Ground Turkey Tomato Sauce Zucchini Noodles

For awhile I had a magazine subscription to Self, a magazine targeted towards women, focusing on things like health and wellness, and it was awesome. Well now, instead of getting a magazine every month, I get daily updates sent to my inbox courtesy of Self Daily. This also includes emails from Self Healthy Eating which shares links to some great recipe ideas. Always included is a quick recipe of the week. A healthy meal I can make in less then 30 minutes, sign me up!

This week, the recipe was for Zucchini Noodles with Turkey, Quinoa, and Tomato Sauce, which uses ‘zoodles’ (zucchini + noodles) in place of pasta. You can find the original recipe on Self’s website here, but like usual, I adapted the recipe. The original calls for quinoa, which I decided to eliminate since I had just had that for lunch earlier in the day. It also makes a single serving, and I wanted to get more than one meal out of it, plus I wanted to use an entire container of ground turkey rather than use a portion of it and try to figure out what to do with the rest later, so I portioned things out to make just about 3 servings worth, but I didn’t necessarily use 3x of everything. It was a quick recipe, taking me just about 15 minutes to make and it was really satisfying!


  • 3 large zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 package lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
Simple ingredients. Just ignore the bananas and cherry tomatoes in the background 🙂


  1. Use a vegetable spiralizer to create your zucchini noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to make long, thin ribbons.


Making zoodles!

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat your olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften.

Side bar…isn’t the smell of onion and garlic cooking together amazing??

3. Add in your ground turkey, tomato paste, Dijon mustard, and paprika. Cook, stirring and breaking the turkey into small pieces until the turkey is cooked through.

4. Add the diced tomatoes and zucchini noodles. Cook, stirring until the ingredients are heated through and the zucchini noodles are slightly softened, about 3 minutes.

So many colors!

5. Serve it up and enjoy!

Another meal prep in the books!

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