A quick and easy 30-minute meal made in a skillet! This ground turkey and sweet potato skillet meal comes together lightning fast and easily for a nutritious, paleo or whole30 dinner worthy of putting on repeat.
In real life, a good 70 – 90% of my meals that I don’t make for the blog come out of a skillet. No lie. This is how much I enjoy skillet meals. Just have a look at the Salmon Stir Fry with Vegetables, Butternut Squash Ginger Chicken Stir Fry, and 30-Minute Vegetable and Ground Beef Skillet I posted recently.
The reason is threefold:
1.) Skillet meals are super versatile – you can use all sorts of in-season fresh produce, spices, sauces, and animal proteins.
2.) Meals made in a skillet usually require hardly any time at all! The majority of my meals take under 30 minutes to prepare. This is a HUGE selling point for me, because I am truly lazy in the kitchen when I’m not developing a new recipe. I get how people come home from work and don’t feel like cooking. I getchu, boo.
3.) Super low cleanup. The only tools I use for whipping up a skillet meal are a cutting board, knife, vegetable peeler, skillet, and spatula or wooden spoon. BOOM! Low-fuss, no stress, goof proof.
For this skillet rendition, I simply cooked up a sweet potato, added in some ground turkey, spices, and broth. I covered the skillet to allow everything to cook through, then stirred in some chopped cherry tomatoes and chives. SO easy, so simple, definitely a lazy-human’s meal, but we won’t judge ourselves for eating well, will we?
My one piece of advice is keep close watch on the sweet potato. If you over-cook it, it will turn into mush once you have added the turkey. Sweet potato mush is non-sexy. We’ve all been there, but we prefer our taters taught, know what I’m sayin’?
I kept this ground turkey sweet potato skillet simple for a reason – to inspire you to get cuh-ray-zee with your add-ins! Here are some…
- Add other vegetables, like broccoli, zucchini, carrot, bok choy, spinach, kale, cabbage, etc.
- Mix up the spices and dried herbs, or add fresh herbs.
- Incorporate a sauce! Add coconut aminos (or liquid aminos), teriyaki sauce, or curry paste and coconut milk if you’re feeling frisky.
- Make it Low-FODMAP by omitting the onions and garlic.
- Make it AIP by omitting the tomatoes.
Let this be your base camp to all the skillets!
And since we’re on the topic…
You can 3000% use ground beef or chicken instead of turkey.
Go forth and skillet to your heart’s desire.
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Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet
Heat the avocado oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to sweat, about 3 minutes. Add the sweet potato, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove cover, scoot potatoes to the side, add meat and seasoning. Brown on each side 2 minutes. Stir to mix sweet potato and turkey together. Add broth. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
Remove cover, cook 2 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes and chives and cook just until everything is warm. Serve and enjoy!