Smoked Turkey, Kale & Rice Bake

Smoked Turkey, Kale & Rice Bake

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012

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.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 4 cups slivered kale leaves
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-fat, no-salt-added cottage cheese
  • 1 cup instant or quick-cooking brown rice
  • 6 ounces smoked turkey breast or smoked tofu, chopped (1½ cups)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese


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  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 information

  • Serving size: about 1⅓ cups
  • Per serving: 266 calories; 11 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 51 mcg folate; 33 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 7,703 IU vitamin A; 40 mg vitamin C; 256 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 573 mg sodium; 596 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (154% daily value), Vitamin C (67% dv), Calcium (26% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 2½ vegetable, 1½ lean meat, ½ high-fat meat, ½ fat

Reviews 8

October 14, 2018
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As written in the above recipe is the smoked turkey from the deli, like smoked lunchmeat? I make a recipe very similar to this using smoked turkey parts, neck is best! I use different grains each time I make it, usually the same veggies plus whatever is beginning to show it's age in the crisper! Always delish. Have you tried the big bag of mixed greens at Ralph's? Turnip mustard kale, etc. they are great for most any type of dish!raf
August 09, 2017
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By: TcsTenor
I made this tonight and it is DELICIOUS! I didn't have instant rice so had to use slow cooking white rice. I simply cooked it by itself using chicken broth for a little extra flavor. I also added some garlic salt to the main dish after it was all put together. Husband loved it! Thank you!
October 02, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Healthy and delicious--what more could you want? Loved this recipe! I smoked my own turkey loin, which cuts down on the salt, and ends up being much more flavorful than deli meat. Also used left-over real brown rice, rather than instant. Pros: Toothsome, variety of texture and flavor, uses KALE! Cons: takes a bit of time to make
January 30, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Dee licious and Healthy YUMMY. couldnt find kale so used swiss chard. also used quinoa instead of the rice, but its ALL GOOOOOOD! Pros: did i mention delicious and healthy Cons: none
January 23, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Wonderful full of flavor Made this tonight and with the first bite I thought I would have to have more than one serving but because you get so much and it is so hearty I certainly didn't get a second helping!! Also, never used kale before and got to say that it is really good. Definitely will make again!! Pros: Great flavor
November 26, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Delish, easy and quick! This bake is so perfect for an easy weeknight meal after a long day! I used smoked tofu, red Russian kale and cooked the rest per the recipe. It took me only about 30 minutes total time, so it was on the table fast. Will be making again. A great way to eat more kale! Pros: Quick, one-pot, easy clean-up, tasty flavor Cons: My skillet was too small
November 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
easy and delicious! After you make your mis en place, you should have no problem putting this dish can use any cheese you want but make sure you watch it in the oven for the cheese can crisp up quickly! Also cooking times vary especially if you want your vegetables to be crisp or softer. Get creative with your proteins! Pros: very healthy Cons: lots of chopping and prep
November 07, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Pretty good! Great recipe for a weeknight, warm and comforting. I used precooked brown rice so I shouldn't have added the extra water. Also added some dried oregano and garlic salt. Pros: Fast and Easy Cons: A little bland
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