New American Plate Challenge

Lentil Fajita Bowl

Weekly Recipe
Serves 6 2 1/4 cups
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Spice up your night with this fun and easy fajita bowl.  Ground turkey is a great alternative to traditional ground beef used with many Mexican-style dishes.  Or leave out the ground turkey and make this a meatless meal!


  • 1 Cup
    green lentils
  • 1 Cup
    brown rice
  • 4 Cups
  • 1 Pound
    ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon
    chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon
  • 3/4 Teaspoons
    salt, divided
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
  • 1 Tablespoon
    canola oil
  • 1
    red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1
    large onion, cut into 1/2 inch thick wedges
  • Toppings: salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, lime wedges


  1. Combine lentils, rice, and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are just tender. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a 12-inch (30 cm) non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Cook turkey until browned. Add chili powder, cumin, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt, and pepper. Stir turkey mixture into the lentil mixture in the saucepan. Cover to keep warm.

  3. Add oil to the skillet and warm. Cook peppers and onions for 8 minutes or until beginning to brown on the edges, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt.

  4. Divide the lentil/turkey mixture among bowls and top with equal amounts of the pepper mixture, salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, and lime wedge.

Nutrition: Per serving: 560 calories, 23 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 61 g carbohydrate, 30 g protein, 11 g fiber, 700 mg sodium


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