Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowls (Healthy Easy Meal Prep Recipe)


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This Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowl recipe is a quick, healthy, and convenient weeknight dinner that comes together in only 20 minutes!  You can prep this on the weekend for healthy and delicious lunches throughout the week.

overhead shot of Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowl with chopsticks stuck into the rice

Dreaming of take-out for lunch every day? Oh, trust me I’ve been there. Come 11.30 all I can think of is a big old stir-fry with a little bit of sweet, and a little bit of salty – and a TON of flavor! I got you, friends! Don’t reach out for that menu and you shall be rewarded with some homemade fakeout-takeout deliciousness.

This easy Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowl Recipe is for all you takeout lovers.

Ground turkey and diced bell peppers tossed in a simple yet finger-licking food Asian stir-fry sauce. Guys, this one is a winner!  Truly, you can use any veggies you like or have laying around. That’s the beauty of this healthy meal prep recipe.  IDEAL for getting rid of those bits and bobs in your veggie crisper.

Oh wait, you don’t like fish sauce and are thinking about skipping it because the smell is just too gross? Don’t worry, once mixed up with other ingredients, you can’t taste it – promise. If you skip it, you’ll be missing out on a ton of depth of flavor. And I want you to have the best flavor experience, you know. Just looking out for you.

overhead shot of Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowls served in two glass meal prep containers

This Ground Turkey Rice Bowl recipe is a total meal prep miracle:

These ground Turkey Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to put together. A meal prep recipe that literally anyone could make! And it’s quick too – as in food on the table in 20 minutes!

This healthy rice bowl is also freezer-friendly for up to 2 months! You can freeze the whole meal right in your meal prep containers. Simply let the whole thing defrost overnight in the fridge, then heat in the microwave until steaming hot. Meal prepping does not get easier than this.

close-up of Asian Ground Turkey served with rice and sprinkled with scallions

Why ground turkey is my favorite protein to use for meal prep:

  • Ground turkey is a SUPERB healthy alternative to ground beef and you can use it as an easy substitution in pretty much every recipe that calls for minced pork or beef.  It makes a mean chili or bolognese!
  • Yes, you can use low-fat ground turkey and it will still taste amazing,
  • Minced Turkey lasts really well in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • It takes on whatever flavors you add – a high protein canvas for all your favorite flavors. What’s not to love!?
  • I added some diced veggies to stretch the ground turkey a bit. This not only gives you more bang for your buck but it is also a great way to get kids to enjoy eating their veggies.

Overhead shot of a healthy clean eating Ground Turkey Rice Bowl sprinkled with chopped cilantro and scallions

How to make Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowls – step by step:

  • Steps 1 & 2 –  In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, rice wine, and fish sauce.
  • Steps 3 & 4  – Stir in 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch and whisk well to avoid clumps from forming.

a 4 picture photo collage demonstrating how to make a quick Asian Stir-Fry Sauce for a Rice Bowl recipe

  • Step 5 – Have all your ingredients prepped before you start. 
  • Step 6 –  Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the diced onions and fry for a minute or until softened and fragrant.

a photo collage demonstrating how to make Asian Ground Turkey for a rice bowl recipe

  • Step 7 – Add the ground turkey, and break it into small pieces with a wooden spoon.
  • Step 8 – Stir in minced garlic and your diced bell pepper and continue to break down the chunks of ground turkey as it fries.

a photo collage demonstrating how to make Asian Ground Turkey for a rice bowl recipe

  • Step 9 Cook everything for 5-7 minutes or until almost cooked (almost no longer pink), stirring often.
  • Step 10 Pour the sauce on the meat and mix. Let the mixture simmer for a few moments to let the flavors blend and get all happy. You want the sauce thickened and coating the turkey mixture well. This is when you turn off the heat. Stir in the scallions, saving about one third for serving.

Assemble your Ground Turkey Rice Bowl:

I like to serve my Asian Ground Turkey over a bed of rice but you can use cauliflower rice if you prefer a low-carb version. Top your rice bowl with the remaining scallions, sesame seeds, and chopped cilantro.

