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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Ground Turkey and Vegetables


Whole Grain Spaghetti with Ground Turkey and Vegetables
I feel like people always want healthy food. They would even be willing to choose healthy food over delicious unhealthy options. Undoubtedly, our bodies crave healthy food. We need vitamin rich foods delivering the best of the best to our hungry bodies. But the truth is , healthy food has a rep of not tasting as good as fries or a chocolate cake. Our taste buds want the syrups and the sugars. We adore the fatty oils and the butters. We enjoy the extra spike in sodium. The leaves on a salad don’t quite satisfy us. We cringe even thinking about raw veggies. (Unless theirs a fatty dip present)

This is no longer the case! My father-in-law has mastered this balance quite well. It’s different when you come to his house. You will get a dose of veggies along with whole grains and the least fattening meat possible. That’s just what this spaghetti with ground turkey and vegetables is. It’s like you just walked into Piada and loaded up your bowl. Except I think this tastes SO much better. I call it the all-in-one dish: The food pyramid at its finest. You get your grain group, your veggie group, meat, and dairy group! Heck, doesn’t science classify tomatoes as a fruit? In that case, fruit group too!

Whole Grain Spaghetti with Ground Turkey and VegetablesThis dish is loaded with green and red peppers, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes! If that list of veggies isn’t appealing to you, I urge you to not back out so fast. For example, I am not a fan of peppers but with these veggies chopped cleverly into the spaghetti, and cooked, you don’t even realize you’re eating them! It’s so well camouflaged that you won’t even notice them.

Many folks, including myself, don’t like the taste or texture of whole grain pastas. We know it’s a better option, but it’s a texture thing for me. However, I would have never guessed this was made out of whole grain spaghetti. You will get great satisfaction eating this, because not only is it so good, it’s SO healthy! And that’s what makes my father-in-law a fabulous cook! He can take something so simple (maybe not very desirable) and wow you! Not only will you feel proud of yourself after eating it, but you will truly enjoy it.

Whole Grain Spaghetti with Ground Turkey and Vegetables

Serving Size: 6-7

Ingredients

  • 13.25 oz whole grain spaghetti (or white)
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 8 portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 8 white mushrooms,chopped
  • 30 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons of canola oil (divided)
  • 4 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • 1cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 a bunch of green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Prepare spaghetti according to box directions. Salt water prior to cooking, 1 teaspoon.
  2. Prepare large skillet with 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Add ground turkey and cook on stove on medium heat, covered. Flip turkey periodically. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 a teaspoon of ground pepper. You will notice the turkey turning a light brown color along with a darker brown crust. Continue this until all the oil has boiled out of the skillet. The turkey will have acquired a patchy darker brown color. Remember, safe minimum temperature for turkey is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Bring ground turkey together with pasta. As we mix, we like to chop the spaghetti into smaller pieces with a large metal spoon.
  4. Chop onion, red peppers, yellow peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes (cut tomatoes into halves).
  5. Prepare a skillet with 2 tablespoons of canola oil on medium heat. Allow vegetables to cook, covered approximately 5-7 minutes. Periodically mix the veggies for even cooking. Add 1 teaspoon of salt. Vegetables are done when they have become soft, mushrooms have slightly browned and onions are slightly golden.
  6. Mix the vegetable medley into the pasta with ground turkey. Add 1 cup parmesan cheese and 1/2 a bunch of chopped onions. Mix together.
  7. If desired, top with green onions for a finished look.
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