Need to whip up a healthy meal with one pot, minimal effort, and in 20 minutes flat? Then this one’s for you! This teriyaki turkey and vegetable skillet is ideal for a quick family meal, and perfect for meal prep. Ground turkey is sautéed with carrots, broccoli, and snow peas, and then tossed with a flavorful teriyaki stir fry sauce for an all-in-one dish everyone can enjoy.
A little background story
Alena had her first dance class today. Why am I sharing this? Not to be one of those bloggers who talks about unrelated random things on their blog posts; but to explain why I created this dish today.
Meal prep is my thing. We know this. And it happens on Saturday mornings, bright and early. But you know what else happens on Saturday mornings? Alena’s first ever dance class. And soon, Antonio will be starting soccer and t-ball on Saturdays, too.
I am so excited and emotional over seeing my kids starting to take part in extra-curricular activities again. But I am so used to being home all the time, that I realize some things have to change. Since meal prep always happens Saturday mornings, I didn’t necessarily want to throw a wrench in that routine. Instead, I just made sure today’s meal prep was as simple and quick as possible so I could move on with my day.
This dish was created out of a need to have a simple and quick meal prep recipe, so that I could 1) keep my goals in check for the week, but also 2) celebrate a fun milestone for my kid, and be present.
And guess what? I accomplished both! I hope you’ll appreciate this recipe for all that it is; simple, quick, easy, and healthy. So that you can take care of yourself, but also enjoy your family.
What you’ll need to make the teriyaki turkey and vegetable skillet
Feel free to substitute any vegetables you enjoy; I happened to pick this combination of vegetables up at the store because they looked great. But any number of vegetables would work great here; water chestnuts, shredded cabbage, you name it.
- ground turkey breast (you can also use ground chicken)
- shredded carrots
- broccoli florets
- snow peas
- teriyaki marinade and sauce (I use this one, check your labels for a comparable one)
- rice wine vinegar
- cooking spray
How to cook the turkey and vegetables
I promise you will be done cooking before you even know it!
Grab a large frying pan. When I say large, I mean large. This pan needs to be big enough to hold 2 lbs of turkey and a mountain of vegetables.
Put the frying pan over medium high heat, and add some cooking spray. Here, I used avocado oil spray, but anything will work.
Chop the scallions, and separate the green parts from the white parts. Mince the garlic. When it comes to scallions, the white parts act like onions, and the green parts are pretty, and serve as garnish.
Add the white parts of the scallions, the garlic, and the ginger to the pan with the cooking spray. Sauté for just a couple of minutes until the flavors start to develop, but just enough so that the garlic doesn’t burn.
Then, add the turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Cook the turkey for just five minutes or so, so that it starts to brown. It will not be cooked through at this point. Next, add the vegetables and the water. Put the lid on the pot and steam the mixture for 10 minutes. Every few minutes, remove the lid, and toss everything together to make sure the vegetables are steaming and the meat is cooking.
How to make the stir fry sauce
Simply combine the teriyaki sauce, the honey, the rice wine vinegar, and the sriracha together. Then, add the mixture to the vegetable and turkey.
Cook everything together for another couple of minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking, and the sauce has combined with the other ingredients. You really can’t go wrong here!
Perfect for meal prep
This is the ultimate dish for meal prep. From start to finish, this dish takes well under 30 minutes to make.
This dish is filling on its own and is packed with protein and vegetables. If you want to add a side dish here, rice works great. You can also use cauliflower rice. I love the cauliflower stir fry rice from Trader Joe’s. This meal is great on its own, though.
I like to add some extra sriracha on top before serving, for some extra flavor.
- large frying pan
- 2 lbs ground turkey breast, 99% fat free
- 1 bunch scallions
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp ginger, I use the squeeze tube
- 10 oz shredded carrots
- 9 oz snow peas
- 12 oz broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup water
- 2/3 cup teriyaki marinade and sauce, Kikkoman brand
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sriracha, adjust according to heat preference
- cooking spray
- Add cooking spray to a large frying pan over medium high heat.
- Chop the scallions; separate the white parts from the green parts.
- Mince the garlic.
- Add the white parts of the scallions, the garlic, and the ginger to the pan with cooking spray.
- Cook for a few minutes, just enough so the garlic doesn't burn.
- Add the turkey. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up. Cook for 5 minutes so that the meat starts to brown.
- Add the vegetables and the water to the pan. Cover the frying pan with a lid.
- Steam the vegetables for about 10 minutes, removing the lid and tossing the vegetables and turkey every so often.
- After 10 minutes, remove the lid and continue cooking the mixture for about 3-5 minutes so that all of the water is absorbed.
- Test the vegetables; they should be tender. Check that the turkey is fully cooked.
- In a small bowl, combine the teriyaki sauce, the honey, rice wine vinegar, and sriracha.
- Add the sauce to the pan and toss to combine.
- Add the green parts of the scallions and more sriracha to taste.
- 5 WW points (green)
- 4 WW points (blue and purple)