Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ground Turkey & Broccoli with Orzo


If you tune in with any regularity, you know that we enjoy using Asian flavors in our cooking endeavors. With this recipe, we wanted to create something healthy, but put a twist on our usual go-to ingredients. We started with this recipe and put our own Amateur Foodies mark on it.

 Here's what you need:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 bag of frozen steamer broccoli
1 lb orzo
2 large cloves of garlic
1 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp red pepper flake
2 Tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt (for your pasta water)
4 quarts water
1/2 Tbsp-ish black sesame seeds
A few shakes of low sodium soy sauce

Here's what you do:
Mince  the garlic.

Start your pasta water boiling. You want 4 quarts for every pound of orzo.

Drizzle the olive oil in a 12" skillet and heat over medium high heat. Break the ground turkey up with a wooden spoon or mix 'n chop.

Add the fennel and red pepper.

 And, add the garlic.

Let that brown completely, then add the broccoli.

At some point during the above, your water should start boiling. Salt the water and drop the orzo into the pot. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

Let the turkey and broccoli mixture simmer while your orzo cooks. Add the sesame seeds as well.

Once your orzo is cooked to al dente, drain the pasta and return to the same pot.

Scoop in the turkey and broccoli. Stir to combine everything.

Finish off with a few dashes of low-sodium soy sauce.


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