It’s challenge time! I signed up for my 2nd Cook-Off to challenge myself with my cooking. It is also a fun way to share with other food bloggers from all over the world. We were given a list of ingredients that need to be used in our dish. The list for this challenge was:
- Sweet Potato
- Ground Chicken or Ground Turkey
- Dried or Fresh Currants
- Orange (any kind)
- Quinoa or Farro
Looking at the list, I knew this was going to be a colorful and sweet dish! I love sweet potatoes and I have made all types such as orange sweet potatoes, white and my favorite lately which is the purple sweet potato. They have such an amazing color they are fun to use in recipes. Plus, not only are they good for you but they taste great too!
I decided to use the ground turkey in my dish and I went with the Quinoa. We love Tacos in our house so I decided to make Turkey Tacos along with a Sweet Potato & Carrot Slaw that had an Asian flare. The potato and carrots come out perfect in the slaw by using my Julienne peeler. I used a couple of large carrots but also found some Organic, Rainbow Carrots which added more fun colors to my slaw. I ended up with a very pretty and colorful slaw by using purple, orange, yellow and white. It was the perfect addition on top of our tacos.
Using the Orange, Currants, Walnuts and some Tamari I made an Orange-Soy Reduction to drizzle and finish off our Tacos. I have to be honest, at first I was somewhat skeptical of me being able to come up with something creative & different using these ingredients all together. I have used most of these ingredients but not all together. I guess that is where the challenge comes in for these cook-offs and I was up for the challenge. I have to admit the dish came out so incredibly delicious I not only impressed myself but also my family. My kids said they were the best Tacos I have ever made! My picky eaters were adding the Orange-Soy Reduction to their tacos and trying the slaw and they couldn’t get enough of it. My son usually only eats 1, maybe 2 tacos at most. He ate 4 of these tacos! I don’t think I have ever seen him eat that much in one sitting! If anything, I think I found a dinner that is a winner in our house and one that I might just have to make again.
Turkey Tacos w/Sweet Potato & Carrot Slaw
Approx. 6 Servings (2 Tacos per person)
Approx. 4 Servings (3 Tacos per person)
1 Tablespoon, Olive Oil
1 package (1.33 lb.), Ground Turkey
1/2 Purple Onion, finely chopped
1/2 Shallot, finely chopped
1 Teaspoon, Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon, Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon, Italian Seasonings
1 Clove, Garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons, Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1/2 Cup, Quinoa (dry) (about 1 cup when cooked)
1 Cup (about 2), Oranges, Juice
2 Teaspoons, Orange Zest
1/4 Cup, Tamari
1/2 Cup, Sugar
1/3 Cup, Dried Currants
1/3 Cup, Walnuts, Toasted & chopped
2 Teaspoons, Honey
1 Teaspoon, Cornstarch mixed w/cold water
Sweet Potato Slaw:
1 Purple Sweet Potato, julienned
2 Large, Carrots, julienned
4-6 Organic Rainbow Carrots, julienned
1/3 Cup, Fresh Cilantro, chopped
2/3 Cup, Dried Currants
1/4, White Onion, very thinly sliced
1/4, Purple Onion, very thinly sliced
1/2, Shallot, julienned or very thinly sliced
2-3 Tablespoons, Walnuts, toasted & finely chopped
Dressing for Slaw:
1/3 Cup, Mayo
1 Tablespoon, Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Teaspoon, Sugar
2 Teaspoons, Ginger, minced
1 Tablespoon, Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon, Red Wine Vinegar
1 Teaspoon, Dijon Mustard
1 Teaspoon, Honey
1/2 Teaspoon, Celery Salt
1 Dash, Sriracha (hot sauce) *optional
12 Taco Shells *store-bought or homemade
- Fresh Chopped Cilantro
- Sour Cream
- Drizzle of the Orange-Soy Reduction/Sauce
- Chopped Green Onions (Scallions, white and green parts), cut on a bias
Slaw: Julienne the sweet potato, carrots and shallot and add them to a bowl. Thinly slice the onions and add them to the potato. Chop and add the cilantro then add the currants and set bowl aside.
Dressing: Whisk together all the dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Pour about 1/2 of the dressing over the slaw and toss to evenly coat the slaw. Continue adding the dressing and tossing the slaw. If you don’t plan on using all of the slaw immediately you can reserve some of the slaw and dressing for later use and then just mix together when you are ready to serve it. Place the dressed slaw in the fridge until ready to serve. Right before serving add the walnuts to the slaw and toss together.
Orange-Soy Reduction: In a small sauce pan, add the juice and zest of the oranges. Add the Tamari, sugar and honey and whisk together. Add the currants and place on stove over medium-high heat. Once it boils turn heat down to low, add the walnuts and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain the sauce, place back on the stove and add the cornstarch and water mixture. Whisk well and cook for about another 5 minutes or so. You can transfer the mixture to a squirt bottle once it is cooled down.
Quinoa: Cook the Quinoa according to the package.
Turkey Tacos: while the Quinoa is cooking, make your taco filling. In a saute pan, on the stove over medium high heat, add the olive oil. Then add the chopped onion and shallot and cook just until onions become translucent. Add the ground turkey and break up the meat with a spoon. Cook meat for approx. 3-4 minutes then add the minced garlic, S&P, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian Seasoning; mix well. Add about 1 Cup of the cooked Quinoa and mix well. Finish by adding the fresh, chopped cilantro.
Taco Shells: Heat Taco Shells. If using homemade see link to my recipe below. If using store bought you can heat them up over a gas burner or by placing them in a skillet to heat through. They can also be placed in foil and heated up in a 350 Degree oven.
To Plate: Place a tortilla wrap on the plate. Add a few spoonfuls of the turkey/Quinoa mixture onto the tortilla wrap. Top with some of the slaw mixture. Place a small dollop of sour cream on top. Drizzle or using a squirt bottle garnish with the Orange-Soy reduction/sauce and sprinkle some fresh cilantro on top and chopped scallions (green onions).
Click here to get my recipe for homemade Tortilla Wraps: Homemade Tortilla Wraps
Carrots: I did a combination of rainbow carrots and large carrots in my slaw; they gave the slaw great color. If you cannot find the Organic Rainbow Carrots for the Slaw just use large carrots.