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Ground Turkey Stew Recipe is quick n easy healthy stew with beans, kale and olives. GREAT reviews! | ifoodreal.com

As I am writing up this ground turkey stew recipe and finishing the last bowl of it, I’m thinking I should make stews more often. Definitely! Stew is healthy and quick stovetop meal that keeps well refrigerated for days. Plus, it’s so easy to control the macros: want more protein=> add more meat, want more veggies=> add greens, less carbs=> no problem, don’t add any if you wish. Try my slow cooker pumpkin stew with chicken and quinoa stew with beef.

As I keep doing Insanity, I have to be creative with my meals. Believe it or not, the main challenge is to keep it simple and balanced. I constantly have to remind myself not to overdo it. In the back of my mind, I keep thinking “Oh, add this…What’s the rule for that type of dish? How do they do it in Italy?”. Who cares?! In Italy, they eat pizza and drink wine every day. Nothing wrong with that. It’s just not what I’m doing right now.:)

Ground Turkey Stew Recipe is quick n easy healthy stew with beans, kale and olives. GREAT reviews! | ifoodreal.com

So, I kept this ground turkey stew simple – ground turkey (93% lean & organic), cannellini beans (I cook my own), curly kale, Kalamata olives and fresh herbs. The flavours are much of a Mediterranean decent here. Sweet pieces of turkey meat, “popping” in your mouth white beans, chewy kale, salty Kalamata olives in a savoury tomato broth – this dish came out delicious! And the older it is, the better it gets. Just like wine.

Enjoy, and have you tried my ground turkey quinoa casserole yet?

Ground Turkey Stew

Ground Turkey Stew


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 lb ground turkey, extra lean
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water, boiling
  • 14 oz can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 tsp oregano or thyme, dried
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in halves
  • 4 cups kale, coarsely chopped & packed
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat dutch oven or large heavy bottom pot on medium heat and add olive oil. Add onion and garlic, saute for 5 minutes or until translucent, stirring occasionally. Add turkey and cook for 12-13 minutes, breaking into pieces and stirring every few minutes.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, water, beans, thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaves, then stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice, olives and kale, then stir, cover and let stand a few minutes or until kale is wilted. Add basil and parsley, stir again and it's best to let the flavours "marry" each other for 10 minutes or so. Discard the bay leaves and serve hot.
  3. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 3-4 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1.33 cup:
Calories: 298.6
Total Fat: 12.5 g
Cholesterol: 53.3 mg
Sodium: 704.8 mg
Total Carbs: 26.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.3 g
Protein: 22.8 g
WW Points+: 8

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  1. Allison @ Clean Wellness

    I’m going to give this a try with chickpeas! Looks so good. I love all of those flavours and I really enjoy dishes that can be substituted with whatever you love. Stews always seem to get better with age! I always enjoy them the next day even more. And one of my girl friends does the public relations for Insanity! I’ve tried the workouts and they’re pretty “insane,” I must say!

    • Olena

      Chickpeas or even soft tofu (add at the end) are great meat replacements for this recipe. I love dishes like these too! Leftovers and taste better with age dishes are time savers! Insanity … I have no words how insane the workouts are because they are so long. Funny but even with those kind of workouts eating clean is everything.

  2. Aleks @ CanuckCuisine.com

    Love it. You could probably substitute chicken drumsticks need be, just cook it a bit longer.

    LOL. In Italy they also smoke like chimneys. I remember seeing a field trip at the zoo in Rome, all kids walking in pairs, and two teachers leading at the front – smoking. I was so shocked, but my husband just said “don’t worry, they’re just training future smokers”. haha

    • Olena

      Heck, yes. Even chicken thighs would work.

      True. I forgot how much people smoke in Europe! Here it’s even weird to see someone smoking on a patio at a restaurant. Eating and inhaling smoke?! No thank you! I haven’t done that for years. Although I remember back in Ukraine, as a teenager, me and GFs used to go for coffee and a cigarette. So European. Lol

  3. Eat Good 4 Life

    I love the look and hearty ingredients of this stew. So healthy and yes Mediterranean 🙂 It looks like you are doing great with your insanity work out 🙂

    • Olena

      I love Mediterranean anything although I’m still due to visit that part of the world.:) And yes, I think I’m gonna finish the Insanity although might be insane by the end of it.

  4. Michelle

    This looks amazing! I love one pot meals like this that I can continue heating up for several meals. This is going on the meal plan this week.

    • Olena

      Haha, sometimes simple is easy and yet not so obvious. We tend to overcomplicate things in life, don’t we?!:) Thank you, Denise!

  5. Danielle Oldale

    Oh man that is so delicious! I made it tonight for dinner tomorrow and had a bite to taste it…and wow!!! I’m a huge fan of Mediterranean flavor and this is just awesome. Thanks for all the great recipes and your blog, I’m really enjoying the whole shebang!

    • Olena

      LOL, Danielle. You made me laugh with your shebang. You mean my clean eating is a shebang?! Lol. Looks like you cook in batches and in advance like me. Glad you liked it!!! Thank you!

  6. Erin

    We just found out my husband is allergic to tomatos. Any ideas on what to use instead of can of diced tomatos?

    • Olena

      Yes. Replace it with a slurry – 1 cup chicken stock whisked with 4 tbsp whole wheat flour or 2 tbsp cornstarch. The stew will have more of a savoury chicken sauce which is wonderful.

  7. Danielle

    This looks delicious! To clarify, is the serving size 1 and 1/3 cups?

  8. Julie

    Made this the other day and it tastes great! But my husband and I are leaving for the weekend so I wanted to freeze the leftovers so it wouldn’t spoil. I noticed you said ‘do not freeze’ and was wondering why not?

    • Olena

      I’m not a fan of defrosted stew texture, especially with kale. It just doesn’t freeze as nice as casseroles because of the liquid. But you could, I mean it’s not the end of the world. I’m just trying to avoid complaints from readers LOL. Glad you liked it!

      • Julie

        Makes sense:) I defrosted it today and it’s still fabulous. Thank you:)

        • Olena

          Perfect! My husband would love it defrosted too. It’s just tiny little bit different texture for me.:) Enjoy!:)

  9. Kenzie

    Is the nutritional info for each serving or the total meal? Also, I served this dish tonight with a side of quinoa and it was delish!!!!!!!

  10. Ashely

    Great recipe. I added sheep’s milk feta on top before serving and my 8 year old asked for seconds..then thirds. Can’t top that review. Will be adding this to my rotation.

  11. Deb

    This was delicious! Even my 10-year old went back for seconds. The only thing I did differently was to use veggie broth instead of water – absolutely delicious. Thank you!

  12. Jessie

    this recipe looks delish, and I’ll be making it this evening. Only issue I have is that it’s advertised as a “freezer friendly” meal, yet under the recipe it says “do not freeze”. I’ll be freezing it anyway, but is there a reason for this? Thanks!


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