Dirty rice could be served as a side here in Louisiana, however, I have turned this into a one-pot healthy meal! By upping the protein content and adding veggies, this healthy dirty rice recipe can be served up all week long. It may not have the traditional ingredients, like chicken giblets, gizzard juice, or sausage, but my southern hubs still loved it.
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For 4-5 servings:
4 cups cooked brown rice, chilled
1 pound ground turkey
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon garlic salt
Salt and pepper to taste
Creole seasoning to taste (at the end)
1 bell pepper – chopped fine
1 onion – chopped fine
4 cloves garlic – minced
3 large celery stalks- chopped fine
1 Tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
4 large cabbage leaves from the head of a cabbage (optional)
1). In a large pan on medium heat, brown your ground turkey and break up into small pieces. Season with onion powder, garlic salt, pepper, garlic powder. Place in large mixing bowl with all juices.
2). In the same pan, in oil, lightly saute your bell pepper, onion, and celery. Add in a pinch of salt and pepper, about 1/8 teaspoon. After about five minutes, add in your garlic. Saute 1-2 more minutes, pour in large mixing bowl with your meat.
3). Add in your brown rice to your mixing bowl. Add Worcestershire, mix all ingredients together.
4). If you want to wrap the dirty rice in cabbage leaves, lightly steam cabbage in a large pan over medium heat in about 1/8 Cup water. Close lid and cook about 4 minutes or until leaves are tender enough.
5). Place dirty rice mixture in cabbage leaves. Garnish with creole seasoning (to taste).
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