Jenn Zerling’s Turkey Gumbo

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Fitness guru Jenn Zerling, MS, CPT, shares her recipe for Turkey Gumbo. Visit her website at


turkey meat
2 sweet potatoes
1 can low sodium black beans
1 can low sodium kidney beans
1 bag of chopped broccoli
1 bag of baby spinach
Portobello mushrooms
Crushed garlic
Cayenne pepper
Low sodium organic veggie broth


Cook that turkey meat first until it is cooked through. Cook it through to avoid any sort of doubt that the bird is raw-gross! I usually cook it in the low sodium veggie broth cause it adds slight flavor while avoiding the carcinogens that are released from olive oil or other oils.  I toss fresh chopped garlic in the pan too and the turkey meat on top.  I then put my spices on the meat while it is sizzling away.  I flip the turkey meat and then chop it up into the pan as it is cooking to increase the surface area and allow the flavors in. Once the meat is cooked, I add in all the veggies and other things above.  One tip to get those sweet potatoes soft is to nuke them in the microwave for 5 minutes prior to adding them to the stew, otherwise I find that they never fully cook in the pot and then you get to eat hard potatoes-ugh!

This meal takes minutes to make.  I buy everything in bags so that I do not have to chop my own veggies.  I make my life easy.  This turkey gumbo recipe can serve just you for 5 meals or for a family of 5.  Prep on a Sunday and have it through Tuesday.  So awesome.  And, if you notice, I stocked the meal with fiber and veggies.  Toss in veggies whenever you can.  You can never toss them in too much!  Enjoy this meal, and enjoy optimal health!  Consistency of healthy eating patterns is key!