My how the time gets away from me these days!! This past week has just been full of exciting news and events! First, I’m buying my first house!! I’ve been waiting and looking for a LONG time, and the right one finally came along. J and I are both so excited and can’t wait to move in! The paperwork, however, I am not loving. But, that’s just a part of the process.
Second, J’s birthday was Monday and to celebrate we went Zip-lining!! What an adrenaline rush that was!! We had so much fun, and are now looking for other locations in Texas to go. Although we did zip the longest line (2800 feet!) in Texas, so that will be hard to beat!!
And one thing that is always hard to beat is a delicious, healthy dinner that is quick to prepare. These Mexican Haystacks fit that description perfectly!! Well-balanced, healthy, and flavorful…ready to serve in under 30 minutes!!
Go on and getcha some!!
- 2 cups uncooked brown rice
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
- 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- 4 cups salsa (your favorite homemade or store bought variety)
- 1-2 avocados, chopped
- 1-2 red bell peppers, chopped
- 1-2 ripe mangoes, chopped
- extra cilantro for garnish, optional
- Cook your rice according to the package instructions. I like to use chicken broth in place of water for better flavor. When the rice is done, stir in most of the bunch of cilantro, leaving just a little for garnish if you want.
- While the rice is cooking, heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add ground turkey, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir to mix and cook until the turkey is browned.
- Add your salsa and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minuts.
- While the turkey is cooking, chop the cilantro, pepper, avocado, and mango and set aside (or refrigerate) until needed.
- When the turkey is done, you’re ready to serve!! (I used the lid of an peanut butter jar to “shape” my rice before putting it on the plates – you can use a ramekin or other similarly-shaped dish, if you want).
- Place your rice on the plates first, then top with turkey/salsa mixture, followed by mango, red peppers, avocado, and cilantro if using.