We love sausage, but it can be high in sodium. In this fast, healthy dinner, we make our own turkey sausage with crushed red pepper, garlic, fennel seeds, paprika and just a touch of salt. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2016

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  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. As soon as the garlic starts to sizzle, add turkey, fennel seeds, paprika and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon, until it is almost cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Add kale, vinegar and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until the kale is wilted and the turkey is no longer pink, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat.

  • Place naan (or pitas) on a large baking sheet and brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Top with equal portions of the turkey mixture and mozzarella.

  • Broil until the cheese is melted and the edges are starting to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Cut in half.


Naan--Indian flatbread--makes a nice pizza crust when you're in a hurry. It's lower in sodium than our other favorite pizza-dough substitute, whole-wheat pita. Look for it in your supermarket bakery or deli.

Sometimes labeled “pearls” or bocconcini, mini fresh mozzarella balls are perfect for plopping on a pizza whole. If you can't find them, thinly slice regular fresh mozzarella.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

498 calories; 27.6 g total fat; 7.7 g saturated fat; 86 mg cholesterol; 718 mg sodium. 396 mg potassium; 33 g carbohydrates; 5.6 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 29.5 g protein; 3726 IU vitamin a iu; 39 mg vitamin c; 54 mcg folate; 339 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 43 mg magnesium; 2 g added sugar;

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Rating: 4 stars
I used a slice of sourdough bread (who has naan if you don't eat it regularly?) and it was very good if not a bit dry. Next time Ill try it with a garlic aoli - should be perfect. Love the do-it-yourself turkey sausage! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Versatile enough to make for every meal I adapt this many ways. I use the turkey mix in eggs for added protein w/eggs.In a lettuce wrap for lunch. OR as original recipe for very filling flavorful meal. Pros: SImple limited number of ingredients Cons: None Read More