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

January 22, 2018

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.

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

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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