Taking control of your weight or health? Fantastic! One basic step you can take toward creating a healthier, fitter body is by nourishing it with the right kind of meat. If your home has been eating from a red meat menu, it’s time to switch to ground beef substitutions. We’re sharing 12 ways to substitute ground turkey or chicken for ground beef.
Lean ground turkey is a healthy source of protein. For example, per ounce, it’s lower in calories and saturated fat than ground beef. And while ground turkey is lower in protein, the difference is only a couple of grams. Lean ground turkey is also surprisingly rich in calcium, offering about 37 grams in a 4-ounce serving. Always look at nutrition labels when purchasing ground turkey because some brands use a higher proportion of dark meat, raising the fat content.
In some areas, lean ground chicken isn’t as common on grocery store shelves. However, you can ask the meat department to grind chicken breast for you. Lean ground chicken is high in protein and offers less saturated fat than ground beef.
Ground chicken and ground turkey recipes are delicious and easy to prepare. Try one of our favorites tonight!
1. Slow Cooker Turkey Stroganoff
We spruced up a classic recipe so it’s both tasty and healthy—and only 235 calories per serving.
3. Slow Cooker Turkey Loaf
Lean ground turkey recipes like this one offer far less fat than beef, plus our take on this classic is made in the slow cooker for easy prep any day of the week.
4. Soft Chicken Tacos
Make taco night a nutritious night with ground beef substitutions like this recipe.
5. Slow Cooker Lasagna
Use lean ground turkey to prepare this healthy lasagna recipe—always a family favorite.
6. Turkey Veggie Burger
Satisfy the burger hounds in your house with this burger recipe that’s big on taste, not fat.
7. Caribbean Mango Chicken Burgers
Here’s another yummy alternative to beef burgers; it’s super flavorful and made with whole ingredients you’ll feel great about serving.
8. Easy Turkey Enchilada Skillet
Use ground turkey or chicken to prepare this delicious, easy-prep recipe.
10. Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros
Ground beef substitutions never tasted so good—indulge in Greek-style yumminess without the guilt by putting this healthier gyro recipe on the menu.
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