Low-fat, High protein dinner for one

So, usually when my other half is out of town, I use it as an excuse to have kashi cereal, yogurt and fruit for dinner. Seriously, that is one of my favorite combinations. However, since I’m training currently for a half marathon and also SIGNED UP FOR A FULL MARATHON (details on that in a future post) I have been eager also to feed my body more nutritious foods whenever I can. Lately, I have done a lot of reading on what foods to eat to fuel your body for longer runs. Sweet potatoes seemed to be at the top of most of those lists. I love sweet potatoes, more than regular potatoes (maybe not in french fry form, they’re tied there). Ironically, I picked up a few at the farmer’s market this last weekend and I wanted to get them in my belly ASAP after reading how great they can be for you with or without a training regime.

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As usual, we had kale in our refrigerator. We also had some cooked lean ground turkey that I made last week for some dinner we never ended up having after Jarob had to work late. I hate wasting things, so I decided I would come up with something to use my new obsession with sweet potatoes and some of this cooked turkey… and of course, kale. Literally, those are the three things I turned into a “high protein, high fiber, low-fat dinner bowl”… or at least that’s what I’m going to call it until I come up with a better name. It’s delicious, nutritious, filling and EASY to make. So here’s what I did for dinner..

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups diced sweet potato
1 cup kale
2/3 cup cooked lean ground turkey
Ketchup, salsa, hot sauce, whatever you fancy on top! (Ketchup is pictured)

Instructions:

  1. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray, add minced garlic and cook over low to medium heat.
  2. Add sweet potato, cover the pan and let simmer until sweet potato is soft
  3. Heat ground turkey.
  4. Add kale, cooked sweet potato and ground turkey to bowl
  5. Dress as desired and eat!

I told you this was easy. What’s better than that? How about the fact that it has 33g of protein, only 11g of fat, and 10g of fiber.

It makes for a more satisfying meal than my cereal parfait, and I like being able to get creative with what I add on top. It makes just enough for one person and there’s no need to sacrifice nutritional quality or go all out in the kitchen when it’s just you. Oh how I wish I was this creative when I lived alone in Chicago a few years ago… I would have avoided being Lean Cuisines #1 consumer. (I can proudly say I haven’t had one of those microwave meals in 10 months or more!)

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

 

 

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