This dish was inspired by a recipe that I found online quite awhile ago and ended up deviating from and subsequently forgetting the original inspiration. But that is the nature of Chefing Around and part of my cooking philosophy. To take inspiration from dishes that I read about or try and then create my own version. It might be healthier, made with improved technique, or just spiced up a little but sometimes I just take an idea and run with it and that is what ended up happening with this Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet recipe.
I have made this dish countless times now and what I have ended up with is a simple, healthy, easy and delicious four serving dinner all cooked in one skillet. Since this dish is made completely from scratch, there is some prep involved but eating vegetables is always worth the work! Don’t worry, it really isn’t a lot, it’s just sweet potatoes, onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
Heather and I like to do this prep work together and that speeds up the whole process greatly. I’m so glad that I taught her how to prep so she can help me. It has since become a regular, almost weekly, routine for us to prep large amounts of vegetables together on the weekend to speed up the work week meals. We also do things like hard-boil eggs for later use and sometimes simple prep ahead meals and I often make dinner for that night or do most of the prep for it at the same time.
I also experimented with many different spice combinations even with the same vegetables and most of them were amazing but the one I ended up with is healthy and really pulls the dish together. It is simple, only Turmeric, Sage, Paprika, Salt and Pepper.
Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet Dinner
1 lb Ground Turkey
1/2 Onion diced
1 Bell Pepper diced
2-3 Sweet Potatoes diced(depends on size)
1 1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Sage dried
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or other oil such as avocado
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
White Whine, for deglazing
Heat oil over medium heat in your skillet. Add sweet potatoes and cook until starting to brown. Then add onion and bell pepper and cook until onion is translucent. Remove the skillet from heat and move the vegetables to a bowl temporarily.Now add your ground turkey to the skillet and cook until done. Drain and then add vegetables back to the skillet along with the garlic and spices. Turn heat up to medium-high and stir until spices are evenly distributed. Add a small amount of white whine to the pan and scrape the bottom to deglaze.
Then top with the shredded mozzarella cheese and move skillet to oven to broil for a couple minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.