Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry
August 22, 2019
Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry is like tasting a party in your mouth with an explosion of spices, herbs and flavors to charm the whole family in under 30 minutes.
Why You are Going to Love Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry
You are just going to love this Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry because it is naturally sweet from the sweet potatoes but a little spicy and aromatic from the spices and aromatics. Packed with protein and warming spices to nourish your body. Curry is one of those dishes we crave as soon as the weather starts to cool down. One of the best comfort foods and the heat is totally adjustable to your liking. This Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry is mild in flavor. You can ramp up the heat if you desire, just by adding a little more curry powder. Your whole house is going to smell AMAZING and everything cooks in one pot. Hurray for less clean up.
Today is just one of those days…you know the kind where you wake up and put chili powder instead of cinnamon in your morning oatmeal. Oh my…that just happened! We have been running around all day getting things sorted and the last thing we want to worry about is dinner. How about you? We have back to school looming, deadlines at work, kids to get to practice and oh did I mention that you just do not feel like cooking today. We totally get it. That is exactly why this recipe is just what you need to save the day.
Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry is warming, comforting, gluten-free, dairy- free, egg free, healthy and super easy to throw together. If you need to make this recipe low carb, you can exchange the sweet potatoes and garbanzo beans (chickpeas) with more hearty lower carb vegetables like cauliflower, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, etc. Are you following a Whole30 diet? Just hold the garbanzo beans and you are good to go.
Can you make this recipe vegan?
You sure can! Hold the ground turkey and add more of your favorite veggies or exchange with a meat alternative of choice. Also, you will need to exchange the chicken broth with a vegetable broth.
Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry is a no fuss Pantry Recipe
Let’s take a look at the ingredient list. We have sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, canned tomatoes and garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and dried spices. The only fresh item is ground turkey. You might have everything to make this delicious Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry in your pantry right now. The spices make everything zing.
How long do Pantry Spices and Herbs Keep?
When is the last time you have done a spring cleaning of your spice and herb pantry? We like to keep our spices in a dry and dark space. Currently, we have 2 sections in our kitchen for spices and such since we do so much international cooking. We have our Asian spices and shelf worthy condiments on one large multilevel cabinet and all our Western, Middle Eastern and European Spices in the other. One sure fire way to change up your kitchen routine is to add a few new dried spices to that kitchen wardrobe of yours. However, be sure to change out and exchange them according to the directives below.
- Ground spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric): 2 to 3 years
- Herbs (basil, oregano, parsley): 1 to 3 years
- Seasoning blends: 1 to 2 years
- Whole spices (cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks): 4 years
- Seeds: 4 years (however poppy and sesame seeds should be discarded after 2 years as they can go rancid)
- Extracts: 4 years
Step By Step
Cook Once: Eat Twice!
You are going to love the fact that this Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry meal can be made ahead for Sunday meal prep days and just reheated. It also freezes well so you can cook once and eat twice. As this recipe made so much, that is exactly what we did. We ate half of the Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry for dinner and the other half you will have to wait and see but we have a less than 15-minute idea with the leftovers. Another great cook once- eat twice meal option is our Crazy Easy Italian Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe. We use the leftover beef and vegetables to make our French Beef Vegetable Mushroom Onion soup.
Around the holidays we usually cook up a Spiced Cranberry Glazed Ham. As you always have leftover ham, you are going to love our Instant Pot Lentil Ham Stew. If you have chicken leftovers from our Savory Herbed Roasted Whole Chicken, give our Immune Boosting Chicken and Rice Soup.
What can you make with ground turkey?
Do you ever stand in the grocery store wondering what to make for dinner? Then magically the sale sign for ground turkey is there. Be sure to try these recipes for some interesting twists on how to make ground turkey be the winner meal.
Nourish your Body
With the change of seasons upon us, it is time to give yourself a little extra TLC (tender loving care). Adding some warming spices like ginger and garlic and adding healthy antioxidants like turmeric gives our body the proper defense and protection it needs around the start of the school season. A little extra boost of protein from the turkey and garbanzo beans is a plus as well.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that eating warmed cooked food is best for your spleen. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry is the perfect recipe for a weakened spleen qi or a deficiency. Be sure to read our Feed the Spleen: Nourish the Body to find out why it is important to eat warm cooked foods instead of raw cold foods.
Stove top vs Pressure Cooker (instant pot)
We used the simple and easy stove top method to cook our Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry for 2 reasons.
- By the time your instant pot comes up to pressure, you are essentially already done cooking it on the stove top.
- Pressure cooking your chopped sweet potatoes even on low time and low pressure causes them to break apart and we wanted ours in distinct little cubes. However, we love cooking chopped sweet potatoes in soup because when they do break apart it makes the soup really creamy and delicious like in our Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Chicken soup.
Are you ready for back to school madness?
We know one thing for sure that spending less time in the kitchen is a plus. Our less than 30 minute meals will come in handy these next few weeks as everyone transitions into back to a schedule lifestyle.
You might find these quick and easy smoothie recipes a life saver if you are trying to get out the door on time in the morning.
These healthy little snacks are a great addition to packed lunches.
Please share with us your helpful hints in the comment section for staying sane during back to school trials and tribulations. We love hearing from you!
Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry
August 22, 2019
Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry is a delicious one pot gluten-free easy meal with aromatic spices to charm the whole family in under 30 minutes.
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Yields: 6 servings
1In a large pan or wok add olive oil, onion, garlic, fresh ginger, garam masala, curry powder, coriander and turmeric and cook for about 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the fresh ground turkey and cook for 2 minutes or until about halfway browned.
2Then add all at once, sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), chopped or pureed canned tomatoes, chicken broth and salt and pepper to taste. Place a lid on your ground turkey sweet potato curry and cook over medium heat or medium simmer for about 15 minutes. The sauce in the pan should be reduced by half. Remove the lid and add the frozen peas and stir until peas are unthawed and bright green.
3Serve Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Curry with rice or cauliflower rice and enjoy.
4Cook’s Notes: Our family is not big on tomato chunks. They prefer pureed tomatoes. You may also use chopped canned tomatoes or whole tomatoes and then break them up in your pan. If your family does not like sweet potatoes you can exchange with regular potatoes, but you are going to love that naturally sweet and spicy flavor together. If you need to make this recipe low carb, you can exchange the sweet potatoes and garbanzo beans (chickpeas) with more hearty lower carb vegetables like cauliflower, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, etc. You can make this recipe vegan by holding the ground turkey and adding more of your favorite veggies or exchange with a meat alternative of choice. Also, you will need to exchange the chicken broth with a vegetable broth.