Are you tired of serving (or eating) roast turkey this time of year?
The good news is that you can still honor the big bird with these two original approaches to traditional holiday fare, using healthy ingredients…and in amounts that can contract or expand with the number of diners at your table.
Hoisin Turkey Thighs with Squash
This recipe puts an Asian spin on two fall favorites, turkey and winter squash.
1 cup hoisin or sweet bean sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 1/2 tbsp rice wine or sake
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp hot chile paste or dried chile flakes
3 lbs turkey thighs, trimmed of fat and cut through bones into 2” pieces
2 cups scallion greens cut into 1” lengths
3 1/2–4 lbs butternut or acorn squash, peeled, cut in half and seeds removed
1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
Yields 6–8 servings
Source:Spices of Life: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Great Health by Nina Simonds (Knopf)
Turkey Sliders with California Pepper Fig Salsa
Who doesn’t love sliders? This recipe uses ground turkey and fresh figs for a different kind of taste treat.
2 1/2 cups diced fresh figs
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
20 oz lean ground turkey
1 cup finely minced dried figs
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs, or to taste
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup baby arugula
12 small dinner rolls sliced in half horizontally
Yields 12 sliders
Source: Reprinted with permission fromCalifornia Fig Advisory Board
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