Smoked Turkey, Kale & Rice Bake

Smoked Turkey, Kale & Rice Bake

This hearty one-skillet dinner is loaded with celery, kale, tomatoes and quick-cooking brown rice. It’s easy to make the recipe vegetarian by substituting smoked tofu for the turkey.

From EatingWell: November/December 2012
Yield: 6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  1. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only
  3. 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  4. 4 cups slivered kale leaves
  5. 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  6. 1 cup low-fat, no-salt-added cottage cheese
  7. 1 cup instant or quick-cooking brown rice
  8. 6 ounces smoked turkey breast or smoked tofu, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  9. 1/4 cup water
  10. 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
  11. 1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add kale and tomatoes and cook, stirring, until the kale begins to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cottage cheese, rice, turkey (or tofu), water and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  3. Stir the rice mixture, increase the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Spread cheese on top. Broil until the cheese is bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes.


Nutrition Per Serving: 266 calories; 11 g fat (5 g sat, 4 g mono); 33 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 4 g fiber; 605 mg sodium; 596 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (147% daily value), Vitamin C (60% dv), Calcium (26% dv), Magnesium (18% dv), Potassium (17% dv)

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 1/2 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat