September Recipe of the Month – Apple Turkey Picadillo

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” As summer comes to an end and the weather begins to cool, apple picking is in full effect all over Long Island. Not only is apple picking a favorite family pastime, but apples are healthy too.

At approximately 65 calories per serving, apples are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and are a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.  Go apple picking at one of Long Island’s local farms and try our September Recipe of the Month: Apply Turkey Picadillo.

Check out Long Island Mama’s article on Apple Picking Tips by clicking here. Once on the page scroll down below the tips for more great places on Long Island to go apple picking. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite u-pick places here:

Davis Peach Farm (they do grow apples in addition to peaches)
Where: 561 Hulse-Landing Road, Wading River, NY 11792.
Contact info: 631-929-1115

Lewin Farm
Where: 812 Sound Avenue, Wading River, NY 11792
Contact info: 631-929-4327

Windy Acres
Where: 3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, NY 11933-1168
Contact info: 631-727-4554
Windy Acres Farm Information



Long Island Mamas loves this healthy picadillo recipe that makes a filling meal for the whole family!

Apple Turkey Picadillo

Picadillo is a Latin American staple commonly made with ground beef and tomatoes.  This twist on the popular dish is made healthier by using lean ground turkey and crisp apples. Serve in whole-wheat tortillas or over brown rice.


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces 99%-lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 medium tart green apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallion greens


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until soft, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Add turkey; cook, stirring and breaking up, until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. Stir in cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and cloves; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in vinegar, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in apple, tomato, olives and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat and gently simmer, stirring often, until any liquid in the pan has reduced to a syrupy glaze, about 8 minutes. Stir in scallion greens and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Recipe: Eating Well


By Tara Arichabala

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