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Ground Turkey and Tofu

I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and we really love it. I usually prefer white meat, but I think this one actually works best with regular ground turkey. It keeps it nice and moist. This is great served over rice, and it makes enough to enjoy leftovers a few times.

Turkey and tofu with green onions over rice.

Ground Turkey and Tofu
Cooking Light April 2006

You can use chicken breast or lean pork instead of turkey. Cut chicken or pork into cubes, then grind it in a food processor.

1 (14-ounce) package water-packed firm reduced-fat tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
⅛ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 lb. ground turkey breast
¼ cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
Cooking spray
½ cup frozen green peas, thawed
¼ cup chopped green onions

Place tofu in a single layer on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 30 minutes, pressing down occasionally.

Combine salt, white pepper, and turkey in a large bowl. Combine hoisin, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, pepper, and garlic in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add tofu; cook 6 minutes or until browned on all sides, stirring occasionally. Remove tofu from pan; keep warm. Recoat pan with cooking spray; add turkey mixture to pan. Cook 3 minutes or until turkey loses its pink color, stirring to crumble. Stir in hoisin mixture, tofu, and peas; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with green onions.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Nutritional notes:
CALORIES 275 (27% from fat); FAT 8.4g (sat 2.1g,mono 1.1g,poly 3.1g); IRON 2.4mg; CHOLESTEROL 56mg; CALCIUM 70mg; CARBOHYDRATE 17.4g; SODIUM 881mg; PROTEIN 31.5g; FIBER 1.7g

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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