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Flavorful seasoned ground turkey, nutty brown rice, crisp shredded veggies and crunchy noodles are tossed together in this quick and tasty dinner – Korean Turkey Rice Bowls!
So, I am finally coming to terms with the fact that Summer is nearing an end and I will have two highschoolers in just a few short days. While we are busy buying shoes and back packs, supplies and clothes, I am also busy building my recipe repertoire with easy dinners that will keep us full and fed during the school year. This meal is one of our favorites – it comes together with just one skillet, a few items from our pantry and fridge and it packs big flavor!
Korean Turkey Rice Bowls
While that bowl of deliciousness may look frou frou and a little fancy, you can find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store! Since I was there scouting school supplies, I grabbed the ingredients from my local Walmart:
- Butterball® Ground Turkey 85/15 – I like to use the 85/15 when I am replacing ground beef because it stays nice and tender and has a similar texture to ground beef
- Coleslaw mix – this is just pre-shredded cabbage and carrots
- Microwaveable brown rice
- Crispy chow mein noodles – find them in the Asian section of the grocery store
- Limes – you will love the squeeze of citrus!
Guys, if you have never used ground turkey before, I really urge you to give it a try! We use it in sloppy joes, chili, meat sauce for pasta, tacos and any other recipe that calls for ground beef. Butterball ground turkey has less fat and calories than ground beef and it is all natural with no artificial ingredients. You can even grab a coupon for $1.00 off on any 1 package of Butterball® Ground Turkey through 10/31 or until supplies last and head to the poultry case to try it!
I based this recipe on a classic version of Korean Beef which is sliced or ground beef marinated or simmered in a slightly sweet and savory sauce with soy, ginger, sesame oil and garlic. I don’t always have fresh ginger or sesame oil on hand, so I adapted this to the spices and sauces I already had in my kitchen. To keep the dish lighter on calories, I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef and these Korean Turkey Rice Bowls were born!
Alright, now let’s head to the kitchen!
You can brown ground turkey just like ground beef, so break it apart in a skillet and add the garlic, ground ginger and onion powder. Once the turkey is cooked through, add the brown sugar and soy sauce and let it simmer to really soak up those flavors.
Once the turkey is cooked and the brown rice has been warmed, these Korean Turkey Rice Bowls are ready to assemble! Pile in rice, seasoned ground turkey, a handful of coleslaw mix, a sprinkle of crispy chow mein noodles and a lime wedge …
The warmth from the turkey and rice will soften the coleslaw mix and the bright citrus pop from the lime is a tangy counterpart to the sweet and savory sauce!
Give everything a good stir and DIG IN!
There you have it! A simple, no-fuss dinner with a handful of ingredients that is big on flavor. Here are a few ways that you can adjust the recipe for Korean Turkey Rice Bowls to fit your family’s preferences:
- Substitute cauliflower rice or quinoa for the brown rice
- Pile the ingredients into romaine or bibb lettuce leaves for tasty wraps
- Add additional veggies like thinly sliced red peppers, sauteed mushrooms or steamed broccoli
- Try crispy won ton strips instead of the chow mein noodles
- Add a little heat and sprinkle some red pepper flakes to the ground turkey while it is browning
- If you have it in your pantry, add a teaspoon of sesame oil to the ground turkey while it browns
I am always looking for family friends meals, so what is your favorite recipe to use ground turkey in?