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Turkey ‘Sausage’ Spinach & Mango Skillet

Turkey Mango Skillet

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

Nutritional Analysis

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

 

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7 Responses to “Turkey ‘Sausage’ Spinach & Mango Skillet”

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    Healthy&Homemade — October 22, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    YUM! Love the idea of just using sausage seasonings. I’m not a huge fennel fan so when I make my own seasoning it never tastes quite like the real deal. That spice blend sounds yummy! Dish looks great =D

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    Ellen — October 24, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    I LOVE Penzey’s sausage seasoning – I was just recommending it the other day. My favorite recipes are using it in hot pepper/tomato soup and lasagna. Even if I don’t have any lean meat to add, the whole dish still has a “meaty” quality when I include it. The breakfast seasoning blend is also really good.

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    kia — November 11, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    I made this last night, sans Penzey’s (I used Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning) and red peppers and it was delish! Thanks.

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    Tracey — December 1, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    I made this last night for dinner. The only change I made was to use 1/2 lb. of Mild Italian Chicken Sausage and 1/4 lb. of Hot Italian Chicken Sausage from our local New Frontier’s Market instead of the ground turkey and Penzey’s sausage seasoning. I served it over Brown Basmati Rice.
    It was absolutely delicious and I plan to make it again. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    Tracey — December 1, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    I almost forgot; I also added about a tablespoon of chopped fresh lemon thyme from my garden when I stirred in the mango pieces.

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    Tracey — March 27, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    I purchased some of the Penzey’s Italian Sausage seasoning and made this recipe again according to directions. I found the Penzey’s to be entirely too salty. My husband and I had a hard time eating enough of this to fill up. It was what we had for dinner though so short of making another dinner…
    After trying the Penzey’s using smaller quantities we still found it to be way too salty for us so I threw it out.
    The above recipe is delicious using Chicken or Turkey Italian Sausage though.

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    Whitney W. — April 18, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    WOW! Made this last night {did not have Penzey’s specifically, but made my own sausage seasoning} and it was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! The whole meal my fiance and I just kept repeating, “this is so good!”

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