I always love the idea of Chinese takeout, especially on busy weeknights when I don’t have time to cook. It seems so easy, delicious, and comforting…that is, until after I’ve eaten it. Inevitably, I find myself filled with guilt over all the excess sugar, sodium, and calories in the takeout. Not to mention that added MSG! Luckily, this easy to make turkey sausage egg roll bowl will satisfy that hankering for takeout without adding anything to your waistline.
This recipe is just as easy as calling your favorite Chinese restaurant, but it uses real, whole, unprocessed foods. The result is a one-pan dish that only takes a few minutes to cook up. Who knew that faux takeout was so easy to make! As a bonus, it also serves up hearty portions of fiber, vitamins, and minerals while being high in protein and low in carbs and calories. Sign me up!
Why We Love Turkey Sausage
Over the last few years, a number of artisanal chicken and turkey sausage manufacturers have come forward. We love what these guys are doing! They make turkey sausage in so many different flavors and varieties. They can come both as link sausage and bulk sausage, so there’s something for everyone.
For this recipe, we like using bulk turkey sausage. It makes it really easy to cook and it infuses the flavor of the sausage into all the rest of the ingredients. You could choose any type of sausage variety you like, but we especially like a smoked turkey sausage or a garlic-flavored sausage. These flavors will meld really well with the ginger, green onion, and soy sauce flavors in this turkey sausage egg roll bowl sauce.
Stir Fry Cabbage
If you’ve only used cabbage in coleslaws and salads, you might be surprised that we’re cooking it in this stir-fry. We use a combination of green and red cabbage and give it a brief saute, until it’s softened but still retains some of its crunch. Once you try cabbage this way, you’ll have a hard time going back to raw cabbage!
Using both colors of cabbage not only adds additional nutrition, but it also contributes color and flavor as well. The green cabbage brings a softer texture and tons of vitamins C, K, and B6. The red cabbage brings the color and a serious crunch, along with anthocyanin antioxidants that protect red blood cells.
After you give the cabbage a quick toss with the sauce, it will make it easier for your body to digest. It also brings out a unique nuttiness that will totally satisfy your cravings. This addition will have you diving back in for bite after bite.
A quick, healthy, dish that satisfies cravings? Yes, please! Give this amazing turkey sausage egg roll bowl a try and let us know how it compares to your favorite Chinese takeout. We think it’s a perfect replacement, but we’d love to know what you think.
Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 255 | Total Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 933mg | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Protein: 24g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
- 1 pound ground turkey sausage
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 4 cups green cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup carrot, shredded
- 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, sliced thin
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey sausage and cook, stirring often to crumble, until cooked through. Drain excess fat from the sausage.
- Add the sesame oil followed by the cabbage, carrot, red cabbage, onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, salt and pepper to the skillet with the sausage. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until cabbage has softened a bit but is still a little crunchy.
- Remove from the heat and top with the green onions and fresh cilantro.