First true meal prep at the house! I tried to use ingredients we already had (and of course a little fresh produce). My other goal was to use only one pan or dish for cooking. I imagined a taco flavored ground turkey with black beans and a couple veggies mixed in – perfect for throwing right on a tortilla. Or, as in this case, perfect for throwing on a little bed of greens with some homemade taco dressing as your meal prep. And here it is! Check out my newest creation, Meal Prep Turkey Taco Black Bean Salads (jump to recipe).
Let me quickly share that something weird always happens during a move – such as two of my 4-cup Pyrex bowls getting completely stuck together (you may have seen it on my Instagram story!). I’m thinking they just got pushed together really hard in the moving box. I’m not totally sure how it happened, but I can say we tried several ways to get them apart. I started with a simple scientific method which was definitely supposed work. I placed the bottom bowl in another larger bowl filled with super hot water. Next, I grabbed a bunch of ice (thank you ice maker that we used to not have 🙌) and filled up the top bowl. Theoretically, the bottom bowl was supposed to expand and the top bowl was supposed to shrink. Unfortunately, this was not successful.
I tried WD-40. Pulling really, REALLY hard also did not work. Several hours later we tried using my Sonicare for the vibrations (…people on the internet said it worked!). Nope. Eventually, some good old fashioned banging on the counter got them apart. I love Pyrex because I seriously think anything else would have broken from the havoc we wreaked.
The point of my Pyrex story is this – I only had two of my favorite 4-cup Pyrex available when I cooked this meal. So I wasn’t able to take my favorite meal prep style photos. The good news is I can always make this again and add more pictures.
My favorite thing about this recipe is you can use your own personal choice of salsa. That way you can make the dish your own, or try it with a couple different varieties of salsa. If you’re looking for some of my other meal prep bowl style recipes, here are a couple options:
You can also check out any of my weekly meal preps for new lunch ideas to prep ahead! Enjoy the Meal Prep Turkey Taco Black Bean Salads!
Meal Prep Turkey Taco Black Bean Salads
An easy recipe with ground turkey, black beans and veggies cooked in one pot! Easy meal prep right here!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- 1 pound lean ground turkey, fresh or thawed
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or any oil)
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, diced, seeds removed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 ground black pepper
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 1/2 cups chunky salsa, your favorite brand, separated
- juice of 1 lime
Dressing & Toppings
- 5 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut in half (about 1 cup)
- 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped (I used a spring mix)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mixed blend)
- 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons milk (any kind will work, or water)
- 1/8 teaspoon chili powder (add more or less for spicy dressing)
The turkey mixture:
- Heat oil over medium heat in a deep skillet or Dutch oven. When hot, add ground turkey. Use a spoon or spatula to break the meat into smaller pieces. Cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you have a lot of extra liquid, you can remove the excess from the pan.
- Add onions and jalapeño to the skillet. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, until the onions begin to turn translucent.
- Add cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, black beans, 1 cup salsa and lime juice to the pan. Reserve the remaining salsa for the dressing. Stir until mixed. Let simmer for 3-4 more minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Mix greek yogurt, 1/2 cup salsa, milk and chili powder in a small bowl until well mixed. Distribute evenly in four small prep cups, or place it directly on your salads when they’re done. I use small glass prep cups that fit inside the Pyrex bowls.
Put it together:
- Distribute lettuce/greens evenly between meal prep bowls.
- Next, add your little cups of dressing (if you’ve got them!). They’ll sit on top of the lettuce in the bowl.
- Distribute the turkey black bean mixture to each bowl. Top with cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese, and cilantro.
Prep: You can prep the turkey black bean mixture ahead of time and make salads on the go – OR use it for tacos!
Taco Yogurt Dressing adapted from Chicken Taco Mason Jar Salads from The Seasoned Mom
- Serving Size: 1 salad bowl
- Calories: 388
- Fat: 18.9g
- Carbohydrates: 14.1g
- Protein: 42.1g
Equipment Used in this Recipe:
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