Monday, 17 February 2014

Let's Talk Turkey! {KID FRIENDLY RECIPE INCLUDED}


Oh turkey, turkey, turkey how I love thee... Seriously, although I am a late comer to the whole turkey thing... Christmas lunch = yes! But not as an every week type thing...
About 2 years ago; when I was cleansing and losing the baby weight after having my little P P, I was introduced to turkey by my amazing naturopath. "You got to get into eating turkey Cass", I distinctly remember our conversation. She rattled off all the fantastic benefits of this super food and I was instantly sold... A meat that is high is protein, low in saturated fat, and makes you happy? How couldn't I love it!

So then I had another baby, got into fish (well, not really, it was more carbs I got into) and lost the plot a bit (ALOT) and Turkey and me lost paths for a while. That was until I attended the latest Bloggers BBQ a couple of weeks ago and there they were;  little Steggles Turkey Balls saying; "Eat me. Eat me!" So I now have a fridge full of turkey and its back on the dinner menu, the perfect food for sending us all to sleep...

Why's Turkey so good?
  • Turkey is a fantastic source of protein.
  • Its an easy meal for the entire family, as easy as cooking chicken!
  • Turkey is a fabulous source of Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic acid, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorous, Omega 3, Zinc and Vitamin B12.
  • Its low-GI
  • It contains the amino acid tryptophan; this produces serotonin which is the hormone that makes us happy and also helps to boost the immune system.
  • Turkey contains selenium which helps to straighten out a wacky thyroid hormone metabolism.
Here's a yummy turkey ball recipe by Steggles that I changed a little; its the perfect finger food for your kiddies and a great snack for school or on the run. ENJOY!

RECIPE: Herbed Turkey Balls

Makes: 20
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total cooking time: about 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 small onion, finely chopped
500g turkey mince
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 Tblsp finely chopped mint
2 Tblsp chopped parsley
1 Tblsp chopped coriander
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 x Zucchini (grated)
2 x Carrots (grated)
1 x free range organic egg
Avocado or fresh humous to serve

METHOD
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well until combined.
2. Shape tablespoonfuls of turkey mixture into balls, refrigerate 20 minutes.
3. Heat a large, lightly greased fry pan over medium heat. Cook turkey balls in batches for about 5 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with slices of avocado or fresh humous.

What your favourite turkey recipe?


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