By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

Adding more vegetables to this meat dish adds volume and nutrients.

Number of servings

Serves 6
  1. Healthy carb
  2. High Fiber


  1. 1 head cauliflower (1 to 1 1/4 pounds)
  2. 1 clove garlic
  3. 1 leek, white only, split in 4 pieces
  4. 1 tablespoon soft-tub margarine, nonhydrogenated
  5. Freshly ground black pepper
  6. 2 cups cooked chopped turkey breast (about 12 ounces)
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  8. 1 cup diced carrots
  9. 1 cup diced celery
  10. 2 cups diced onion
  11. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  12. 3 teaspoons sliced garlic
  13. 8 ounce can tomato sauce (no added salt)
  14. 1 teaspoon orange zest
  15. 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  16. 1 cup red wine (or salt-free chicken broth)
  17. Chives (optional)


Heat the oven to 350 F.

Break cauliflower into small pieces. In a large saucepan, steam cauliflower, garlic and leeks in water until completely tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Use a food processor to puree the vegetables until the texture resembles mashed potatoes. Process only a small portion at a time.

If you prefer a smoother texture, use a blender. Be sure to hold the blender lid on firmly with a dish towel. Add a little hot water if vegetables seem dry. Stir in margarine and pepper.

In a large saute pan heat oil over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onions, thyme and garlic, and saute until vegetables soften, about 5-6 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned, 2-3 minutes. Add red wine and cook until wine is reduced by half. Add vinegar and tomato sauce. Season with pepper.

Transfer mixture to a large casserole dish. Top with the mashed cauliflower. Bake for 20-30 minutes until top of casserole is golden brown.

Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Top with minced chives, if you wish, and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: About 1 cup

  • Calories 206
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Trans fat <1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 40 mg
  • Sodium 218 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 19 g
  • Dietary fiber 5 g
  • Added sugars 0 g
  • Protein 19 g

Created by the chefs at Mayo Clinic's Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.

Aug. 18, 2015