The last couple of days I have been home with a sick kiddo, so I had a few minutes to let my kitchen take over my brain. One of my favorite go-to proteins is ground turkey. It is easy to prepare and you can add just about any spice to it for a tasty outcome. I usually buy a one pound package of organic turkey meat to give me a few meals to eat during the week.
This week I dediced to make my turkey more “Korean” inspired by adding my favorite condiment in the world, Go-Chu-Jang. Although it is impossible for me to actually say aloud, this sweet and spicy pepper paste will make you turn away from any barbeque sauce on the market! You can marinade with it, toss it in ground meats, or use it in dips and dressings. So this is what I poured over my turkey as it was sizzling on the stove, along with a little sea salt, cracked pepper, cumin and onion powder. I would say a hearty pinch or two of each spice and at least an oversized tablespoon of the paste.
My ultimate goal was to make a Korean Taco Salad for lunch, so after I sautéed some onions and a little lacinato kale in the turkey I started on the salad. Salads are great because you can tailor them to whatever your dietary needs may encompass. For mine I did an organic mixed greens with spinach, baby bok choy, and sweet baby kale. For my “add-ins” I threw in some roasted macadamia nuts, half a diced avocado and some goat cheese crumbles.
I wanted the dressing to mimic a fiesta ranch, but minus the dairy. So I used two tablespoons of paleo mayonnaise, 1/2 to one teaspoon of Harissa, a good dash of onion powder, basil, parsley and cumin. Then I whisked it together with some coconut vinegar and fresh lime juice (about a teaspoon). I adjusted the taste with salt and pepper, but the outcome was exactly what I wanted! Spicy and creamy, it made the perfect dressing. All I had to do after mixing the salad was top it with my turkey meat. I will definitely be making this salad again because it was so yummy and healthy! Plus it was filling, leaving me completely satisfied when I finished.
Day two of being home I decided to go a different direction, and it was super quick and easy. I hulled out five Baby Bella mushrooms and topped each with Daiya mozzarella cheese (non-dairy cheese that melts like real cheese!). Placing the mushrooms in a dish, I broiled them in the oven on high for about 3 to 5 minutes. Long enough to warm the mushrooms and melt the cheese. Once they were finished I topped each mushroom with my remaining turkey mixture and part of a diced avocado. Round two was just as tasty as yesterday’s salad!
So the next time you find yourself staring blankly at the contents of your refrigerator, maybe these two little inspirations of mine will lead you to your own creation in the kitchen.
Until next time,