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To continue with our tips for lightening up Food Network’s Top Recipes, here’s #3 — Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey. There’s no need to wait for Thanksgiving; this turkey recipe (and the leftovers) make a cozy winter dinner.
Tips for a Lighter Version
Believe it or not, this recipe is perfect just the way it is. As long as you keep your portions sensible and don’t load up your turkey dinner with fatty sides, turkey is a good base for a healthy meal. Keep these tips in mind before you load up your plate:
- A 14 to 16 pound turkey is a bit heavy for 10 to 12 people — that’s more than a pound per head! Scale down your bird or figure on having lots of leftovers.
- Pass on the skin to avoid the artery-clogging saturated fat.
- Opt for turkey breast meat; 3 ounces has 120 calories and very little fat.
We love brined turkeys like Alton’s! A soak in a ginger-infused broth is a terrific way to impart big flavor without adding calories. Here is more info on the health benefits of turkey and some tips for buying your bird:
- Picking the Right Turkey
- Are Free-Range and Organic Turkeys Worth It?
- Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?
- Leftovers: 5-Ingredient Fix: Turkey Quesadillas and more healthy recipes
Order this classic dish at a restaurant and you’re in for a 900-calorie meal (that’s without appetizers or dessert!). Opt for frozen and you won’t do much better at around 700 calories a pop. For both options, fat ranges from 40 to 60 grams and sodium can double the recommended daily amount. Instead, cozy up to a homemade version Healthy Eats style.