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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Turkey Fajita Hash (gluten free, ACD)

Tonight I had a rare and unusual craving for Mexican food.  I've never really been the hugest fan of Mexican food, probably only because my exposure to it has been limited to the overly greasy, processed American version.  It always left me feeling awful, probably also because I'm allergic and intolerant to most of the staples of Mexican cuisine.

Either way, I wanted nothing more tonight than to sit down to a Mexican feast. I don't know if it was the random heat wave or what, but I wanted a spicy south-of-the-border meal.  But I hadn't soaked rice. I hadn't soaked beans. I didn't have tortillas, avocado or salsa-like substances. It was 9 pm. I was hungry. 

So, I threw on my thinking cap. Even though I didn't have a lot of things to make a Mexican meal, I did have ground turkey, a bell pepper, an onion, and a full spice rack. Then it dawned on me: fajita hash!

Turkey Fajita Hash with some very out-of-place sauerkraut and steamed crucifers...not really the Mexican meal I'd hoped for.

Due to my lack of all things even remotely resembling Mexican cuisine, I ate my hash with sauerkraut and steamed broccoli and cauliflower.  Despite the very non-Mexican spin on my hash (do they even eat broccoli in Mexico?), it was totally delicious. Now you, on the other hand, could plan ahead and  use the hash as the centerpiece to a delightful Mexican or Southwestern-style feast.  Eat alone or use as a filling for burritos, tacos, or wraps.  I think it would be delicious with spicy sweet potato fries, grilled vegetables, and a fresh cilantro pesto!  Or if you're fortunate enough to tolerate tomatoes, it would be killer with some fresh pico (memories...)


It was really good, really fast, and made leftovers for the rest of the week. Best yet, it didn't heat up my kitchen much, which is good, because my apartment is currently a balmy 85º F.  Oh Minnesota and your unpredictable weather, you are such a joker.


Turkey Fajita Hash

serves 4

1 pound ground turkey
1 bell pepper
1/2 large onion
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dry marjoram
1/2 tsp ground coriander 
sprinkle red pepper flakes
salt, to taste 
optional: 1 Tbsp South River Garlic Red Pepper Miso dissolved in 2 Tbsp water
olive oil, for sauteing 

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan until hot, then add onion and green pepper.  Saute until cooked to desired tenderness, and just a little bit seared. Add turkey and spices, and break up turkey.  Saute, stirring often, until turkey is fully cooked.  Dissolve miso in water, add to pan, and serve.


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Reader Comments (2)

This looks great! Will try it!

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah C

Oh My Kim I loved your idea , I make a dish very close to this , I saute yellow onions in olive oil and then brown the ground turkey & add ground anise seed . When the turkey is almost cooked through I add the shaved green cabbage, which once it hits the heat, it wilts quickly , then I sprinkle some whole caraway seeds, then I cover it for a few minutes until the cabbage reaches the desired tenderness and that's really all I do , it is good and inexpensive, I think it is tasety also I add additional olive oil as needed so that it is just slightly coated , but your twist sounds so great I am going to try , I loved everything you posted lately but been under the weather as of late , it's been hot here in Chicago like it has been by you which has really helped my tomatoe plants, they have several small tomatoes already so I am excited about that . I am very impressed with your garden , it is awesome , like everything you do . Hope you are well , I am so excited about your Dad's sauce ! Congrats to him and also tell your Mom her carrot pasta looks fabulous , guess greatness just runs in your family . God bless you all . BYE :)

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
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