Low Carb Italian Dish?! Yes, it exists.

Okay, so a heavy pasta dish isn’t always the most balanced meal choice. I worked at Olive Garden all through grad school and survived off of Alfredo and breadsticks (not a proud of that) but I saw a lot of disproportioned meals. Maybe that isn’t real Italian but you know what I mean. I love the smell and taste of Italian flavors so I had to do something about it. Here’s a healthy Italian inspired dish you don’t have to feel bloated after.

I love this low carb Italian dish because you still get the hearty flavors without all the added calories. Skip Olive Garden and give this super easy meal a try! Get the crockpot out, throw the ingredients in and come home to a delizioso aroma and a ready to eat meal.

Fun fact: Did you know cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian? I decided to use wild turkey (but also because I prefer it), and it just seemed fitting. And no, not whiskey, actual wild turkey. If that’s not your thing, chicken totally works too!

Cooking tips: Use extra veggies and whole grain rice or pasta to pair the lean protein with to make a complete balanced meal. When using canned ingredients, don’t forget to grab the low-sodium options.

My favorite quick rice takes seconds in the microwave. Cacciatore can be an easy go to dinner during the busy work week and it’s great as leftovers.

Nutrition Info:

Turkey: A three-ounce serving of boneless, skinless turkey breast contains about 26 grams of protein, one gram of fat and 0 grams of saturated fat.  It is an inexpensive source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins.

Turkey Cacciatore

Cuisine

Italian

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

6 hours

Servings

6 servings

Ingredients

Meat

  • 2 Lbs Turkey or Chicken
  • 1 Can Vegetable Broth Low Sodium

The Bowl

Optional Toppings

      • 6 Tbsp Fresh Parsley

Instructions

  1. Place poultry in crockpot with broth on low heat. Cook 4 hours. Shred meat. Add back into crockpot.
  2. Add tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper, oregano and let turkey, vegetables and spices cook for another 2 hours.
  3. For additional heartiness: Pour over rice (I used Seeds of Change, 90 seconds), spaghetti squash or whole grain pasta.
  4. Garnish with parsley.

Things You Might Need

  1. Crockpot
  2. Low Sodium Broth or Bone Broth
  3. 90 Seconds Seeds of Change Quinoa Rice
  4. Freezer Friendly Tupperware
  5. Crockpot Liners, Save so much time on the clean-up!

The Final Product