BBQ Turkey & Sweet Potatoes

When searching for healthy, veggie-filled recipes, I tend to type “Paleo” into pinterest. Do I follow a Paleo diet? Absolutely not! I honestly think Paleo is the diet equivalent of Crossfit as exercise: complete crap!

Any diet that says beans or legumes are “bad for you”, I question… BUT, there are a lot of healthy, veggie loaded recipes that can be found if you search for Paleo friendly meals.

Which leads me to present this recipe I found! *Side note: the addition of BBQ sauce to this recipe, as it states in the original, would probably make this not Paleo friendly as most BBQ sauces contain some sort of gluten. Gluten free BBQ sauces exist, but most at the grocery store are not.*

As usual, I changed the recipe just a little. What I used only made one serving, but it can easily be increased to make more.

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What I used:

1 serving ground turkey (each package of ground turkey has a number of servings on it. I divide them up into single servings as soon as I get it home.)

1 small- to medium-sized sweet potato

1/4 yellow onion

1/2 to 1 Tbsp olive oil

salt, pepper, cumin, thyme, and crushed red pepper to taste

2 Tbsp BBQ sauce

What you do:

In the original recipe, they halved the sweet potatoes and used the skins as little bowls for all the goods. I liked this presentation, but I didn’t like the idea of possibly burning my fingers in an attempt to scrape out sweet potato insides. So instead I peeled, cubed, and placed the sweet potato in a foil wrap and placed that in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. It’s not as pretty, but my fingers were safe!

Once the sweet potato was cooked, I sautéed the onion in the olive oil until it started to caramelize. I then added the ground turkey to brown it up. Now that everything is cooked add the sweet potato, seasonings, and BBQ sauce to the pan and let everything heat up. Enjoy!

I served this with a side of pan roasted zucchini seasoned with salt and pepper.

*This post originally showed up on my Tumblr blog from 04/2014*


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