Turkey Mince – The Lean, Mean, Weightloss Inducing Machine
So we’re fully into the New Year now and so far I’ve shed 4 of my unwanted festive pounds and I’m happy and proud to say I am officially on it!! As part of my New Year diet plan I have taken inspiration from the Change4Life initiative. They’ve got a great section of their plan called Smart Swap which basically gives you a long list of foods that if you swapped one for the other you’d save a load of calories! So as my first Smart Swap I’ve ditched the beef mince in favour of Turkey mince as not only is it lower in calories, it’s also lower in cost so all in all, it’s a win-win situation! Here is the first in my series of healthy recipe ideas to help get you back on the New Year bandwagon.
Turkey Mince 3 – Ways
Most of us in the modern working world are seriously time poor during the week and I, for one, am one of those and it’s because of this that I am a big fan of batch cooking. Not only does it save time it also saves money and this turkey – 3 ways recipe also goes a step further as it does not only save you time, it saves you money and calories as well. These recipes use the same Turkey mince mixture and applies it to three super simple but super tasty scenarios; all of which I will be giving the recipes out for over the next few days. See below for the recipes I will be covering:
Turkey Mince Kebabs with home-made Tzatziki
Turkey Burgers – hold the bun
Turkey Meatballs with home-made rich tomato sauce
(Makes six portions in total)
I’ll start off by giving the turkey mince recipe and then cover the “3 ways” over the next few days, starting with the Turkey Mince Kebabs with home-made Tzatziki recipe which can be found below:
Turkey Mince Recipe – Ingredients
1kg Turkey mince
2 tablespoons dried thyme
100g fresh bread crumbs
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
This really is the most simple recipe to put together. Put all of the ingredients together in one big mixing bowl and get your hands in and mix! Once all the ingredients are combined, separate the mixture into three, equal sized portions ready for making into the different meals.
Turkey mince kebabs with home-made Tzatziki – Ingredients
Wholemeal pita bread
Spinach, watercress and rocket mixed salad (or whichever happens to be your favourite salad type)
For the Tzatziki:
One small tub of 0% fat, traditional Greek yoghurt
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic finely diced
2 tablespoons mint sauce
50g cucumber, finely diced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1.) Warm a griddle pan and place your pita breads on the griddle to warm through. (Don’t worry if you don’t have a griddle pan, you can put them in the microwave for 45 seconds to soften them up and warm them through)
2.) Whilst the pita’s are warming take one of your portions of turkey mince and split it into 4 equal portions. Take each of the portions and roll them into sausage shapes
3.) Take the pitas off the griddle and place the turkey kebabs on the griddle and cook through. I find it usually takes 8-10 mins to cook them through fully. Make sure you turn them at regular intervals
4.) Whilst the kebabs are cooking take all of the Tzatziki ingredients and combine them in a bowl and give them a really good stir
5.) Take a pita and split it open and spoon in a generous helping of the Tzatziki and add in some of the salad leaves
6.) Once the Turkey kebabs are cooked (make sure they’re piping hot right the way through), place them in the pita along with the salad and Tzatziki and enjoy!
To make this recipe extra healthy and extra yummy combine with a cup of Moroccan mint tea
To make this recipe a bit more indulgent add in some crushed pistachios to Turkey mince before shaping into kebabs
According to MyFitnessPal if you have one pita, with 2 turkey kebabs (circa 100g turkey) and 25g Tzatziki this recipe has around 310 cals per portion which is pretty damn good for a really tasty dinner.
Please do try the recipe and leave any feedback below!