This quick and easy sesame ground turkey skillet comes together in only 20 minutes! With straight forward ingredients, and delicious and flavorful meal will be on the table in a flash! Totally dairy free and grain free too, this recipe is perfect for those doing a Whole30 or following a paleo diet.
When I get the chance to check out a new cookbook, it is always a happy day! Amanda Torres has come out with her latest cookbook, Fast & Flavorful Paleo Cooking, and it’s a winner!
The cookbook is filled with recipes that are QUICK and easy, and totally healthy to boot! A perfect weeknight friend, or anytime you need a healthy meal and don’t want want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. READ: any mom or working person’s dream!!
This cookbook is beautiful start to finish! The photos are incredible, and the recipes are super easy to follow. A wonderful high quality binding ensures that this cookbook will stand up to repeated use!
My family totally loves Amanda’s first cookbook, Latin American Paleo Cooking, and we regularly use it STILL! I write all about it in this post with a recipe for Tostones! certainly, with as much as we use her first cookbook, I knew this would be a winner too!
So far, we have enjoyed several recipes from this book! That is to say, we think YOUR family will get a lot out of this cookbook too!
Fast & Flavorful Paleo Cooking book highlights:
- This book is a weeknight-friendly book and the recipes in each chapter are organized by how long they take to get on the table: 15 mins or less, 30 mins or less, or 45 mins or less.
- This book requires no difficult to find specialty ingredients and no special appliances (every recipe is made with the stovetop or oven). Coconut aminos are used a few times, so is tapioca starch, but these are widely available at both conventional stores and are easy to order online now, too.
- The recipes are staple dishes for the backbone of a healthy Paleo diet – fresh meats and a huge variety of vegetables. There are no extravagant or complicated “replacement recipes” for things like breads, cakes, etc. It’s all delicious mains, vegetable sides, and a few treats that can also serve as snacks.
- This book is about preparing meals not just individual recipes. Many main dish recipes have instructions written in them for side dishes, and for those that don’t have a built-in side, there is a Side Dish Finder in the back so that the reader can easily pair mains with sides that have the same cook time/cook temp/cooking method.
- For the batch cookers, there is a Batch Cooking Baking Guide, so that you can prepare multiple dishes at once in your oven based on the cook time and cook temp.
- The chapters are simple and straightforward:
- Chicken, Turkey, and Eggs – 14 recipes
- Beef, Pork, and Lamb – 14 recipes
- Seafood – 7 recipes
- Vegetables – 19 recipes
- Soups and Stews – 6 recipes
- Desserts – 6 recipes
- Sauces – 10 recipes
About dietary needs:
- All recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and legume-free (aka Paleo)
- Of the 76 recipes, 65 are egg-free, 53 are seed-free (including seed spices like cumin), 50 are nut-free (including coconut), 51 are nightshade-free, 50 are low-carb, 33 are AIP with an additional 13 easily modified to be AIP.
Amanda Torres, MS, is a neuroscientist, bestselling author of Latin American Paleo Cooking and founder of The Curious Coconut, a trusted resource for inventive real food recipes and science-backed holistic health articles. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sesame Ground Turkey Skillet Recipe:
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Sesame Ground Turkey Skillet
Ground turkey works so well in Asian-inspired dishes like this. It has a mild flavor so it soaks up all the flavors of the dish. This meal feels like something you’d order at a restaurant, but it is so easy to make at home! The basil and red bell pepper make this a beautiful dish and the sesame sauce packs a real punch of flavor that will leave you wanting seconds.
Reprinted with permission from Fast & Flavorful Paleo Cooking by Amanda Torres, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Jean Choi
FOR THE SAUCE
FOR THE TURKEY
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (15 ml)
- 1 pound lean ground turkey (454 g)
- 1 teaspoon fine Himalayan sea salt
- 1 medium red bell pepper sliced into bite sized strips
- 1 medium onion cut into thin half moon strips
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup fresh basil chiffonade cut, see notes
- butter lettuce optional
To make the sauce, in a small bowl, mix together the lime juice, coconut aminos, sesame oil, ginger, sesame seeds and sriracha sauce (if using).Set aside.
To cook the turkey, heat a large skillet for several minutes over medium heat until hot. Add the avocado oil and swirl to coat the pan.
Crumble the ground turkey into the pan with the salt and cook until it’s mostly browned, about 5 minutes.
Add the bell pepper and onion and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.
Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute,and then add the sauce and cook for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the basil.
To serve as lettuce cups, remove the leaves from the butter lettuce and place 2 to 4 on each plate. Fill each with a few tablespoons of the turkey.
To make toasted sesame seeds: heat them in a dry pan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning. They will brown and become fragrant as they toast.
To perform a chiffonade cut for the basil leaves, stack them on top of one another then roll them up from stem to leaf tip. Cut the roll crosswise into thin strips.