinoa, cooked turkey, and spinach. Mix well and cook till the spinach is wilted.
6.) Serve seasoned with sea salt and pepper.