Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Inexpensive Turkey Meals

I mentioned using chicken or turkey stock in a recent post.

You can buy cartons of stock, but it's so easy to make, I'd encourage readers to try making it rather than spending the money to buy it in boxes.

Note that in my Feb 5th shopping list "turkey" is one of the items listed. Before and after the holiday season Whole Foods often has natural turkey wings on sale for .99c - $1.50 lb.

A packet of two turkey wings (the equivalent would be 6-8 chicken wings) makes approximately 1.5 liters of stock, enough for soup plus some left over for freezing.

Additionally, you also have the meat from the wings to make a couple of delicious meals ...

Using produce from Feb 5th grocery list:

Turkey Stock

1) Put turkey/chicken wings (or thighs) in a pot and cover with water, throw in some chopped ginger and a smashed clove of garlic. Simmer for about 1/half hours, cool, strain, and Bob's-your-uncle, delicious, rich stock.

Turkey Meal with Greens & Avocado

1) Toss a handful of braising greens, spring onions and garlic in olive oil in a pan on low heat. Greens will wilt after about 10 mins or so.
2) Meanwhile chop some red bell pepper, another spring onion, tomato; throw is some chopped olives, drizzle with olive oil, squeeze half a lemon over the lot and mix with fork to create a salsa.

To Serve:
Remove meat from wings, slice an avocado and arrange around a portion of wilted greens. Top with your favorite salsa.

Simple Turkey Curry
1) Chop celery, onion, garlic, eggplant, zucchini, and any leftover bell pepper, and an apple (and sweet potato if you haven't used it in the Fave Weekend Soup).
2) Toss chopped garlic and onion in pan with olive oil.
3) If you have curry paste or powder pop in a heaped teaspoon (more if you like it hot).
4) Cook onions/garlic and curry over low heat for about 10 mins then toss in remaining chopped veggies and apple and continue to cook over low heat till veggies are soft (about 30 mins)
5) Taste to see if flavors have infused and veggies are sufficiently cooked, if not cook a bit longer.

To Serve:
Spoon curried veggies into bowls and toss in chopped turkey meat, top with raw cashews and if you wish, some yogurt.

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