Recipe: Dr. Jiwani’s Roasted Turkey
(Low Carb Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Sugar-Free for Paleo Keto & Candida Diets)
Thanksgiving & other holidays usually require a featured entree, such as a Roasted Turkey. However, turkey is so lean & nutritious that it is viable to consider turkey in your rotation of daily meals. In fact, three ounces of turkey (85 grams), roughly the size of a cell phone, contains approximately 125 calories with 26 grams of protein. Turkey is chock full of B vitamins, Selenium, Zinc & Phosphorus. The dark meat of turkey actually has more nutrients, fat and calories.
Sleepy From Turkey? Not!
New research supports healthy diets to contain more fat and less carbs, so embrace that dark meat! Like all meats, turkey contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that regulates mood, pain & sleep. A common myth is that turkey stimulates sleepiness from its tryptophan, when in fact it is really the excessive carbohydrates in the turkey dinners from potatoes, yams, stuffing & desserts that induce napping. Yes, I have been proving that for years with my full turkey dinner on my family.
Not All Turkeys Are Created Equal
The key is to avoid processed forms of turkey such as deli meats, hot dogs and turkey bacon, due to hidden allergens, salt & preservatives. Aim to purchase fresh pasture-raised turkey fed a natural diet of grain, vitamins and minerals without any antibiotics or animal by-products. Conventional turkeys are factory farmed, often injected with salt, water and preservatives. Pasture-raised turkeys tend to have more healthy omega-3 fats and more flavour than factory farmed turkeys.
Health Benefits of Turkey:
- Less Allergenic than Beef
- Dark Meat is More Nutritious
- High Protein, Less Calories & Fat than Beef
- B Vitamins: B1, B3 & B6 for Energy, Digestion, Immunity & Healthy Blood
- Phosphorus: Bone & Teeth Building Mineral, Helps Protein, Carb & Fat Use in Body
- Tryptophan: Essential Amino Acid for Optimal Mood, Sleep & Pain Regulation Hormones
- Higher Protein: Increases Fullness, Stabilizes Insulin, Builds Muscle, Promotes Healthy Weight
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Dr. Jiwani’s Roasted Turkey
Serving: 1 Roasted Turkey 20 lbs
1 Large (20 lb) Turkey, Pasture-Raised if possible
5 Organic Apples
8 sprigs Organic Rosemary
Few Leaves Organic Sage, Mint, Thyme can be added
2 tablespoon 30 g Himalayan Sea Salt
1 tablespoon Organic Paprika
1 teaspoon Organic Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Organic Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Organic Sage Powder
½ teaspoon Organic Black Pepper
½ teaspoon Organic Yellow Mustard Seed Powder
½ teaspoon Organic Coriander Powder
½ teaspoon Organic Cumin Powder
¼ teaspoon Organic Cayenne
1 cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Healthiest) / Avocado Oil / Olive Oil / Ghee
1 cup Organic Lemon / Lime Juice
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Remove Gizzards, save if refrigerator for Gravy
Rinse Turkey well & pat dry with paper towels
Place Turkey breast side up in large roasting pan
Add Rosemary, Sage, Mint & Thyme Leaves by slipping them under Turkey while adding a few into turkey cavity
Core & slice Apples in half, wedge Apples underneath Turkey to prop Turkey up evenly
Place 2 Apple halves into turkey cavity, with whole lemon/lime & herb leaves
Whisk Oil & Lemon/Lime Juice together & drizzle turkey with it
Combine remaining spices together, and sprinkle onto turkey as evenly as possible
Place roasting pan with dressed turkey into oven on lowest rack
Follow a Roasting Guide: Roast Turkey at 325 degrees for 13 minutes per pound. A 20 lb Turkey takes 4 ½ hours (Unstuffed)
If skin begins to brown too soon, cover with foil
Check Roasted Turkey for doneness 1 hour prior to roasting guide times by sticking a meat thermometer deep into Turkey thigh
An Unstuffed Turkey is safely done at 170 degrees
Once safely done, remove Turkey from oven & allow to rest for 20 – 30 minutes before carving
Siphon off Pan Drippings to use in Dr. Jiwani’s Coconut Gravy
Serves 12 hungry humans
For a Healthy, Low Carb, Allergy-Free Holiday Feast serve with:
I always make extra and freeze the remaining in Glass Lock Containers to ration the family.
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Please avoid your specific food allergies. This recipe is allergy-free as above, when the correct ingredients are used as per the recipe above.
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