Spicy Thai Basil Recipe
March 8, 2017 16 Comments
This spicy Thai basil recipe features ground turkey and it is super fast.
Before we go any further, I am aware that many of you do not have access to Thai basil. I am lucky and have an Asian market about a 5 minute drive from my house. Don’t worry – you can do this with regular fresh basil and it will still be great.
This recipe is from my pal Kristen’s Slender Kitchen Meal Plans and it was a HUGE hit when I served it.
It also became one of my personal favorites because it is so easy and will work on the crazy weeknights we have around here. All I can tell you is thank god for Google calendar because between band, soccer, basketball, and trumpet – we are busy.
The recipe takes 15 minutes from start to finish and has very little chopping. You simply brown the turkey with the onion, add the garlic and ginger, and the rest of the seasonings. DONE.
This is the kind of recipe that I like because it substitutes white meat turkey for pork. If you use turkey, you get a much lower fat alternative that is still delicious.
One of the reasons that I love Slender Kitchen Meal Plans is that it introduces me to new things. Also, if you are Weight Watchers member – this recipe is only 5 SmartPoints (probably because it is so high in protein).
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Have you used Thai basil before? What do you think?
Spicy Thai Basil Ground Turkey Recipe
reprinted with permission from Slender Kitchen
Makes 4 Servings
1 1/3 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
½ onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
2 teaspoons Asian garlic chili paste (like sambal oelek)
½ cup Thai basil
1 lime, juice only
Add the turkey and onion to a hot nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Brown and break up the larger chunks as you go until no longer pink. Add in the garlic and ginger. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
Add the soy sauce, chili paste, and basil. Cook for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Taste and season as needed with additional soy or chili sauce. Squeeze lime juice over top.
For one serving = 253 calories, 13 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 6 g carbohydrates, 2 g sugar, 30 g protein, 1 g fiber, 478 mg sodium, 5 SmartPts
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