Turkey Skewers with Coconut Bean Mash

Makes 12 turkey skewers, Coconut Bean Mash makes ½ cup, Tzatziki serves 6

The fun flavor profile of these skewers will make any bone-chilling winter evening seem like summer paradise. No need to head out to the grill in your coat and wellies—a grill pan adds eye-catching grill marks without the frostbite. Serve with the Coconut Bean Mash and quick Tzatziki dipping sauce.


  • 12 wooden skewers
  • 10 ounces ground turkey
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup canned chickpeas
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup shredded cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh dill, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Turkey Skewers

Before you begin, soak 12 wooden skewers for 45 minutes to an hour so they won’t burn.

Put the turkey, onion, cilantro, parsley, ground cumin, mustard, horseradish, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until fully blended.

Divide the mixture into 12 portions. Wet your hands a little and shape each portion around a skewer.

Cover and chill for an hour.

Heat up a grill pan or your barbecue to medium heat and brush with the olive oil. Grill the skewers for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally until they are nicely browned and cooked through.

Coconut Bean Mash

In a large saucepan, heat up the olive oil and sauté the garlic.

Add the cannellini beans, chickpeas and coconut milk and heat for a few minutes. For a kick add some chili flakes.

Transfer to a food processor and blend with the fresh cilantro until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.


Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix.

Nutrition Analysis (Skewers): 50 cal, 3 g fat, 15 mg chol, 50 mg sodium, 1 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 5 g protein.

Nutrition Analysis (Mash): 180 cal, 7 g fat, 0 mg chol, 320 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 8 g protein.

Nutrition Analysis (Tzatziki): 40 cal, 2.5 g fat, 0 mg chol, 25 mg sodium, 4 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 2 g protein.

Recipes excerpted from Scared Wheatless (Whitecap Books) by Mary Jo Eustace. Photos by Tracey Kusiewicz for Scared Wheatless (Whitecap Books).