Presented by Premiere Weight Loss + Wellness, this Thanksgiving turkey recipe is rooted in the principles of balanced nutrition and takes inspiration from Dr. Walter C. Willett, a distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It underscores the inclusion of fresh herbs, lean protein, and a delectable herb-infused broth to enhance taste while preserving the dish's nutritional integrity.
As Thanksgiving approaches, it's time to start planning your holiday feast. While indulging in delicious dishes is a cherished tradition, it's also an opportunity to create a meal that's not only tasty but also healthy.
In this recipe, we'll show you how to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey that's both flavorful and nutritious, inspired by the principles of balanced nutrition and the expertise of Dr. Walter C. Willett, a Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
With a focus on fresh herbs, lean protein, and a mouthwatering herb-infused broth, this turkey is sure to be the centerpiece of a memorable and health-conscious Thanksgiving celebration. Plus, it's a relatively simple recipe that doesn't compromise on taste.
So, if you're ready to embark on a culinary journey that combines taste and wellness, let's dive into this Thanksgiving turkey recipe. With a prep time of just 30 minutes and a cook time of approximately 3-4 hours, it's perfect for serving 8-10 guests. Get ready to impress your loved ones with a delectable and wholesome holiday meal!
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: Approx. 3-4 hours Serves: 8-10
For the Turkey:
1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds), organic and free-range if possible
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 lemon, cut into wedges
For the Herb-Infused Broth:
4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 bay leaves
4-5 sprigs fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Prepare the Turkey:
Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).
Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat it dry with paper towels.
Rub the turkey with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
Place the lemon wedges, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme inside the turkey's cavity.
Roast the Turkey:
Place the prepared turkey on a rack in a roasting pan.
Roast the turkey in the preheated oven for 3-4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh. Baste the turkey with pan juices occasionally.
Make the Herb-Infused Broth:
While the turkey is roasting, prepare the herb-infused broth.
In a large saucepan, combine vegetable or chicken broth, minced garlic, chopped onion, chopped carrots, chopped celery, bay leaves, fresh parsley, dried sage, dried thyme, ground black pepper, and sea salt.
Simmer the broth for about 30 minutes to infuse all the flavors. Strain the broth and set it aside.
Baste with Herb Broth:
During the last hour of roasting, baste the turkey with the herb-infused broth instead of pan juices.
Rest and Serve:
Once the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat moist.
Carve and Enjoy:
Carve your healthy Thanksgiving turkey and serve it with nutrient-rich, colorful vegetables and whole-grain sides.