May 31, 2011

Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas



Spring peas, ground turkey, cumin, cilantro and potatoes come together to create this quick comforting weeknight dish.

I'll be honest, I'm not the most organized person when it comes to meal planning; I shop without a list and don't always have a plan for what I buy. I'm pretty good at winging it and I love when my creations are successful. We served this over rice and they portions were extremely generous. A huge hit with everyone in my house ranging from ages one to adult.


Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 5 • Size: about 1 cup • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 209.2 • Fat: 6.9 g • Carb: 17.3 g • Fiber: 3.5 g • Protein: 21 g • Sugar: 1.4
Sodium: 331.4 (without salt)

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 20 oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • 4 medium scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, or to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions:

In a mini food processor or you can chop by hand finely chop tomato, garlic and cilantro. 

In a large skillet, brown turkey and season with salt and cumin to taste. 


When meat is browned and cooked through add scallions, chopped tomato mixture, peas, potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, salt and bay leaf.



Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed. Remove bay leaf and serve over rice.


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104 comments :

  1. Looks pretty tasty. We might have to try it with another vegetable as my wife doesn't like peas, but she does love potato!

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  2. Oh, that looks so flavorful! Yum!

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  3. I don't like peas but you really don't taste them as all the flavors meld together. Perhaps carrots instead?

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  4. I was just trying to think up some ideas for the turkey I'm defrosting for dinner when your recipe came up on my FB feed. I have all of the other ingredients so this is perfect! Can't wait to try it out :)

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  5. Does this include points for the rice? Or just for the meat mixture? :)

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  6. this is SO my type of a dish. Love meat/potato/pea combo. And then you also add tomatoes ;)

    PS I'm completely unorganized also

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  7. Is there a typo on the number of potatoes? One is listed but in all the pictures it appears to be more than one potato or that is one GIANT potato. Love your recipes!!

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  8. That sounds amazing! I love the addition of the cumin with the cilantro. A bit fresh with a bit smokey. Yum!

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  9. Rachel Clark5/31/11, 5:17 PM

    making this right now. Can't wait to eat! Thanks for all of your hard work and wonderful recipes!!!

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  10. This dish was created on the fly with ingredients I had ion hand as well!

    Rice is extra points, and that was only one russet potato cut small. Maybe it looks larger in the image.

    Olga, I love an Indian dish with that combo so I knew this would work :)

    Let me know how it turns out!

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  11. it's like Picadillo, is it okay if I will include other ingredient such as moringa leaf? Hope it doesn't affect the taste.

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  12. If you only have red potatoes on hand how many would you add? And would the points differ? Thanks

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  13. nice!!! I would wrap that in a Tortilla or a Nan.
    and of course I will added green chilly (jalapeno)..lol

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  14. Looks fantastic! I was popping peas out of there shells for another recipe earlier today... I'll have to add this one in next. I love on the fly cooking with things on hand. Saves money and forces you to get creative!

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  15. this looks beautiful and delicious! Think I will make this one tomorrow night. Making the tuna salad right now :)

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  16. Raquel, I'm not familiar with a moringa leaf.

    2 small red potatoes should be equal for the same points.

    Rog Dog- Now that would be a great idea! I miss my kati roll!

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  17. Oh! I just found tonight's dinner! Looks great!

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  18. Hi Gina, I just want to say that this reminds me of a dish my mother makes for me that I love, it's an Indian dish called keema. No potatoes in it, but I love potatoes, so I like your version a lot. I think the Indian dish probably also adds chili powder, ginger, and coriander, so maybe you'd be interested in trying the variation. I can't wait to try your way.

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  19. Swati - I love Keema. I think that is where the inspiration came from when I was making this. I actually have a lamb keema on my site but I'll have to make it with turkey next.

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    1. Hi Gina, I have actually made your Keema recipe with about every kind of ground meat you can imagine! My favorite is 97% turkey (even more than lamb).

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  20. I have been following your site for a while but have never commented. I just wanted to say I LOVE your recipes! Please keep them coming!

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  21. this will definitely be added to the lists of recipes of "must make" dinners. By the way, I just made your chocolate chip cloud cookies. All I can say is amazingly, super delicious! I've only made 2 of your recipes, but I haven't been disapointed yet. Keep doing what you do and please don't ever stop! I'm constantly checking for your next post.
    -Samantha in Michigan.

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  22. Made this tonight. It was soooo yummy! I may just add a jalapeno to the tomato/garlic/cilantro mixture for spice. Thanks Gina!

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  23. Looks absolutely yummy! I would have thought of a turkey curry!!!! Its going to be on my must try list now!!!Thank you

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  24. This looks great! Protein packed too!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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  25. I've made keema very similar to this with curry powder and garam masala. So easy & delicious -- I need to try this version, too!

