Keep Your Family Well-Fed With These Tasty Ground-Turkey Dishes
Save yourself tons of time by incorporating a Crock-Pot into your meal-making routine. Ground turkey is the scrumptious star of these three dishes that can all be prepped in the morning before work or school. Once you get home later in the day, it's time for your family to dig in and enjoy!
1. Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
Chili is the ideal food to warm up the family on a cold, dreary day. Ground turkey serves as a healthy alternative to ground beef in this hearty recipe. To make Crock-Pot chili, brown 1 pound of ground turkey in a skillet; drain it, then place the turkey in the slow cooker. Add canned tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans, onions and your favorite chili spices. Cook it on low for 8 hours or on high for 4. Top each serving with shredded cheddar cheese for extra gooey goodness.
2. Crock-Pot Lasagna With Ground Turkey
Lasagna is one of those dishes that's easy to love, but a bit laborious to create. This Crock-Pot version makes life easier—you don't even have to cook the noodles separately. Brown ground turkey in a saucepan with onions and garlic. Drain, and then stir in tomato sauce, water, salt and oregano. Spray the Crock-Pot with a nonstick cooking spray, then layer in 1/4 of the sauce mixture. Layer in lasagna noodles, broken to fit, and follow up with a cheese blend. Repeat all layers twice. Add the remaining sauce, and then cover. Cook on low for 4 or 5 hours.
3. Slow-Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes are just as good for a weekend lunch as they are for a weeknight dinner. This recipe is the ultimate easy slow-cooker dish, since you don't even have to brown the ground turkey in advance. Just put the ground turkey, along with onions, red bell peppers and homemade sloppy-Joe-sauce ingredients into the Crock-Pot; stir and cook. This delicious dish will be ready in 6 to 8 hours cooked on low or in 2 to 3 hours cooked at the highest setting. Spoon the sloppy Joes onto hamburger buns, and serve with chips or your favorite sides.
Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.