Polenta Turkey Casserole

Adapted from The Whole Journey

Ingredients

2     cups (350 g) of polenta (coarse cornmeal) or use prepared polenta, if short on time
1      24-ounce (700 ml)  of chicken stock or broth plus 3 cups filtered water (or 1.4L water) 
3      tablespoons oregano, minced
1      teaspoon thyme, minced
2      teaspoons sea salt
1½   pounds (680 g)  ground turkey
1      yellow onion, chopped
2      tablespoons grapeseed, olive or avocado oil
4      cloves garlic, minced
1      jar marinara
2     tablespoons parmesan, grated

In a large pot, bring broth and water to a boil. Slowly add polenta, stir, and reduce to low heat. Continue to stir until thick. Add fresh herbs and sea salt. Set aside. 

Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C)  Sauté turkey and onions in oil and cook for five minutes; add garlic. Continue to sauté until meat is golden brown. Spread the turkey mixture in the bottom of a 9x13-inch (33x23 c) glass casserole dish. Spread marinara over the turkey, then layer the cooked polenta. Sprinkle parmesan on top along with more fresh herbs, if desired. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.

I prefer additional marinara, heated and served as an additional sauce.

Turkey Vegetable Soup with Rice

Adapted from Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2  chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Qt (1 liter) chicken or turkey stock
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1/2 cup  (75 g) frozen peas
  • 1 cup rice (200 g) - I use a wild and brown rice blend
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (250 g) shredded or cubed cooked turkey 
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • Fresh cilantro,  optional

Warm the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion,  carrots, celery and bell pepper and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Add the broth, tomatoes, peas, rice and seasonings.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. 

Cook for 30-40 minutes, as directed by the rice.  Stir in the turkey and continue to cook until heated through.  Delicious with a splash of hot pepper sauce and cilantro.