Before we get to some amazing turkey recipes, let’s take a little quiz:
Which of these statements is NOT true about turkey, which is about to become the most celebrated food of the month?
- Turkey is lower in fat and has fewer calories than chicken.
- Turkey is a good source of high-quality protein.
- Turkey is an excellent source of selenium, a trace element that acts as an antioxidant and may help prevent cancer, heart disease, cognitive decline as well as protecting the thyroid gland.
Okay, this was a trick quiz. They’re all true. Turkey really is all that.
While chicken and turkey both stack up closely in the calorie, protein and the nutrient department, a three-ounce serving of roasted turkey breast is only 160 calories compared to 170 for chicken, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Even the dark meat is lower in calories: 190 for a three-ounce serving of turkey thigh versus 210 for the same amount of chicken thigh meat.
So don’t relegate turkey to one day this month. Incorporate some healthy turkey recipes into your Flex Meals as often as you can.
Here are 10 delicious turkey recipes to enjoy all year round:
Maybe you’ve never thought of turkey and pasta together, but you will after you try this recipe, which replaces the meat in a rich Bolognese sauce with lean ground turkey and pasta with its veggie look-alike, spaghetti squash. This recipe is also veggie-rich and chock full of flavorful spices, at only 262 calories a serving! It counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, two vegetables and two extras. Click here to get the recipe! >
We’ve reimagined this lunchtime favorite so you still get the satisfaction of flavor (and to tell you the truth, fat and carbs) but at a lower calorie price tag (one7two per serving). The fat in this case comes mainly from the healthy monounsaturated fat of avocado and the carbs from fiber-rich whole wheat bread. The recipe calls for turkey lunch meat, but leftover turkey breast works just as well. It counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and one Extra. Click here to get the recipe! >
This thick hearty chili is just what you need on a cold autumn night. Ground turkey is the featured protein, but three cups of butternut squash makes it thick and creamy. And there’s Serrano pepper for just a touch of heat. It counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, one Extra and one Vegetable. Click here to get the recipe! >
You can whip up his lunch in four steps, starting with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce (or dried cranberries). Add some nonfat plain Greek yogurt and a shake of pepper. Lunch, accomplished! This counts as one SmartCarb and one PowerFuel. Click here to get the recipe! >
You’re going to love this marriage of two great foods—Caprese salad and a burger, all on the same bun! The burger is spiced with garlic powder and held together with almond flour instead of bread crumbs then topped with tomato and two slices of part-skim mozzarella cheese. Top with some fresh basil, pop it on a whole wheat bun and your mouth will have a party. Counts as one SmartCarb and two PowerFuels. Click here to get the recipe! >
Basil paste and goat cheese give a piquant flavor to this wrap filled with sliced white meat turkey, spinach and yellow pepper strips, all on a whole wheat tortilla. This will be your go-to lunch while the turkey lasts! Serves as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, one Vegetable and one Extra. Click here to get the recipe! >
Did you know that “curry” isn’t one spice but a combination of several spices? In this recipe you’ll find curry powder with an extra dose of coriander, cumin, turmeric and red pepper flakes. This dish is also veggie-rich, with zucchini, carrot and canned diced tomatoes. Oh and turkey, of course, all served with a side of fiber-rich brown rice. Click here to get the recipe! >
This substantial lunch recipe couldn’t get much easier since it starts with Nutrisystem’s Black Beans and Rice lunch entrée. That’s right—half of it is already cooked for you! Just add lean ground turkey, onions, cilantro, cumin and optionally, cooked corn. This tasty turkey meal counts as one Nutrisystem Lunch, one PowerFuel, one/two Vegetable and one Extra (Add a SmartCarb if using corn). Click here to get the recipe! >
This delicious cold weather meal proves that any recipe that uses ground beef is only improved by substituting lean ground turkey. This chili is also a veggie fest: It’s filled with spinach, bell peppers, celery, onion and two kinds of beans in a rich, thick tomato sauce spiced with chili powder and cumin. Click here to get the recipe! >
Who says you can’t have breakfast food at lunch? This is a favorite among these turkey recipes and it starts with two Nutrisystem waffles, piled with two ounces of turkey, thinly sliced Granny Smith apple, low-fat Swiss cheese, spinach and dressed with an avocado and yogurt spread, all grilled on a Panini press. Counts as one SmartCarb, two PowerFuels, half a Vegetable and three Extras. Click here to get the recipe! >
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