2 pounds free range organic ground turkey- we use Heidi’s Hens® Certified Organic Turkey
1 1/2 cups gluten-free bread crumbs
1 large spring onion or scallion (or 2 small), diced fine
1 medium large carrot, processed or diced very fine
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro leaves
1 organic free-range egg, beaten
Juice from 1 fresh medium lime
1 tablespoon molasses or wheat-free tamari sauce
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar or real maple syrup
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste (use less salt if you use tamari sauce)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with a reusable Exopat or Silpat. Or double up baking sheets and line the upper pan with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, break apart and blend the ground organic free-range turkey with the gluten-free bread crumbs, using a sturdy metal spoon. Add in the diced spring onion, processed carrot, minced garlic, grated ginger, and fresh herbs. Mix just until blended. Add in the egg, fresh lime juice, molasses (or wheat-free tamari), agave. Mix lightly. Season with salt and pepper as you go- but don’t add too much salt- especially if you use tamari sauce, which is already salty.
Form 28 meatballs using the palms of your hands to roll and round spoonfuls of the mixture. They should be roughly the size of a golf ball. Place the turkey meatballs on the lined baking sheet as you roll them. Wash your hands in hot soapy water- you know this, right?
Bake the meatballs in the center of a pre-heated oven for about 20 to 30 minutes until no longer pink inside. Place the baking sheet on a cooling rack and brush them with a little olive oil.
GLUTEN-FREE ASIAN NOODLES Ingredients:
1 package gluten-free noodles or spaghetti
Vegetable oil, as needed
2-3 spring onions or scallions, sliced (white and light green sections)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh diced chile, or hot pepper flakes, to taste
1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger- or to taste
3-4 carrots sliced into matchsticks
3 tablespoons molasses or gluten-free Tamari
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Sea salt, to taste
1 12-oz. bag of baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons each of fresh chopped parsley, mint and cilantro
Bring a pasta pot of water to a rapid boil. Add a dab of vegetable oil. Add the noodles and stir. Cook the quinoa noodles until they are al dente- firm to the bite- not mushy! 4 to 6 minutes. Don’t overcook. I mean it.
Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a large wok style pan or skillet over medium-high heat and add in the spring onions, garlic, chile, ginger, and carrots. Stir-fry until the carrots are tender-crisp. They should be done roughly in 4-5 minutes.
Add in the molasses and balsamic vinegar (or if using tamari sauce, use that in place of molasses) and stir to coat. Taste test to see if the carrots need a little salt.
Drain the al dente noodles and quickly add them into the wok/skillet mixture, tossing lightly to coat the strands. Add or adjust seasonings to taste.
Add in the baby spinach and toss again- just to heat through to barely wilting- not even a minute.
Add in half the chopped fresh herbs and toss a bit.
Plate the noodles immediately. Add the turkey meatballs.
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (5 1/2 to 6-pound) whole turkey breast, rinsed and patted dry
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a shallow roasting pan or baking dish with aluminum foil.
Cook the bacon in a medium skillet until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat separately.
When the bacon has cooled, chop it finely and transfer to a small bowl.
Add the garlic, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, butter, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Using a small spoon, mix thoroughly to combine and form a paste.
Using your fingertips, gently loosen the skin on both sides of the turkey breast so that it is separated from the flesh.
Divide the herb paste in half and gently spread half between the skin and flesh on each side of the breast.
Season the outside of the turkey breast with the remaining teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
Brush the turkey all over with the reserved bacon fat.
Place prepared turkey breast in the prepared pan and roast, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the deep portion of the breast registers 165 degrees F (1 hour to 1 hour and 10 or 15 minutes).
Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving into thin slices.
2 cups apple cider, plus 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup salt, plus more for turkey
3 to 5 sprigs thyme
3 sprigs rosemary plus 1 teaspoon chopped
1 (3 3/4-pound) boneless turkey breast with skin
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for turkey
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen peeled and sliced peaches, chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups apple cider, salt, thyme and rosemary.
Add turkey breast and enough water to cover the bird. Cover and let brine in the refrigerator 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
4. In a small saucepan, saute onions in oil until softened.
5. Add peaches, honey, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons apple cider. Bring to a boil.
6. Lower to a simmer and cook until peaches break down and glaze thickens, about 12 minutes.
7. Remove turkey from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Brush with oil and season with pepper.
8. Place turkey in a roasting pan. Cook 15 minutes until skin begins to turn golden.
9. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and brush the top generously with the glaze.
10. Continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 45 minutes.
11. Let the turkey rest at least 10 minutes. Its temperature will continue to rise.