Turkey Tricks!

Ground Turkey!

One of my favorite ways to add protein to my meals, especially when I don't have anything to eat or when I don't feel like cooking, is to sprinkle some ground turkey on my food. This adds a lean protein  to my meal with hardly any added calories!

Oftentimes, I cook the ground turkey ahead of time and save it to use later. I'm quite the Rock Star actually when it comes to ground turkey (hahaha)! I love the stuff because it is so versatile and tastes great on everything, from adding them to fried eggs, to stuffing it in an omelette, or even just sprinkling it on a salad. Sure! Who said you can't do that??!

Ground turkey is TRICKY though, I have to say. And that's why I say I'm a Rock Star when it comes to turkey because I figured out a way to make it really yummy and most importantly "stink free"! You know what I mean...that awful smell (and kinda "greasy" taste) ground turkey has when it's cooked (it really is like a "stink"!). You see, the trick is in the spice. One thing for sure, you would absolutely have to add LOTS of rosemary. Rosemary actually neutralizes the "aftertaste" that turkey has and is THE spice that will make turkey yummy again!

In the pic above, I've sautéed some diced onions, minced garlic and added rosemary, sage, turmeric, salt, pepper and even some chili flakes. Actually, Costco has a really good spice jar called "Poultry Spice". I use that in addition to all of the above. 

So as you can see, I buy in bulk! I buy 2kg/ 4lbs of extra lean ground turkey, season it and cook it all at once. I usually separate it in 10 portions (you can also put it in Ziploc bags once it is thoroughly cooled) and put it in the freezer for later use.

For that amount (4lbs), I use the following:

  • 4lbs extra lean ground turkey (5% fat)
  • 2 large yellow onions - chopped
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 1 TBS salt (can be replaced by 1/8 cup  soya sauce)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili flakes (can be replaced by some syracha sauce)
  • 3 TBS rosemary - ground, whole or fresh
  •  1 TBS sage (can be replaced by 1 TBS poultry spice)
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric (great antioxidant)

I usually sautée the onions and garlic, add the turkey and sprinkle it with all the other spices. I'd stir and cook it until full cooked. If there's any liquid or fat left, I usually drain it in a strainer and allow the turkey to cool for an hour or so on the counter. Then I separate it in portions and put it in Ziplock bags or containers and freeze it for later use. 

Below are pics of how I've used ground turkey in the past.  

Like I said...you can even sprinkle some ground turkey on a green salad of choice. Gives it some real texture, taste and loads of satiating protein!