Back when I lived in Dallas, I used to visit My Fit Foods to purchase their pre-packed meals and often found myself getting their lemon turkey with asparagus meal. It was my absolute favorite! I moved to California over six years ago, and I still miss their lemon turkey. So, I decided to replicate it to the best of my ability.
One thing I wanted to do differently was to make it spicy. I used a whole jalapeño (with the seeds) in the recipe and added cayenne to the seasoning mix. If you want it mild, leave out the seeds. If you do not want to go down the spicy route, you can leave out the jalapeño and cayenne entirely. It will still be tasty!
To keep the sodium low, I went heavy on the other seasonings, browned four garlic cloves, and made it extra lemony with the juice of two lemons. Try it out; it may become your new favorite meal!
Spicy Lemon Turkey Asparagus Bowl
- cutting board
- kitchen knife
- measuring spoons
- measuring cups
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ⅛ tsp cayenne powder
- 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil divided into 1 and ½ Tbsp portions
- 4 garlic cloves sliced
- 24 asparagus spears ends removed
- ½ cup yellow onion diced
- 1 large jalapeno sliced
- 1 lb ground turkey 93% lean
- 2 large lemons juiced (no more than ¼ cup)
- 3 cups brown rice cooked
- Heat skillet to medium heat.
- In a small prep bowl, combine the chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, paprika, and cayenne powder. Set aside.
- Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the skillet and stir in the sliced garlic.
- When the garlic starts to brown, add the asparagus. Toss until evenly coated with oil.
- Cook for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes.Note: Cooking time will vary based on the thickness of your asparagus. Mine were thick, so thinner ones will cook much faster.
- Once they are browned and tender, remove the asparagus and garlic from the skillet. Set aside.
- Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and stir in the diced onions.
- Once the onions turn translucent, add the jalapeño and allow it to cook and soften for a few minutes.
- Add the turkey to the skillet along with the turkey seasoning.
- Break up the turkey in the skillet and stir to combine with the onions. Cook for about 10 minutes.
- Once the turkey is cooked, push the turkey to one side of the skillet and add the asparagus spears and sliced garlic to the other side. Juice the two lemons over the turkey and asparagus (no more than 1/4 cup lemon juice). Stir and cook for a few minutes, until the juice is mostly absorbed.
- Remove from heat and serve.