Wellness Wednesday: Thai Turkey Throwdown

  March 28, 2018

Hey guys! This week for Wellness Wednesday we are bringing you an easy ground turkey recipe that is Paleo, Whole30 and is has a slight twist on your normal asian dishes. Some of the ingredients may be something you’ve never used or heard of before, but rest assured they can be found fairly easily at any almost any Walmart, Kroger, or even our local Midtown Market! Don’t be afraid of new ingredients or veggies! Give them a try, we promise it won’t kill you! 🙂 But if you just DESPISE mushrooms or any other veggie that a dish calls for, swap them out for something else you do enjoy! Recipes are simply a guideline so never be afraid to swap out or occasionally leave out an ingredient or two if you simply don’t have it at home or on hand already!


Now lets get to the good stuff! Check the video out below featuring CF Games athlete, Sam Dancer! (Who is also an IL native!) Also below is the full recipe if you’d like to give it a try or get some inspiration for your own Turkey Throwdown!


Thai Turkey Throwdown


▪ 2 tbsp. olive oil

▪ 3/4 cup fresh ginger, roughly chopped

▪ 3/4 cup fresh garlic, roughly chopped

▪ 4 yellow onions, small dice

▪ kosher salt, to taste but typically 6 grams per lb. of ground meat (so 30 grams in this case)

▪ freshly ground black pepper, to taste

▪ 5 lb. ground turkey

▪ 4 yellow onions, small dice

▪ 5 lb. carrots, shredded

▪ 5 lb. mushrooms, quartered

▪ 4 cans bamboo shoots, sliced

▪ 4 cans water chestnuts, sliced

▪ 4 c. coconut milk

▪ 4 c. water

▪ 1/2 c. sambal, plus what you’ll use to garnish

▪ 1/4 c. fish sauce

▪ 2 large bunches of cilantro, roughly chopped, plus what you’ll need to garnish



1. Heat olive oil in two 14-in. sauté pans over high heat. When oil runs like water when pan is tilted side to side, add the ginger and garlic and stir. Cook until garlic begins to toast. Then add onions and a pinch of salt. Stir to incorporate.

2. Season the top side of the turkey with salt and pepper, and place seasoned-side down in the oil, garlic and ginger. Season top side of turkey once more with salt and pepper. Lightly break up turkey. Cook for four minutes.

3. Push all of the turkey to the center of the pan, add the carrots around the edge of the pan, and cover carrots and turkey with mushrooms. Cook for five minutes and then begin folding all ingredients together.

4. Add bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and coconut milk, and bring entire mixture to a simmer. Stir well, break up any turkey chunks, and when mixture has reached a simmer, season with sambal and fish sauce.

5. Stir one final time and then cut the heat. Finish with fresh cilantro and season one final time with salt and pepper to your liking.

6. Portion out into individual containers, and garnish with sambal and cilantro. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Bon appétit!

To visit the original site and recipe, visit the CrossFit Journal here.

Also be on the lookout for our upcoming nutritional program, R2R Nutrition!

Happy Cooking, Y’all!

-Team R2R

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