Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Turkey Sweet Potato Stew

Hello again. I have for you a fabulous recipe perfect for this chilly weather. Its a simple, healthy stew that you make in your crock pot! I adapted this recipe I found from Kalyn's Kitchen very slightly, because I just thought it was so delicious. It is the perfect meal for November being that it includes two classic Thanksgiving flavors, turkey and sweet potatoes, but it also incorporates new flavors, such as soy sauce and a sweet but spicy tang. It is also South Beach Diet Phase Two friendly! The Hubs and I really loved this dish and I will be making it again for sure.

Sweet And Spicy Turkey Sweet Potato Coconut Milk Stew


  •  1-1 1/4 pounds of ground turkey, about 5%-10% lean
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons of minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth, plus 3 cups for rice
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, Splenda, or Steva
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (or just add 2 additional tablespoons of Splenda or Stevia)
  • 3 tablespoons of Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 can of light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups short grain brown rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • cooking spray  



 Rinse your rice and soak it in 3 cups of chicken broth for at least two hours in a dutch oven or a thick bottomed pot. After soaking, add a bit of salt and heat the rice and broth mixture over medium heat until it starts to boil. Once the broth and rice is boiling, turn your heat on to a low simmer and cover your rice. Cook for about an hour, or until rice is fluffy and a bit sticky. 

While your rice is soaking, spray your crock pot with non stick spray. Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey meat to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and break up the meat as you brown it (should take about seven minutes). Add the browned turkey meat to your crock pot. Put the remaining tablespoon of oil into your pan and add the chopped opinion. Cook the onion until it is lightly caramelized and soft. Add the onion to the crock pot. Also add the chopped sweet potatoes to the crock pot.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, the remaining chicken broth, Chili Garlic sauce, Sriracha, brown sugar, and sugar or sweetener of your choice. Pour over the meat, onions, and potatoes in the crock pot. Turn your crock pot on low and cook for six hours (or on high for 3).

After it has been cooked for a while, the sweet potatoes should start to break down, thickening the stew. Add the can of coconut milk and cook on low for another 30 minutes. Pour over rice and garnish with the chopped green onion. Serve and enjoy!


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