Thursday, April 28, 2011

Curried Ground Turkey with Sweet Potatoes

I took a nap after work tonight. I hate doing it but it was totally necessary as I felt as though without one, I couldn’t be productive at all. To be honest, I wasn’t productive even though I did take one. But at least I made dinner. The temptation to order take-out or eat leftovers was there but I also had ground turkey thawed so the decision was pretty much made for me.

Why am I tell you this? I don’t know. Other than I woke up with a stiff neck, a headache and the urge to eat half a bag of Yukon Gold Potato Chips. Have you had them? They are the thickest potato chips I’ve ever had. They’d be the perfect vessel for a great creamy dip… or you can be like me and just shovel them into your mouth until your roommate whisks the bag away from you.

Without said bag of chips as a distraction, I refocused on my only task of the night: to prepare dinner. I took off to the supermarket where I wandered around (probably with pillow lines on my face) with a bunch of parsley and a bag of frozen peas. I struggled with the self-checkout (nothing new) which didn’t want to accept my $1 bill after happily scarfing up my $1.15 in change. 30 minutes elapsed and I returned home with parsley and frozen peas… and an idea. An idea that ended up being delicious.

My apologies for the long-winded, round-about way of telling you about my dinner. Sometimes the best things are born of sleep-induced drunkenness.


{Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes}


  • 3 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 LB ground Turkey
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 C. Peppers, chopped
  • 1 T. Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 1 C. Water
  • 1 T. Curry powder
  • 1 t. Turmeric
  • 1 t. Chili Powder
  • 1 t. Ground Coriander
  • 1 t. Cardamom
  • 2 large Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 C. Frozen Peas
  • 1/2 C. chopped Fresh Parsley

Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan with a lid. When the oil is hot add the ground turkey, spreading it out over the pan. Cook meat until it begins to brown.

Add chopped onion and peppers. Stir and sauté for about 5 minutes. Salt the mixture.

Add grated ginger, garlic and mix and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.

Mix in the spices, water and potatoes. Stir and cover. Turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

When potatoes are tender, add diced tomatoes and peas. Mix and recover the pot. Cook for a few more minutes. Season to taste.

Mix chopped parsley in before serving.

Serve over rice or by itself.

*Serves 4-6



  1. "Eat by itself" - a woman after my own heart. Sometimes, rice is just extraneous :D Think I might try this with the kangaroo I have frozen in my freezer! (As opposed to frozen in my.... wardrobe?!)

  2. Yes please do try it with kangaroo and report back! I actually JUST had kangaroo on Saturday for the first time. Any great recipes for it?

  3. I find that for me, naps either make me feel really good or even more drowsy...hard to say. But there is certainly something to be said for sleep-induced drunkenness when it results in something as delicious as this! Love all of the spices you've used...I think I need to pick up some sweet potatoes!

  4. Yum - this looks tasty! Mah' dude would totally love it, he sings my praises whenever sweet potato and curry is on the menu.


  5. oh my gosh, this looks incredible!

  6. i'm not good at taking naps... although sometimes it does mean i'm wandering around completely useless! this looks amazing though, so this certainly means you don't fall victim to the same state :)

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  9. I had ground turkey and sweet potatoes in the pan and stumbled across this when I was trying to figure out what to do with it. So this is what I had! *Now* I will nap. ;)