Today's meat is a turkey.
Now, before you get too overwhelmed at just the thought of cooking a turkey, here's a brilliant way to make it simple: cook it from frozen! Busy Cooks has a great article on it - it takes longer (5 hours for a 12 lb bird) but no need to think ahead.
Once the bird is done, carve it up, shred most of the turkey & save the carcass for stock. My bird (12 lb) gave me enough for 8 cups shredded turkey and 2 meals worth drumsticks, wings & extra bits. Including the soup from the carcass, that's 8 meals for a family of 4.
Meal 1: Traditional Turkey DinnerNow, since I'm busy making other meals today, it's not Thanksgiving-worthy. We're talking instant mashed potatoes, stovetop stuffing & frozen veggies. It's good enough. Actually, it looks downright impressive when hubby walks in the door from work!
Meal 2: Turkey SandwichesI know it's not for everybody, but our family loves leftover turkey sandwiches, so we don't skip this one! If they're not for you, just shred this meat up as well. We make them with lots of miracle whip, cranberry sauce and the secret ingredient of poultry seasoning sprinkled on top. Try it - it's delicious!
Meals 3&4: Turkey SoupMennonite Girls Can Cook have delicious turkey stock recipe that's worth making. If it's one step too many, just throw the carcass into a bag and freeze it for later. I save the soup in the freezer until a sick day comes up. Turkey soup just isn't special right after eating a turkey meal, but weeks later, when a sore throat hits or a rainy day shows up, it becomes such a treat!
Meal 5: Turkey QuesadillasWe top a tortilla with thawed turkey, shredded cheese & salsa, fold it in half, and grill it on the stovetop. Served with sour cream and guacamole makes for a quick & tasty lunch!
Meal 6: Pineapple Turkey Salad.My husband grew up on a turkey farm, and they stretched looking for new & fresh tasting ways to eat turkey. This one is a favourite!
In a small bowl, mix together:
1 cup miracle whip
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
In a large bowl, toss together:
1 can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 can mandarin orange segments, drained
2-4 cups chopped turkey
2 cups chopped celery
1/2 bag Farkay Chow Mein Noodles
Add dressing and toss until coated. Serve immediately. (Note: if you omit the noodles, this keeps well in the fridge for a few days. The noodles will go soft if in the salad over night, and we like the crunchy texture, but other than that there's no reason not to make lunches for a few days from this meal).
Meal 7: Thai CurryOne ziploc bag is perfect for this thai treat.
Meal 8: Turkey BurritosEating Well's low calorie turkey & bean burritos
See? Not so bad, was it? And now you have ideas & meat ready to go for your next busy day's meal.