A quick, easy, and delicious lunch or dinner with hoisin and lean ground turkey, complete with secret vegetables to keep things fresh.
When I get hungry, I need to eat quickly. I’m not sure if it’s my metabolism or just in my head, but if I don’t start prepping a ready-soon meal, I get hangry. (My husband can confirm.) I try to plan ahead, but sometimes life just doesn’t work out that way. Fortunately, with these hoisin turkey and brown rice bowls, I can have a quick dinner with ground turkey ready in just over 30 minutes, with an added bonus of secret vegetables!
Quick Tips for Prepping Ground Turkey Hoisin and Brown Rice Bowls
Because brown rice takes quite a bit longer than white rice to cook, I typically make it in my Instant Pot. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I’d recommend making white rice on the stove. It takes about 20 minutes—the same amount of time it takes brown rice to cook in an Instant Pot. The end result will be largely the same, just with a little less fiber.
I like to shred three carrots for this dish so I can use half of a carrot for garnish. The raw carrots and green onions bring out the color in the hoisin to make a truly beautiful dish.
Hot chili oil is a less common pantry item, but it’s one of my staples. It’s incredibly versatile. I find it adds a flavor you can’t get anywhere else, so I put hot chili oil in most of my Asian recipes.
Adding the white of the green onions near the end gives the scallions time to soak up the hoisin flavor without getting too mushy. Simply reserve the greens to use as a garnish for a final burst of freshness.
Dish Cleanup: A Lil Messy
I rate my recipe cleanups on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 is only a handful of dishes, and 5 is everything including the kitchen sink.
For cleanup ease, this meal ranks as a 3. I was able to put most of my utensils in the dishwasher, but I was still left washing the pan, pot, cutting board, and knife. You won’t spend your evening washing dishes. You won’t be completely free of them either. This meal is entirely worth whatever cleanup you’ll have.
- 3 cups brown rice
- 3 cups water
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 lbs lean ground turkey
- 3 medium carrots
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 2 Tablespoons white wine (optional)
- 5 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 Tablespoons hot chili oil
- 3 stalks green onions
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
For the Rice:
- Place 3 cups brown rice and 3 cups water into Instant Pot.* Manual cook on high pressure for 21 minutes.
For the Turkey:
- While rice is cooking, dice the green onion, separating the whites (scallions) and the greens. Place in two small serving bowls and set aside. Finely shred the carrots and mince the garlic. Dice the yellow onion.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat until warmed. Add yellow onion and sauté until translucent.
- Add turkey and cook until browned, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic and most of the carrots, reserving some for garnish. Stir to combine, and let cook for two minutes to soften.
- Add the lime juice, hoisin sauce, white wine, and hot chili oil to taste. Simmer until thickened, about three minutes.
- Sprinkle the scallions into the turkey and stir to combine. Keep on low until rice is cooked.
- Spoon ¾-1 cup of rice into bowls and top with hoisin turkey, then garnish with green onions, carrots, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
*Brown rice in the Instant Pot cooks much faster than on the stove, but feel free to make it however you prefer!
If you like it spicy, add another tablespoon of hot chili oil.
Serving Size:1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 660Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 53g
The nutrition facts are estimated and may vary based on specific ingredients used.
Thanks for trying out this quick ground turkey dinner! I’d love to see how it turns out: Take a photo and tag me on Instagram @floralapronblog to share with me, or use #floralaproncooks.
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And if you’re as big a fan of sesame seeds as I am, try my Sesame Poppy Seed Crackers recipe. They’re easy to make and even easier to snack on.