Healthy Week 34 Meal With Leftover Idea
Healthy meal of the week: Slow Cooker Turkey Meal
Idea of healthy leftovers: Turkey Thanksgiving Delights
In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, here’s a fantastic meal using the Convenient Slow Cooker, aka Slow Cooker, which makes it easy to whip up a delicious turkey to taste. To top it off, below is a fabulous homemade cranberry sauce recipe with a twist (courtesy of my dad) that could become your favorite dish for the upcoming holiday season. Don’t be surprised if your family and friends start begging you for this cranberry sauce recipe.
Plus, there’s an easy-to-make leftover idea called Thanksgiving Turkey Treats that you can use if you still end up with food afterwards. It’s a great way to have the whole taste of Thanksgiving in the palm of your hands when you need to get to work the next day!
Healthy meal of the week 34
– Crock Pot
– 2 saucepans for pan
– wooden spoon
– pear leek (optional)
– 10 minutes
– 3.5 hours (for 3 pounds of turkey)
– 3 pounds of turkey (with bone)
– 1 onion
– 1 can of chicken broth
– 1 12 ounces. bag of cranberries
– 1/4 cup white sugar
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1/4 cup of Triple Sec (liqueur)
– 1 apple
– 1 orange
– olive oil
– Instant mashed potatoes (made according to the instructions on the box)
– seasonings: garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper
For Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey
– Multi-grain sandwich delights (100 calories each)
Here’s an easy way to make a delicious turkey in your slow cooker. This meal sample used a 3 pound bone-in turkey breast that fits perfectly in our 3 quart slow cooker. If you plan to use this recipe for your Thanksgiving meal where you might be serving more than 10 people, increase the ingredients and time accordingly. In other words, this 3 pound turkey took 3.5 hours to cook in the slow cooker, a 6 pound turkey should take around 7 hours, etc. The time may be less if you use the highest setting for all the time and / or depending on how much you prefer the turkey meat.
1. Open the turkey wrapper and cut off any excess / hanging skin. Leave the skin in place that is still attached to the turkey. With clean hands, lightly cover the whole turkey with a little olive oil. Then rub seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepper and 1/4 cup brown sugar on both sides of the turkey.
2. Coat the inside of your slow cooker with olive oil. Cut the onion into thick slices to place at the bottom of the slow cooker. You should have a nice platform for the turkey to rest on. You may need to cut one or two onion slices in half to get them snug. Pour the can of chicken broth, add 1/2 cup hot water, then place the turkey on the onion pieces. Place two garlic cloves on the turkey and cover with the lid. Turn slow cooker to HIGH and set timer for one hour.
3. When the timer rings, set the setting to LOW and reset the kitchen timer (or your phone’s timer) to 2.5 hours. You can also use a juice bulb to carefully squeeze some of the broth all over the turkey. Do this periodically if you want to keep the turkey from drying out too much, just be careful not to squeeze too much so as not to remove all of those good spices from the meat.
4. When you are ready to make the fabulous cranberry sauce, in a pot on high heat, put 1 cup of water with 1/4 cup of white sugar and bring to a boil. When boiling, add 12 oz. bag of cranberries and bring back to a boil. When boiling, reduce heat to low and add a handful of chopped oranges and apple slices (both without the peel) and 1/4 cup of Triple Sec liqueur. Stir occasionally for a total cooking time of about 15 minutes. You’ll see the cranberries slowly turn from round berries into a mushy porridge, a sign that they’re almost done. You may need to crush the leftovers if you want to.
5. Finally, the last and easiest part of the meal is the mashed potatoes. If you purchased an instant style or microwave type brand, just follow the directions on the container to have them ready around the same time the turkey is done. Keep in mind that preparation usually only takes about 5 minutes, so you can store them after the turkey is sliced and diced.
6. When the turkey is done, carefully remove the cooking portion from the slow cooker and drain it with a colander or ladle, whichever is easiest and most convenient (and safest) for you. Let the meat cool a bit before using a knife and fork to cut turkey slices for you and your family.
7. When everything is ready, serve an appropriate portion for everyone and enjoy your delicious Thanksgiving meal!
Healthy Leftover Idea: Thanksgiving Turkey Treats
Here’s a really easy way to have a Thanksgiving meal all wrapped up in a little treat. The only additional items you will need to purchase are your favorite type of lettuce (if you want it) and healthy low calorie bread like these Sandwich Thins used in this example that weigh only 100 calories per two slices. If your market does not have this brand, something comparable will suffice.
To prepare these delicious Thanksgiving treats, all you need to do is break up the slices and place a few pieces of washed and clean lettuce on one side, then spread a layer of cranberry sauce on the other slice. . On top of the cranberry sauce, cover with sliced pieces of turkey making sure there are no bones inside. Finally garnish with a tablespoon or two of mashed potatoes then cover with the other slice of bread that contains the lettuce. Presto, a turkey Thanksgiving delight that’s ready to eat right away or wrapped in a piece of foil to take with you to work the next day.
* Note: If you don’t like a cold sandwich, you can always reheat it in the microwave on high power for 20-30 seconds.