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.
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.
- 2 Lbs Turkey or Chicken
- 1 Can Vegetable Broth Low Sodium
- 28 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
- 2 Medium Onions
- 1 Medium Bell Pepper
- 6 Cloves garlic
- 4 Crushed Bay Leaves
- 1 Tbsp Thyme
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
- 6 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
- Place poultry in crockpot with broth on low heat. Cook 4 hours. Shred meat. Add back into crockpot.
- Add tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper, oregano and let turkey, vegetables and spices cook for another 2 hours.
- For additional heartiness: Pour over rice (I used Seeds of Change, 90 seconds), spaghetti squash or whole grain pasta.
- Garnish with parsley.