Quick Supper: Ground Turkey and Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry
Well, it's sort of a stir fry, but it's a lot easier. I have to admit, I'm not a devotee of complex stir fries. I love Asian--especially Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese--food, but I haven't learned how to do Asian dishes well. Usually, I stick to going to restaurants and letting someone else prepare the food. Not so much now! So, I came up with a simple stir fry that uses inexpensive ground turkey and broccoli slaw. The whole thing comes together in minutes. I was a little dubious until I tasted it. It's good! Very, very good! Especially for a meal that's easy, quick, and cheap! Also on the plus side, this simple meal is actually pretty nutritious with lean ground turkey and lots of good veggies--including carrots and purple cabbage--in the broccoli slaw. The key thing to keep in mind is the sodium. This recipe can get too salty fast, so watch the amount of soy sauce you add to it. The hoisin sauce also adds to the sodium content, as well as the taste, so be warned. I recommend serving the stir fry with rice, but it's also good on its own. Also consider topping the stir fry with roasted cashew nuts, which I forgot for the photo. The cashew nuts add great crunch to the dish and a nice buttery flavor.
Ground Turkey and Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry -- Serves 4+
1-2 tablespoons of canola oil
16 ounces lean ground turkey (93 percent)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
2 tablespoons of reduced sodium soy sauce
16-20-ounce bag of broccoli slaw (with carrots and cabbage mixed in)
1/4 - 1/2 cup of hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon of minced ginger (I use a tablespoon of the kind that comes in the squeeze
2-3 chopped green onions
1/4 cup of roasted cashew nuts (optional, but really good)
In a large skillet or chef's pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering and add the ground turkey and salt. Saute the turkey for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. Sprinkle on the garlic powder and soy sauce and stir them into the turkey. Reduce the heat a little and add the broccoli slaw to the turkey, mixing it in and stir frying the mixture for about five minutes or until the vegetables are as soft as you like them. Mix in 1/4 cup of the hoisin sauce and the ginger. Taste the mixture and see if you want to add more hoisin sauce. Stir in the green onions. Top the stir fry with the cashew nuts, if you're using them, and serve the stir fry over hot rice or on its own.