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Salad à la Turkey Bolognese

Swap your usual beef mince with turkey to pimp the protein and reduce the saturated fat content of this classic Italian dish. Protein can help maintain lean muscle in the body which even at rest, helps you to burn more calories. Bonus. A great lean dinner option without the heavy starchy carbs.





  • 500g lean turkey mince (breast if available)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (sub virgin olive oil)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x tins chopped tomato
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock (low-sodium)
  • mixed salad leaves and kelp or konjac noodles to serve. If you can’t get your hands on these, mashed pumpkin or cauliflower would work just as well.


  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and cook the turkey mince until browned.
  2. Add a splash of oil and gently cook the onion, carrot and celery until softened (10 mins).
  3. Add mushrooms and garlic, cooking for 2 mins, then add tomato purée, and cook for 1 min more, stirring to avoid sticking. Add a splash of water to lubricate if needed.
  4. Add tomatoes, turkey and stock.
  5. Simmer for at 25 mins until thickened.
  6. Serve on a bed of fresh salad leaves and noodles / veg mash of choice.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).


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