Ground Turkey, Cabbage, and Onions with Walnuts

Ground Turkey, Cabbage, and Onions with Walnuts (Serves 1)

A one pound pack of ground turkey can be divided to make two quick, one-serving meals. To keep my time-to-eat quick, I prepare cabbage and onions in advance by cutting a whole head of cabbage into bite-size strips and one or more onions into bite-size pieces. Both keep nicely in airtight containers in the refrigerator for a week. When you are ready to eat, you cook onion, turkey, and cabbage with spices, add a few walnut pieces and your meal is done. This meal works for me at breakfast, lunch, or supper.

Prep and cook time: 15-25 minutes


1/2 pound ground turkey
1 medium sweet yellow onion – chopped
1 green cabbage – sliced
Walnut pieces
Coconut oil
Red chili powder (optional)
Garlic powder
Black pepper

Directions: Melt 1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat in a wok. Add one handful of chopped onion and let cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ground turkey and, using a wooden spatula, break into small pieces and cook 5 to 7 minutes until the pink is mostly gone. Season with a dusting of salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add several handfuls of sliced cabbage. Season with a dusting of salt and garlic powder. Add a dusting of red chili powder if you like heat. Stir meat and veggies together. Throw a handful of walnut pieces on top. Cover and let cook 5 to 7 minutes until the cabbage is as soft as you like. Transfer to a plate or bowl and enjoy!

Notes: Grocery stores sell ground turkey that is 6 percent fat or 1 percent fat. I always buy the 6 percent fat variety because our bodies need fat to absorb vitamins and minerals and as a source of energy. I add walnut pieces to this meal in order to boost the fat content because 6 percent of the meat and a little coconut oil is not enough fat to make a meal really satisfying. Fat is not the enemy. I lost 30 pounds eating meals like this when I needed to lose weight.

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4 Responses to “Ground Turkey, Cabbage, and Onions with Walnuts”

  1. WOW — This dish was amazing. I absolutely loved it. I guess the sweet vidalia onion made it kind of sweet and the chili powder gave it extra zing. It was not spicy and was just right. I wanted to lick my plate. I did forget to add the walnuts at the end so I’ll have to make it again.

  2. Well another absolutely delish and yummy dish. I did adapt it just a little to get rid of some veggies left in the fridge. I added some Brussel sprouts some green beans and some baby spinach. No matter what I used this did not disappoint. Thanks Tom. My co workers are lining up each day to see what delight I have for lunch

  3. Made this dish today. It is crazy good!!! Thank you for the recipe, its a keeper.

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