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This Thai Turkey Meal Prep Bowl is the perfect healthy and satisfying lunch or dinner. It’s a white rice or cauliflower rice base loaded with flavorful ground turkey and a colorful blend of veggies all tossed in a salty, tangy, spicy Thai basil sauce.
This recipe is low-carb, whole-30-approved, paleo-friendly, and oh-so-tasty!
Simple Rice Bowl Recipe with Ground Turkey
I’m always looking for new ways to fuel up on a busy day. And this Thai Basil Ground Turkey Bowl Meal Prep recipe is an all-time favorite.
This tastes like a meal you spent a whole lot of time on, when in reality it only took you 30 minutes! It’s loaded with so many colorful, flavorful, tasty, and nutritious ingredients: rice or cauliflower rice, savory Thai turkey, fresh, crunchy veggies, and a simple and mouthwatering Thai basil sauce.
This recipe will be your new go-to…for meal prep or not!
What You’ll Need
These rice bowls are packed full of so many good-for-you ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Avocado Oil: You’ll need a little bit of oil to brown the turkey and to sauté the veggies. If you don’t have avocado oil, I recommend another neutral oil such as. vegetable oil or grapeseed oil.
- Ground Turkey: You will need just 1 pound of ground turkey for this recipe.
- Turkey Aromatics and Seasonings: We’re flavoring our meat with the perfect blend of coconut aminos, sesame oil, chili paste, fresh ginger, chopped Thai basil, lemon grass, fish sauce, salt, and pepper.
- Veggie Mixture: Our veggie mix consists of onion, bell pepper, green beans, and bok choy. Don’t forget to season the veggies with a little bit of salt and pepper too!
- Thai Basil Sauce: The sauce is made with a simple combination of coconut aminos, chili paste, fresh ginger, and fish sauce.
- Rice: You can cook up regular white rice or keep your meal low-carb with a batch of cauliflower rice.
- Toppings for Serving: I like to finish the bowls off with bibb lettuce, sliced chili peppers, and sliced carrots.
How to Make Thai Basil Rice Bowls
This rice bowl recipe takes just 30 minutes to make from start to finish. Enjoy your meal right away or have lunches prepped all week long!
- Cook the turkey: In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat, then add in the turkey, coconut aminos, sesame oil, chili paste, ginger, basil, lemon grass, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Cook until the turkey is cooked through.
- Prep the rice: Cook the rice of your choice or prepare a batch of cauliflower rice.
- Cook the veggies: In another pan, heat oil over medium heat, then add in onion, pepper, and green beans. Cook until softened, then add in bok choy, salt, and pepper.
- Make the sauce: In a small pot, combine the coconut aminos, chili paste, fresh ginger, and fish sauce. Bring to a boil, then simmer until thickened.
Now, assemble and serve or store everything separately for later!
How Do You Make Ground Turkey More Flavorful?
There are plenty of ways you can load your ground turkey up with flavor.
In this case, we’re cooking it with a combination of coconut aminos, sesame oil, chili paste, fresh ginger, basil, lemon grass, fish sauce, salt, and pepper.
It’s the perfect combination of salty, nutty, spicy, tangy, and savory to take your ground turkey from bland to bursting with flavor.
How Do You Cook Ground Turkey Without Drying it Out?
Ground turkey is a lean meat, which means it can quickly become dried out if not cooked properly. Here are a couple of things we’re doing to make sure that it’s perfectly tender and juicy:
- Add liquids. For this recipe, we’re adding oil, coconut aminos, chili paste, and fish sauce—all which add a significant amount of moisture (as well as flavor) to the meat.
- Cook on medium heat. Medium heat cooks the turkey perfectly without zapping the moisture out of it. Cooking on high heat will dry it out pretty darn quick.
- Don’t over-cook. Remove the turkey from the heat as soon as no pink remains in the meat. Any longer than that and it will start to dry out.
Can You Use Pre-Made or Frozen Cauliflower Rice?
Yes! While you can easily rice your own cauliflower, you can also take advantage of pre-riced, frozen cauliflower to save a little bit of time if you prefer.
Tips and Variations for Ground Turkey Meal Prep Rice Bowls
- Assemble right before serving. To keep everything as fresh as possible, I recommend keeping all of the different components separate until right before you’re ready to serve.
- Spice it up. Love the heat? Try adding a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to the Thai basil sauce.
- Use another meat. The ground turkey is delicious, but this recipe would also work great with ground chicken, pork, or beef.
- Add more veggies. I love the blend of onions, peppers, green beans, bok choy, and carrots, but you can really use whatever other veggies you have on hand. Try mushrooms, broccoli, water chestnuts, you name it.
What Pairs Well with Thai Basil?
This Thai basil ground turkey meal prep bowl is made with tons of aromatic Thai flavors. It makes a super satisfying and complete meal all on its own, but you can absolutely pair it with more Thai-inspired recipes.
Enjoy it with:
- Coconut Rice
- Cauliflower Rice
- Spring Rolls with Mango Ginger Sauce
- Thai Curry Soup
- Sweet and Crunchy Thai Slaw
- Thai Ginger Basil Arugula Salmon Salad
How to Store
To keep everything nice and fresh, I recommend prepping and storing all of the rice bowl recipe components separately.
Here are my storage recommendations:
- Rice: Store the rice in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
- Turkey: Store the cooked turkey mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen, then warm on low on the stove until heated through.
- Veggies: The veggie mixture can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. To reheat, warm either in the microwave or on low on the stove.
- Sauce: The Thai basil sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
More Asian-Inspired Recipes You’ll Love
- Paleo Asian Beef and Rice Meal Prep
- Paleo Chicken and Broccoli
- Thai Meatballs
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Paleo Chicken Stir Fry
- Egg Roll Soup
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Thai Turkey Bowl Meal Prep
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon chili paste
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
- 1/3 cup chopped Thai basil or sub regular basil
- 1 teaspoon lemon grass sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
For the Veggies:
- 2 teaspoons avocado oil or extra-virgin avocado oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 bell peppers cored and sliced
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 bunch bok choy
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon chili paste
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
- Cauliflower Rice or White Rice cooked
- Bibb lettuce
- Chili Peppers sliced
- Carrots cut into thin strips
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot add all turkey ingredients and mix until well combined. Cook until the turkey is cooked through and no pink remains, about 5-7 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
- Meanwhile, prepare either cauliflower rice or white rice as desired.
- To cook veggies: Heat oil in another pan over medium heat. Add in diced onion, sliced red peppers and green beans. Cook until onion becomes translucent and veggies begin to soften, about 5-7 minutes. Add in bok choy, salt and pepper. Cook until wilted.
- In a small pot add all of the ingredients for the sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1-2 minutes until sauce reduces and thickens slightly.
- Assemble bowls by adding rice, then ground turkey, then veggies and drizzle with sauce. Serve with desired toppings. Serve immediately, or let cool completely before storing for meal prep.