Skillet meals are far and wide one of the simplest ways to pull off a quick, nutritious dinner using whatever ingredients you may have on hand.
The general rule of thumb is veggies, veggies, veggies (and sometimes, even fruit), some form of protein, and spices. From there you can add a little ‘smart-carb’ to the meal (ie. quinoa, brown rice, spaghetti squash, etc.) and you’re ready to go!
The inspiration for this combo came from a new spice mix I discovered…
Penzys Italian Sausage Seasoning
Not sure if I’ve ever shared this little fact about myself, but I LOVE sausage (especially hot Italian ones) so when I discovered this little spice blend a light bulb went off in my head!
I could combine the Italian Sausage Seasoning with a leaner cut of meat and create a sausage-like dish that would embody all the yum-factor of sausage with having to indulge in the ‘high-fat/processed-meat’ thing. It’s all about balance in my world – so I thought this was worth a shot.
So my next train of thought was, “Hmmmm, what flavor sausage do I want to have?” And that’s when I remembered a turkey, mango, spinach, sausage that I liked (I think from Trader Joe’s) and Voila, a new skillet meal was born!
It’s certainly not a gourmet meal but it is a Clean & Delicious meal that is packed with flavor and takes all of 20 minutes to make from start to finish.
You can literally take this dish a 101 different ways by switching up the meat, fruit, and veggies so be sure to have some fun with it. Fresh herbs would also be a welcome addition to this skillet as would a little crumbled feta cheese.
Enjoy it as is OR served over some whole wheat pasta or brown rice… mangia!
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- ½ onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 tbsp Penzey’s Italian Sausage seasoning
- 16 oz bag baby spinach
- ½ mango, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add pepper, onion, and garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 2-3 minutes). Push veggies to one side of the pan and add turkey to the other.
Allow the turkey to brown as the veggies continue to cook. Season with Penzey’s Italian Sausage seasoning, salt and pepper and then mix everything together. Stir in spinach until wilted. Finish by tossing in the mango and enjoy!
Makes 4 servings.
Calories: 246; Total Fat: 10.6g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 80mg; Carbohydrate: 16.6 g; Dietary Fiber: 6.8; Sugars: 8.4g; Protein: 23.3g