Turkey “hamburger helper”

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3 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, small diced

1 green bell pepper, small diced

2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic

12 ounces lean ground turkey

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

2 nice pinches red chili flakes

3 tablespoons flour

⅓ cup of half and half

1 quart chicken stock

1 freshly diced tomato (for topping)

⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon queso fresco (for topping)

1 ½ cups egg noodles

1 tablespoon brown sugar

⅓ cup whole wheat croutons

1 tablespoon minced parsley

1 sprig thyme leaves

2 sprigs oregano leaves

4 cloves whole garlic

¼ cup sliced scallions

salt and pepper to taste



1.    In high heated dutch oven, stir in oil, onion, bell pepper, garlic, red chili flakes, flour, brown sugar, clove garlic, smoked paprika

2.   when vegetables caramelized, stir in turkey

3.   when turkey browns, add half and half, chicken stock, noodles, parsley, cheddar cheese

4.   stir occasionally and serve when noodles are tender

5.   garnish with tomatoes, croutons, queso fresco, and scallions

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Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

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