Sweet Potato & Ground Turkey Skillet - A Comfort Food That is Weight-Friendly!

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  • Oct 2, 2018

Just because you need to watch your weight or blood glucose doesn't mean potatoes are off the menu. Check out this deliciously simple dish that is filling yet is modest in calories and carbs.

Sweet Potato & Ground Turkey Skillet - A Comfort Food That is Weight-Friendly!

The fall season is finally here in Colorado and now I am thinking about warm and satisfying dinner meals that are easy to prepare and weight-friendly. I also want this meal to be kind to my blood glucose. Although I don't eat low carb, I do carb-control my meals, especially at dinner when I am most likely to be sedentary after eating. One of my favorite meals that fits the bill is Sweet Potato & Ground Turkey Skillet. This is one of the few potato dishes that is fairly modest in calories and carbs yet very filling given the high protein and veggie content. There are many recipes that you can find online for this basic comfort dish but here is one that I have modified that I think tastes great. I first started with Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet from Kitchen Primavera and then modified it to fit my taste buds.

KAI Sweet Potato & Ground Turkey Skillet
Yield = 4 servings

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb (16 oz) lean ground turkey
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups diced red sweet pepper
2 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cup diced sweet potato
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp Morton's Lite salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a cast iron skillet, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil along with chopped onion and sweet pepper to skillet then saute until onions are lightly browned.
  4. Add minced garlic, diced sweet potato, crushed red pepper flakes, lite salt, and ground black pepper.
  5. Cover skillet, lower heat, and cook until sweet potato is tender. Stir occasionally. If needed, add a little bit of water to help cook the sweet potato.
  6. When the sweet potato is tender, top with shredded mozzarella cheese and briefly put cover back on to melt the cheese on top.
  7. When cheese is melted, remove from heat, garnish with parsley, then serve.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

360 calories
19g total fat (5g saturated fat, 13g unsaturated fats)
21g total carbs (4g fiber)
27g protein
277mg sodium
High in niacin, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, and K.

Recipe Tips

- You can add more or less spice to flavor this dish the way you like it.
- The original recipe calls for red chili flakes instead of red pepper flakes, so try that if you want it spicier.
- The original recipe calls for extra lean ground turkey but I use lean ground turkey (93% lean) since I think the flavor is better. Using extra lean ground turkey will lower the saturated fat (6g to 3g), total fat (19g to 11g) and calories (360 calories to 311 calories) per serving.
- You can save cooking time by microwaving the diced sweet potato first before adding it to the skillet. I sometimes do this while I'm sautéing the ground turkey.
- I use Morton's Lite® salt since it is nearly half the sodium of regular salt yet tastes like real salt. If you can't find a lower sodium salt product, then just use about half the amount of regular salt if you need to limit sodium. Otherwise, use the same amount of regular salt.
- If you cook in a cast-iron skillet, the iron content will be higher even though it is not reflected in the nutritional analysis.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Diabetes->Carbs & Carb Counting Foods & Recipes->Chicken & Turkey
Katherine Isacks
Katherine Isacks, MPS, RDN, CDE - Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

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