Try a grain free twist on chicken parm in this easy Slow Cooker Turkey Parmesan recipe!
Now that that's out of the way, and you've got your chicken quota filled, let me explain the turkey choice.
Okay, well, there's not much to explain. Turkey isn't chicken and sometimes, you just want something other than chicken, ya know? It's a simple principal, really. I tend to forget about turkey, but turkey breast tenderloins are readily available year round and cook really well in a slow cooker. While not all meat choices are met with universal approval at my picky-eater packed table, this turkey recipe got thumbs up all around.
I'm personally giving a thumbs up to today's Recipe ReDux theme -- 7 ingredient or less simple recipes. Simple to love. Simple to cook. Simple to buy for. My kind of recipe!
We chose this simple theme this month as a stark contrast to the season many of us U.S. taxpayers are facing right now -- tax season. While you're doing math based on W-2s, 1099s, interest, deductions, retained earnings and maybe even writing a check to Uncle Sam, we felt certain you could use a little simple math at your dinner table.
Few ingredients + Great taste = One wonderful dinner. Simple, right?
One recipe note worth mentioning. While this is called a Turkey Parmesan, I've taken some liberty with the naming. You'll note that this is not actually a breaded turkey cutlet. Instead, I've gone with a completely gluten free, grain free "breadcrumb" inspired nut topping to create a slight crunchy texture for the dish, which would otherwise be very difficult in a slow cooker. If you or someone at your table has a nut allergy, but aren't gluten free you could very easily substitute Italian seasoned breadcrumbs as a "sprinkle over the top" prior to adding the cheese. Just be sure to toast them with a little butter in a skillet first to bring out the best flavor and texture.
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Slow Cooker Turkey Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 32 ounces (about 2) turkey breast tenderloins, cut into 6 pieces
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup salted cashews
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Italian cheese blend
- Hot cooked pasta
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- Melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat in a skillet; add turkey and saute on each side until lightly browned (about 3 minutes per side).
- Turn slow cooker to HIGH; add turkey and cover with marinara sauce. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours or until a thermometer inserted into turkey registers 170 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, combine cashews, remaining 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon basil in a food processor; pulse until almost breadcrumb consistency.
- When turkey is done, remove each breast from slow cooker to an oven safe dish, spooning over hot cooked pasta. Top evenly with cashew "breadcrumbs" and cheese. Place under broiler and cook just until cheese melts.
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Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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