This is my favorite “breakfast for dinner” meal. I know this list of spices seems intimidating. Listen, I’m a spice hoarder. I HOARD SPICES. When it comes down to it, just use what you’ve got on hand. I would at the very least do sage, thyme and garlic powder to get that delicious sausage-y spice. You can form the turkey mixture into patties and fry them up, but I prefer the little chunks of sausage for a hash.
As far as vegetables are concerned, this recipe is super adaptable. It’s a great “hurry and use this up before it goes bad” dish. I’ve done versions of this with mushrooms, kale, mustard greens… just adjust the cooking time as needed if you use a heartier green like kale.
Paleo friends – just leave the sugar out of the sausage spice mixture and you’re good to go!
- for the sausage:
- 1 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp chili flake
- pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp seasoned salt or sea salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
for the hash:
- 3-4 small sweet potatoes (about 3 cups, diced in 1" pieces)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 Serrano peppers, diced (remove seeds for less heat)
- 3 cups baby spinach spinach
- In a small bowl, combine the sage, thyme, chili flake, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, cumin, cinnamon, brown sugar, seasoned salt and ground pepper and mix thoroughly.
- In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, spice mixture and olive oil. Chill while potatoes cook.
- Dice sweet potatoes into 1" chunks and boil until just tender and a fork can easily pierce the flesh, about 10-15 minutes. Don't overcook, or you'll end up with mashed sweet potatoes instead of hashed sweet potatoes. Drain and set aside.
- In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in onion, garlic and diced chili peppers and saute until onions soften, about 5 minutes. Add in turkey sausage mixture, using a wooden spoon to break into large pieces. Cook until no longer pink.
- Once the turkey has cooked through, add in the cooked sweet potatoes and stir to combine. Add in spinach and cook until wilted. Serve as is, or with a fried egg on top!
Make it Paleo!: Leave out the brown sugar in the sausage seasoning and you've got a paleo-friendly meal!