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  26. I have some ground turkey in my fridge to use, and your e-mail arrived at just the right time! Thanks!!!

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  27. DELISH!

    Only change I make to this recipe is to add 1/2tsp each of dried crushed oregano and smoked paprika.

    I also added 1/2 chopped bell pepper, 1 chopped carrot, 1/2 chopped chayote, and 1 chopped celery stalk all at the end because I like my veggies to have a crunch.

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  28. Lovely recipe! Turkey is hard to come by here so I will try making it with chicken :)

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  29. Gina - it would be tremendously helpful if you would include the weight of the potato you use (in all your recipes including potato!). You have so many recipes that call for potato, and they can vary so much in size and weight. Can you please give at least an approximate weight so we can get an accurate points count? I'm sure I'm not the only one who would appreciate it! Thanks! I love your blog - I have made so many recipes and there hasn't been a dud among them.

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  30. This looks so yummy! I might have to change my dinner plans for this evening...

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  31. As always looks wonderful and comforting! Will try ASAP!

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  32. this might be a silly question, so i apologize..but do you not drain the fat from the ground turkey? thanks! I love your recipes and i can't wait to make this one!

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  33. I'm sure jalapeño would be nice or even a red bell pepper.

    Keema was my inspiration but to get the kids to eat, went with what I know will work. And that's Latin!!

    I'll keep that in mind to weight the potatoes in the future, it was about 8 oz peeled.

    Just Jenny, no there was no fat, the pan was dry. If it was beef, I would certainly drain it.

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  34. Followed the recipe, except used Vidalia onion in place of the green onion since I have a 10lb bag of them I'm trying to use up. My husband RAVED about this dish! It's going in the rotation. Thanks so much.

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  35. Very delicious! Added red pepper flake and chipotle hot sauce to spice it up a bit for the husband. Cilantro was fresh from my herb pots. Had the creamy grape dessert for a snack after dinner too. SO SO good! Thank you!!

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  36. simple but delicious! this was a hit at my house!

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  37. Making this tonight! Really looking forward to it. Found fresh peas at Trader Joe's today...

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  38. At last, I can comment, I have tried 4 times today on your post. Think I fixed it hope you get this. yvonne

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  39. Just made this for dinner tonight! Came out great!! I didnt have a fresh tomato so I sub'd 1/2 can rotel w/ habaneros... which added some perfect heat! Oh and also vidalia onion instead of scallions. I will def. be making this again! :)

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  40. This is my first visit to your site. I've seen it recommended by many of my FB friends! Your recipes look great, and I think I'll be making this one for tomorrow's dinner.

    A quick question though -- what kind of tomato "sauce" do you use here?

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  41. Hi Jenn - A small can such as delmonte, it says tomato sauce on the label.

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  42. Hi, after I put the ground turkey and browned it. I added some shredded carrot and then put the rest in the crock pot with the potatoes and tomato sauce. Instead of adding diced tomatoes , I found diced fired ( grilled ) canned ones no extra additives...YUMMY! My daughter just came out and said'Supper smells awesome!"! It's so nice to cook food everyone will eat and it also stays in my points system! Thank you, Jenn from Canada

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  43. This was so good, reminded my husband and I of a shepherd's pie, almost.

    I think this might also be good with some corn and we discussed between us the possibility of adding some sandwich thins and making it like a sloppy joe next time.

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  44. Looks delicious but 1 potato seems incredibly small amount between 5 people!!! I'd probably still be starving :(

    Kate

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  45. Kate, this is extremely filling with rice, give it a try and then leave a comment and tell me what you think. If you prefer not to have trice, then add another potato.

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  46. Hi Gina

    Sorry - I didn't realise there was rice!!! Will definitely try it and come back to you :) Thanks for the response.

    Kate

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  47. It is clear to see why this dish was a huge hit. This dish looks absolutely mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Kate, just making sure I'm clear, I served it over 1/2 cup rice but the rice is not included in the points so you would have to add extra for that.

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  49. I just chopped the tomato, garlic, cilantro by hand and it worked just fine. I loved this recipe last night! My husband wanted it to be a little spicier which is easily done. Another yummy, easy dinner. :)

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  50. I made this tonight and it was fantastic! I enjoy Indian food immensely but it didn't dawn on me when I was planning to make this that it would have flavors reminiscent of that cuisine. I was super excited when I smelled everything simmering away and could not wait to have dinner! My husband kept yelling from the other room that it smelled awesome and finished an entire plate :) He said it probably would be great too with cut up pieces of chicken like cubes and maybe I'll try that next time! Thanks for another winner. You make staying on plan so much easier with your recipes. We've made many delicious dishes from your site and I cannot thank you enough!

