Turkey Taco Bowls
School is quickly approaching here in Minnesota (a little over a week left of summer). It’s going to be a big year for us - my oldest son, Jack, is going to kindergarten this year. I’ll be honest, I’m going to be a wreck. I quit teaching high school chemistry and became a stay at home mom when Jack was born (that was six years ago, so it’s going to be a BIG transition for all of us). I’m going to miss my buddy a ton during the day but I am SO excited for him to start kindergarten - he is going to rock it!
With this big change in mind, I’m anticipating our evenings being a bit chaotic. So, I’ve been putting together some recipes that I can prepare ahead of time and then throw together when dinner rolls around.
This Turkey Taco Bowl recipe is very customizable - perfect for kids! When I make this recipe, I keep all the toppings separate so everyone can make their bowl how they want it. When I give my boys the option to assemble their own dinner, they always pick (and eat!) more vegetables than they would if I made it for them. Not sure if this happens to be a coincidence, but hey, I’ll take it!
If you are really in a rush for dinner, there are several shortcuts that you can take to even further expedite the meal preparation. In lieu of making your own salsa, you can always buy salsa from the store (with that being said - homemade salsa is waaaaayyy better than store bought BUT it’s a good substitution if you are in a hurry)! In addition, you could skip making the taco seasoning and buy a pre-made one (BUT - I bet you can guess what I am going to say here - homemade always tastes better)!! I often make a bigger batch of the taco seasoning and then just store it in a Ziploc bag so it is ready to go whenever I want to use it.
This recipe is also perfect for meal prep for the week. You can pre-assemble the Turkey Taco Bowls in these reusable containers and then just grab one on your way out the door, or have it on hand at home when you don’t have time to make lunch. Hopefully this healthy and filling recipe can make your back-to-school dinners (and lunches!) a little less hectic.
Turkey Taco Bowls
6 servings of Taco Bowls
Taco Seasoning (makes about 2 Tbsp)
2 tsp mild chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp olive oil
2 cups brown rice, cooked
1 cup roasted corn*
1 cup pico de gallo (see recipe below)
cilantro, for serving
lime wedges, for serving
Pico de Gallo
3 large tomatoes, diced and seeds removed
1/4 cup white onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp jalapeno, diced**
juice of 1/2 a lime
1/4 tsp salt
Combine all the ingredients for the taco seasoning into a bowl and stir to combine.
Heat a pan to medium heat with the olive oil. Place the ground turkey in the pan and sprinkle it with the 2 Tbsp of taco seasoning you made earlier. Stir the seasoning into the turkey to make sure it is combined. Cook the ground turkey until it is no longer pink.
While the turkey is cooking, make the rice according to the package directions.***
Cut up the ingredients for the pico de gallo and stir to combine.
When everything is done cooking, assemble the bowls!****
*I buy frozen roasted sweet corn that’s all ready to go. If you like roasting your own corn, by all means please do (I will be very impressed), but that isn’t really my forte so I just buy it! Also, if you can’t find roasted corn, you can just substitute regular sweet corn (I just think the roasted corn gives the turkey taco bowl a nice flavor).
**Remember, we only like “MN spicy”, so feel free to add more jalapeño to suit the spiciness level that you prefer.
***Substitute chicken broth for water for more flavorful rice.
****You can assemble the bowls however you would like, but I prefer to put the rice on the bottom and all of the other ingredients on top.
TIPS FOR INVOLVING KIDS
Let them measure all of the ingredients for the taco seasoning (it may take a bit longer than if you were to do it but they find it so fun)!!
Have your kids assemble their own bowls - you never know, they might try something new since they are in charge!
Let your kids help you cut up the ingredients for the pico de gallo with these knives.