by Olena

Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto

by Olena

4.5 from 11 reviews

This 30 Minute Healthy Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious low carb one pot dinner recipe that will become your family's favourite.

The other day was very-very hot and I just couldn’t bare standing at the stove for more than 15 minutes.

I have originally planned to make zucchini boats but that’s next time when I feel fancy and a thought of oven warming up my kitchen isn’t a death sentence.

I would have loved to feast on cold zucchini noodles but that wouldn’t suffice for any of my boys’ appetite. All of the above mentioned circumstances called for a skillet.

Chop-chop, stir and dinner is served – similar to zucchini bake, garlic chicken zucchini and corn skillet and Tex Mex chicken and zucchini. I clearly love this type of recipes!

Tips for Cooking and Serving This Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet

  • Use 1 lb of ground turkey meat for even healthier skillet. I will try next time.
  • Buy pesto with lower sodium amount. This recipe is perfect for using up leftover pesto – I brought mine in a cooler all the way from California which I bought during our San Diego and Disneyland road trip. Yes, I’m frugal like that.
  • For a low carb dinner, serve this turkey skillet on its own or over spring mix, shredded lettuce or kale.
  • For all my boys I cooked young potatoes with dill as low carb isn’t for them. Truth is I ate some potatoes too because I needed energy for an evening walk and next day’s workout. Brown rice, quinoa or whole wheat spaghetti would be good too.

This 30 minute healthy ground turkey zucchini skillet with pesto is delicious, low carb and one pot dinner recipe that will become your family’s favourite!

How to Make Ground Turkey and Zucchini Skillet

  1. Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. This 30 Minute Healthy Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious low carb one pot dinner recipe that will become your family's favourite.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook for 5-7 minutes, constantly breaking into pieces and stirring. This 30 Minute Healthy Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious low carb one pot dinner recipe that will become your family's favourite.
  3. Add zucchini, stir and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. This 30 Minute Healthy Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious low carb one pot dinner recipe that will become your family's favourite.
  4. Turn off heat, add tomatoes and pesto, then stir. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and serve on its own or over greens for a low carb meal, or with quinoa or brown rice for complete with complex carbs meal.This 30 Minute Healthy Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious low carb one pot dinner recipe that will become your family's favourite.
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Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto

4.5 from 11 reviews

This 30 Minute Healthy Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious low carb one pot dinner recipe that will become your family’s favourite! Minimum ingredients and effort with maximum flavour.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American Ukrainian
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2.53 lbs zucchini, cut into thin slices
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 3/4 cup pesto
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp avocado oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add ground turkey and cook for 5-7 minutes, constantly breaking into pieces and stirring.
  3. Add zucchini, stir and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn off heat, add tomatoes and pesto, then stir. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and serve on its own or over greens for a low carb meal, or with quinoa or brown rice for complete with complex carbs meal.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Do not freeze.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Cut the recipe in half for my husband and I. It also made a good lunch for the next day. We enjoyed it and I will definitely be making it again. 1.25 lbs. of zucchini was not too much. It was perfect. As a cheese lover I did add a little extra! 😁

  2. This was kid approved in my house. I had a leftover jar of pesto, and lots of zucchini from the farmers market I needed to use and this was the perfect recipe. I wasn’t sure the little ones would like this, but they ate it up.

  3. I pinned this a while ago, but just made it today. Wow! It has all the flavors that I love. Since I pinned it, it is a rare day that I don’t get a notice from Pinterest that “someone” pinned your pin.” Since there are only 2 of us, I made the recipe as is through the point of saute the onions and turkey. I am freezing the other half. I also didn’t have grape tomatoes, so just used the small tomatoes that I had on hand and chopped them. This is a winner! Thank you for posting this recipe!

  4. My family lovedLOVEDloved this recipe! I did serve it over pasta instead of rice/quinoa, but only a small amount of pasta was involved because this recipe is the STAR of the show!

  5. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this recipe. I made this for my husband and I last night and we had HAPPY taste buds. Who knew pesto and turkey would make such a great combo?!

  6. Made this recipe really enjoyed it. It was fast and tasty. I did half it because it was a little to much for just my boyfriend and I.

  7. Delicious! But I accidentally used Asiago cheese instead of Parmesan! Only 5 WE freestyle smart points per serving!

  8. 2.5 to 3lbs of zucchini? Is that correct? Because that’s a TON of zucchini and I can’t fit all that AND 2lbs of ground beef in a large skillet. Plus your pic shows the zuchinni cut in half, and the recipe only says sliced. I chose this recipe because I knew I’d be making dinner late and wanted something quick. Instead, dinner looks lame and it’s taking way longer than expected. I wish mine looked like yours! What did I do wrong? How many zucchini’s is 2.5 to 3 lbs?

    1. Yes correct. You just need a deeper or bigger skillet like on my pics. Sliced zucchini to size you like and that makes sense. Like if it’s big cut in half and slice. If it’s small just slice. It’s a quick dinner. I’m not sure what is your struggle honestly. Can’t tell you exactly how many zucchini’s because they are ALL different size. Don’t overthink it. Cut recipe in half if it’s too much for you.:)

    1. Mmm, no, don’t worry about it. Sun dried tomatoes have too strong of a taste. You want to add bulky fresh and juicy veggies/fruit. Skip tomatoes together or add snap peas, corn, bell pepper etc. Thawed or fresh.:)

  9. Made this last night for dinner and it was delicious. So easy and light. My family loved it and that was without the cheese. (I forgot to add). Thank you for your fabulous recipes.

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