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9 Ways to Turn Ground Turkey Into a Speedy, Flavorful Weeknight Dinner

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Ground turkey is often proffered as a low(er)-fat substitute to ground beef, pork, or veal. In January, when some of us are trying to eat a little healthier—yet still put satisfying, comforting meals on the table—ground turkey is our best friend. It's high in protein, cooks quickly, and is exceedingly versatile: it works just as well formed into tender, lemony meatballs as it does in a rib-sticking chili or tongue-tingling mapo tofu. Turkey checks all the boxes: it's affordable, crowd-pleasing, and just on the right side of healthy, so it fits neatly into your new year's aspirational eating plans while actually keeping you full. Here are 9 weeknight-friendly dishes featuring ground turkey that don't skimp on taste.

Note: You can usually substitute ground turkey into many dishes which call for ground chuck, veal, or pork without any consesquences; just be aware that, as turkey has less fat, you may need to up the seasoning amounts slightly to compensate.

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Sheri's Shortcut Chili
Sheri's Shortcut Chili
Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf

Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf by sporkme

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bowls

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bowls by Posie Harwood

Spicy Turkey Meatloaf
Spicy Turkey Meatloaf
Ma Po Tofu (Stir-Fried Bean Curd with Ground Turkey)
Ma Po Tofu (Stir-Fried Bean Curd with Ground Turkey)
Best Ever Turkey Chili

Best Ever Turkey Chili by kmartinelli

Fiendishly Tasty Bacon Turkey Burgers

Fiendishly Tasty Bacon Turkey Burgers by hardlikearmour

Tender Turkey Meatballs and Orzo with Whole-Lemon Vinaigrette
Tender Turkey Meatballs and Orzo with Whole-Lemon Vinaigrette
Weeknight Ragù
Weeknight Ragù

What's your favorite thing to do with a few pounds of ground turkey? Chili? Burgers? Tell us in the comments!


Tags: turkey, ground turkey, ground meat, weeknight, quick cooking