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  51. This is delicious and very versatile! I browned the meat and then plopped everything in the crockpot on low for several hours. Modifications: I added some leftover chopped red bell pepper, added extra cumin, and added about 1 tsp of garam masala. We served it over rice and topped it with extra cilantro and sriachi... also to make it creamy- sour cream, Greek yogurt, or even cottage cheese! Yesterday when we had leftovers, my husband thought it would make a tasty filling for a meat pie/turnover. Thanks, Gina!!!

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  52. You can really have fun with this recipe, I bet it would be great as a meat pie!

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  53. maybe a silly question but:

    do you cook the potato (boil or microwave) before cutting it into pieces and throwing it on the skillet?

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  54. super easy to make and it tastes amazing!

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  55. No, I cut it small and add it raw, because of the liquid it cooks with the meat if you keep it covered.

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  56. Ok...I LOVED this! My can opener was broken, so I added a jar of Indian Simmer Sauce instead which basically just added heat (with a lean to indian flavor) instead of just plain tomatoes...and I found it to be SUPER flavorful! My hubby wasn't so sure about the potato...but, that was one of my favorite parts! Nice job!

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  57. Hey Ginny, love all of ur receipes-I needed a little help with what to cook everyday. I just joined WW and ur site came just in time. Each day is something new-it is now 9:51 p.m. here in the Bahamas and could u imagine having a meal wit only 5 points-I love it and love u!

    I have already lost five lbs-keep those receipes coming to my e-mail addy.

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  58. Sequinned Lobster, I have some of that sauce I've yet to try, great idea!

    brendalee- Great!!

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  59. Gina, I just bought some dried cilantro, how much should I use instead of fresh, thanks.

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  60. I plan on using frozen peas. Will probably add them within the last 10 min. or so. Hopefully it works. I LOVE your recipes and hopefully this will be no exception. My husband hates tomatoes so I won't even tell him there in this. They are so pureed I doubt he will notice.

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  61. Hates tomatoes, I didn't think that was possible!

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  62. Made this tonight Gina and it got 4 thumbs up from this family. So yummy! Had fresh cilantro and tomatoes from the garden. Subbed cauliflower for the potato as I had some and it needed to be used. Also added red bell pepper that needed use as well and the whole things was so delish!! Thanks for your fabulous recipes! Everything I've tried off your site is wonderful!

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  63. Aaaaaaaaahhhhhmaaazing! Dumped in a container of mushrooms that I had to use up, and added curry powder. Incredible--so filling and delicious, and husband-approved, too.

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  64. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up! I came home today to find I left the freezer door cracked and was left with thawed peas, ground turkey and a container of tomato sauce. Assuming the sauce and peas were dunzo, I hopped on here to get some ideas for how to use the ground turkey.
    Imagine my surprise and delight when I came accross this recipe and was able to use all my random, thawed ingredients!! Most importantly, it's DELICIOUS! You're a genius and a lifesaver!

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  65. Jen Lepley-Callan9/15/11, 10:33 AM

    Second time making this. Love it. Best part is I normally have all the ingredients on hand anyways! :o) Great in a tortilla the next day too! That's how my son eats it.

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  66. Hi Gina -

    I love all of your recipes - I've tried several in the last few weeks and all of them were delicious!

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I made this with sweet potatoes and it was SO good - I don't think I'd ever try it with white potatoes! Also - instead of dicing a tomato, I used some cilantro salsa that I had on hand and it worked out perfectly!

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  67. Diana, I'm SO glad you made that comment as I was just about to ask whether it would work with a sweet potato :D Yay!

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  68. Very good! Had it for dinner tonight! Will make this again :0)

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  69. Hi Gina, This is a fantastic simple dish but very delicious. Thank you for sharing this great recipe! We will definitely be making more of this for sure.

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  70. Hi Gina, Your site is amazing!!! I was wondering how do you think this would do in the crock pot?

    PS: I just made the Pumpkin Oatmeal Pecan cookies and my husband said it reminds him of something his late Grammy would have made...thanks so much!!!

    Jocelyn

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  71. I made this tonight for dinner and my boys loved it!! The flavour was fantastic, and a nice change from what we normally eat :) I didn't have fresh peas, and used a frozen mix of peas, carrots, corn and beans. I liked the variety of veggies. My hubby wants me to try it with either chard or broccoli next time too!

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  72. I would like to do the turkey, potato, peas tonight. Sounds delicious. Dont particularly like cilantro but will use it anyway. Can I use frozen peas instead of fresh?

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  73. Loved this so much. I added some curry and sriracha for some heat. I served it over couscous. So good! Thank you for all your awesome recipes. I've been telling all my friends about your website. They love it too!

