Clean Southwestern Bowl with Turkey and Black Beans!

We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming of healthy recipes on Audrey’s Apron! This recipe is simple but has a ton of flavor! Just a few ingredients (ground turkey, black beans, onions, and a pepper) combined with lots of delicious spices and herbs make this delish. I chose to serve it over a little bit of brown rice, but you could also use spaghetti squash or even quinoa. You can add cheese, corn, or substitute ground turkey for ground beef as well. It’s completely customize-able to whatever you and your family prefers!


You can see the specks of fresh cilantro peaking through, but what you can’t see is the perfect medley of spices in each bite: cumin, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and oregano ensure each bite is really flavorful. One of the most important ingredients: lime juice. It brightens up the entire dish and counters some of the heat from the other spices. This is so, so good!

This is a meal that tastes great and will keep you full without weighing you down. Plus, it’s so quick to whip up! It definitely falls under the 30 minutes or less category, especially if you have your brown rice prepared ahead of time. I plan on making this again in the coming weeks!

If you have a new year’s resolution to eat clean, unprocessed meals, this recipe is a great place to start!



Clean Southwestern Bowl with Turkey and Black Beans.


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (or ground beef, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red or white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper (or any color–I used orange because it’s what I had!), chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup freshly torn cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1). In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly, breaking it up into small pieces. Add garlic, spices, and salt and pepper. Mix together.

2). Stir in black beans, cilantro, and lime juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Serve over brown rice, quinoa, or spaghetti squash.

Servings: about 5. Nutritional information per serving: Calories: 222. Carbs: 18g Fat: 4g Protein: 31g Fiber: 5g WW Points+: 5.

Recipe inspired from: Adapted recipe courtesy of Audrey’s Apron.




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