I have a great satisfaction of emptying my fridge every week before going grocery shopping and filling it again. It is such a pleasure seeing all of my planning work well when we eat all the food we buy without it going bad and needing to toss it. That can also be hard when you have a picky toddler and life get in the way sometimes. 

Leftovers Into A Quick One Pot Meal

Last week I had more produce leftover than I anticipated. There were unscheduled dinners elsewhere that caused me not to be able to use it. So I decided to put it all together in one meal. That way I could use the produce without it going bad and empty my fridge before grocery day. Win Win!

The creation is now one I will return to over and over.

For the veggies, I had a bunch of asparagus, 3 zucchini, two bell peppers, and some onion. The protein I had left was about two pounds of lean ground turkey.

Weighing Sprialized Zucchini.

I sliced up the rest of the onion and cooked it with the ground turkey, minced garlic, black pepper, onion and garlic powder until the turkey was cooked through.

I sliced up the bell peppers, chopped the asparagus, and used my spiralizer to make zucchini noodles.

After the turkey and onion were cooked I removed it from the skillet and set aside. I then added the asparagus and bell peppers to the skillet and cooked until soft, then adding in the zucchini and some more of the spices just long enough for it to get warm, so it didn’t get too watery. 

I plated the veggies with the turkey mixture on top and then added some marinara sauce to the top with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. My toddler loved it! (One huge reason why I will will be making this again!!!)

Weighing Asparagus and Bell Peppers with my Food Scale.

Also Meal Prep

I love that this turned into a quick one pan wonder! Easy meal too because it was just all theingredients I had on hand at the moment. Im sure this would work with other types of veggies too!

There was a lot leftovers, certainly do not need to use as many veggies of each next time. But the perks of having a lot of leftovers is that I inadvertently “meal prepped for myself. And the leftovers are just as good! I have been eating it as my post workout meal without the marinara sauce and it is delicious!! The macros on this meal are on point too! 

I weighed out all of the veggies while raw and input it into MyFitness Pal. Then again after they were cooked and divided by the number of servings I wanted. I weighed the turkey and onion separately as well.

Weighing Veggies On My Food Scale
Weighing out all of the cooked veggies on my food scale.

Then after dinner is over it is really easy to weigh your leftover portions out and put them in meal prep containers to eat for the next few days, depending on how much you have leftover. So now you just made dinner and a few lunches all in one shot!


The macros for my meal, at my number of servings of 6, using the produce I had, and the marinara sauce I used came to about

Calories: 272
Fat: 9
Protein: 35

A big perk is that it was quick and simple to put together. 

I don’t even know what to call this refrigerator clean out meal, but I know it is super yummy. Getting creative and trying new things sometimes pays off big! Especially when your toddler actually likes it.

What kind of kitchen creations have you made that surprised you?

For another Ground Turkey Recipe Click Here. My Toddler loves this one too!

One Pot Ground Turkey Recipe Using Leftover Veggies

  • 2 Pounds of Ground Turkey
  • Half onion (Sliced)
  • 2 Bell Peppers (Sliced)
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus (Chopped)
  • 3 Zucchini (Spiralized)
  • Minced Garlic (To Taste)
  • Garlic Powder (To Taste)
  • Onion Powder (To Taste)
  • Black Pepper (To Taste)
  • Optional:
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese
  1. Cook the ground turkey, onion, minced garlic, black pepper, garlic and onion powder until turkey is fully cooked and remove from skillet.
  2. Cook the bell pepper and asparagus until liking and then add in the zucchini mixing well until heated through.
  3. Add each together on a plate with desired amount of marinara and parmesan cheese.