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30 Minute Broccolini, Turkey and Baby Potatoes Recipe - Bikini body easy ground turkey skillet recipe that is easy enough for weeknights and even the pickiest eaters will love! | ifoodreal.com

This quick dinner idea is to die for! And before you go “Oh my gosh, potatoes are starch, carbs and make me fat!” I have BIG news for you: potatoes are good for you, especially with skin on. They are full of fiber and complex carbs, combined with lean protein like turkey and stalky/filling greens like broccolini, and you got yourself a bikini body meal! Yes, that’s right – 216 calories, 4 g of fat, 19 g of carbs and 22 g of protein.

I totally understand my healthy potatoes and “boring” greens can’t compete with all that cheese and simple carbs craziness happening on foodgawker, but I could care less. I’m in for a long haul of healthy and happy life. Haha, I hope you are with me. Then I have an easy stovetop dinner for you, that you can quickly throw together after work. And kids will love it too, unless they don’t like broccoli. There I can’t help you.:)

30 Minute Broccolini, Turkey and Baby Potatoes Recipe - Bikini body easy ground turkey skillet recipe that is easy enough for weeknights and even the pickiest eaters will love! | ifoodreal.com

Maybe your kids will like broccolini. Mine love both! If you are not familiar with this skinny green vegetable, let me tell you it’s not baby broccoli. Broccolini is a cross between Chinese broccoli and regular broccoli, resulting in less bitter than broccoli with a sweetness similar to asparagus’ vegetable. When cooked, broccolini has a chewy texture and is super filling without extra calories. You can often find organic broccolini at a reasonable price. I buy mine at Costco for $7 a bag, that lasts a while. If you can’t find broccolini, feel free to replace it with broccoli.

Using quick searing method results in crispy and tender veggies. The key is to have garlic, onion, broccolini and seasonings ready to go. Lately, I love using tamari or low sodium soy sauce as a seasoning for poultry and Tofu “Scrambled Eggs”. Feel free to substitute with extra salt.

30 Minute Broccolini, Turkey and Baby Potatoes Recipe - Bikini body easy ground turkey skillet recipe that is easy enough for weeknights and even the pickiest eaters will love! | ifoodreal.com

This was one of the fastest and tastiest dinners I have on the blog. Frankly, sweet ground turkey makes anything tasty. Just pair it with some complex carbs, right veggies (not carrots) and proper amount of seasoning, and you got a quick dinner-winner. A must for us, busy moms.

Speaking of moms, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I teamed up with my some of my blogger friends to share an advice on a work from home mom and life balance. In other words, how to survive a total craziness. Yes, I think being a mom of 2 little kids is insane and crazy. I got no help besides Alex though. Moms with helping grandparents, aunts and uncles might have a different opinion.:)

If I could give you only one tip on how to stay sane, I would say Ignore the Mess! It might be nothing new to you but its’ something I discovered for myself recently, as I was used to living in a show home and driving a car with polished steering wheel. Those days are long gone, for now. It’s a temporary thing, I want to believe.

I’m not saying stop cleaning but rather pick your battles. I call it a survival mode. My goal is to build a career, make money for a comfortable living (not that Alex doesn’t do that), feed the kids nutritious meals, educate them, raise good citizens AND not to forget about myself amidst this insanity. I honestly feel life with 2 kids is insane. No idea how is life with 3 kids and don’t want to know.:)

So, I chose to ignore, to a certain extent, sticky fingerprints on the walls, crumbs all over the floor, dirty tablecloth and you don’t want to know what’s in my car. I mean I clean of course (I used to be a clean freak) but not as much. On weekends we go out and have fun while floors are messy and laundry isn’t done! Why? Because I can’t keep up and my kids are little only once and Alex works weekdays, so I want to have fun with my family.