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  74. If I want to use frozen peas - how would that affect the recipe? Thanks! Love your site!

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    1. I made it with frozen peas and didn't change anything water wise --turned out great!

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  75. I made this last night...my fiance went for seconds :) I didn't have any cilantro so ended up using dried parsley and it worked well. I used frozen peas and put them in as the recipe said so. This dish reminds me of a Macedonian stew that mom makes. I know she adds a flour/olive mixture to thicken it up and I was amazed how similar this tasted to her stew. I might add some more tomatoes since I love tomato sauce

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  76. I'm making this right now!! Can't wait for dinner.

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  77. Is this freezer friendly?

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  78. Made this tonight and it was awesome! I used a large potato since I love them, so I tweaked the point count. It was awesome and yummy! Will definitely make again. Tasted like picadillo

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  79. For the first time since using SkinnyTaste I actually had to make a few changes...overall the recipe was absolutely delicious and super easy, but couldnt really taste any of the garlic, cilantro or even green onions. next time i make this (which I definetely am!!) I would prob almost double the amount of those that the recipe calls for.

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  80. I made this recipe last night for the 1st time and it was AMAZING and SOOOO flavorful! Loved it. Thanks for sharing :)

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  81. Made this a few days ago and the whole family really enjoyed it. I made some changes due to not having all the ingredients on hand --so I'll list in case it helps someone else. I used a sweet potato instead of a regular potato (delicious!), used frozen peas instead of fresh, and ended up doubling the amount of cumin as I taste tested it. Also I used about 1 and 3/4 cup of crushed tomatoes instead of the fresh tomato and the tomato sauce. All in all was so delicious and filling. We served over brown rice, as Gina suggested. Thanks for the recipe -was amazing and quick!

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  82. I made this last night. I think it was good? Due to a cold I can't taste much :( But my fiance gobbled it up when he got home from work and he's a picky eater. Success! I did however use chicken broth instead of water. I thought I had peas, but of course when it came time to add them, there were none! So I left those out, and I HATE bay leaves so I left that out too and like I said, I think it was good. Having leftovers for lunch today :)

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  83. Beth Lannon6/13/12, 9:17 PM

    I made this tonight! Awesome! I used sweet potato instead of white just because I had a large sweet potato left from another recipe. Full of flavor! SOO GOOD.

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  84. I have made this recipe twice now, and it has become one of my go-to favorites! I added 1/4 cup of green olives and the dish was perfection. I am not at all a fan of ground turkey, so I was skeptical, but all the flavors combine into such a delicious dish that the turkey wasn't even an issue for me. I just love the recipes here, keep them coming :)

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  85. This was so yummy. My picky toddler at the whole thing! Thank you. I love all of your recipes on this site!

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  86. Looks like picadillo...Which I love!!

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  87. I made this yesterday and I have to say it was great! My boyfriend took 3 portions he loved it that much !

    I added a few things like extra spices and a flat free broth instead of just water. Was great!

    You are my go to website and I don't even open my cooking books anymore!

    Thank you

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  88. Made this last night as written. Loooveed it. Thanks, Gina. :)

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  89. Great recipe. I'm making this for the second time! I actually used zucchini instead of potatoes and its fantastic! I used more cumin and added crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little kick and its awesome. Thanks for the recipe its yummy!

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  90. All 5 people in my family LOVED this I added cauliflower and carrots and left out the peas (didnt have any). Thanks for all of your great recipes

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  91. Can I use ground chicken?

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  92. I have everything except I only have sweet potatoes... Wonder how they would work out?

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  93. Kathleen Muto12/9/12, 6:35 PM

    Was terrific! loved it!!! Thanks so much!!!!

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  94. Just made this - AWESOME!! I just rejoined WW today and what a great way to kick it off. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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  95. Hi Gina,

    Just made this for my boyfriend and I annnd it tastes SO good! I put sweet potato rather than ordinary potato and didn't add the cilantro because I don't like it lol I also added a little more cumin than the recipe asked for. It was delissssh

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  96. It's almost done and smells amazing! I didn't have cilantro so I used mint instead. It smells like this Lebanese dish my family makes called kafta. Yum!

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  97. This recipe is delicious! It's become one of the staples in our weeknight dinner rotation!

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  98. I made this last night with sweet potato and boy was it a hit! So tasty!!! Thank you for the great recipes!!!!

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  99. I wasn't expecting much when I saw this recipe but I had all of the ingredients on hand so decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I did! It reminded me of a nice hearty stew without the beef yet very filling. I'm going to double this recipe next time. We loved it!!

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  100. I jut made this dish. I though i was pretty bland for me so i add a tablespoon of brown sugar and it is now tastier. I think changing to sweet potato is a great idea too. Defineitly will cook this when my friends come over. :)

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