Turkey dishes are a favorite food of many families; they are light and tasty. This tender meat not only has an amazing taste but also has many other positive properties. Turkey meat contains vitamins, minerals and other beneficial substances. Also, turkey is a dietary product. The meat of this bird is perfect for those who follow their figure and health.
Stuffed turkey with cranberry syrup is a symbol of Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The tradition appeared thanks to a holiday arranged back in 1621, the first settlers from the Plymouth colony in the territory of the present state of Massachusetts. The purpose of the feast was to thank God for survival in harsh conditions. They also did not forget to express gratitude to the indigenous people who taught them how to grow crops in local conditions. The Indians brought three unknown birds to the table, later they became known as turkeys. Since then, the holiday has become a tradition, and turkey has become its main attribute.
Here are simple recipes for turkey dishes that can be cooked even every day. They certainly will not take much time, besides incredibly tasty.
Italian Grilled Turkey Fillet
- 21.16 oz (600 g) of turkey fillet
- Set of spices “Provencal herbs”
- 7.8 us fl oz or 230 ml of mineral water with gas
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Half a lemon
- Salt and pepper
Turkey meat should be grated with Provencal herbs, salt, pepper and lemon juice and marinated in mineral water for an hour. Meanwhile, heat the grill pan, put the turkey on it. Fry until golden brown on one side, then turn over and fry on the other side. Put the fried fillet on a plate and immediately wrap it with foil. Serve after 15 minutes. You can complement the meat with any side dish, fresh vegetables or grilled vegetables.
Turkey Salad with Vegetables
Speaking about diet dishes with turkey fillet, salads should be mentioned as well. This simple recipe for turkey salad is prepared with fresh herbs and vegetables. First you need to boil the fillet, cool it and cut into pieces. Then it is necessary to add chopped sweet pepper and fresh cucumber shredded in half-circles, and also chopped lettuce leaves into a salad bowl. Then chop parsley and green onions, and also add into the bowl. Finally, you need to add meat to pepper and cucumber, then salt and mix. You can fill the dish at will with natural yogurt, dressing or vegetable oil.
Turkey Sandwich with Goat Cheese
- 3.5 oz or 100 g of arugula
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 8.8 oz (250 g) of turkey fillet
- 4 slices of whole-grain bread
- 4.6 oz (130 g) of goat cheese
- 5 tablespoons of pomegranate sauce
Cook the turkey fillet. Rinse the arugula, place in a bowl and microwave for 1.5 minutes. Throw it in a colander and let cool. Squeeze out excess water from the arugula and finely chop it on the board. Make whole-grain bread toasts. Next, make a very nice construction of the layers: bread, goat cheese, a slice of boiled turkey, arugula, again a slice of turkey, and then cheese again. Finally, cover this splendor with a second piece of bread.
- 1 large tomato
- 1 onion
- 13.4 oz or 380 g of boiled turkey
- 8 corn tortillas
- 3 tablespoons of sour cream
- 2 tablespoons of cilantro
- 1 avocado
- 8 tablespoons of salsa sauce
- 7 oz (200 g) of romaine lettuce
- 4.6 oz or 130 g of grated cheddar cheese
Stew the tomatoes (or you can take canned ones) together with chopped onions over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Add turkey fillet to the pan and simmer the contents for another 3 minutes, until the meat is hot again. Sprinkle the corn tortillas with olive oil and put them in the oven for a couple more minutes until they turn brown. Peel and puree the avocado pulp, then mix it with salsa sauce, sour cream and chopped cilantro. Season the tortillas with this mixture, add the contents of the pan to them. Cut or better tear the salad and add it to every tortilla. Sprinkle with grated cheese before serving.
Turkey Salad with Apple and Celery
Another low-calorie turkey salad with green apple and celery stalks. A quick and simple turkey dish is what you need for a light dinner. First you need to cut the boiled turkey fillet into small pieces. Then you need to peel the apple, cut it into strips and sprinkle with lemon juice, finely chop the celery, chop green onions with thin rings, finely chop the parsley branches. All ingredients need to be mixed, salted and seasoned with natural yogurt.
The main area of use for turkey fillet is dishes, the recipes of which are the simplest. For example, the pastrami is an alternative to ham and sausages, excellent for all kinds of sandwiches. At the same time, the pastrami is much more useful than smoked meats and less caloric.
To prepare pastrami, you need to put 2 turkey fillets in a bowl and pour the marinade. To prepare the marinade, you need to dissolve 2 tablespoons of salt in warm water, then add 1 bay leaf, broken into several parts. The fillet must be marinated for 12 hours. After this time, the fillet should be removed from the marinade, dried well and greased with mustard sauce. For the sauce you need to mix 1 tablespoon of mustard, 1.5 tablespoons of paprika and 0.5 teaspoons of black pepper. Next, the fillet must be wrapped with a culinary thread and baked at high temperature (approximately 482 °F or 250 °C) for 15 minutes, after which the pastrami may be left in the oven until completely cooled.