Pantry Meal: Turkey and Peppers

We seriously all have those days where we run out of time for dinner. Or we realize we don’t have any defrosted meat, or any at all. For me, another one of those times is just knowing I don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen at all that day. I’ll be honest, these kinds of days happen far too often. Life is so busy, and things just need to be prioritized. Or maybe they just need to be procrastinated and avoided. I’ll admit there are the days… possibly weeks, that I do that as well. So, when it comes to meals, I just need something that is quick and easy to whip up. Problem is, when I go down into my pantry and look around, I see things that will destroy my healthy eating. A box of mac and cheese just isn’t worth it to me personally.

Recently I have noticed that (dare I say it) canned meat isn’t too horrifying with calories and sodium. However, I am not a huge fan of the flavor. So, I’ve gotten a little creative. I don’t want to spend all afternoon cooking it in flavors and broth to make it taste better either. Thing is I’ve found a pretty good alternative that works with pretty much any canned meat that you want. Turkey, beef, chicken, or even pork.

It’s so very simple so I should stop blathering on in the preliminaries and get down to the actually nitty gritty of the recipe (if you can call it that). The best way to really start off with good flavors is onions and peppers. I throw in a little bit of butter into the pan and sliced up onions and peppers. Sauté them in the butter, covering when needed if you like your peppers and onions cooked really well. Throw in your choice of canned meat and salt and pepper.

Stir it up really well and allow the meat to heat up. Add your choice of BBQ sauce. I like this really tasty Brazilian BBQ sauce that has a little bit of heat to it and then add a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. The flavor and liquid consistency enhance the flavor of the meat, as well as takes the thickness out of the BBQ sauce.

This recipe on its own is about 500 calories with 1/2 a can of beef chunks and about 300 calories with 1 cup of turkey chunks. I eat it just like this; however, my husband usually likes to put it in a tortilla or in a hogi bun. I think it’s a great flavor that doesn’t taste canned. It’s also filling and within a decent amount of calories. Having something tasty and filling really helps me with being able to stay strong and avoid snacking. It’s a satisfying meal.


1 small yellow onion slices

1/2 bell pepper sliced

1 cup canned turkey chunks or 1/2 can beef chunks

Salt and Pepper

3-4 Tbs BBQ sauce

3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

Tortilla or Hogi Bun (optional)


Slice onions and peppers and sauté them in skillet. Add your choice of meat and salt and pepper, cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add sauce and cook until heated through.

Wait! That’s it?! Did I just really prattle on about this recipe forever just to have it literally take two seconds to explain? Well yes… yes I did. Let me know what healthy yet easy recipes you have. I can always use more lazy person ideas for meals.

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