One pan dinner

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a terrific week and have something fun planned for the weekend. The week seemed to fly by, thanks to (still) trying to figure out my new job, being out of town for a day, and learning my new release choreography for next week.

As usual, the weekend is going to be busy with plenty of time at the gym. Kyle and I will train on Saturday & Sunday morning, and I’ve also got the instructor team practice tomorrow, which will take up a couple hours of my afternoon. But, such a busy Saturday will definitely warrant a great dinner out that night!

Speaking of dinner, while I love to cook, I really haven’t done much “true” cooking. I don’t count our basic meal prep as cooking – it’s nothing fancy and isn’t creative. From time to time, I get the urge to make something a little more interesting and last  night I was home long enough to do so! As much as I love cooking, doing dishes is my absolute LEAST favorite chore (doing laundry is my favorite, in case you were wondering if anyone has a “favorite” chore), so a one-pan meal is pretty ideal. Added bonus, this didn’t even require a cutting board or knives! Seriously minimal dishes… and it was all done in about 20 minutes – how’s that for a perfect meal?

Meat, rice, and sauce all in one pan = ideal dinner!

Meat, rice, and sauce all in one pan = ideal dinner!

One Pan Turkey Fiesta

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or any ground meat of choice)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can whole corn kernels
  • chopped red onion
  • 1/2 can black eyed peas
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups rice
  • 250 mL chicken stock (or 1 small can)
  • Seasoning as desired (chili powder, cayenne, oregano, hot sauce were my choices)
  1. Spray a pan which has been warmed up on low heat.
  2. Cook ground meat with chopped onions and seasoning of choice.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until the rice is cooked (I used brown minute rice to speed up cooking).
  4. Note: depending on the type of rice you use, you may need to add more liquid, you can use water or more stock.
  5. Serve on a bed of lettuce. Can top with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, or avocado if desired. Added bonus – it’s also perfect to dip tortilla chips in!

It’s a great recipe for a weeknight when you’re short on time, or on the weekend to have a few lunches ready to go (this made at least 5 servings).  Enjoy!

Note to self - don't leave the wooden utensil leaning on the pan when your stove is gas... it'll burn and smell bad.  It's not the first time, and definitely won't be the last.

Note to self – don’t leave the wooden utensil leaning on the pan when your stove is gas… it’ll burn and smell bad. It’s not the first time, and definitely won’t be the last.

About Ashleigh

I'm passionate about health and fitness. I work as a Health Promotion Specialist, a group fitness instructor, and also a coach for physique competitors / weight loss clients. I grew up as a competitive athlete, and have continued with this passion as a Women's Physique competitor. Research and writing is another interest of mine, which I use to share my knowledge with the general public.
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