10 Times Ground Turkey Saved Dinner

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Leaner than and often the same price (and sometimes even less expensive) as ground beef, ground turkey is the versatile staple that makes getting a filling dinner on the table easier. We love to keep it stashed in the freezer to give dinner a quick and easy protein-packed boost. From slow-cooked sloppy joes and hearty bolognese, to juicy burgers and a protein-packed taco salad, we’re sharing 10 ways ground turkey can help you answer the question of what’s for dinner.

Tips for Cooking with Ground Turkey

Remember that fat equals flavor. And since ground turkey is more lean than its ground beef counterpart, it can require a little more TLC to harness the big flavor you’re after. Here are a few tips to help you out along the way (and what to avoid).

Quick Turkey Meatballs Over Greens(Image credit: Faith Durand)

Cooked on the Stovetop

Ground meat in any form can help you make dinner fast, and turkey is no exception. Turn it into a hearty sauce for pasta, serve it as as taco salad, or make a quick batch of meatballs to serve with wilted greens. Stovetop cooking is meant to be fast, and ground turkey can help.

Made into Meatloaf

Have a few minutes to spare for some prep? Make meatloaf! You can go with a classic version or make kid-friendly muffins you can warm up at a moment’s notice. Make it a meal with side of mashed potatoes, or go lighter with a dressed green salad.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes(Image credit: Diana Yen)

Cooked in the Slow Cooker

Need a little help getting dinner on the table? Let your slow cooker do some of the heavy lifting. Turn ground turkey into the saucy sloppy joes of your childhood, or make a hearty chili that gets better the next day.