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Ground Turkey Bowl Recipe with Coriander Lime Sauce

May 21, 2024 | Recipes | 0 comments

Ground Turkey Bowl Recipe

This ground turkey bowl recipe with coriander lime sauce is the best meal prep dinner. Healthy, easy and family friendly.

Ground turkey is such a weeknight staple. It's healthy, versatile and cooks quickly. But I know as well as anyone that it's easy to get stuck in a rut. Ground turkey doesn't have to be boring! With tasty toppings and the BEST coriander lime sauce, this ground turkey bowl recipe is the answer to your weeknight dinner woes.

If you meal prep, you can make the coriander lime sauce ahead of time. This allows the flavors to develop and makes dinnertime super easy when you're ready to serve the dish. You can also chop your cauliflower ahead of time if you chose a whole cauliflower, versus florets. If you like, you can cook the rice ahead of time, though I usually do this on the night I'm serving the meal.

That's all you need to do for meal prep!

On Dish Day, as we call it here at Prep Dish, you'll toss your cauliflower with olive oil and salt before roasting. You can cook the turkey and either cook or reheat the rice while the cauliflower roasts. Then all you have to do is assemble the bowls and you're ready for a truly delicious meal.

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Ground Turkey Bowl Recipe with Coriander Lime Sauce


Coriander Lime Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or, sub mayo
  • 1/4 cup avocado mayo
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 red onion

Ground Turkey Bowls

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 28 oz cauliflower florets
  • 2 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 # ground turkey
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • S&P


Coriander Lime Sauce

  • In a medium container combine: 1/4c Greek yogurt, 1/4c avocado mayo (if dairy free use 1/2c mayo), 1/2tsp ground coriander, 1/4tsp salt, 1/8tsp pepper, zest of 1/2 lime, juice of 1 lime & ~3T chopped red onion. Store in fridge.

Ground Turkey Bowls

  • Add 1 cup rinsed rice and 2 cups water to a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and turn heat to low. Simmer ~20 mins or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Chop cilantro
  • Toss cauliflower florets w/ 1T olive oil & sprinkle w/ salt. Place on a sheet pan & cook at 400F for ~25 mins. Turn halfway through cook time.
  • Heat 1T olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add ground turkey, 1/2tsp salt & 1/4tsp pepper.
  • Cook turkey, breaking up meat, until cooked through.
  • Build bowls: rice, ground turkey, cauliflower, cori-lime sauce & chopped cilantro.

How to Meal Prep Ground Turkey Rice Bowls

These ground turkey rice bowls are perfect for meal prep. If you like, you can cook the rice ahead of time, or, if you prefer, cook the rice on the night you're serving the meal. I love my rice cooker for this!

Next, you'll chop the red onion, make the coriander lime sauce and store it in the fridge. That's really all there is to it!

With the sauce made ahead of time, all you have to do on Dish Day is cook the ground turkey, cook or reheat the rice, and assemble the bowls. So easy and so good!

What's the nutrition like for this ground turkey bowl recipe?

These simple bowls pack quite a punch, nutritionally speaking. They're also easy to adapt to your personal nutritional needs and preferences.

Don't eat grains? Choose cauli rice instead. Don't eat dairy? Use the all-mayo version of the coriander lime sauce instead of yogurt. You can also easily mix up the veggies! Roasted carrots or sweet potatoes would be delicious here as well.

Here's a peek at the nutritional highlights of this tasty, healthy dinner:

Yogurt (Protein, Probiotics)

High in protein and nutrients, yogurt is fermented and some yogurt contains probiotics, which are highly beneficial to gut health. Since a lot of yogurt is pasteurized, which can kill probiotics, you'll need to check the label if you're looking for yogurt with probiotics. Like other dairy, yogurt is often fortified with vitamin D which, coupled with its calcium, supports bone health.

Avocado Mayo (Oleic Acid, Lutein, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Antioxidants)

This recipe calls for avocado mayo, the main ingredient of which is avocado oil. Avocado oil provides substantial amounts of oleic acid, a quite healthy type of fatty acid believed to be very good for your heart. In addition, avocado oil's Vitamin A and Vitamin E make it good for your skin. Its lutein content supports good eye health. Finally, extracts from avocado oil may help combat arthritis.

Lime (Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6)

The combination of vitamin C and antioxidants make limes great for your immune system. Vitamin C is also highly beneficial for your skin, with anti-aging effects. Limes are also good for your heart, beneficial for preventing kidney stones and may even help prevent certain types of cancer.

Red Onion (Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Antioxidants, Folate, Potassium)

Onions in general are super healthy as they're full of antioxidants, B vitamins and potassium. Red onions in particular contain anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid believed to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Turkey (B Vitamins, Selenium, Zinc)

In addition to being a low fat source of protein, turkey contains significant amounts of B vitamins, selenium and zinc.

Cilantro (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium, Manganese)

Cilantro supports the health of your brain, possibly reducing the risk of Parkinsons and Alztheimers disease as well as anxiety. In addition, one of cilantro's biggest benefits is its prevention of blood sugar spikes. Finally, cilantro has antimicrobial elements and thus may help prevent food poisoning. It's worth noting that many studies on cilantro use cilantro extract, rather than the leaves.

Cauliflower (Vitamin C, Vitamin K, B Vitamins, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium)

Containing tons of vitamins and nutrients, cauliflower is a great choice to regularly include in your diet. It's particularly high in vitamin C, fiber and certain antioxidants that may slow the growth of cancer. Cauliflower is also high in choline, which is important for brain health.

How else can I use coriander lime sauce?

This coriander lime sauce is so good, you're going to want to put it on everything! And, fortunately, it's pretty versatile. Here are a few ideas on other ways to enjoy coriander lime sauce:

  • Drizzle over roasted sweet potatoes
  • Use on any sort of quinoa bowl
  • Enjoy as a veggie dip
  • Use coriander lime sauce as a creamy salad dressing
  • Drizzle over grilled chicken

I hope you love this sauce as much as I do!

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FAQ – Everything You Need to Know about this Ground Turkey Bowl Recipe

How long does ground turkey last for meal prep?

Like most proteins, ground turkey lasts for about 3-4 days in the fridge once cooked.

What can I add to ground turkey for flavor?

To add flavor to ground turkey, you can keep it simple with salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Or, to take it to the next level, try my coriander lime sauce included above!

Is ground turkey healthier than ground beef?

Whether ground beef or ground turkey is healthier depends on your individual health goals. Turkey is lower in saturated fat. On the other hand, if you choose grass fed ground beef, it's high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Studies show that eating foods with CLA may help reduce risk for various diseases and potentially help with fat loss.

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