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Super Easy Turkey Skillet Dinner : 6 Ingredients, 30 Minutes

My Easy Turkey Skillet Dinner is super yum because it’s all the delicious flavors of Thanksgiving in one skillet without the hassle of holiday cooking.  This recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare, and is made with 6 real food ingredients.  

There is something comforting about savory holiday flavors, and something even more fabulous about the nutrition. For instance, this super easy turkey skillet dinner is made with six real ingredients that ooze with nutrients.  

Another bonus for this super easy turkey skillet dinner recipe is that most of the real food ingredients can be found in the winter months from the local farm.  Again this recipe is done in 30 minutes or less, is high in nutrition, uses fresh farm food, and gives holiday flavors without a fuss. 

Real Food Nutrition in this Skillet Dinner

This super easy turkey skillet dinner can be made with six real food ingredients.  Real food is packed full of nutrient superpowers, so let’s take a closer look at three of the ingredients. 

Farm Fresh Turkey

Most Americans eat turkey during the holiday months, however, you may consider eating turkey more often.  Turkey is considered a top source of zinc.  And zinc is a mineral that keeps the immune system strong, promotes skin health and boosts your ability to smell and taste.     

Other key nutrients found in turkey include iron and a variety of B vitamins.  Both iron and B vitamins are helpful for keeping your energy up throughout the day.  Plus these nutrients are used during the fat burning phase of exercise.

Healthy Cranberries

Cranberry sauce is an essential part of every holiday meal, however, these little berries are full of nutrition power!  Their bright happy color is pretty but also points to their antioxidant ability to fight off bacteria like E. coli in the bladder and H. pylori in the stomach.  

Now before you get super excited about the benefits of cranberries, please note that this super easy turkey skillet dinner recipe uses dried cranberries.  Dried cranberries are still high in nutrition, however, check the ingredient list before purchasing.  

Some companies use sugar and seed oils in their dried cranberry recipes.  Both ingredients, sugar and seed oils, are linked to inflammation.  So again check those ingredient lists of dried cranberries to ensure you’re not coming home with a food that appears ‘healthy’ but is healthy.  

Nutrient-Rich Kale

Kale is a dark, leafy vegetable that grows best in cooler temperatures.  At one time kale was the after thought garnish served alongside an upscale steak dinner.  However over the years, kale has emerged as a a top superfood!  

For instance, kale is noted to have more vitamin C than citrus fruit. Vitamin C is great for keeping your immunity up in the winter months.  Kale is also a great source of calcium and magnesium, which makes it the perfect food for keeping your bones strong. 

Lastly, kale is known for it high levels of antioxidants that can keep your heart and brain healthy.   Kale may not be a staple at your holiday feast, but based on the information above, you may rethink your side dishes.  

For a quick tip on how to best prepare kale, check out my food prep videos in my FREE Facebook group, Anti-Inflammatory Healthy Eating Community.   

Top Tips for a Super Easy Turkey Skillet Dinner

Below are my top tips so that you can make this recipe your own terms, your own tastes, and your own preferences.  

1. Make it Dairy Free – To make this recipe diary free, substitute ghee or clarified butter for the butter. 

2. ‘Stuffed’ Recipe Add-On – Sweet potatoes are farm fresh foods loaded with nutrients. Dial up the nutrition and holiday flavor ‘stuff’ this skillet recipe into a sweet potato.  

3. Leftover Holiday Turkey Option  – This recipe uses ground turkey, however you can easily replace with leftover shredded turkey from holiday gatherings. Or to change up the savory flavor, consider swapping out turkey for my Homemade Fennel Sausage

4.  Spice Swap – This recipe was created with comfort in mind.  Therefore if you don’t have the Herbs de Provence in the pantry, no sweat!  Simply replace with a 1/2 Tablespoon of dried rosemary and dried thyme.  

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Super Easy Turkey Skillet Dinner

This Super Easy Turkey Skillet Dinner recipe gives you a reason to embrace holiday comfort food without the hassle or guilt of holiday eating. This recipe is made with six farm fresh foods and only takes 30 minutes to prepare.
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 375 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Skillet
  • 1 Measuring Spoon
  • 1 Measuring Cup

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 Yellow Onion 
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Herb de Provence
  • 1 bunch Kale 6-7 ounces
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Place ground turkey in a medium skillet on medium heat. 
  • Grab cutting board. Carefully slice onion with knife.
  • Place sliced onion, butter, and Herb de Provence in skillet with turkey.  Mix ingredients while the turkey is beginning to brown.
  • De-stem, wash and dry the kale.
  • Add kale and dried cranberries to skillet once the turkey is cooked.
  • Mix ingredients throughly, then reduce heat to low.
  • Once the kale is dark green and turkey is fully cooked, enjoy!

Notes

Below are my top tips so that you can make this recipe your own terms, your own tastes, and your own preferences.  
1. Make it Dairy Free – To make this recipe diary free, substitute ghee or clarified butter for the butter. 
2. ‘Stuffed’ Recipe Add-On – Sweet potatoes are farm fresh foods loaded with nutrients, so if you want to dial up the nutrition and holiday flavor ‘stuff’ this skillet recipe into a sweet potato.  
3. Leftover Holiday Turkey Option  – This recipe uses ground turkey, however you can easily replace with leftover shredded turkey from holiday gatherings. Or to change up the savory flavor, consider swapping out turkey for my Homemade Fennel Sausage. 
4.  Spice Swap – This recipe was created with comfort in mind.  Therefore if you don’t have the Herbs de Provence in the pantry, no sweat!  Simply replace with a 1/2 Tablespoon of dried rosemary and dried thyme.  
Keyword Dairy Free Option, Gluten Free

About the Author

Elizabeth Ray is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who holds a Masters Degrees in Health Promotion.  She believes food from the farm is best, and this is why she is developing nutrition resources to help you discover the possibilities of real food that is grown/raised by the local farmer.  

“May food from the local farm help you flourish!” 

Elizabeth Ray, Dietitian Nutritionist & Farmers Market Nutritionist

For more delicious recipes that use food from the local farm, I invite you to check out my recipe below. Peanut Butter Stuffed Apples!

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