Slow Cooker Miso Soy Turkey and Lentils are a flavourful dinner that the whole family will love! A wholesome and delicious meal ready for when you walk through the front door!
Back to school is fully underway and it might do me in a this stage. Gradual entry with 3 kids means I am literally spending every morning at the preschool with little time to spend in the kitchen making any meals – let alone a delicious and wholesome meal my family will love. Enter the slow cooker that has been saving dinner at our place on the regular. I’m a huge fan of routine and what the school year brings, but these first few weeks are always intense transitions. Why not take a task off your list and make a wholesome meal that goes the distance with nutrition and servings? Plus, Canadian Turkey and Lentils.org are generously teaming up to giveaway a $150 prepaid VISA gift card!! Get the full giveaway scoop below.
You might remember my love for lentils from this Lentil Risotto or this Lentil and Cauliflower Salad, but my love is growing. Pairing 2 powerhouse nutritious ingredients like turkey and lentils means dinner is packed nutrition. Lentils with iron and fibre and turkey with loads of lean protein, vitamin B12, and zinc. Zinc keeps our immune systems strong which is pretty important with these first back to school weeks with exposure to new germs. I’ve got my fingers crossed we skip the back to school colds this year.
Turkey and lentils are quite adaptable proteins, making them the perfect vehicle for flavours like miso and soy. Here the savoury flavour bomb of miso is paired with salty soy to make dinner not only palatable for the family, but desired (my not so lentil-loving hubby had thirds. THIRDS).
This recipe also makes so much that at least 2 dinners are taken of care. How’s that for savings? Save time and money with economical pantry staples like lentils and using ingredients you probably already have (soy, garlic, etc.).
My goal for the next year is to do more big batch cooking where I can freeze remade pulses and grains and lean meats like turkey to keep dinners fresh and flavourful without skimping on nutrition. I keep canned lentils in my cupboard for when I’m in a pinch, but I also keep a bag of dried lentils in my freezer where they keep for longer so that I don’t have to stress. What are your go-to staples for wholesome meals?
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Yields 8-10 servings
Slow Cooker Miso Soy Turkey and Lentils are a flavourful dinner that the whole family will love! A wholesome and delicious meal ready for when you get home!
10 minPrep Time
3 hr, 30 Cook Time
3 hr, 40 Total Time
- 3-4 lbs (1.3-1.8kg) turkey breast, skin on and bone in
- 1.5 cups whole green lentils
- 1 medium yellow (cooking) onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 celery stalks, trimmed and roughly chopped
- 2" ginger root, peeled and finely grated
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped or minced
- 1 tbsp miso paste (white or red will work)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3 cups chicken broth*
- salt and pepper (to season turkey only)
- Season turkey breast all over with salt and pepper. Place turkey, skin side down in a large skillet (or the base of the slow cooker IF it's stovetop approved) and sear for 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat (edging close to high than medium) until the skin is browned.
- Place lentils, onion, carrot, celery, ginger, garlic, miso, soy, and chicken broth into slow cooker and place seared turkey breast on top.
- Cook for 3-3.5 hrs on high or 8.5 hrs on low.
* this recipe makes for lentils cooked in a sauce which means a "gravy" like substance for the turkey. If you aren't into saucy lentils, reduce broth to 2.5 cups.