Chicken is the number one meat eaten in Australia, while Turkey takes centre stage during the Festive season. But while Turkey certainly does make a spectacular special occasion meal, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be on our shopping lists year-round!
Here are five key reasons why Turkey should be centre of your dinner table:
- Turkey is versatile and tasty. Turkey comes in a variety of product options and can be used in a wide range of recipes. In the supermarket freezer section you’ll find Turkey roasts, and in the fresh-meat section you’ll find options like Turkey-breast, Turkey-minute-steaks and Turkey-mince. Turkey has a similar taste to chicken and absorbs flavours well making it a great healthy meat option. In particular, Turkey-mince is a wonderful substitute to use in any family-favourite mince recipe, such as Bolognese, meatballs, burgers, koftas and more.
2. Turkey is quick and easy to cook. Turkey is easy to cook once you learn how. A Turkey steak takes just 2-3 minutes on each side to pan-fry; mince-Turkey takes the same time as beef-mince or chicken-mince to cook (around 8-10 minutes in a pan); and a roast-Turkey takes around 20 minutes per 500 grams to oven bake – which is a similar time to a beef-roast, and less time than a chicken roast.
- Turkey breast has just 2% fat and is high in protein. It is a lean-protein option which helps you feel full for longer and is a great source of energy.
- Turkey is rich in vitamins and minerals. Turkey is packed with nutrients. It’s a rich source of B-vitamins, including B3 (niacin) – which helps turn food into energy, B6 pyridoxine – which is important for our brains plus immune and nervous system, and B12 (cobalamin) – which helps form red blood cells. Turkey also contains zinc and iron – which help boost immunity and energy, and antioxidants such as selenium – which helps to protect against disease.
- Turkey is good for heart health. Skinless Turkey is low in cholesterol, and the lean-protein content helps to promote muscle growth and repair throughout our bodies.
So which Turkey recipe will you try to get Dinner Done?!