If you like it spicy, go ahead and serve this Bowl with a generous drizzle of sriracha sauce.  A wedge of lime is also a really nice touch as it adds some acidity and freshness to this healthy Asian Rice Bowl.

overhead shot of a healthy gluten-free Ground Turkey Rice Bowl served with chopped scallions and a lime wedge

Tips for making this rice bowl recipe:

  • Feel free to use any veggies you have in your fridge. My favorite is bell pepper but you can also use broccoli, carrots, snap peas, zucchini… Just make sure to cut them in small pieces so they cook quickly. 
  • You can also use more veggies and double the amount of bell peppers.
  • When cooking with ground turkey seasoning is important, since it has a very mild flavor! Taste it before you serve it, adding more salt if necessary.
  • If you are serving this as a rice bowl, you’ll want to start cooking the rice before you start cooking the meat.

Variations on this recipe:

  • You can easily customize the ground turkey recipe to include your favorite veggies. Carrots, peas or chopped green beans would work great.
  •  I love to serve this over brown or white rice, but the Asian ground turkey can easily be eaten alone, in lettuce wraps, cauliflower rice, over pasta, or even quinoa! 
  • The soy sauce may be swapped for tamari or coconut aminos.

 

overhead shot of Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowl with chopsticks stuck into the rice
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Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowls

This Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowl recipe is a quick, healthy, and convenient weeknight dinner that comes together in only 20 minutes!  You can prep this on the weekend for healthy and delicious lunches throughout the week.

Course main
Cuisine Asian, Clean Eating, Gluten-free
Keyword Asian rice bowl, ground turkey rice bowl, rice bowl with turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 244 kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 lb / 500 g ground turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped (see notes)
  • 4 scallions green and white parts
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds to serve
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves roughly chopped, to serve
  • Sriracha and lime to serve - optional

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup reduced salt soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, rice wine and fish sauce. Stir in cornstarch and whisk thoroughly so it's not clumpy. Set aside.

  2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Cook onion for a minute or until softened and fragrant.
  4. Add ground turkey, and break into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Stir in garlic and bell pepper and continue to break down the turkey. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until almost cooked (almost no longer pink), stirring often.
  5. Give the sauce a stir and pour on the meat. Mix until sauce has thickened and coats the mixture well. Turn off heat. Stir in scallions, saving about one third for serving.

  6. Serve over a bed of rice or cauliflower rice. Top with remaining scallions, sesame seeds and cilantro. Serve with sriracha and lime, if using.

Recipe Notes

Switch up the veggies:

Feel free to use any veggies you have in your fridge. My favorite is bell pepper but you can also use broccoli, carrots, snap peas, zucchini, chopped green beans…

Just make sure to cut them in small pieces so they cook quickly.

You can also use more veggies and double the amount of bell peppers.

Serve this with:

  • white or brown rice
  • cauliflower rice
  • in lettuce wraps
  • or even over pasta or quinoa

Freezing:

You can freeze the meat mixture or the whole meal right in your meal prep containers for up to 2 months! Simply let the whole thing defrost overnight in the fridge, then heat in the microwave until steaming hot. 

 

Nutrition Facts
Asian Ground Turkey Rice Bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl without rice)
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 1340mg 56%
Potassium 428mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 25.4%
Vitamin C 52.5%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 12.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Comments
  1. The lime was the kicker! This was really good! My sauce never really thickened in any way and the whole dish was watery, but I think I cooked it too long? Anyway, I wanted “comfort food” and this was perfect. Thank you!

    1. So glad to hear you loved it Annie! Regarding the sauce, did you use cornstarch? I’m really surprised it didn’t thicken at all! If there’s a next time and you find the whole dish too watery again (could be the turkey!), add more cornstarch. Make another cornstarch slurry (say about 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water), add it to the dish, and stir with the heat on until it thickens.

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