Turkey is a traditional dish around the Holidays. I think is one of the leanest white meats, and definitely a wiser choice around the Holiday table in comparison to glazed ham, roasted pork or beef. Just 1 serving of turkey provides 65 % of your recommended daily intake of protein. As a healthy balancing trick, consider going meatless for the rest of the day by choosing a meatless protein source for your next meal. If buying turkey, always choose organic, grass-fed turkey since they have the most health benefits. A serving of turkey meat has 36 % of the daily allowance of Vitamin B3 or niacin. It also contains selenium, which helps support thyroid health and fortify your immune system. It also plays a role as an antioxidant helping to eliminate cancer-friendly free radicals in the body. As I mentioned before when choosing to eat turkey (or any other meat) just avoid the heavy/sugary glazes, buttery gravy’s and thick white sauces since they pack the most fat. I actually made this recipe the day after Thanksgiving and forgot to post it, but since I believe there is a great chance you will continue to eat turkey around the Holidays and have leftovers…..I wanted to share this with you. Additionally, you can always pin this and save for next year!
1/2 small white onion, sliced
1 cup of fresh spinach or arugula
2 cups of leftover turkey
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp of dried cranberries
1 tbsp sliced almonds
2 slices of part skim swiss or any other cheese of preference
2 whole wheat pita pockets
Tomato slices and ground mustard as garnish
1. COOK – Throw the onion slices and turkey on a hot non stick skillet. (I didn’t add any extra oil since the turkey had lots of moisture). Toss until the onions are cooked. Add a little water to help cook the ingredients together (if needed).
2 . Add the cranberries, almonds and spinach. Toss and cook until the spinach begins to wilt slightly (2-3 min.). Then top with the cheese slices. Cover to help the cheese melt. Blend together well to spread the gooey melted cheese evenly.
3. PREP – Add mustard to one side of the pita and top with some tomato slices. Stuff with the turkey-spinach mixture.
4. Eat while warm and enjoy!
*Sorry for the poor quality of the pics! There wasn’t appropriate lighting! Regardless, the pitas were amaziinnnggg!
What are some of your favorite Holiday leftover recipes? Are there any healthy makeovers? Share below!