One meal planning challenge for me has been to `lighten up' for my family's and my health. My husband and I were both raised on `meat and potatoes' so it has been a difficult change. But we are making gradual progress.
One way to lighten up is by substituting ground turkey for ground beef. To
us, this is a huge taste difference and hard to get used to when we're used
the ground beef flavor. However, I have found recipes made especially for
ground turkey and they are much better. The `Turkey Medallions With Orange
Sauce' recipe you'll find below is one such recipe. It is delicious and is
almost a complete meal by itself with the meat and vegetables.
But to round the meal out and make it more filling, serve it with `Hawaiian
Bread' (recipe below) or thickly sliced French bread from the local bakery
has been warmed in the oven. If you are trying to lighten up, go easy on the
butter (if any at all).
~ Turkey Medallions with Orange Teriyaki Sauce
~ Your choice of bread
Turkey Medallions with Orange Teriyaki Sauce
2 Tsp olive oil
1/2 of a small onion -- minced
1 celery stalk -- minced
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Lb lean ground turkey
2 Tsp prepared Horseradish
6 small carrots cut in 1-inch pieces
1/4 Lb Pea Pods
1/3 C Orange Juice
1 Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce
1 Tsp Flour
Parsley Sprigs For Garnish
1. In 1 quart saucepan over medium high heat, in olive oil, cook
onion, salt & ground ginger till tender.
2. In medium bowl, mix ground turkey, vegetable mixture, horseradish
& 1 tbsp
chopped parsley till blended. Shape mixture into 8, 3-inch round medallions.
3. In 12" skillet over medium high heat, in 1 tbsp hot olive oil,
medallions till golden brown on both sides & turkey loses pink color, about
minutes. Arrange on platter, keep warm.
4. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan over high heat in 1" boiling water
carrots to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover & simmer 5 minutes or till
tender-crisp. Stir in pea pods & cook, covered, 2 minutes. Drain. Arrange
with turkey on platter. In a cup mix orange juice, teriyaki sauce, flour, 1
tbsp chopped parsley & 1/3 cup water till smooth; stir into skillet over
heat to boiling stirring to loosen bits. Boil 1 minute. Pour over
Hawaiian Bread for the bread machine
This is for a 1 1/2 lb loaf
Mash 1 overripe banana in a 1 cup measuring cup. Finish filling with crushed
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup potato flakes
3 cups bread flour
4 Tbsp margarine
1 1/2 tsp quick yeast
Add ingredients according to your machine's instructions. Bake in bread
machine on light.
Hope you enjoy this meal. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for Meal 3.