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Monday, 20 April 2020

T is for Turkey, so tasty in a Blanquette ...

Turkey is one of those tasty meats that is positively good for you. It has essential nutrients that are good for the whole family. It contains:

Protein, which nourishes every cell of your body. Protein helps build muscles and bones, so is essential for childhood development. But you may not be aware that it’s also needed to stop muscle wasting, so is crucial as you get older too.

B Vitamins, which help to unlock the energy from foods. Turkey breast is a source of vitamin B6, which helps keep your red blood cells healthy and reduce tiredness and fatigue.
Selenium, which helps keep your hair and nails healthy, it is also needed to keep your immunity topped up, and is also vital as a protection against damage to your cells and tissues.
Phosphorus, is needed for normal growth and development of bones, it also helps to release the energy from food. 

Why not try this recipe suggestion, it's Turkey Blanquette with broccoli florets, carrot batons and peas ... have a look at the recipe below 

Serves Four
1 large turkey breast, diced into cubes
150g diced bacon
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 sprigs of tarragon finely chopped
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
3 shallots peeled
300ml white wine
cold water
25g butter
2 tbsp plain flour
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp cream
juice of 1/2 lemon
250g of broccoli florets, carrot batons and peas, lightly poached in water
sea salt

freshly ground black pepper 

Lightly brown the turkey breast and bacon in a pan over a moderate heat for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and shallots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chopped herbs. Add the wine then pour in enough cold water to just cover all the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil. Season to taste, reduce to a simmer and cook over a low heat, covered, for 30 minutes.

When the turkey is almost done, in another saucepan melt the butter in, then scatter the flour over the top. Stir to form a smooth roux then gradually add 400ml of the turkey cooking liquid, stirring constantly.

Once the sauce has a creamy texture, pour the sauce back over the turkey. Adjust the seasoning to taste and cook for 15 minutes more with the lid off stirring regularly. Cook turkey thoroughly with no pink showing.

Mix together the egg yolks, cream and lemon juice in a bowl. Beat in a little of the hot sauce from the turkey and then add the complete mixture back to the pan, whisking constantly. Heat gently for 2 minutes and allow to thicken, do not allow to boil, turn into a serving dish mix in the cooked vegetables, garnish with the chopped parsley and serve.

Each Serving:
Carbohydrate 15g Protein 21.1g Fibre 4g Fat 11.8g

Original recipe and image from Tesco Real Food   

A variety of recipe ideas are within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds really good! Valerie

Tom said...

...we recently roasted a turkey breast, a number of good turkey dinners and then some turkey soup.

Christine said...

It looks delicious and healthy!

Elephant's Child said...

I rarely see turkey here - other than at Christmas.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This sounds delicious. I have a half a chicken breast and may modify the recipe to fit these leftovers I am not looking forward to.

Jeanie said...

I haven't had turkey in months. Hmmm. Wonder if I can find one.

CJ Kennedy said...

Looks pretty as well as tasty

DUTA said...

Turkey meat is my favorite kind of meat. It is tasty any way you prepare it. Try, for instance, turkey shawarma; it's heaven on earth.
Your turkey dish looks yummi!

Sue said...

This looks delicious, I do like turkey but only the breast. Take care and stay safe, Sue xx

NanaDiana said...

It is the strangest thing. I love turkey but it causes inflammatory issues for me for some strange reason. So weird...but...I brave it every Thanksgiving and wish I could eat it more often. xo Diana

My name is Erika. said...

Turkey is a favorite of mine. I roasted on a couple of weeks ago as it was of meals during this staying home. This sounds yummy!

Lorrie said...

Yum! This sounds good. Coincidentally we are having pulled turkey for our supper this evening. Glad it's so good for us!

Iris Flavia said...

I have to say: Turkey, yes, we have - as in slices. I´ve never ever seen a breast at the butcher or cooler! Let alone a whole turkey. Crazy.

Jo said...

It looks delicious. We always have turkey at Christmas and we have it occasionally throughout the year too.

Margaret D said...

Looks a good recipe.
Good info on the turkey - we eat a lot of turkey in this house.

Ygraine said...

This looks so delicious...this guilty meat eater will simply have to try it!😳😉
Or, perhaps I could substitute Korn chicken for the turkey. Either way, I'm sure this fabulous recipe will be just as tasty!
Thank you so much for being so inspirational!!👍😊

Have a good day!

Hugs xxx

Magic Love Crow said...

Thanks Jan! We have been eating more turkey lately! Try to get things that aren't too expensive! LOL! Big Hugs!

The Happy Whisk said...

Hope you're eating well and enjoying the springtime.

Conniecrafter said...

that sounds good, would be something good to use for leftover turkey to I bet!

baili said...

turkey is stranger bird here ,never saw one i think they don't belong to this region

dish sounds so very tasty !

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm going to cook a turkey breast this weekend and I'm kind of excited about it! It will be nice to have the meat for lunches and different dinner recipes! Thanks! Take care and stay safe. Oh.....and stay off of the playground equipment! heehee!

Martha said...

That looks wonderfully delicious! Definitely something I'd enjoy.