5 Great Ground Turkey Recipes

September 16, 2011

You must think I'm crazy, right? Writing about ground turkey recipes in the midst of a second national recall? Well, maybe, but my point is that ground turkey is a great alternative to beef, is a lean protein, pairs well with many other flavors and can be used in a variety of ways -- while food safety is, of course, my primary concern, don't let Cargill's bad processing practices  have you swearing off ground turkey forever! For those of you brave enough to try, and of course after checking any relevant recall lists, here are 5 great (gluten free) recipes for ground turkey.

Chipotle Turkey Burger
Smoky-spicy adobo-soaked chipotle peppers with garlic, turkey and a dash of chili powder make for a seriously tasty burger.

Turkey Penne Pasta Bake
Adapted from a delicious Giada de Laurentiis recipe, this rich and hearty casserole is great for a low stress weeknight meal. Be sure to use your favorite gluten free pasta that holds up to baking - like Orgran or Le Veneziane. 

Rosemary Scented Turkey Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa
All the flavors of a Thanksgiving feast in a simple, summery quesadilla - ps: the cranberry salsa is addictive.

Greek Turkey Burgers with Feta & Tzatziki
Basically all of my favorite flavors and ingredients in one simple, gourmet burger. Think you can find a way to sneak some kalamata olives in there too?

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers
This grain free recipe is a great low-fat alternative to the traditional beef-and-rice stuffing!

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