At this time of year, we are almost guaranteed to be left with mountains of roast turkey. Turkey is a perfect choice for easy and nutritious meals all year round, as this versatile meat can be used in a wide variety of dishes from curries and casseroles to salads and pasta.
Turkey is very low in calories and fat - as long as you go for the white meat and avoid the skin. White meat provides 100 calories and only 1g fat in a 3oz (75g) serving. An equivalent serving of dark meat has 3 times the amount of fat, while eating the skin increases this to 5 times the amount of fat.
But after Christmas, we’ll need ideas for using up those left-overs - if a turkey curry buffet isn’t your idea of fun and you’re bored by the very thought of turkey sandwiches for weeks, here are some alternative turkey recipes:
Spiced turkey with couscous
Stir 1½ tsp (each) of cumin, coriander, garam Masala and chilli powder and the zest and juice of half a lemon into a 125g pot of natural yoghurt. Pour this mix over the turkey and set aside for 30 minutes. Meantime, prepare the cous cous following package directions and add 4 finely sliced spring onions and 2 tbs of raisins. Add 2 tbs of fresh chopped coriander to the turkey and serve with cous cous.
Makes 3 servings.
Nutritional information: 330 calories, 2.5g fat and 42g carbs per serving.
Turkey salad with cranberry dressing
Cook 2 oz of fresh or frozen cranberries (in enough water to cover) for 8-10 minutes or until soft. Stir in 2oz of castor sugar and heat gently until dissolved. Place into a bowl and add 2tbs of raspberry or red wine vinegar, 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of mustard powder.
Whisk together and season with black pepper. In a large bowl, mix together 1lb of cooked turkey, cold or warm, and a bag of mixed salad leaves. Drizzle with cranberry dressing and serve with crusty bread.
Makes 6 servings
Nutritional information: 210 calories, 9g fat and 10g carbs per serving.
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