Because sometimes we get sick of chicken…I used ground turkey this week for our lunches. The first lunch I made was a take on a Mexican bowl with ground turkey, salsa, rice, black beans, and sautéed spinach and peppers.

The second “lunch” I made was zoodles with tomatoes, parmesan and ground turkey. These meals aren’t really a lunch, as they are much smaller, at least in calories and macros, however the amount of food is still pretty great. I made these because sometimes I have protein left and a little fat and carbs, and always make a shake or grab a bar. Trust me eating, basically another meal is so much more satisfying.

 

What You Need: Mexican Bowl

2lbs Lean Ground Turkey (I use 93% lean)

2 packages of low sodium Taco Seasoning

2 packages of Uncle Ben’s 90 Second White Rice

1 Bag of Baby Spinach

1 Red Bell Pepper, cut in long strips

1 Yellow Bell Pepper, cut in long strips

1 Can of Low Sodium Black Beans

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Favorite Salsa

Olive Oil Cooking Spray

 

In a pan over medium-high heat brown up your ground turkey. Once it is cooked through add the taco seasoning.

In another pan over high heat, sprayed with olive oil cooking spray, sauté your bell peppers until tender and blackened. Then at the end add your spinach until wilted down. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to season.

While this is cooking microwave your rice. (You can always cook rice on the stove as well.)

To assemble each meal I weighed out 6oz of ground turkey, and then added 2 tbsp of salsa on top of it. I also weighed out 2oz of peppers and 1/4 cup of cooked spinach. In the last little compartment I put 1/2 cup of rice mixed with 1/4 cup of black beans.

This made about 6 meals.

Macros: 442 calories – 36g carbs, 14g fat, 39g protein 

 

What You Need: Zoodles

2 packages of Zoodles

1 1/2 packages of Cherry Tomatoes

2 cloves Garlic, chopped.

2lbs Lean Ground Turkey (I use 93% lean)

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Parmesan Cheese

Olive Oil Cooking Spray

 

In a pan over medium-high heat brown up your ground turkey.

In another pan over medium-high heat, spray with olive oil cooking spray, and dump in your cherry tomatoes. Let them blister and cook down a bit, about 10 minutes. Then add in your garlic, and cook for another 2 minutes. Finally throw in your zoodles, which will cook for about 5 minutes or so. Season well with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

To assemble weigh out 3oz of ground turkey, and in the other compartment (or you can mix it all together) add 1 1/4 cup of zoodles, about 6-8 cherry tomatoes, and top with 1/2 tbsp of parmesan cheese.

Macros: 196 calories – 9g carbs, 7g fat, 20g protein 

This made about 6 meals, with some ground turkey left over.

 

You can always adjust these amounts to better fit your macros and needs.

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