Healthy Eats: Whole Turkey

If you’ve been eating clean for a while you’ve likely burnt out on chicken, ground turkey, white fish, or lean ground beef at some point in your healthy eating quest. When you JUST CAN’T eat another bite of grilled chicken, I recommend changing up your protein game plan.

A whole turkey doesn’t have to be limited to Thanksgiving time. A whole turkey is actually pretty cheap per pound, available in your freezer section year round, and takes little effort to prepare. The only downside to the whole turkey is the amount of time in the oven, but if you plan ahead and do food prep on Sunday afternoon, you can make a nice family dinner and also have tons of leftover healthy protein for the week.

Here’s how I make a whole turkey:

Thaw your turkey in refrigerator according to package. Once thawed, remove the gravy and gizzard packet from the cavity and rinse thoroughly and pat the turkey with paper towels. Place turkey in a tinfoil lined large roasting pan. Drizzle the juice of 1 fresh lemon over the bird. Place the lemon halves in the cavity of the whole turkey. Sprinkle salt free seasoning all over the bird. I used Penzey’s Bavarian Seasoning for this preparation. Roast the whole turkey in the oven at 325 degrees for 2-3.5 hours (or longer depending on size and package instructions). Let the turkey cool slightly then slice it. For meal plan approved protein, make sure to remove the skin and any excess fat.

If you love a turkey sandwich, now you’ve got healthy wholefood turkey (not processed lunch meat) that can compliment your flour-free bread and nature’s mayo (the amazing avocado)!

Whole turkey is not just for Thanksgiving anymore. Give it a go the next time you burn out on chicken! Click here for more delicious healthy EATS for you to try.

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