I don’t know about you guys, but I am very excited for the holidays. This year I will be celebrating Christmas with my family in Brazil. Oh gosh, I can’t even describe with words how much happy I am, especially because it will be my first Christmas with my family since 2010. Also, my family is getting bigger. My lovely sister is pregnant and the baby will probably due at the end of November. I’m so excited!!!! I’m gonna be an auntie.
I am leaving today for Brazil because I just cannot miss this special moment in our lives. It is my first nephew and her first son who will be with us for Christmas. How wonderful is that?? I just can’t wait!! I am counting the hours until I get there. My husband will join me for the holidays, but for him, it will be his first Christmas without snow 😉 He is Canadian. Christmas and hot weather just don’t go together. Of course, he will have a very different experience, but I am sure he will enjoy it!
We celebrate this special date pretty much like everybody else in the world. As I said, I am leaving today and I will come back in January. That’s right!! I will be in Brazil for two months (YESSSSS… so happy!) which means I will be posting from the hot weather and where the sun shines there all year long 😉 Don’t worry. I’ll be posting new recipes every week from Brazil and I am sure you will love all the flavourful, healthy, and delicious recipes I’ll be creating down there.
This post was first published on November 12th, 2014, but this second part of this post was updated on July 23, 2018 with new pictures and more information about the recipe.
When I make this recipe, it was a chilly Sunday day back in November 2014. I was thinking of making my low-carb and gluten-free zucchini lasagna or my eggplant lasagna (this recipe has a tutorial video too) because I was feeling like eating a comfort food. But, I decided to make something using sweet potato because I had a lot of sweet potatoes in my kitchen. I thought to make my favourite sweet potato soup, but my husband said he felt like eating something with meat. Then, I decided to make this gluten-free and one-pan ground turkey with sweet potato skillet to warm us up a little bit. It is so easy and quick to make and the best part: it’s healthy. In half an hour, this dish will be ready to dig in and you will be amazed by the flavourful of it. It is definitely a delicious comfort food to share the joy.
5 reasons why I used a cast iron skillet to make this ground turkey sweet potato skillet:
If you are following Primavera Kitchen for a long time, you probably know that I love cast iron skillet recipes which are staples in my kitchen. But you probably are wondering why I love them so much. Here is why:
- These types of cast iron skillets are well-seasoned and they have a naturally nonstick surface that makes all the difference while cooking healthy foods. It has no bad chemicals for you and as a bonus it gives off a little extra iron for you. As we all know iron is an essential mineral that we need to avoid anemia and keep healthy cells, skin, hair and nails.
- They also are safe to use on all cooking surfaces such as a stovetop, in the oven, under the broiler, or on a barbecue.
- Also cast iron skillets, are great to retain the heat and distributes it evenly for optimal cooking results.
- They are very versatile, since you can use for sautéing, searing, pan-frying, baking, broiling, roasting, and more.
- And last but not least, they are easy to clean. Here is a good post where I explain more about cleaning your cast iron skillet without damaging it.
Cast iron skillets are the best types of cookware to have in your kitchen and I truly could not enjoy cooking with cast iron any more. Please, give it a try and once you give it a try, you won’t regret. I promise! You can find lots of good option at Amazon.
4 Tips to make the best Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet recipe:
- Don’t overload your skillet with sweet potato because this veggie will take forever to cook and you may burn your food. If your cast iron skillet is 9-10 inches, the ideal amount of diced sweet potato is between 2-3 cups.
- Cover the skillet with a lid and reduce the heat to medium to cook the sweet potato faster.
- Or you can cook first the sweet potato and add it into the pan when the ground turkey is cooked.
- You can also add other type of spices you have in your kitchen to make this recipe even more flavourful. According to some readers’ reviews, this recipe is also good with such as cumin, curry, paprika, sage, chilli powder, onion powder, thyme, rosemary and hot sauce.
- And some readers said that they added kale, spinach and mushroom as well, which make this recipe even more delicious and nutritious. I’ve already made this recipe with broccoli and green beans and it worked very well too. So, be open to add more veggies if you wish.
More cast iron sweet potato skillet recipes to try:
- Ground Beef Zucchini Sweet Potato Skillet: It’s very flavorful, easy, quick-to-make, healthy, one-pan meal, gluten-free, whole30 and paleo-friendly!! It’s great as leftovers to bring to work for lunch.
- Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet: You will need only 4-ingredient to make a quick, easy and healthy dinner meal.
- Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet recipe: Another gluten-free, paleo and whole30 one-pan meal that takes only 30 minutes to be on your table for dinner.
- Sweet Potato Pesto Chicken Skillet: This combo (sweet potato, pesto and chicken) is heaven.
- Sweet Potato Green Beans Shrimp Skillet: It’s super filling, and only one pot. Also, it is done in less than 30 minutes.
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Video of the Recipe: Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet
As a memory, I kept this original photo from 2014!
Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet
- In an iron cast skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Add ground turkey and garlic. Use a wood spoon breaking up the turkey while it cooks. Stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add onions and yellow peppers and cook until onions are soft.
- Add the sweet potato, chili pepper, salt, and pepper.
- Cover the skillet and cook until they are tender. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. If necessary, add more olive oil or a little bit of water to cook the sweet potato faster.
- While the sweet potato is cooking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- When the sweet potato is tender, add shredded mozzarella cheese and bring the skillet to the oven to melt the cheese* (see note below).
- When the cheese melts, remove from the oven, and garnish with parsley.
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