Today, I am going to share this slow cooker ground turkey recipe with butternut squash, corn and peas. I blended in Southwest spices which are customary with corn and tomatoes, but actually go amazingly well with the squash and ground turkey. Squash and slow cookers are a match made in heaven, it soaks in flavors and juices amazingly well.
This slow cooker ground turkey stew recipe is so flavorful and you’ll get a great dose of meat and veggies for the day. It’s the perfect recipe for dinner or after a workout with a solid dose of lean protein. I usually just toss the ground turkey and fresh vegetables into a crock pot, shake some spices and I’m already 90% of the way towards something delicious.
I’m probably the perfect target customer for Foster Farms as I am very health conscious and making strives to cook and eat better each day and month. As a mother of two beautiful children and a husband whose weight fluctuates up and down, I am always determined to make smarter decisions when it comes to our daily lifestyles. That includes food, exercise, the amount of sleep we get and other things that contribute to our overall well-being. Before I had kids, I spent a lot of time, energy and focus on the latest fashion trends and other indulgences that I still do like. These days I spend at least as much time focusing on things that affect my own healthy lifestyle and that of my family. Having a blog with a lot of recipes I also feel obligated to show my readers healthier approaches to eating and cooking. Probably the biggest change for me is my approach on food, and viewing it as fuel for our bodies rather than just something I need to pile into my body a few times a day.
I am not following any strict diet right now, but I do try to educate myself on foods as much as possible. I actually really enjoy the fresh taste of healthier foods much more than those that are processed. I eat most everything (combination of meats, fish, veggies and dairy) and try to control my meal portions. Not too many rules, just an appreciation for the fresh and natural! Where food comes from is very important to me. Here in California we are lucky to access to great weather and fresh ingredients from beautiful markets. I buy local and organic veggies as much as possible. When buying meats, I make sure to read the labels to find out about the farm before making a purchase. Foster Farms is one of the recognizable names in the supermarket that I’ve trusted for many years. Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey is local to California’s Central Valley, on organic land and a vegetarian diet. They never use antibiotics and the turkeys are free range, two big additional plusses.
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Slow Cooker Ground Turkey with Veggies and Southwest Spice Blend:
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 pound ground Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 medium white onion chopped
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 can of diced tomatoes fire roasted - unsalted, (remove juice)
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon southwest spice blend . Add more according to your liking</span> see recipe below or use pre-made/store bought southwest spice blend or southwest chili mix
- 1 leaf bay
- 1 teaspoon salt add more according to your liking
- black pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup butternut squash chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pan and brown the ground turkey . Add 1 teaspoon black pepper and stir
- Remove and transfer to the crock pot
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pan, add onion and garlic, stir until fragrant. from the heat and transfer to the crockpot
Add diced tomatoes, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, bay leaf and southwest spice blend, then stir.
- Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for about 2-3 hours
- About an hour before turning the slow cooker off, add the butternut squash.
- About 30 minutes before turning the slow cooker off, add the corn and peas.
- Add salt/pepper to taste according to your liking.
- 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
- 1 tablespoon chipotle powder use 2 tablespoons chili powder if you don't have ancho and chipotle
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- Combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
- Store in an airtight container
- You may also use : pre made/store bought Southwest Chili Mix or Southwest Spice Blend powder