Turkey would most definitely not be my meat of choice. I’ll eat it, but let’s be honest- it’s no chicken. It’s dry and tasteless. Also, there’s that weird pressure to eat the four lunchboxes of leftovers in that anticlimactic week following Christmas. I therefore have tried to think of healthy, turkey based meals and snacks that I’ll actually enjoy this year. Here’s my choices:
This morning I woke up to a sugar level on the higher side following the box of after eights I attacked last night. I therefore had to think up a low-carb breakfast instead of my usual porridge. This was actually the perfect opportunity to break open the turkey boxes. I went for a turkey omelette which managed to mask the dryness of solo turkey very well. Here’s what I used and did. (I know it’s an omelette, not rocket science.)
1 small yellow onion
¼ red pepper
Cup of mushrooms
What I did
I diced the onion, pepper and mushrooms into little pieces and threw them into a hot pan. I sprinkled a little bit of ground garlic over it. After about 3 minutes I took them off the pan and added them into the bowl of two whisked eggs. I then added pepper, a bit of salt and re-heated the pan. When I had the mixture out on the pan I added the chopped up turkey and put the flame on low heat for a few minutes. I then folded the omelette in half on the pan and left it for another 2-3 minutes. Done.
Tomato Turkey Wrap:
I know Turkey Sandwiches are what’s typically done, but gluten free bread is dry enough, never-mind topped with turkey. I decide to opt for a turkey wrap which I find more filling and substantial anyways.
Bfree Sweet Potato Wrap (click here)
1 small yellow onion
What I did
Like breakfast, I chopped everything up and threw it into the pan. Very simple. After about 3 minutes I added kidney beans, the left-over turkey and about a tablespoon of tomato paste. I also like to throw in a few spices, like parsley and basil. I then put everything into the centre of the wrap, wrapped it up and good to go.
I always thought anything could be put on a corn cake and it would be delightful. That was before I put turkey on a corn cake and every little bit of moisture in my mouth was absorbed. So, I got a little creative and made up a turkey based hummus. By this I mean grated turkey into two teaspoons of hummus then spread it onto the corn cake. I was very satisfied with the result and would recommend doing the same. It made the whole snack a lot more filling and substantial, but most definitely does not require a how-to guide.
Roasted Veg Salad
A bowl of roasted vegetables is probably one of my favourite dishes and why not throw a bit of turkey in there while your at it. A bit of balsamic dressing is the perfect topping and surprisingly easy to make at home.You may even have leftover veg from Christmas which would save you a bit of effort but if not you can just start from fresh.
Veg- I used broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and sweet potato.
Salt & pepper
What I did
I preheated the oven to 200 degrees C and lined a baking tray with non-stick baking sheets, topped with olive oil. I peeled the brussel sprouts, carrots and sweet potato. I par-boiled them for about 3 minutes, drained them then spread them out on the baking tray. I left them to bake for 20 minutes and made the balsamic vinaigrette while I was waiting. I kept it simple and mixed ¾ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup balsamic vinegar in a bowl with a dash of salt and pepper. After ten minutes I turned all the vegetables around on the tray. Once they were finished I simply threw everything into a bowl and topped it off with the dressing!
I always mention how I like to have a low-carb snack before bed. You can click here for some of my old favourites. Thanks to the excessive amount of turkey we have left in the fridge I now have another to add to the list. Cucumber, turkey and avocado/feta cheese/brie. The cucumber is nice and refreshing when paired with the turkey and avocado and cheese. It's a perfect little mix of proteins and fats and requires no insulin, which is always a plus.
Those are the main ways I'll be getting rid of all that left-over turkey for the next week. They're not exactly Gordan Ramsey recipes but they're simple, quick and satisfying. Hope you enjoy!