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Talking Turkey Tips

Talking Turkey Tips

Dr. Janet Brill, PhD, RD

Talking TURKEY!

Did you know that ninety-five percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey

Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving? Skinless, white meat turkey is a superb lean and

light protein source, so here are some turkey tips:

_ Consider purchasing a fresh turkey from your grocery store. It’s

defrosted and there is no added fat or sodium! (Fresh turkey should be

firm to the touch.)

_ Plan on a half-pound serving per person.

_ Roast your turkey at a minimum oven temp of 325 ºF. A whole turkey

is done when the internal temp reaches 180 ºF.

_ Leave the skin on while roasting, remove before serving.

_ For added color and nutrition in your gravy, roast with added carrots,

celery, onion and garlic. (Baste turkey but try to keep the opening of

the oven door to a minimum.)

_ Lighter gravy recipe:

_ Strain broth from roasting pan and pour into a shallow pan and

freeze for a few minutes.

_ Remove fat layer (fat rises to the top and can be removed with a

kitchen spoon). You can also use a gravy fat separator cup

available at most cooking supply stores.

_ Bring 2 cups of strained and defatted broth to a boil. Dissolve 1

Tbsp corn starch in 2 Tbsp water and add slowly to broth. Bring

back to a boil, remove from stove and serve hot.

A HAPPY and HEALTHY Thanksgiving from all of us at Fitness Together