I also want to point out a BIG advantage of a food blogger – working from home. Many things can be done while you work. For example, loading the dishwasher and laundry. I honestly think if I were to work from the office 9 – 5, my house would have been way dirtier and kids wouldn’t do any sports. Plus they have me here, with them, raising them. How cool is that?!

I honestly don’t think life of a mom blogger is hard. It ain’t easy but not the hardest. I’ve done and seen much harder work and am blessed to be doing what I love! I’m not in Ukraine, I’m not a Malaysian airplane mystery relative, I’m alive and I’m here! Life is full of challenges, it’s about how we deal with them. Some days are better, some day are worse. Overall, we got a good life in North America. We got an online dating service for dogs, for goodness sake. So, really…Trust me, I lived in Ukraine for 19 years.

So yes, Ignore the Mess and Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are a few recipe ideas for Mother’s Day and I’m sure some sound advice on a mom’s work/life balance:

Spinach Salad with Steak Onion and Date Kebabs with Orange and Blue Cheese from Katie @ Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Crispy Duck Legs with Braised Vegetables from Carolyn @ All Day I Dream About Food

Taco Egg Stuffed Tomatoes from Brenda @ Sugar Free Mom

30 Minute Broccolini, Turkey and Baby Potatoes

30 Minute Broccolini, Turkey and Baby Potatoes


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 7 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced & divided
  • 4 cups broccolini or broccoli, cut into 2" pieces
  • 1/3 lemon, juice of
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey, extra lean
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari, low sodium
  • 4 cups baby potatoes, cut into even sizes
  • 1 cup water, boiling
  • 2 green onion sprigs, chopped


  1. Preheat dutch oven, large deep skillet or heavy bottom stainless steel pot on medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp olive oil, 5 garlic cloves and broccolini. Cook for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring every 45 seconds or until garlic and broccolini get a nice char on each side. Add lemon juice, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, stir and transfer to a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Return the dutch oven to medium heat and add 1 tsp olive oil. Add 2 garlic cloves and onion. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add ground turkey and cook for 5 more minutes, breaking meat into pieces with a spatula. Add soy sauce/tamari, potatoes, water and stir gently to combine. Bring to a boil, cover and cook on low-medium heat for 20 minutes. Check potatoes for readiness and if necessary cook a bit longer. Then add previously cooked broccolini and green onion. Stir gently and serve hot.
  3. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1 + 2/3 cups:
Calories: 216.7
Total Fat: 4.7 g
Cholesterol: 43.3 mg
Sodium: 366.7 mg
Total Carbs: 19.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.8 g
Protein: 22.2 g
WW Points+: 5

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  1. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    The mess! Yes, this is a major source of strife and much energy wasted in our house. You are so right to not focus on it. I think I would magically have two more hours in the day if I didn’t. I agree, food blogging isn’t the hardest job. That is true. I often don’t feel like it is work since i love it so much. I just need to fix my schedule! Great recipe. We don’t eat enough broccolini. It is one of my favorite veggies to use for photo shoots though. 🙂 Thanks for your tip Olena!

    • Olena

      I think food blogging is a dream job if you love cooking and are good with technical stuff and marketing yourself.:) I have been buying broccolini a lot since Costco always seem to have it. And it fills me up magically! Looking great in pictures is an added bonus. Sometimes food tastes awesome but looks yuk, right?!:) Keep it up, mommy!:)

  2. Carolyn

    Ignore the mess indeed! The best thing I ever did for myself as a parent was to get some cleaners in every two weeks. Now I truly ignore the mess a lot more, knowing that someone will be in to clean soon. And like you, we don’t have family in the area at all so it’s just me and my husband! We need all the help we can get.

    • Olena

      No family in the area really sucks…or not. Kidding.:) Maybe one day I will get cleaners again. I used to have a cleaning lady and it was wonderful…I gotta admit it was amazing!

