Ground Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Onions with Dried Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts

Ground Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Onions with Dried Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts (Serves 1)

One of my favorite breakfasts is a stir-fry of onions, ground turkey, and baked sweet potatoes. Chopping and cooking the onions takes about 5 minutes. Browning ground turkey takes about 5 minutes. Baking a sweet potato takes me 90 minutes, but I usually have one ready to go in the refrigerator, so I just skin it and add it to the mix, which takes about 1 minute. The tartness of dried cranberries and the fat of macadamia nuts are a nice complement to the dish, so I add them on top after the cooking is done. I’ve been making this for breakfast every week or so for the past few months and am only now getting around to sharing it with you. I think you would really like it.

Prep and cook time: 15-20 minutes


Coconut oil
1 medium sweet yellow onion – chopped
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 baked sweet potato (see recipe below)
Red chili powder (optional)
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Dried cranberries
Macadamia nuts

Directions: Melt 1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat in a wok. Add chopped onion and let cook 4 to 5 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, black pepper, and red chili powder (if you like heat). Remove skin from baked sweet potato and add to wok. Use a wooden spatula to break the sweet potato into small pieces and stir in with ground turkey and onions. Cover and let everything heat through for 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Transfer to a plate. Add a handful of dried cranberries and a handful of macadamia nuts. Enjoy!

Note: Grocery stores sell ground turkey that is 6/7 percent fat or 1 percent fat. I always buy the 6/7 percent fat variety because our bodies need fat to absorb vitamins and minerals and as a source of energy.

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6 Responses to “Ground Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Onions with Dried Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts”

  1. Tom, that really looks and sounds good.
    I would never have thought to put dried cranberries on top.

    • Tom Denham says:

      Once I started putting dried cranberries on one thing, lots of other things seem to call for a bit of sweet tartness too.

  2. Recipe looks good Tom, and nice alternative to eggs for brekkie. My experience with dried cranberries is that there always soaked in vegetable/sunflower oil, which is not allowed on Paleo – have you found an alternative?

    • Tom Denham says:

      Sunflower oil is high in omega 6 fats, polyunsaturated fats, and may break down in bad ways when exposed to high temperatures (despite its high smoke point). I would like to avoid sunflower oil altogether, but can accept the small amounts I am getting with my dried cranberries in the context of my overall diet.

  3. Michelle says:

    I am having a hard time finding dried cranberries that are not sweetened.

    • Tom Denham says:

      Whole Foods carries dried cranberries infused with apple juice as a sweetener. WF also sells dried cranberries that are full of sugar too. The apple juice ones are darker and the sugar ones are redder.


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