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Cajun Turkey and Rice Stovetop (03.20.12)

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  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or water
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Bring 1 1/2 cup of water with salt to a boil in a saucepan, and stir in the rice. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 40 to 50 minutes. Set the rice aside.

Place ground turkey into a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the turkey until the meat gives up some of its fat, 2 to 3 minutes; stir in green bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until the turkey is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain excess grease, if necessary. Stir in the cooked rice, garlic powder, basil, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, and 1/3 cup water.

Bring the mixture to a simmer, and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and additional black pepper, if desired.