Ground turkey is one of the best proteins for keeping a meal healthy, and it’s so versatile you can swap it for beef in all kinds of recipes inspired by cuisines around the world.

1. Italian-American Turkey Meatballs with Ricotta
These aren’t the meatballs my Nona used to make, but I bet CHOW’s recipe would make her happy anyway (then again, if I called more often she’d be happier about a lot of things).

2. Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea and Turkey Stew’s recipe is simple, satisfying, and full of warming spices. Slow cookers are an amazing way to achieve maximum flavor with minimum effort.

3. Turkey–Sweet Potato Skillet
Primavera Kitchen’s hearty recipe nails the things I love most about modern American food. It calls for great ingredients, and lets them speak for themselves. Don’t overthink, just enjoy the perfect harmony of turkey, sweet potatoes, and melty cheese.

4. Greek Meatballs
Fennel and lemon give Wellness Mama’s Greek-style turkey meatballs a bright, fresh personality. Bonus: Almond flour makes this recipe gluten free!

5. Mexican Turkey Meatball Soup
CHOW’s brothy soup is perfect in cool weather. It’s full of vegetables and protein, and it has just enough spice to keep dinner interesting.

6. Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
Yogurt-based tzatziki is one of my great weaknesses, so tangy and bright I’m tempted to eat it at every meal, but it’s especially lovely on this turkey burger from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.

7. Turkey Chipotle Meatloaf
Meatloaf takes on a bold new personality made with dark-meat turkey, bacon, chipotle chiles, smoked paprika, and powdered ancho chile. A ketchup and chipotle chile glaze keeps it as comforting as the standard meatloaf mom used to make, with a smoky, mildly spicy kick that brings comfort food into the 21st century.

8. Thai Turkey Stir-Fry with Basil and Peppers
Salty fish sauce and fresh Thai basil result in a simple weeknight meal from Kalyn’s Kitchen with surprisingly complex flavors.

9. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness
Ireland is a place of sturdy comforts, known for stews, meat pies, and, of course, beer. This Gal Cooks’ lightened-up version of shepherd’s pie, enriched with Guinness beer, calls for turkey instead of beef, but flavor doesn’t lag.

Photo credits: Chris Rochelle / CHOW (1, 5, 7); (2); Primavera Kitchen (3); Wellness Mama (4); Tracey’s Culinary Adventures (6); Kalyn’s Kitchen (8); This Gal Cooks (9)

By day, Madeline manages the video program at Astor Wines and Spirits and Astor Center. At night, she can be found biking around Brooklyn, seeking out new dumplings in Chinatown, or experimenting in her tiny kitchen in Clinton Hill.
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