Turkey Mushroom Bolognese

This dish represents the beginning of my whole foods diet lifestyle. It’s officially been a year since I started this blog! I’ve got to say, it was really hard for me to change my diet at first as I had to give up all the foods I loved to eat (pizza, pasta and bread). Or at least I thought I had to give them up!
 
I am now finding ways to make healthier versions of my favourite foods and this dish was just the beginning of it all. Spaghetti squash is such a great alternative to pasta and nature made it easier for us as it is already shaped like spaghetti! This sauce can be made in under 30 minutes and can be added to your repertoire of easy dishes. I hope you like it as much as I do! It’s a dish I often make when I can’t decide what I want to cook.
 
Turkey Mushroom Bolognese
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup avocado oil, separated
  2. 1 lb lean ground turkey
  3. 1/2 medium red onion, small diced
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 cups sliced crimini mushroom
  6. 1 bottle (680ml) strained crushed tomatoes
  7. 1 tsp dried oregano
  8. 1 tsp dried basil
  9. 1/8 tsp cayenne
  10. 1/2 tsp paprika
  11. TT sea salt
  12. 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, heat ¼ cup of avocado oil on medium high heat. Add ground turkey and sauté until cooked through. Place cooked in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat the rest of the avocado oil on medium high heat. Add onions and sauté until transparent. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes without browning. Add crimini mushroom and sauté until soft but not mushy.
  3. Add the cooked turkey back into the pan and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce, oregano, basil, cayenne, paprika and sea salt.
  4. Bring up to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add parsley at the end and mix well.
  6. Serve with spaghetti squash, zoodles or any gluten-free pasta of your choice. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. TT means to taste
  2. Feel free to change the lean ground turkey to lean ground beef if you prefer.
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Click here for a how-to on roasting spaghetti squash.

 
Good to Know:
  • I usually make my own tomato sauce but sometimes I just don’t have time so I buy it too! If buying tomato sauce, be sure to look for one that is packaged in a glass bottle as buying any canned tomato products can potentially be harmful to your health. Tomatoes are highly acidic and it leaches out more BPA (bisphenol-a) from the lining of the can than other canned products. BPA can disrupt hormones, harm reproduction and increase risks of certain cancers.
  • I like to buy Italissima Strained Tomatoes but they have other flavours too! The ingredients are literally organic tomatoes and sea salt. Compared to other brands, there are other ingredients that are just not necessary.

2 thoughts on “Turkey Mushroom Bolognese

  1. Love this recipe! For someone like me with minimal cooking skills, this bolognese is so easy to make. Such a great gluten-free alternative whenever I crave for spaghetti. Flavors are on point!

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