Turkey Bolognese Sauce {Recipe Redux}

Turkey Bolognese // 24 Carrot Life #redwine #turkey #protein

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is all about the alcohol… in the kitchen that is. And I don’t mean drinking while you cook, although I won’t judge if that’s your thing. What we really mean here, though, is putting alcohol into your food.

Immediately I thought of adding rum to banana bread, because seriously how amazing would that be? But I also thought it would be kind of standard.

So then I thought I’d make risotto with a touch of white wine. But then I went home this past weekend and my mom made an unbelievably delicious meat sauce for pasta. With her brainstorming help I decided to try and recreate her sauce but with a little red wine added in for flavor. And this bolognese is made healthier by using ground turkey instead of ground beef. Thanks, Mom!

Turkey Bolognese // 24 Carrot Life #redwine #turkey #proteinTurkey Bolognese // 24 Carrot Life #redwine #turkey #protein

Of course, this recipe almost didn’t make it to the blog in time for today’s post because I clearly don’t drink enough to know when the liquor store closes. Or I don’t know how to check the hours online. Most likely both. So, I missed my chance to buy wine twice but finally snagged some today in time to shoot my pictures before the sun set. This sauce was just too good not to share. You can thank me later

This is a great sauce to make on a Sunday so you have your pasta sauce for the whole week. Or freeze whatever you don’t use in individual servings so you can pull it out and thaw whenever you want to make a hearty yet healthy dinner.

What is your favorite way to cook with alcohol?

Turkey Bolognese // 24 Carrot Life #redwine #turkey #protein

Turkey Bolognese Sauce {Recipe Redux}
 
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Rich tasting homemade bolognese sauce that is made with ground turkey instead of ground beef for a lighter and healthier option.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine (like Cabernet Savignon)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook until transluscent.
  2. Add diced tomatoes and ground turkey and cook until the turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and red wine and cook covered over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. If the liquid cooks off too much add a few tablespoons of water so the sauce doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Serve over pasta, quinoa, or vegetables.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 362 Fat: 15 g Carbohydrates: 23.6 g Sugar: 13.4 g Fiber: 6 g Protein: 26 g

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Cherry Galette

Cherry Galette // 24 Carrot Life #vegan #wholewheat #summer #healthy

It’s cherry season dudes (and dudettes…actually mostly just dudettes because I think my Dad is the only man who reads this blog). So what do we do when it’s cherry season? Say it with me now… “we make cherry galettes”! And we make them with whole wheat flour and vegan butter because we can. And because we’re doing this whole healthy thing. And because the galette still tastes dreamy. Damn straight.

Cherry Galette // 24 Carrot Life #vegan #wholewheat #summer #healthy

Of course if you want to use the real deal butta and cream or milk go for it. I’ve been experimenting to see if cutting back on dairy makes my body feel better. But if you’ve been hanging out here for a while you know I really like cheese and cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk so I feel ya if you want to go big or go home with this galette.

It’s funny because just the other day I was talking about pie with my coworkers (cool coworkers, right?) and I was telling them that I only really like apple pie. A few of them said they like berry pies but I find them to have this weird gelatinous consistency that really grosses me out and takes away from the fresh fruit. Well, none of that gelatinous goop goin’ on here in this galette. I used just a touch of flour in the cherry filling to prevent a liquidy mess and no need for cornstarch in this recipe.

Cherry Galette // 24 Carrot Life #vegan #wholewheat #summer #healthy

To pit your cherries without a cherry pitter (cuz that’s one of those kitchen utensils you use once a year) just slice them in half with a pairing knife and cut the pit out with the edge of your knife. Kind of like you would do with an avocado.

The rest of the rest is a cinch and before you know it you’ll have a dessert to impress all your friends. I highly recommend serving your slice of galette with one of the following: whipped cream or coconut cream, ice cream (vegan optional), or greek yogurt mixed with a little bit of honey. I went for the greek yogurt since I had a slice for breakfast. It has fruit in it so that’s totally acceptable, right?!

Cherry Galette // 24 Carrot Life #vegan #wholewheat #summer #healthyWhat’s your favorite pie filling?

Cherry Galette
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Dough
  • 1 and 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 oz./8 tablespoons/1 stick vegan (or regular) butter
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar of choice (I used raw turbinado)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Cherry Filling
  • 2 cups pitted sweet red cherries
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (or sugar of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet (or use a silpat mat) and set aside.
  2. Add all dough ingredients to a food processor or cake mixer and pulse/mix until just combined. Remove dough and place on a floured surface. Either use a rolling pin or your hands to flatten the dough until you have an 8-12 inch circle (it’s okay if it’s imperfect) and it’s about a ¼ inch thick. Place in the fridge while you prepare the cherry filling.
  3. Add all cherry filling ingredients to a medium bowl and toss until combined.
  4. Remove dough from the fridge and spoon the cherry filling into the middle of the round flattened dough. Leave about two inches on the outside to fold over.
  5. Fold up the edges carefully, pleating them as you go. If the dough tears just pinch it together with your fingers.
  6. Sprinkle with more turbinado sugar if you wish and place in the oven.
  7. Cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Let cool before serving.
  9. Serving options include ice cream, whipped coconut cream, or greek yogurt sweetened with honey.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Sprouted Kitchen.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 230 Fat: 11.5 g Carbohydrates: 30.9 g Sugar: 5.3 g Fiber: 12.4 g Protein: 3.1 g

 

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The Best Green Smoothie Bowl Ever

The Best Green Smoothie Bowl Ever // 24 Carrot Life #greensmoothie #healthy

I only recently got into green smoothies, but now I’m hooked. I just think all other smoothies are inferior because green smoothies have vegetables in them…and you can’t even tell! So why would I opt for a non-veggie smoothie with fewer green plant vitamins?

Are you a green smoothie addict too? No? Well, after you try this recipe you are going to be! I promise. Pinky swear.

It has a tropical vibe going on with coconut water, pineapple, mango, and banana. If you only have pineapple or mango, don’t fret, this will still taste great!

The Best Green Smoothie Bowl Ever // 24 Carrot Life #greensmoothie #healthy

The Best Green Smoothie Bowl Ever
 
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 large handful of spinach or kale, frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 large frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango or pineapple
  • ice cubes, optional
Instructions
  1. Add coconut water, milk and greens to smoothie first. Blend until completely smooth. Add fruit and ice and blend until it reaches desired consistency.
  2. Top with coconut, granola, or more fruit.
Notes
If you have just pineapple or just mango that's okay, but do not omit both.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 161 Fat: 2.6 g Carbohydrates: 35.4 g Sugar: 25.2 g Fiber: 5.6 g Protein: 4.1 g

 

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