healthy ground turkey recipes for weight loss

10 Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes for Weight Loss Plan

If you’re looking for healthy meals packed full of flavor that fit into a healthy weight loss programme, look no further! Ground turkey is not only low in fat and high in protein but it is a super versatile meat that can be used in so many recipes, making it fabulous for all weight loss plans. Turkey can be subbed in as a healthier alternative to ground beef in most recipes as it has less saturated fat, is high in protein and adds a different taste to some of your old favorites.

With so many options on this list, you’ll be sure to find something that will tempt your tastebuds even when trying to watch your weight. There are recipes for chili, meatballs and lasagne plus plenty of new, exciting and healthy ground turkey recipes for weight loss. Enjoy something a little different!

1. Ground Turkey Stir Fry

Stir-fries are the ultimate quick and easy option for dinner or lunch, and adding ground turkey not only ups the protein and changes up the flavor, but the calories in this recipe are super low! The best part of this recipe is the fact that you can throw in as many vegetables as you like. Plus, using ground turkey means you don’t have to chop and prep the meat the same way you would with a chicken or beef stir-fry. There are plenty of options with this one and it’s great for meal prep!

2. Turkey Breakfast Patties

These perfectly flavored patties are the ultimate in high-protein grab and go breakfast options. Using lean turkey for this recipe ensures the patties stay moist and flavorful so you can make a batch and keep them in the fridge for a healthy breakfast option on a busy morning. You could also serve these in a pita pocket or with avocado and eggs and a sprinkle of hot sauce for brunch or lunch.

3. Thai Turkey Meatballs in Coconut Red Curry Sauce

Spiced with tangy Thai flavors, these meatballs are cooked right in the pan in a delectable creamy curry sauce which keeps them super moist and full of goodness! These are so much more than your regular meatball recipe, in fact, this might be your new favorite easy dinner recipe packed with flavors of fresh coriander, ginger, soy and capsicum. Ready and on the table in under half an hour, this is great for busy weeknights when you need to please fussy eaters as well as satisfy the whole family’s nutritional needs.

4. Easy Turkey Zucchini Skillet

Meat and vegetables cooked up in a skillet has to be one of the best lazy weeknight meals. Quick, easy, nutritious and low on dishes, this version takes ground turkey, bell pepper, onion and spinach and cooks everything together in one pan. The whole dish is ready in the time it takes to brown the turkey and vegetables and incorporates plenty of fresh produce. Depending on your preference you can serve it over rice, cauliflower rice, pasta or on its own.

5. White Bean Turkey Chilli

Chilli remains a firm favorite in many households thanks to its versatility. Adding in ground turkey lowers the saturated fat content and the white beans increase the protein even further! This recipe is creamy rather than tomato-based so it’s perfect for evenings when you need something a little bit different. Hearty and warming but also nutritious and low in calories, whip this recipe up in the slow cooker if you’re low on time and throw in any vegetables you have on hand. Plenty of spice and flavor will make this an instant favorite.

6. Greek Turkey Rice Bowls

Healthy, filling and Greek-inspired, this recipe takes the classic meat and rice bowl to another level. A great option for work lunch meal prep, these can be batch made and reheated all week. The ground turkey is flavored with Greek spices, sun dried tomatoes and it’s all topped off with a beautifully fresh tomato salad. The lemon parsley rice bed is the perfect base for these bowls but they’d be just as tasty with cauliflower rice or served on a romaine lettuce salad which would decrease the calories even further. Then you can add a crumble of feta cheese on the top to really pack in the Greek flavor.

7. The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagne

Lasagne might not be the first recipe you think of when you consider meals for weight loss but this healthy version utilizes ground turkey and adds plenty of protein with ricotta cheese. Using wholewheat Lasagne noodles ups the fiber, plus if you have any leftover vegetables, grate them up and cook them into the homemade tomato sauce. Delicious!

8. Turkey Stuffed Peppers

A perfectly simple lunch or snack, this recipe is super quick and simple. Simply slice open some bell peppers and fill them with turkey, rice, salsa, cheese and vegetables and grill until they are deliciously gooey. Super low in calories and saturated fat but high in protein and fiber, make a batch of these to keep in the fridge or freezer – they reheat easily and make a great lunch prep option.

9. Ground Turkey Tacos

Grill up some ground turkey with traditional Mexican spices and you have the perfect filling for taco night! Once the turkey is done, the whole family can pile their favorite toppings onto some corn or flour tortillas for a fun, easy meal that’s ready in 20 minutes.

10. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Ground turkey and vegetables topped with fluffy mashed potato? Sign me up! A lightened up version of the classic, this recipe is a weeknight winner the whole family will love.

AboutAshleigh Crump

Ashleigh Crump is an author, food writer and all-round lover of everything sweet! She has published a cookbook and loves to use classic and unique flavor combinations. When not cooking, she's usually reading.