Weight Loss Foods – Two Tips to Stretch Ground Turkey

By Kimberly Taylor

Okay, so I know that is a weird title, but it just came into my mind as I was preparing some dishes to freeze for the coming week. I often will buy a package of ground turkey or beef to prepare spaghetti or chili but I’ve learned that I can use one 1-pound package to fix both dishes instead of two.

Here’s how: I brown the meat, drain the fat, rinse the meat with hot water and drain it again. Then I split the meat in half.

For the spaghetti, I will use one half of the meat in the sauce, but I will also add a can or small jar of mushrooms for additional texture. I will also sometimes add extra onions, peppers, or can of tomatoes to bulk up the sauce. I have even been known to grate carrots very finely and add those too. It just adds a bit of sweetness to the sauce without tasting carrot-y.

For chili, I will use the other half of the meat mixture, but in that case, I will add either add a can a black beans to the chili or a small can of corn. Extra onions, peppers, or can of diced tomatoes work here too.

The principle is the same; instead of having to purchase two packages of meat, I only purchase one and use vegetables or beans to make up for the extra meat I normally would have put in the dish. So I end up not only saving money, but also saving on calories since the vegetables or beans would lower the calories and increase fiber in the dish.

Pretty sweet if I do say so myself!

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Kimberly Taylor

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Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds and have kept it off for over 18 years. Through the Take Back Your Temple Christian Weight Loss program, her goal is to inspire Christian women to live fit, healthy, and empowered in Christ.

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