These Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowls use lean protein, veggies, and all your favorite toppings for a healthy delicious lunch or dinner throughout the week.  They can easily be made “paleo”, “dairy free”, gluten-free”, and/or “Whole 30 Approved”

Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowls

Wahoo it’s Wednesday!  I feel like I haven’t been here for a few days.  Mostly because the weekend didn’t have much to highlight, besides yummy food which I’ll share here today for What I Ate Wednesday along with what I meal prepped over the weekend.

We usually enjoy at least one meal out on the weekends and I also have Tom home to help with cooking dinner, which gives me more time to focus on meal prep.  This past weekends foodie highlights were on Instagram, they include a lunch date to Spoons Korean BBQ for some Bibimpap with Bulgogi.  So much happening in this amazing bowl and I love it!  We also had smoked pulled pork Tom cooked all day, SO good, even though it takes almost 12 hours.  And I handled the sides, my Greek Yogurt Apple Broccoli Slaw, roasted potatoes, and brussles.  YUM!  And of course some dessert.  We loved these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, I was in a cookie choma by the end of the weekend.

WIAW What I Ate Wednesday September 2017

Now to the meal prep.  It usually takes me about two hours on Sunday to get our weekly staples made and organized.  And sometimes I finish lunch prepping by making something for dinner on Monday we can use as leftovers.

The items that are made every week are usually protein bars or energy bites, hard boiled eggs, baked oatmeal, something for lunches, and roasted potatoes/veggies I use to pair with a lean protein for dinner throughout the week.  These Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowls are one of my favorites to make for lunches.  Everything can easily be made in one pan and you can easily customize the toppings and serve with a grain or keep it low carb with a lettuce wrap or salad.  So many options!

Meal Prep Taco Bowls

I start with chopping the veggies.  Of course use your favorite, I like onion, green and red peppers, and jalapeno.  Then you’ll sauté the veggies for a few mintures before adding the lean protein.  I used a mix of lean and extra lean ground turkey becauce I doubled the recipe for both Tom and myself to have enough lunches.  Feel free to use ground chicken or lean grass-fed beef as well.

Diced Veggies for Taco Bowls

For the taco seasoning I make my own since I easily have all the spices handy, plus the packet seasonings are filled with sodium and artificial flavors and preservatives, yuck.  Eat Real Food People!  Then I add some diced tomatoes and let all the flavors cook together.  You could always also add some black beans, corn, zucchini, etc for extra nutrients.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I use these containers to organize my meal prep.  Tom had some cilantro lime rice or tortillas with his.  I made lettuce wraps with mine, and also used a Siete Almound Flour tortilla one day.

Taco Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice

Then the endless amount of toppings you could add to these Turkey Taco Bowls!  I reccommend any combination of sliced avocado, cilantro, lime juice, lettuce, hot sauce, salsa, tomatoes, or queso fresco cheese.  While I don’t always eat this way, but I wanted to keep my bowls “dairy-free” so after photos I added nutritional yeast for a littly cheesy flavor.

Meal Prep Taco Bowls with Lettuce Wraps

In under 30 minutes I easily had several Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowl lunches ready to go for a healthy work week.

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Meal Prep Taco Bowls

Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowls
Recipe Type: Lunch or Dinner
Author: Sweet And Strong
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Serves: 5
These Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowls use lean protein, veggies, and all your favorite toppings for a healthy delicious lunch or dinner throughout the week.  They can easily be made “paleo”, “dairy free”, gluten-free”, and/or “Whole 30 Approved”
  • 1 pound lean ground meat such as turkey, beef, or chicken
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (remove the seeds for less heat)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Other optional add ins: corn, black beans, or chopped zucchini
  • For the Taco Seasoning: 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Your Favorite Taco Bowl toppings and rice, wraps, or lettuce for serving
  1. In a large skillet over meadium heat add the chopped red pepper, onion, and jalapeno. Cook for 3 minutes then add in the lean ground meat and cook until meat is browned and cooked through.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and stir to combine. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and serve with rice, wraps, or lettuce.
  4. Optional but highly suggested toppings include: sliced avocado, cilantro, fresh lime juice, salsa, fresh tomato, cheese, or nutritional yeast.


Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowls

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22 Comments on Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowls (Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Whole 30 options)

  1. Samantha
    September 27, 2017 at 11:29 am (5 years ago)

    Each week I usually prep all my veggies & a lean protein & sweet potatoes or brown rice! That way when it comes to meal times I can just mix and match 🙂 This week I actually prepped ground turkey bowls too and have been adding nutritional yeast and salsa!

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:37 pm (5 years ago)

      Ah meal prep twins! And those are great staples. I love being able to mix and match meals throughout the week!

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:38 pm (5 years ago)

      I am ALWAYS in the mood for anything taco!

  2. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real
    September 27, 2017 at 11:40 am (5 years ago)

    I meal prep each week mostly by just chopping up carrots for lunches at work. Since I cook for two, most of the recipes have leftovers which helps us as a way of meal prepping since I won’t cook every night. These turkey bowls look delicious and I would probably just want to add some homemade salsa to it.

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:39 pm (5 years ago)

      Mmmm homemade salsa is a great topping. And we use a lot of leftovers for meals too. It’s just the two of us too, I don’t know how large families do it!

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
    September 27, 2017 at 12:11 pm (5 years ago)

    Making your own spice blends is way better! I agree. Taco bowls are perfect for meal prep.

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:39 pm (5 years ago)

      Right! I think some brands have gotten better, but since I’m always stocked with the spices I feel better making it myself.

    September 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm (5 years ago)

    I love bowls like this! So easy to prep and change up the ingredients and flavors. I always prep an insane amount of hardboiled eggs and roasted squash.

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm (5 years ago)

      Mmmm I’ve been craving roasted squash now that it’s fall.

  5. Carrie this fit chick
    September 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm (5 years ago)

    Love easy prep meals like these! I typically prep hard boiled eggs and protein bars or pancakes every weekend. I would add cheese to these- yum!

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:41 pm (5 years ago)

      Those are all great items to meal prep. Pancakes are a great idea, I occasionally do those instead of oatmeal when I’m feeling something different.

  6. Marina @ Happy Healing
    September 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm (5 years ago)

    Yum! I love taco anything 🙂 I like making cauliflower tacos because I’m a vegetarian. Also, those cookies look so good…

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:41 pm (5 years ago)

      I have seen cauliflower tacos that look AMAZING! I made buffalo cauliflower once and loved it. And yea those cookies were so good, I definitely need to make another batch asap.

  7. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
    September 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Usually, I don’t meal prep but after last nights dinner fail I’m thinking some meal prep is in order! I literally cooked some beef for like 10 hours in the crockpot and then still had to pressure cook it ha ha FAIL

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:43 pm (5 years ago)

      WHAT that sounds crazy, it still wasn’t done. And happens to us all. Meal prep is great for those nights you just want to be able to relax or get some work done instead of cook. Even though I often enjoy spending time in the kitchen, some nights I’m over it. lol

  8. Kat
    September 27, 2017 at 9:39 pm (5 years ago)

    Taco bowls are seriously one of my go-to meals. Whether I am using ground turkey or shredded chicken or even going meatless with black beans, I love them!

    • sweetandstrong
      September 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm (5 years ago)

      Tacos anything is always my favorite. We used to make these bowls every Tuesday until I started using them for meal prep. I could definitely eat them twice a day though!

  9. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar
    September 28, 2017 at 1:09 am (5 years ago)

    When you said Eat Real Food People at first I read it as Eat Real People and I was like ack! Although I guess Halloween is coming up.
    I’m impressed by how much you make during those two hours on Sunday nights! These taco meals look like they’d work really well because they’d pack well and be easy to reheat, too. 🙂

    • sweetandstrong
      September 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm (5 years ago)

      Hahah that’s too funny. And I definitely MOVE in the kitchen and have a routine down.

  10. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    September 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm (5 years ago)

    What great easy meals! Love how simple these are. You take such pretty pics too!

    • sweetandstrong
      September 28, 2017 at 9:22 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Julie! And I’m all about simple meals during the work week. If I plan something too complicated it just stresses me out, lol.