easy spiralized veggies & turkey marinara

easy spiralized veggie & turkey marinara // cait's plate

I’ve never been a been New Year’s resolution maker.  I don’t know why.  I guess because I’m always setting goals for myself and doing my best to try to reach them no matter what time of year it is.

That said, I do always find it nice to go back to cleaner eating after the holidays.

After I wipe the last of the the sugar cookie crumbs from my lips following the holidays, I always find myself craving fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains.

easy spiralized veggie & turkey marinara // cait's plate

It feels so good to fill my body up with whole foods rather than just sugar!

That’s what makes a recipe like this so darn good.

It’s packed with veggies and lean protein and can be served up piping hot in a big bowl topped with a little parmesan and served with a roll on the side OR thrown over your favorite warm whole grain (think pasta, rice, farro, etc.).

easy spiralized veggie & turkey marinara // cait's plate

Not only is it good fuel for your body, but it’s warm and comforting which is perfect for the cooler weather in the winter months.  It also contains plenty of healthful nutrients which can help you in warding off all those winter illnesses that get passed around!

It’s an easy pack and take lunch or quick re-heatable dinner.  No matter how you serve it, I promise it’s not only going to satisfy your hunger, but it’s also going to taste delicious!

easy spiralized veggie & turkey marinara // cait's plate

easy spiralized veggies & turkey marinara

Serving Size: 3-4 bowls depending on serving size


  • 1 medium zucchini, washed
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, ashed
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 small onion, diced small
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 oz. ground turkey breast
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 jar favorite marinara sauce, or homemade marinara sauce
  • Freshly shaved parmesan cheese


  1. Spiralize zucchini and peppers, sprinkle with salt and set aside
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large non-stick sauté pan with high sides over medium low heat
  3. While olive oil heats, take spiralized veggies and press in a cheesecloth or paper towels to ring out excess water, then set aside once more
  4. Add minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute, then add diced onion cooking until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).
  5. Add spiralized veggies to the pan tossing to cook until they are tender but not mushy (about 2-3 minutes)
  6. Remove from pan and place in a bowl to the side
  7. Drizzle a bit more olive oil into the same pan (no need to wipe it out) and add turkey, salt and pepper to taste and brown all the way through
  8. Add jar of marinara over turkey and stir until all the turkey is covered in the sauce
  9. Add spiralized veggies and toss to combine
  10. Scoop mixture into a bowl, top with parmesan cheese and serve over favorite whole grain or with a whole grain roll


1. If you don't have a spiralizer, you can just dice the veggies 2. This also makes a great calzone filling or pizza topping!


Products Used In This Post:

I get a lot of questions about the kitchen tools that I use so I thought it would be helpful to start including a “Products Used In This Post” section!  I’ll eventually work to get a Shop page up so you can shop my favorite kitchenware, kitchen tools and products!

Paderno World Cuisine 4-Blade Folding Vegetable Slicer – I own this Paderno spiralizer from way back in the day when it first came out.  It works okay but I find it’s tough to move the veggies through (especially if using different shaped veggies like peppers).  While I haven’t used it myself yet, I would recommend trying The Inspiralizer as I’ve watched Ali use it many times on her Instagram stories and it looks MUCH simpler with better ease of use.  It also comes in a Lite version!

GreenPan Lima 12pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set – This is the best cookware I’ve ever owned. I absolutely love it. It’s truly non-stick (I can cook eggs in it without putting anything in the pan first!) and it’s also non-toxic.  Highly, highly recommend it.  I used the 3 quart covered sauté pan from this set to make the food in this post.

Miusco 5 Piece Silicone Cooking Utensil Set with Natural Acacia Hard Wood Handle – I love silicone spatulas because they don’t scratch any of my pans, they last.  These even claim that the acacia hard wood handle is naturally antibacterial.

Crate&Barrel Welcome II Dinnerware – I love this dinnerware.  It’s rustic and farmhouse-y and super durable.  It’s also both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The bowls in this post are from this set.

disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links.  all products are those that i personally use and recommend.


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