Eat– for Good Health

Like many of you, prior to Thanksgiving, I took advantage of two turkeys for the price of one.  I will not be making turkey number two for Christmas because my daughter-in-law and son are hosting Christmas dinner at their Dana Point, California home.  Since they already have a turkey, I’m awaiting the list of side dishes.  Actually I’m not even sure they will be making a turkey dinner.  Back to Turkey Number Two, I’m roasting it today and will carve it for serving my Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet Dinner (350 calories per serving) and then freezing portions.

Turkey Tenderloin & Sweet Potato Skillet

Ingredients for four servings
  • 1 pound cooked turkey
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 – 3 sweet potatoes, cooked in the microwave and cut into 1-inch chunks
 Instructions
  1. Spray a 10-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray and warm turkey slices in a skillet.
  2. In the meantime, place the cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup, margarine and cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Arrange sweet potatoes around the turkey in the skillet. Pour the orange juice mixture over the turkey and potatoes.
  4. Cover and turn the heat to low. Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes. Uncover and cook about 5 minutes longer or until sauce is slightly thickened, the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife and the juice of turkey is no longer pink when the center of thickest piece is cut.
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5 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    Friends, NYU’s Langone Medical Center research tells us that dark meat poultry is best for our hearts. The credit goes to taurine, an artery-healing amino acid found in darker, flavorful cuts of turkey and chicken.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Hi Mary Alice, I’m not surprised since you’re a biologist and read extensively on health research. The Langone study stated eating roughly 12 oz of dark meat poultry per week can reduce the risk of heart disease 60%! Dried fruit and nuts are also good for keeping arteries clear. This is by 32%, and the researchers listed pecans and dried apricots at the top.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I want to add my 2 cents on when it’s best to snack– MID-AFTERNOON! Bring the bag of selected-by-you trail mix to work to enjoy. Timing snacks trims the waistline. We want our waist to measure 34 inches for cutting risk of heart trouble by 72%. Of course the less fat the better. Belly fat produces a steady stream of damaging inflammation. By eating a snack in the afternoon, I am not starving at dinner.

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