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Turkey Talk

Friday, May 08, 2015

Turkey is on the menu this week and it is a favourite in our household. Turkey was something we ate at Christmas or special occasions, however, a few years ago when my son had a sporting injury we were advised by a medical specialist to eat more turkey! It was suggested that as turkey is low in saturated fat and high in protein it was excellent for muscle injury recovery. I’m sure it helped!

Turkey actually has more protein than chicken and beef. It is a source of iron, potassium, selenium, B vitamins, zinc, and phosphorous. This is essential for the normal development of bones and teeth. Turkey is also a short fibre meat, which means it is easy to digest and ideal for children, the elderly and anyone with digestive troubles. 

Turkey meat is a highly nutritious choice with numerous health benefits. In fact, turkey is a high-protein, low-GI food that can help keep insulin levels at a desirable range after eating.

Fresh turkey needs to be stored in the coldest part of the fridge and cooked within 2 to 3 days of buying. Turkey dries out quickly, so don't overcook it. If marinating turkey meat, put it in the fridge straight after you've finished, as it is highly sensitive to heat.

Here are some other great ideas to incorporate turkey into your weekly menu:

• Turkey breasts are great grilled and added to a crunchy green salad.

• Drizzle cubed cooked turkey with mayonnaise or your favourite salad dressing and mix with salad greens.

• Try stir fried turkey strips with your choice of vegetables, seasoned with vinegar and chilli.

• Pasta carbonara with turkey and asparagus.

• Turkey Parmigiana  - layer turkey steaks with cheese slices and your favourite tomato pasta sauce. 

• Turkey Fajitas – add strips of turkey to a wrap with salads, mustard or natural yoghurt.

• Turkey cous cous - Add 400 g of cooked turkey to 2 cups of cooked cous cous. Add 2 cups of vegies of your choice, ¼ cup of chopped fetta, ¼ cup chopped dill, ¼ cup diced olives. Toss together and serve with lemon and tzatziki. Serves 4.

• Use turkey mince in your favourite bolognaise recipe.

• Turkey Thai salad – add vermicelli noodles, Asian salad dressing and your choice vegetables.