Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Ground Turkey With Collard Greens and Sweet Potatoes

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I have discovered something at my local grocery store I didn’t even know existed — frozen collard greens!


Really?! I had no idea. I immediately thought: What a great way to mix up my green intake especially in the winter when I tend to decrease salad consumption and fresh produce.

So I bought a bag and used it in some crazy soup concoction that was good but not yummy enough to share. I picked up a second bag and yesterday was TOTALLY inspired to make a fun dish with it.

The result was fantastic. I’m actually eating leftovers right now! They were a pain to heat up on the stove because my microwave is broken. Grrr. That kind of puts a damper on making dishes ahead for fast lunches but anyway, I digress.

Ground Turkey with Collard Greens and Sweet Potatoes

I am very much a “throw a bunch of stuff in a pot and dig in” type of girl. So I’m not sure how many of you will like this idea. It’s a bit of a mish mash, not quite a chili, not really a stew, just a home cooked bowl of yummy things.

Here’s what I did…

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 19.2 oz package of 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2 sweet potatoes (totally about 400g), chopped
  • 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb bag of frozen chopped collard greens
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add the onion and ground turkey. Once the turkey is browned add the chopped sweet potato.

Ground Turkey with Collard Greens and Sweet Potatoes- Step 1

Add the tomatoes, collards, red pepper flakes and salt.

Ground Turkey with Collard Greens and Sweet Potatoes- Step 2

Stir everything together. There’s really not a lot of liquid but that’s OK. More will seep out of the veggies. Cover the pot and leave the temp up on medium for about 15 minutes to help.

Uncover and give everything another good toss.

Ground Turkey with Collard Greens and Sweet Potatoes- Step 3

Lower the temp to simmer, re-cover and cook for an additional 20-25 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender and the collards good down a little.

Ground Turkey with Collard Greens and Sweet Potatoes- Step 4

That’s it!

I know it’s not the most appetizing looking bowl but it really is super yummy!

Ground Turkey with Collard Greens and Sweet Potatoes - All done!

Now that I’m thinking about it, it’s paleo too, isn’t it? I don’t generally hop on specific diet trends but I do like when a recipe of mine ends up being accidentally paleo. It’s like a silent “good job” pat on the back.  

I measured out the whole pot and ended up with just over 8 cups so I’ll give the nutritional info per cup even though I eat closer to 2. Right now I’m on par for getting about 5 actual meals out of this since I’m the only one who will eat it my house. Their loss.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
8 1 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
185 5g 4g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 2g 17g 16g

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    November 1, 2014

    I love sweet potato and this looks so good! I have just started to use ground turkey and I have to try this for sure :)


    January 12, 2015

    I just made this dish for my husband and,....O.M.G., it was delicious! This dish will become a regular on our healthy menu. But, I personalized it with a few changes...since we enjoy our food on the spicy side, I added Chili Powder to the our dish, in addition, to salt and pepper to taste. This provided a nice ying to the savory yang of the sweet potato. Then, I added 1 cup of water for a nice base and served it over Brown Bashmati Rice. Although I forgot to add the tomatoes I had prepared, it tasted wonderful.


      January 13, 2015

      SO glad it inspired you!


    April 10, 2015

    Really love your blog and recipes. This looks so up my alley! I think I might even try to make it in my pressure cooker.