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  • Kellie Blake RDN, LD, IFNCP

Turkey Black Bean Bowl with Dairy-Free Avocado Ranch Dressing

We had some leftover turkey again this year, thankfully not nearly as much as last year though! I wrote an article in 2018 about my 3 favorite leftover turkey recipes and you can find that here, but I've created a new favorite! I love creating healthy dinner bowls - they can be modified based on what you have in the fridge or pantry and combinations are endless! This turkey black bean bowl is full of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. And did I mention the burst of flavor from the dairy-free dressing is unbelievable???

Turkey Black Bean Bowl with Dairy-Free Avocado Ranch Dressing:

Serves: 4

To make the turkey and beans:


1 pound leftover turkey, chunked or ground

1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed

Homemade taco seasoning: (chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, salt and pepper)


1. Brown the turkey in a medium skillet, sprinkle half the taco seasoning to season the meat

2. Add the black beans to a separate skillet - or the same skillet works too- and season with the rest of the taco seasoning. Heat through.

To make the dressing:


1 avocado, halved, peeled, and seeded

1 cup full fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Salt and pepper, to taste


In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients and blend well. This dressing may turn brown due to the avocado, so use it within a day or two.

Additional Bowl Ingredients:

1 head leaf lettuce, washed and chopped

3 cups fresh spinach

2 small cucumbers chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 red onion, sliced into rings

1 leek, chopped

1 avocado, halved, peeled, seeded and sliced

Create your bowl:

To each of 4 bowls, add a layer of leaf lettuce and spinach. Top with the turkey and black bean mixture. Add equal amounts of the avocado slices, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and leeks to each bowl. Drizzle with the avocado dressing and ENJOY!!!

Creating healthy meals for your family doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming! This meal came together in about 20 minutes and can be served alone or with a side of roasted veggies (we had this tonight with roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots).

If you want to learn how to use food to improve your health and quality of life, contact us for a free 15 minute phone consultation.

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