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.

Active Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each


  • 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 (1 1/2 cups)

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste

  • 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 Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
11g Fat
26g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 18g 36%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Vitamin A 7703IU 154%
Vitamin C 40mg 44%
Folate 51mcg 13%
Sodium 573mg 25%
Calcium 256mg 20%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 70mg 17%
Potassium 596mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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