Cheat Meal: Stir-fry Turkey with Green Beans & Rice Noodles

Stir-fry turkey with green beans and rice noodles is a nice change of pace from chicken and beef. Add zip by using Pad Thai sauce and make it quickly using pre-prepped “steam in bag” green beans. If you can’t find rice noodles, it is still good over rice!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 Package of ground turkey (in my local market you can buy white meat-only, or a mixed pack with white and dark meat; I prefer the white meat variety for health reasons, but it is by preference)
  • 1 Package of “steam in bag” green beans
  • 2 tbs peanut oil
  • 4 oz of Pad Thai sauce
  • 1/2 pkg of wide rice noodles
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 dried thai chili (optional; skip if do not like spice)
  • 2 tbs dry roasted peanuts, chopped
Cooking instructions
  • Heat oil in a large wok (high heat)
  • Stir in ginger, garlic, the thai chili; stir so that ingredients don’t burn
  • Add turkey and stir until cooked; this is quick, so don’t leave the wok unattended!
  • Bring 4 qts of water and the salt to a rolling boil
  • Combine the soy and fish sauces, vinegar and pepper to the turkey until the meat is coated
  • Toss in the green beans and continue stirring until the beans begin to soften (~5 minutes)
  • Add 3 tbs water to the wok, cover and turn down the heat to medium
  • Drop the rice noodles into the boiling water; be sure to stir the noodles so that they don’t stick together; cooking should take 4-4 1/2 minutes — they should be al dente
  • Drain the noodles, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process; set aside
  • After the turkey and beans have steamed for about 10 minutes and the beans are crunchy, but cooked through, add the Pad Thai sauce and noodles
  • Mix thoroughly and serve with chopped peanuts for garnish

Note: If your local market doesn’t carry some of the ingredients used in the recipes on this blog, Amazon is a great resource.

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