Fall has arrived!!! The days are shorter, the evenings are cooler and I’m ready for cool weather dishes like this Cuban Style Turkey Picadillo.
Now that our boys are back at school/work, we’ve also changed back to our lighter eating habits – focusing on more nutrient dense meals like this Cuban Style Turkey Picadillo. The contents of the fridge have also changed and now sport a package (or two!) of Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey So, why Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey? Well, aside from the fact that it has great texture and tastes delicious? It’s also an incredibly versatile source of lean protein that totally fits into our goal of eating lighter and more nutritious meals. I also love that fact that Foster Farms turkeys are raised in California’s Central Valley. Not only are Foster Farms turkeys free range and fed an organic, vegetarian diet but their turkeys are never given antibiotics, hormones or steroids – making them a wonderful choice for easy meals!
Cuban Style Turkey Picadillo
Although not a truly authentic Picadillo (which is made with beef and simmered for a longer period), this version uses turkey. Combined with onions and tomatoes and sauteed with cinnamon, cumin, smoked paprika and just a whiff of cloves and allspice it has a rich and earthy flavor! Olives and raisins add a salty and sweet note, giving this dish an amazing depth and range of flavor! Ready in about 30 minutes it’s also incredibly versatile.
I love to serve this over orzo, rice, quinoa, barley, polenta or wrapped up in a corn tortilla – see I told it was versatile!!! I usually pair it with a big salad made of whatever greens and vegetables that look good in the markets – right now I’m loving it with this Pomegranate Fattoush Salad or this Caramelized Citrus and Avocado Salad. This Cuban Style Turkey Picadillo is a simple and satisfying meal and one that I can even make ahead of time – perfect for nights when I teach or have meetings.
This post has been sponsored by Collectivity, Inc. on behalf of Foster Farms. As always, all views expressed are mine and mine alone.
So, ready to cook up a batch? Here’s the recipe!
A Cuban classic updated for a weeknight meal, this 30 minute turkey picadillo has all the flavor of the original - zesty with a hint of salt and rich spices!
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion cut into 1/2 inch dice
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 pound Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey
- salt and pepper
- 4 large roma tomatoes OR one 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup water
- 2/3 cup sultana raisins
- 2/3 cup pitted pimento stuffed green olives
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
Add the onions and saute for 6 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for another 4 minutes until the onions are soft and golden.
Add the tomato paste and stir, cooking for another 2 minutes until the tomato paste is caramelized.
Add the turkey and cook, stirring to break up any lumps for another 3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, vinegar, spices and season with salt and pepper.
Add 1/4 cup of water and stir to combine.
Bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce to a simmer.
Cook, uncovered for 10 minutes, until mixture is thick.
Stir in the raisins and the olives.