Feeling stuffed after all that party food from yesterday? Well don’t worry because you can get straight back on the health bandwagon today and make use of all that left over turkey. This meat is naturally low in fat without the skin, containing only 1 gram of fat per ounce of flesh. A 5-ounce serving provides almost half of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, and is a good source of vitamins B, B1,B6, zinc and potassium. These nutrients have been found to keep blood cholesterol down, protect against birth defects, cancer and heart disease, aid in nerve function and growth, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and assist in healing processes. Who knew this festive food could be so good? And if you’re wondering what to do with all that left over turkey, here’s some handy tips.
Salads – add turkey to a mix of spinach, shredded carrots, sliced red onions, cucumber lettuce, red peppers and tomatoes. Toss with a low fat dressing or vinaigrette.
Sandwiches and wraps – use turkey to make all kinds of sandwiches. Make sure you use whole grain breads and rolls and low fat or fat free fillings. Instead of mayo, why not try low fat yoghurt instead.
Soups – add 2 cups of chopped turkey , a selection of chopped vegetables and a cup of uncooked rice to some fat-free low sodium chicken broth.
Pizza toppings – top a wholemeal slice of bread with tomato sauce, turkey, sweetcorn, onion and reduced fat cheese and cook under the grill.
Casseroles – combine 2 cups of turkey with 2 cups of cooked brown rice, a can of chopped tomatoes, and a selection of chopped vegetables in a casserole. Cover and cook for about 30 to 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
Fajitas – Add shredded turkey to salsa, black beans, low fat sour cream and reduced fat cheese with shredded lettuce and peppers. Use corn wraps with this filling.
Quesadillas – Combine shredded turkey with a little cumin. Spoon on one half of a low fat corn tortilla, sprinkle with reduced fat cheese, fold tortilla in half and cook for 5 minutes, turning once
Pasta dishes – Add turkey to any number of pasta dishes. You could also use turkey instead of beef in your favourite lasagna recipe. Just use low fat cheese.
And if you’re really feeling good, why not go for a walk to burn it all off. Better still walk around the Boxing Day sales and bag yourself a bargain too!