Hands up if your first thought as dinner approaches is something like, "Nope. Can't even." It's hard not to get into a dinner rut when every night seems like a replay of the worst game in history, "The Wheel of Meat," especially when it always seems to land on chicken. And then there's the added challenge of trying to achieve the balance between “How long will this take?”, “Is it healthy AND delicious?” and of course, “Will they even actually eat this?”
It's not hard to win the trifecta of "delicious + healthy + family will actually eat it" when you have a powerhouse protein in your corner. And the easy part? It’s nothing you need to hunt down at some specialty shop on the outskirts of town and know a secret passcode to give the clerk. (It’s turkey, people; not a University freshman party.)
Turkey is the perfect choice for breaking out of your dinner rut! It's low in sodium, and an incredible source of vitamin B12. Plus, it tastes amazing, and it's super affordable.
So, why are you only eating it twice a year?
Before you get all “But my roasting pan is in the garage loft somewhere between my PeeWee hockey equipment and a box of unmailed wedding thank-yous,” I’ll stop you right there: You can swap out ANY protein in your regular rotation of family favourites with turkey with little to no recipe changes. Turkey is adaptable and available (bonus; it's usually a fab local find), and it’s a complete protein, meaning it contains all eight essential amino acids your body cannot produce on its own - making it a great choice for any meal. But enough with the science stuff; I'm getting hungry. Here are two of my faves:
Double beans and Amino acid hero turkey? Get ready for a protein punch!
1lb ground turkey
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 large can whole plum tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, pressed or grated
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp red pepper flakes
olive oil for pan
salt and pepper for seasoning
Use this recipe as a nacho topping, too!
Turkey breast fillets add delicious depth to this easy pasta dish
2 turkey breasts
3 cups washed baby spinach
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and cut into thin strips
1/3 cup parmesan
Salt and pepper
1 tsp each oregano and basil
2 cups 10% cream
Make sure to bookmark or print this post - or pin this easy turkey swap out chart for all your future turkey meals.