  3. Brenda@SugarFreeMom

    Oh my goodness I totally agree with you about ignoring the mess. That can be so hard for a clutter hater like me, but so very wise or you will certainly go insane. Carolyn and I both have 3 kids and I can tell you it is pure chaos!! Thankfully I have learned to delegate to my oldest two and that helps a bunch! Love your recipe too!

    • Olena

      I hate clutter too. My cupboards and drawers used to be 100% organized. Now, maybe 70% is and the rest is hiding. I used to do spring cleaning way more. Things like that. I ignore, do less often or hire people. 3 kids…I have no idea how you can manage. Your kids are older now, so that’s easier…in a way. Is it ever easy though?!:)

  4. Aida

    I made this today and it turned out just delicious! I’m actually in love with your blog and your recipes, it’s one of the few blogs that actually inspire me to cook, keep the great job!

    • Olena

      Haha, I’m glad I didn’t ruin your dinner.:) Cooking is really easy and so much fun. Glad I could make you feel that way.:) Enjoy and thank you so much for your kind words!

  5. Olga G.

    As soon as I saw the potatoes I knew I had to make this ( plus I had ground turkey in the fridge) As a fellow Ukrainian I ♡ potatoes. Such a comfort food! This is another keeper. 🙂

  6. Zach

    This is the third recipe that I have taken from this site and so far I have not been disappointed. Im trying to increase my own personal cookbook with these awesome recipes.

  7. Maryam

    Honestly, I did’t used to like being in the kitchen but with these recipes are just awesome. The way we women love shopping is the same way I’m beginning to love cooking. Your recipes are healthy and then easy too. You have motivated me to start my own personal cook book. I always look forward to what I am going to cook the next day. I also have two kids and I need them to get used to eating healthy. Thanks

    • Olena

      Good for you!!! I’m so happy to hear I could make a positive change on someone’s family. Cooking is easy and fun! healthy food is everything but mainly – health! In our days so many people are out of touch with real food eating from packages, which is not even food! So, good for you and your kids! Enjoy!

  8. Amber

    Hi Olena! Great recipes you have here- I’m so glad I found your site! Do you think I could substitute sweet potatoes with the same results?

    • Olena

      Hi Amber. Thank you!:) Yes, you can. Just make sure to cut sweet potatoes in large cubes and you might have to cook them for less than 20 minutes like the recipe tells you to cook white potatoes. Check after 15 mins. .:)

  9. Lina

    Yum. Another big hit in my household. Thank you. Your recipes and techniques are reinvigorating my cooking repertoire with truly tasty, healthy, and satisfying meals.

    • Olena

      You are welcome.:) We all have different kitchen secrets and cooking techniques. Quite often I go like “yeah, that’s so cool, tasty and different”.:) I really like to keep my recipes simple like I would do for my family, probably breaking the rules of professional cooks often LOL. Enjoy!

  10. Judith Essex

    other than the broccolinni is there another vegetable you can recommend?
    I don’t tolerate any food from that family.

  11. Kate

    This was delicious! However, this took me about an hour and a half to complete as I substituted broccoli for the broccolini (due to prices), and it took forever for the broccoli to cook via the instructions. I would recommend parboiling the broccoli and then finishing in the pan with the garlic for the nice roasted flavor. We also substituted coconut aminos for the soy sauce, and we used baby red potatoes.

    • Olena

      Hi Kate. That is weird because broccoli cooks even faster than broccolini. I never had to cook broccoli longer than 5 minutes for al dente broccoli rather than mushy. Broccoli takes a few minutes to cook where as broccolini have a thicker stem and require more cooking time. Nevertheless, both are a quick cooking vegetable. Nonetheless, just my 5 cents and glad you enjoyed the meal.:)

  12. Amy

    This looks so delicious. I love potatoes with any meal, cooked any way. I’m wondering, how do you recommend heating this dish up from frozen?

    • Olena

      I do not recommend freezing any dish with potatoes that is why I didn’t include freezing in the storage instructions. Thawed cooked potatoes just don’t taste good.



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