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Ground Turkey Larb – Fast and Easy Kid Friendly

Ground Turkey Larb – Fast and Easy Kid Friendly

Larb (aka Laab) is a Thai dish that can be modified nicely for young eaters: It’s not too spicy (unless you up the heat), it can be fast and easy to make, and it has a good profile for protein and minerals, thanks to turkey or pork and a line up of fresh herbs. The generous garlic is a good gut health helper, with antimicrobial action and ability to bust up biofilm. Traditionally, larb is a spicy ground pork dish crafted into an aromatic salad and served with toasted rice and sticky rice. If you get a chance, enjoy it at an authentic Thai restaurant soon.

For your home table, make this fast version inspired by the real thing. Even babies learning pincer grasp feeding can enjoy it, provided they are sitting well, and have skills settling in for chewing, swallowing, along with some baby teeth. Older kids can enjoy this with brown rice, sticky rice, congee, or in lettuce wraps. It’s shown here with congee and a side of roasted zucchini.

Ground Turkey Larb - Fast and Easy Kid Friendly
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A simple fast savory dish that can be enjoyed across ages. Use organic ingredients for best flavor and health.
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ground Turkey Larb - Fast and Easy Kid Friendly
Print Recipe
A simple fast savory dish that can be enjoyed across ages. Use organic ingredients for best flavor and health.
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: adult size servings
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook on medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes; do not burn. Add turkey, smoked paprika, chili flakes( if hotter spice is desired, omit if not), salt, and pepper. Stir and cook until turkey is browned, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in tamari, and chicken broth, simmer for a minute. Then add scallions, mint, and cilantro. Cook until turkey is done, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add lime juice and stir evenly throughout the skillet.
  4. Serve with hearty lettuce leaves like butter lettuce or romaine for lettuce wraps, or over sticky rice, congee, or any side your kids like.
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SCD Friendly Turkey Chili

SCD Friendly Turkey Chili

This SCD Turkey Chili comes together pretty fast, and is proof that eating SCD or Paleo doesn’t mean you never get to eat chili.

This works as a fast recipe if you allow a few cheats. I use store bought prepared goods for the navy beans, mild green enchilada sauce, and broth. These are normally a big fat no when strictly following SCD. If you need this to be SCD legal and have the time, it can still work – soak and prepare navy beans per SCD guidelines; make your own scratch SCD legal enchilada sauce.

Back to the short cut: I used Whole Foods 365 Organic Canned Navy Beans, which contain only navy beans and water – no gums, no seaweeds. I drain and rinse these thoroughly. Next I used Siete Family Foods Mild Green Enchilada sauce. It has no added sugars, only dates as a sweetener, and this is SCD legal. But it does have vinegar in it, as well as small amounts of flax and chia seeds. This may work for those advanced and stable on SCD, or on Paleo diets. Lastly, I use Pacific brand Organic Chicken Bone Broth if I don’t have my own homemade on hand. Store bought broths are famous for having added sugars, starches, mystery “flavorings” and other sketchy ingredients that can make trouble for people needing SCD foods, but this brand fills the bill.

SCD Friendly Turkey Chili
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Modest on the heat, this is a delicious soothing chili that will feel good in just about any tummy. Dial up spice if you like by adding diced jalapeños to the saute.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
SCD Friendly Turkey Chili
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Modest on the heat, this is a delicious soothing chili that will feel good in just about any tummy. Dial up spice if you like by adding diced jalapeños to the saute.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil to medium. Add minced garlic, peppers, celery, and scallions. Sauté until soft.
  2. Add coriander, paprika, and cumin. Stir to evenly distribute.
  3. Next add the ground turkey. Use a wood or metal spatula to chop it into smaller pieces as it cooks, so it doesn't clump together. Add salt. Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  4. Add enchilada sauce, mix evenly into the pot and heat through. Then add navy beans, and broth. Continue cooking on a low bubbling simmer until chili is evenly cooked through.
  5. Just before serving, squeeze each lime section over the chili to let the juice drip in. Squish out all the juice you can from each piece, then drop the piece of lime into the chili. Stir to spread lime juice in the chili, and heat for a few more minutes to let the lime add flavor settle in.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Kale Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing

Kale Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing

With all the heavy food we love to eat at this time of year, not to mention sweets and homemade eggnog, I was craving a light but satisfying raw greens combo. This slaw is perfect – lighter than summertime slaw with raw cabbage or broccoli, but hearty with its creamy dressing, seeds, and dates. Also a colorful accompaniment for a holiday meal spread of roasts, fish, or chowders.

Kale Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing
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With all the heavy food we love to eat at this time of year, not to mention sweets and homemade eggnog, I was craving a light but satisfying raw greens combo. This slaw is perfect - lighter than summertime slaw with raw cabbage or broccoli, but hearty with its creamy dressing, seeds, and dates. Also a colorful accompaniment for a holiday meal spread of roasts, fish, or chowders.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Kale Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing
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With all the heavy food we love to eat at this time of year, not to mention sweets and homemade eggnog, I was craving a light but satisfying raw greens combo. This slaw is perfect - lighter than summertime slaw with raw cabbage or broccoli, but hearty with its creamy dressing, seeds, and dates. Also a colorful accompaniment for a holiday meal spread of roasts, fish, or chowders.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 small-medium bunch kale any type chopped into small pieces
  • 1 small head lettuce butter lettuce, red lettuce, or green lettuce, chopped into small pieces or shredded
  • 1-2 scallions minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro rinsed and minced
  • 1 carrot grated finely
  • 1/4 cup dates minced
  • 1 stalk celery thinley sliced
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Wash, rinse, spin dry, and chop the greens, scallions, and cilantro. Toss together in a large serving bowl. Grate in the carrot, and add the minced celery, dates, and sunflower seeds Toss again.
  2. You will need an immersion blender or small food processor to make this dressing easily. Otherwise, use a rubber or wire whisk or electric beaters with whisk attachments. Start with the egg, lime juice, and mustard and process or blend for 15 seconds. Next, add the oils (slowly while blending is ideal) and continue to process until it thickens into a mayonnaise-like texture. Add the honey and salt and finish blending. Adjust lime juice, honey or salt to your taste, blending thoroughly to creamy texture, then fold in the lime zest if you have it.
  3. Pour dressing generously over the greens and toss all together into an evenly dressed slaw. Enjoy!
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