I’m two weeks into my new healthy habits, and I have to say that making these changes have been a lot easier than I thought they would be. One important thing to do when making any lifestyle changes is to do little steps at a time like using ground turkey as a substitute in your recipes, which is a light and lean protein option full of vitamins and minerals.
With Spring right around the corner now is the time to start thinking of festive meals for occasions like Family Day, Easter and March Break. When organizing a meal for a crowd, Turkey is my go-to option because a whole bird can easily feed a group with minimal effort and is an affordable option.
Not sure what to do with a whole bird? Canadian Turkey has great WHOLE BIRD HOW TOs that are packed with helpful tips and instructions. While you’re there check out the recipe section for make-ahead dishes and leftover ideas. I love having pre-made meals in the freezer for busy weeknight meals and with all the turkey leftovers you have a lot of options.
Turkey, Apple and Kale Grain Salad with Parsley Pesto Dressing Recipe
Using Canadian Turkey in everyday meals is a great way to make a healthy lifestyle choice. This recipe if full of flavor and can easily be used as a side dish or for your main course, plus it is an excellent way to use up your leftover turkey!
Turkey is easy to prepare and customize with your favorite flavor profile; it can be found in a variety of cuts at your local grocer or butcher. This tasty recipe is a great place to start if you want to take small steps to a healthier you.
- 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups farro grains
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 2 apples, diced
- 1 small can navy beans
- 1 red pepper, diced
- ¾ cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 2 cups cooked turkey, cut into large chunks
- Cook the farro according to package instructions.
- Season the butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until fork tender. Set aside to cool.
- Combine all remaining ingredients.
- Toss gently and season with salad dressing.
- 2 tbsp pesto sauce
- ½ cup loosely packed parsley
- 1 tsp honey
- Juice ½ lemon
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender, hand blender or mini-chopper and blend.
Get turkey on your table this spring season with recipes and leftover ideas that make it a simple and economical choice to create delicious meals for the whole family or a crowd.
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