Monday, June 3, 2013

Southwestern Turkey Skillet


Southwestern Turkey Skillet is one of David's favorite meals, and also one of the easiest meals I make. I like to make my own taco seasoning, but you can use a packet of taco seasoning from the store if you'd rather do that. I choose to make my own because almost all taco seasoning packets you'll find at the grocery store contain MSG as well as many other ingredients you'll have a hard time pronouncing.

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a processed concentrated salt that has no nutritional value, and is used by many food companies simply to enhance the flavor of lower quality foods. Because MSG is processed, it can cause many adverse reactions like nausea, vomiting, hyperactivity, seizures, migraines, skin rashes, and asthma. If that doesn't keep you from consuming foods containing MSG, then I don't know what will. Luckily, making your own taco seasoning is super easy!


For the Taco Seasoning, you'll need Chili Powder, Black Pepper, Salt, Oregano, Onion Powder, Ground Cumin, Garlic Powder & Smoked Paprika.


Usually I'll double or triple this recipe so I have enough seasoning to last awhile, but I was low on some of the ingredients so I didn't tonight. Add 1/8 cup salt, 1/8 cup ground pepper, 1/8 cup chili powder, and 1.5 teaspoons each of garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, onion powder & ground cumin to a jar or bowl.


Put lid on jar and shake until spices are mixed well. You'll only need 2-3 tablespoons of the seasoning for this meal, so this mix should still last you for a few more meals.


For this meal you'll need ground turkey, whole wheat macaroni pasta (or GF pasta), organic diced tomatoes, organic sweet corn, organic black beans & taco seasoning mix. 


Drain the black beans and corn in a colander and rinse with water. Add black beans, corn & diced tomatoes to a large skillet. Add water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the macaroni pasta.


Add the ground turkey to a non-stick skillet and cook over medium heat.


Cook the ground turkey until no longer pink. I love using this Chop & Stir utensil (that my awesome mother-in-law gave me) when I'm cooking ground meat.


When turkey is done cooking, add it to the large skillet with the corn, black beans & tomatoes. The turkey I used was 99% fat free, so I really didn't have any fat to drain after it was done cooking. But if you use meat with a higher fat content make sure you drain it before adding it to the skillet.


Stir in 1/4 cup of water and 2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning. This seasoning mix does have a bit of a kick to it, so I only use 2 tablespoons. But if you like your food a little spicy, feel free to add more.


When the macaroni pasta is done cooking, drain the noodles and add them to the large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes or until heated through. 

That's it! It's not the prettiest meal in the world, but it's easy and will be ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite cornbread and salad.


Southwestern Turkey Skillet
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 can organic sweet corn
  • 1 can organic black beans
  • 1 can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup whole wheat macaroni pasta*
  • 2-3 T taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4 cup water

Drain black beans and corn in a colander and rinse with water. Add black beans, corn & diced tomatoes to a large skillet. Add water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add macaroni pasta to cook. Add the ground turkey to a non-stick skillet and cook until no longer pink. Drain meat if needed and add to the large skillet. Stir in 1/4 cup of water and 2-3 T of taco seasoning mix. Once the pasta is done cooking, drain and add to the skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes or until heated through.

*To make this recipe Gluten Free, just use GF pasta instead of the whole wheat pasta.

Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1/8 cup of chili powder
  • 1/8 cup ground pepper
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 1.5 t onion powder
  • 1.5 t garlic powder
  • 1.5 t smoked paprika
  • 1.5 t oregano
  • 1.5 t ground cumin

Add all ingredients to a jar or bowl and mix until combined. Store in a sealed container. Use 2-3 T per pound of meat.

Taco Seasoning adapted from Rachel Cooks

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