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7 Healthy Ground Turkey and Rice Recipes for Your Weight Loss Journey

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Looking for a little variety with your boring turkey and rice meals? I’ve got 7 variations of ground turkey and rice that are simple enough to make every single day.

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I’ve been eating ground turkey and rice for dinner the majority of the last two years. So, out of necessity, I decided to get creative.

I started eating ground turkey with rice when I started prepping for my first bikini show. (read what I was eating to lose 20 lbs here) All the meal plans I found online for body builders had the competitors eating it, so I figured, I better get used to it as part of my regular meals! And I actually LOVE it.

Ground turkey is a protein powerhouse! People like it because it’s a lean source of protein. It’s low in fat, has zero carbs, and a high amount of protein. All the recipes below were calculated with the 93% lean ground turkey. It’s only a good substitute for ground beef, if you choose the lean variety.

Rice is a clean source of carbs that people trying to get lean like. It’s gentle on the stomach (almost everyone can digest it and very few people have allergies or intolerances to white rice). I like white rice because it turns into energy quickly, and I love to workout. Brown rice is good, but I’d rather get my fiber from veggies than eat brown rice. (read more about rice here)

What can I make with ground turkey and rice?

Here’s some of the great ways I like to make my turkey and rice to keep my calories low, maximize weight loss, stay consistent, but also have a little variety at the same time! With these variations, your whole family will love dinner!

MEAL PREPPING IDEAS

These dishes are easy to put together throughout the week if you prep your turkey and rice in one sitting!

  • Cook all the ground turkey (4 ounces X 7 Meals = 28 ounces ground turkey)
  • Cook all the white rice (1/2 cup cooked X 7 meals =3 1/2 cups cooked, so use 1 1/2 cups dry)

Each prep container should have 3 ounces cooked ground turkey with 1/2 cup white rice. Throughout the week, take one prepped dish, add the seasonings or sauce and the veggies! SUPER FAST AND EASY.

(ALL VEGGIES ARE MEASURED BY RAW WEIGHT)

1) BBQ turkey and rice

Turning my turkey and rice into a dish that tasted like BBQ, and to keep it low in calories, I added sugar free BBQ sauce. Sweet Baby Ray’s has one that you can find at most stores, and G Hughes also has a good one. Both are delicious!

All you need to do is to add the BBQ sauce while you’re cooking the turkey, or after to season it.

BBQ turkey and rice sq. with updated calories and macros (Custom)

2) Taco turkey and rice

Taco turkey and rice is easy! I tried some taco sauce (the Taco Bell brand because it was only 15 calories per tablespoon). And then, I just stirred it into the turkey after the ground turkey was cooked.

Taco ground turkey and rice square with calories and macros

3) Fajita ground turkey and rice

There’s a million ways to make healthy turkey and rice taste like fajitas, and that’s with fajita seasonings. I don’t have a brand to recommend, but I’ve even used the seasoning envelopes in my meat while I cooked it on a medium high skillet. This worked out great.

  • 4 ounces ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 100 g red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 25 g avocado
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 1 teaspoon fajita seasoning
Fajita turkey and rice with calories and macros

4) Greek turkey and rice

The Greek style dish is made with feta cheese, red onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers! I like to add an Italian dressing, because it really brings out the flavors in the veggies. I also add the dressing to the turkey AFTER it’s cooked.

  • 4 ounces ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 2 mini cucumbers
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fat free feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Garden Light Italian Dressing (the 30 calorie one)
greek turkey and rice sq with calories and macros

5) Italian turkey and white rice

To make this one Italian style, I used spaghetti sauce. Check your labels! Not all spaghetti sauce is good for you. Find one that is mostly tomatoes, with very little sugar, and you should be able to keep the calories low.

  • 4 ounces ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 ounce spaghetti sauce (Hunts)
  • 100 grams summer squash/zucchini
  • 1/4 onion
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
Italian turkey and rice dinner square with calories and macros

6) Turkey fried rice

Fried rice is a favorite of mine! Just adding soy sauce and an egg gives it a fried rice flavor. Of course, this one you’ll want to cook altogether in a skillet.

  • 4 ounces ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup frozen peas, carrots, corn, and beans.
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
turkey fried rice with calories and macros

7) Stir Fry Asian Turkey and rice

And finally, a Stir-fry copy cat, Asian Turkey and rice. I used bean sprouts, which are SHOCKINGLY low in calories, teriyaki sauce, and veggies! YUM!

  • 4 ounces ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 4 ounces bean sprouts
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free teriyaki marinade
Asian turkey and rice square with calories and macros (Custom)

Now it’s your turn to try to make a variation of turkey and rice! Tag me on instagram if you have some new ideas!

Other recipe ideas for ground turkey and rice

  • Ranch Turkey and rice
  • Turkey and rice meatballs
  • Cheesy turkey and rice
  • Teriyaki turkey and rice
  • Hawaiian turkey and rice
  • Turkey and rice stuffed peppers
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Healthy Ground Turkey and Rice Dinner Ideas

Eat ground turkey and rice, without getting bored. Try these variations for your next week of meals with 7 healthy ground turkey and rice recipes.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Italian, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Keyword: ground turkey and rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 350cal

Ingredients

BBQ Turkey and Rice

  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoon sugar free BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups broccoli

Taco Turkey and Rice

  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon taco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kernel seasonings nacho cheddar
  • 20 g avocado
  • 4 small cherry tomatoes,
  • 1/2 cup lettuce

Fajita Ground Turkey and White Rice

  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 100 g red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 25 g avocado
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 1 teaspoon fajita seasoning

Greek Turkey and Rice

  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 2 mini cucumbers
  • 1/4 medium red onion
  • 5 small cherry tomatoes,
  • 1/4 cup fat free feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Olive garden Light Italian Dressing

Italian Turkey and Rice

  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 ounce spaghetti sauce
  • 100 grams squash, summer and zucchini
  • 1/4 medium onion
  • 3 small cherry tomatoes,

Turkey Fried Rice

  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 cup frozen peas, carrots, corn, and bean mix
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Stiry Fry Asian Turkey and Rice

  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 4 ounces bean sprouts
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free teriyaki marinade

Instructions

  • ALL VEGGIES ARE MEASURED BY RAW WEIGHT
    For all recipes, cook 28 ounces 93% lean ground turkey and 3 1/2 Cups cooked rice. Portion it into individual containers to eat throughout the week.
  • For each dish, use about 3 ounces (for the cooked weight) of the cooked ground turkey and add the seasonings or sauces to it.
  • Cook the veggies in a skillet.
  • Combine the dish for dinner.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 350cal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 15g

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2 Comments

  1. When you say “2 cups broccoli “, is this after steaming or raw? Can you provide the raw weight for all the vegetables in grams? All these look great btw!

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