Coming up with recipes is hard in general. It was one of the things I was most worried about when I started this blog. It is especially more difficult when you’re trying to be healthy. There’s just so much to think about! So, when imagination fails you, just throw a bunch of things in a pan and see what happens! Well, that’s how we got to today’s recipe: Cast Iron Turkey Stir Fry.
As the name suggests, there are a few things you need for this recipe–a cast iron skillet and ground turkey. If you don’t have a cast iron, you need one. They are a kitchen must have. People have been cooking with cast irons all the way back to the olden days when they used cauldron pots over a fire. Cast irons are durable and can retain heat at a relatively low temperature, which makes for quality meals. They are especially great for creating crispy fried textures. Actually they’re pretty great for everything, which is why you need one!
In my continued effort to live a healthy life, the main protein in this dish is ground turkey. This was one of the first real meals I had after my surgery, so it had to be pretty lean. The rebel in me did sneak in some longganisa, however. Longganisa is a cured Filipino pork sausage that is sweet and smoky in flavor. It isn’t super healthy, but it is necessary to my life so I throw it in every now and again. If you can’t find longganisa, sweet Italian sausage is a good substitute.
This recipe is super easy. Another great thing about cast iron recipes is that it’s almost always a one-pot recipe, which makes for easy cooking and clean up. Stir fries are also great because they usually mix the protein, grain and any veggies together in one dish. For this recipe, you’ve got ground turkey, your sausage of choice, yellow bell peppers and green beans. Added bonus to top it all off: cheese. I mentioned that after my surgery I haven’t done too well with dairy, so mine is a low moisture skim milk mozzarella that’s diet-friendly. Any cheese of your choice would also be fine. That’s the great thing about this recipe–it’s mine, but change it to your liking and it can be yours!
I’d love to hear about the changes you make! What do you love about stir fried recipes? Don’t you think cast irons are the greatest?!
Cast Iron Turkey Stir Fry
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 3 links longganisa / sweet sausage chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 small yellow bell peppers chopped
- 20 pieces green beans cut in half
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup parsley (optional) chopped
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Fry ground turkey until lightly browned. Add longganisa and fry until lightly charred. Remove the meat and set aside.
Add more oil if necessary. Add garlic and onions and saute on medium heat until soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
Add the yellow bell peppers and saute for 3 more minutes, or until the bell peppers soften. Add the green beans and saute for 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the meat to the veggies. Mix well and turn off the heat.
Top the entire dish with the cheese and bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Top with parsley and serve with rice!