When my mom came to visit us last summer, she made us a dish she called “Turkey, Peas, and Rice.” Everyone raved about it and wanted her to make it again and again before she went back to Miami. She didn’t use a recipe (she never really uses recipes). She just puts a little of this and a little of that (I wonder where I get it from?). She has a unique gift of throwing things together and it comes out perfectly every time (Wow Mom!). While I can’t add the secret ingredient ♥ that she always adds to her dishes, I tried my best to recreate what has become a favorite at our house 🙂
My kids always request Nana’s Turkey, Peas, and Rice for their birthday week. Since this week is my 8-year old’s birthday week, I thought I would come up with a measured out tried and true version of my mom’s “this and that” recipe. She uses Adobo seasoning, so I came up with a homemade Adobo seasoning for this dish.
What I like most about this dish is that it cooks up easily in one pot. It has a blend of different flavors and spices that cook up into a savory delight. This dish includes ground turkey, green peas, and a blend of tomato, garlic, celery and onions.
Did you know that green peas are little powerhouses? I always avoided eating green peas because I thought they were so starchy and lacked nutrients. But after doing some research, I plan to add these little bites of goodness to our vegetable menu more often. They are great for weight management and stomach cancer prevention. They also promote a strong immune system, promote high energy, are good for blood sugar regulation and so much more (Learn more here).
I like to cook up a double batch of this recipe and freeze some for later. We love this dish! Thanks Nana! From our family to yours…enJOY!
Nana’s Turkey, Peas, and Rice (Printable Version)
6 servings, 30 minutes
1 lb ground turkey
1 1/2 cup green peas
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 1/4 tsp Adobo seasoning (see below)
1 Tbsp tomatoe paste
3/4 cup of water
1 Tbsp oil
- In a large pot (I use a Dutch oven), heat oil on medium heat.
Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and celery and cook and additional 3 minutes or until tender.
- Add ground meat and Adobo seasoning. Cook and break into pieces until no longer pink.
- Add tomato paste and water. Stir until incorporated.
- Add green peas and simmer on medium heat covered for 10-15 minutes or until peas are tender.
- Serve over cooked rice.
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic
1 1/4 tsp salt