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We can all use ideas to simplify our lives, especially in the kitchen.

One way to make meal preparation a little easier is to plan meals and shop around one main ingredient. Check out these three easy-to-make meals with just one main ingredient: lean ground turkey, beef or chicken. 


Brown the ground meat or poultry and then divide into three equal portions for use in:

  • Sensational salad. Season browned meat or poultry with a little chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and lime juice. Add to a salad of leafy greens, defrosted frozen corn, black beans and chopped tomatoes. 

  • One-pot pasta. Toss together cooked whole grain pasta, browned meat or poultry, washed baby spinach, a can of diced tomatoes, and minced garlic. Heat until warmed through. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese. 
  • Simple wrap. Fill a whole grain tortilla with shredded romaine lettuce, sliced red pepper, shredded carrot and lower sodium salsa. Add browned meat or poultry and wrap it up for lunch or dinner.

Substitute the meat or poultry with tofu or beans for a vegetarian option.

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