Turkey is a delicious ingredient that’s also great for anyone watching their weight.
It’s high in protein and essential for growth and repair as part of a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Nearly all protein found in turkey meat can therefore be used to maintain the function and health of our body cells.
Not all calories are equal when it comes to body weight control. Research shows that people who eat high-protein/low-fat diets tend to be slimmer than people who eat other types of diet. This is because high-protein foods may help us to feel fuller for longer.
- Cooked turkey contains 34g of protein per 100g, which is nearly 3/4 of an adult’s recommended daily allowance.
- Turkey offers as much protein as roast beef but without as many calories or grams of saturated fat.
- Compared with other meats, turkey breast has the lowest saturated fat level at less than 1g per 100g (4oz) portion, compared with other mainstream meats.
For inspirational combinations, check out these exciting flavors that go great with turkey.
What to eat with turkey: Horseradish Applesauce
Horseradish is famously a great accompaniment to roast beef. Applesauce is a great accompaniment to pork. You already know this. However the thought of combining the two as an accompaniment for turkey might not have crossed your mind. This is a great little side dish that adds both fruity flavours and a bit of heat to your dish.
How to make horseradish applesauce: Take 2 tablespoons of grated horseradish root and 4 cups of applesauce, mix them together, then continue adding horseradish to taste. Serve as soon as possible after preparation.
What to eat with turkey: Guacamole
Guacamole is most commonly seen in chilli con carne or chicken wraps, but it’s also a great fresh flavour for when you’re serving up a turkey salad.
How to make guacamole for turkey: Simply take 2 avocados, peeled and with the stones removed, chop them into small pieces, alongside a small red onion and a ripe tomato. Add a minced garlic clove and the juice of 1 lime, along with salt and pepper to taste, and you’ll have a wonderful spicy, yet refreshing condiment that’s fantastic for summer dishes.
What to eat with turkey: Cheese
Cheese isn’t an ingredient that is commonly associated with turkey. Both turkey and most cheeses have very rich, strong flavours, and so combining them looks like it will invite a clash. However, with the right sort of cheeses you’ll soon have the recipe for a fantastic sandwich.
How to combine cheese with turkey: Use provolone, Swiss cheese and — trust us on this — sour cream in a sandwich with a little bit of rocket salad and you’ll have a sandwich that you’ll be returning to for many lunchtimes to come.
What to eat with turkey: Dried Apricots
Turkey and apricot is one of those combinations that people don’t necessarily think of. Dried and chopped apricots can be a great addition to turkey-based pies, risottos and even curries. Like cranberry it adds a fruit element to a dish, but apricots have less acidity, leading to a sweeter, more mellow taste.
What to eat with turkey: Pumpkin
We tend not use pumpkin all that much in the UK. Usually we’ll use the scooped out innards to make a pie or a soup around Halloween, and the rest of the year we’ll ignore it. But pumpkin is a favourite ingredient over in the States, particularly around Thanksgiving, when it will often be used in combination with turkey. That’s a mixture that works for a reason, so it’s worth trying out on this side of the pond.
What to eat with turkey: Fruit Chutneys
There’s a whole range of chutneys, jams and preserves that are great for adding a little extra something to a turkey sandwich. Mango chutney or red onion marmalade are two of our personal favourites, but it’s worth trying all sorts of different flavours, particularly the more spicy ones if you want a sandwich with a bit of kick to it.
Next time you’re cooking with turkey, why not experiment a little bit? You never know what tastes you might discover.
This is a sponsored post. We challenged bloggers to create their own recipes with fresh turkey, sponsored by Lean on Turkey.