Poyha is a traditional Native American dish, commonly attributed as Cherokee in origin, though the recipe has been made by tribes spanning from the Great Plains to the East Coast. The recipe calls for ground venison, but ground turkey will make a great substitute while keeping with traditional foods. Poyha is packed with protein, complex carbs and flavor. Some recipes will mix in additional dried fruits such as sour cherries or blueberries, boosting this dish with antioxidants. Give this seasonal comfort recipe a try, and use local ingredients if possible. This recipe would be paired nicely with a luscious salad or sauteed greens and mushrooms.
This recipe is a great way to portion control your meats and packs well for an easy lunch. Since pre-ground meats often come in 1 lb. packs, try doubling this recipe and freezing the leftovers for another dinner. The oats aren’t enough to add significant fiber, but they hold moisture. If your family likes mushrooms, you can try adding some of those (chopped) too.