A Healthy Holiday
Created: Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:02
Written by Kristie Harris
Our fall edition of Healthy Horizons featured a recipe for a healthy holiday stuffing. To complete your meal see below. The Turkey 12 servings, 3 ounces turkey & 2-3 tablespoons gravy each, plus leftovers Active Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes (plus 24 hours brining time)
- 10 cloves garlic, divided
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 1 12-pound natural or organic turkey, (see Shopping Tip)
- 1/4 cup freshly grated lemon zest
- 1/4 cup packed fresh oregano leaves
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine, or dry vermouth
- 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
- Crush 6 cloves garlic and add to a very large stockpot (or clean bucket). Stir in lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt and 4 quarts cold water.
- Remove giblets from turkey (if included) and trim excess skin. Submerge the turkey in the brine and refrigerate for 24 hours. If the turkey is not fully submerged, turn it every 8 hours.
- Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse well and pat dry. Discard the brine.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place the remaining 4 cloves garlic, lemon zest, oregano, oil, pepper and 2 tablespoons water in a food processor and pulse until it becomes a paste. (Alternatively, chop garlic, lemon zest and oregano on a cutting board until finely minced, then place in a small bowl and stir in oil, pepper and water.) Loosen the skin over the breast and thigh meat. Rub the paste all over the turkey, under the skin onto the breast meat and leg meat and a little inside the cavity. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Place the turkey breast-side down in a roasting rack set in a large roasting pan.
- Roast the turkey for 1 hour. Turn it breast-side up on the rack, add 1 cup water to the pan, and continue roasting 1 hour more. Baste the turkey with pan drippings, tent with foil and continue roasting, basting every 15 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 165°F, 30 to 45 minutes more.
- Transfer the turkey to a large cutting board; let rest for 20 minutes before removing the string and carving.
- Meanwhile, pour any pan juices and fat into a large glass measuring cup and place in the freezer until the fat rises to the top, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, pour the pan juices and fat into a fat separator then pour the defatted juices into a large measuring cup.) Whisk flour with 1/4 cup water in a small bowl.
- Set the roasting pan over two burners on medium heat. Add wine (or vermouth); bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits. Continue cooking until reduced, about 3 minutes. 10. Remove the pan juices from the freezer, skim off the fat with a spoon and discard. Add the defatted juices and broth to the roasting pan; return to a simmer, whisking often. Cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the flour mixture and simmer until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the gravy through a fine-mesh sieve and serve with the turkey.
Nutrition Per serving: 180 calories; 6 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 26 g protein; 0 g fiber; 120 mg sodium; 273 mg potassium. The Side: Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
- 2 whole garlic heads
- 2 pounds cubed peeled Yukon gold potato
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap each head separately in foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Place potato and onion in a saucepan; cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Combine garlic, potato mixture, 1/4 cup cooking liquid, and remaining ingredients; mash with a potato masher.
- Calories: 93 (2% from fat)
- Fat: 0.2g (sat 0.1g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.1g)
- Protein: 2.8g
- Carbohydrate: 21g
- Fiber: 2.1g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Iron: 0.9mg
- Sodium: 230mg
- Calcium: 30mg
- The Pie: Pumpkin Coconut Tart
10 servings Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 2 1/4 hours
- 1 1/4 cups white whole-wheat flour, (see Ingredient Note)
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 4 tablespoons cold reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)
- 1 1/2 cups canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup “lite” coconut milk
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips, (see Ingredient Note) or flaked coconut, toasted (optional)