Thanksgiving Turkey – 5

Turkey Time

Turkey Time

Turkey is the classic dish for a Thanksgiving or a Christmas dinner, and why not? It’s versatile, can be cooked in numerous ways, is a lean meat option and frankly is DELICIOUS.

So why do we only think of having turkey during the holidays? Is it because it is to labor intensive, to rich? Too many leftovers that go to waste? Maybe it’s just that many of us have one perceived idea about turkey; having stuffed turkey dinner, or deep frying it whole. Similarly, we only remember its existence when we see it or overhear someone describing the contents of their lunch; and wouldn’t you know it that time is at the holidays.

Well I’m here to tell you that that idea is wrong! There are many advantages to making turkey a regular option for meals.

Turkey is considered a SUPERFOOD! Turkey is a lean cut of meat that is a complete protein. All the essential amino acids that your body requires (but can’t make) are accessible through turkey.

See ya Sodium!

Turkey is a low sodium protein that’s also low in cholesterol

Nutrients and Vitamins

It contains nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus and iron. As well, it is high in vitamins B6, B12, and Vitamin D which is especially important in bone health.

Who knew that turkey had all these health benefits? But that’s not all…


As mentioned before turkey is versatile. Just like chicken, turkey has many different cuts which means, yes! It is possible for anyone to have turkey without needing to cook the whole bird. Not only does it have a breast and thigh, but also wings legs and drumstick. Did I mention you can also purchase ground turkey and even turkey sausage?

Not only are there several different cuts but there are even more ways to cook them! Turkey can be barbecued, sautéed, baked, poached, smoked, and can be fried as well.

Turkey’s adaptability means that it is easy to integrate into any dish; breakfast, lunch or dinner. Integrating turkey into your meals is as easy as pie. From burgers to casseroles, turkey can be worked in any and all dishes.

Of course as with any other poultry you work with in the kitchen there are proper handling and storing considerations. One of the biggest concerns in any kitchen, no matter the size, is cross contamination. It can happen often when simple things are over looked.

  1. The first step to handling turkey is to wash your hands!!! They should be washed before and after every task. Need to go to the fridge to get some milk, after touching raw turkey? Better wash your hand first!
  2. Next is to store raw meat at the bottom of the fridge and never above cooked or prepared food or vegetables.You never want to run the risk of having raw meat blood or juices getting into your prepared food. Why? Even if you’re not in the restaurant industry you know roughly the cost of what is being thrown out, effecting not only your meal, but your wallet too.
  3. The next step relates to the one above. Do not store cooked products in the same container/dish that you have raw products in. Remember it’s not safe to store your seared chicken breast in the same container you had it marinating in.
  4. Always thoroughly wash all utensils, dishes, and surfaces with warm soapy water and sanitizer. Change the water when you’re done, before washing anything else.

Proper storage and safe handling should apply no matter what you’re working with in the kitchen.

Using turkey in your everyday life is an easy switch. It’s tasty, and requires no extra safety precautions than what you already use and it’s good for you too!

So why not make the switch to turkey?

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