Kid Approved Turkey Dog Stir Fry

I am a mom of two young kids. I realize the daily struggle of providing affordable meals that are both healthy and appealing to my kids. I don't want to spend my evenings fighting with my kids about what they should and shouldn't eat...but...since macular degeneration can be hereditary, I also have this responsibility to show them how to eat 'for their eyes,' AND to actually get the healthy food into their bodies! That isn't always an easy task.

This recipe is a sort-of compromise because the rice is white and there are hot dogs involved (turkey dogs, of course!). But, really this is a huge mom win if you ask me. Besides the ingredients that could be healthier, there are also yellow, orange, and red bell peppers, onions, and carrots. If my kids are eating those things, then I can sleep better at night!

P.S. One of my sons will only eat this meal with parmesan cheese sprinkled on that's what we do for him!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients for turkey dog stir fry:

  • 2 cups of rice, cooked (brown rice is much healthier for our eyes than white rice, but I have to give in on this one sometimes when it comes to my kids - honestly I’m okay with that if they’ll eat all the veggies in their stir fry)
  • 2-3 bell peppers (a colorful assortment), sliced into strips (I use yellow, orange, and yellow because they not only contain more lutein and zeaxanthin, but they are also sweeter and more desired by my kids. Win, win!)
  • 1 small package, or 16 oz of baby carrots, slightly boiled (to prevent them from being crunchy after frying)
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 1 package of 8 turkey hot dogs (or turkey sausage), cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh or freeze-dried chives
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp of each)

Directions for turkey dog stir fry:

  1. Pour 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a skillet (no heat yet until step 6)
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic to skillet
  3. In a separate pot, boil carrots for 3-4 minutes, just cooking them slightly, drain and add to skillet
  4. While carrots are boiling, dice bell peppers, slice onions, cut turkey dogs, and add them to your skillet
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of chives
  6. Turn on skillet to a medium-low setting, stirring ingredients together, place the lid on your skillet to add steam and moisture to vegetables as they cook. Stir frequently to avoid vegetables burning (I’ll sometimes add ¼ cup of water as it’s cooking if the heat is too high and more moisture is required)
  7. Once you start to cook your vegetables, boil 2 cups of water in your now empty carrot pot
  8. Stir in 2 cups of rice (before water starts to boil)
  9. Once the rice and water start to boil, stir and place the lid on the pot, lowering your heat to simmer. Stir frequently until water is absorbed and rice is fluffy
  10. Place cooked rice onto your plate, then add steamed veggies and hot dogs on top Salt and pepper to taste (or a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese...or whatever they prefer...for those picky little ones)
  11. Enjoy!


This recipe was created with kids my in mind. I try hard to encourage them to eat eye-healthy foods as I do, but let’s be honest, they’re still kids. If your kids will eat brown or colored rice, these types of rice are much healthier than white rice (we’re working on that at home, but I’m picking my battles...they’re eating carrots, peppers, and onions so I can’t really complain too much here). This stir fry is also really good with chicken, but only one of my sons can eat chicken, so that doesn’t work for us all the time. Know your own family’s needs and change things up as needed here. Other vegetables are great to add like broccoli or snap peas!

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 339
  • carbohydrates: 61.4g
  • cholesterol: 0mg
  • fat: 7.6g
  • fiber: 4.1g
  • potassium: 303mg
  • protein: 5.9g
  • saturated fat: 1.1g
  • sodium: 180mg
  • sugars: 6.8g

Disclaimer: We recognize that some ingredients listed in this recipe may not adhere to some diets or may include allergens for some people. Please feel free to omit or substitute any ingredients that don’t work for you.

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