Sunday, November 25, 2012

Turkey Pzazz

Jan, 2012, Lake Superior 
My recovery from having a bile duct stent placed on Nov 16 has been remarkably slower than usual.  Not entirely convinced that all of my symptoms when I went to the ER were attributable to bile duct issues, my doctor advised me to be especially cautious with what I eat, strictly adhering to his guideline of "if the food can squeeze through a tube of toothpaste, it is safe for me to eat."  While I eat a lot of soft fish and tofu most days to fit that criteria, those are simply not acceptable for my Thanksgiving dinner.  Even though my appetite was minimal, I wanted at least a taste of turkey.  So I put some of the turkey that Tom made for Thanksgiving dinner into my Magic Bullet with a bit of chicken broth and pureed it.  Frankly, it was disgusting!  

So today, I tried a different approach.  I used the chopper attachment for my Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Hand Blender to chop the turkey into very, very,very tiny pieces.  Yep, they would squeeze through a tube of toothpaste.  Then I stirred it into some dressing I made in the microwave.  Yes, finally a true taste of Thanksgiving!   And I am wholeheartedly thankful for my variety of kitchen tools!

Sorry, but there is no photo of the turkey/dressing.  I just don't have the energy to do more than absolutely necessary right now.   Use your Pzazzed Imagination!  The photo above is one I took of the Lake Superior shoreline in January of this year.  Stunning beauty that calms my soul.  

1/2 cup Arrowhead Mills Savory Stuffing Mix        
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup diced cooked turkey breast (after it is minced in the chopper attachment, it will yield about 1/4 cup)

Mix the stuffing mix with the chicken broth and cook in the microwave until it is soft and moist.  I microwaved it on high power for about 30 seconds, then stirred it, then put it in again for another minute or so.
Finely mince the diced, cooked turkey breast in the chopper attachment for the Cuisinart SmartStick, or other similar appliance.  It will yield about 1/4 cup finely minced turkey)
Stir the turkey into the dressing and heat again for about 30 - 45 seconds.

Servings per recipe: 1
Serving Size: Approximately 3/4
Calories: 196
Total Fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 33 mg
Sodium: 586 mg
Total Carbs: 20 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 17 g