Mexican Turkey & Brown Rice Bowls with Roasted Carrots & Cotija Cheese

Mexican Turkey & Brown Rice Bowls

with Roasted Carrots & Cotija Cheese

25 MIN
$11.94/serving 2 Servings
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    These satisfying bowls highlight a duo of bold Mexican-style ingredients, including the blend of traditional spices like ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, and cumin that flavors roasted carrots, and the smoky-sweet guajillo chile sauce we’re pairing with savory ground turkey. It all gets welcome contrast from a base of hearty brown rice and a bright tomato salsa served on top.
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    Mexican Turkey & Brown Rice Bowls with Roasted Carrots & Cotija Cheese
    Title
    • 10 oz Ground Beef
    • ½ cup Brown Rice
    • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
    • 1 Lime
    • 6 oz Carrots
    • 2 Tbsps Grated Cotija Cheese
    • 2 Scallions
    • 1 oz Sliced Pickled Jalapeño Pepper
    • ⅓ cup Guajillo Chile Pepper Sauce
    • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
    • 2 Tbsps Fromage Blanc
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    Prepare & roast the carrots
    1 Prepare & roast the carrots

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Line a sheet pan with foil. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Transfer to the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat; arrange in an even layer. Roast 13 to 15 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

    Cook the rice
    2 Cook the rice

    Meanwhile, add the rice to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 17 to 19 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly.

    Prepare remaining ingredients & make the salsa
    3 Prepare remaining ingredients & make the salsa

    Meanwhile, thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Halve the tomatoes. Halve the lime crosswise. Roughly chop the pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling. In a medium bowl, combine the halved tomatoes, the juice of 1 lime half, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the chopped pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook the beef
    4 Cook the beef

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the beef and sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the guajillo chile sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and 1/4 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Make the sauce & serve your dish
    5 Make the sauce & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the fromage blanc and the juice of the remaining lime half. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the finished rice topped with the cooked beef, roasted carrots, and salsa. Drizzle with the sauce. Garnish with the cheese and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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    Prepare & roast the carrots
    1 Prepare & roast the carrots

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Line a sheet pan with foil. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Transfer to the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat; arrange in an even layer. Roast 13 to 15 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

    2 Cook the rice

    Meanwhile, add the rice to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 17 to 19 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly.

    Cook the rice
    Prepare remaining ingredients & make the salsa
    3 Prepare remaining ingredients & make the salsa

    Meanwhile, thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Halve the tomatoes. Halve the lime crosswise. Roughly chop the pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling. In a medium bowl, combine the halved tomatoes, the juice of 1 lime half, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the chopped pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    4 Cook the beef

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the beef and sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the guajillo chile sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and 1/4 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook the beef
    Make the sauce & serve your dish
    5 Make the sauce & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the fromage blanc and the juice of the remaining lime half. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the finished rice topped with the cooked beef, roasted carrots, and salsa. Drizzle with the sauce. Garnish with the cheese and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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