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Turkey: For Thanksgiving and Beyond

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD Wellness Services Corporate Dietitian


Oct 31st, 2017

Waffled Cranberry Cream Cheese Turkey Sandwiches

Each year, many of us look forward to celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with turkey and all the trimmings, but what to do with all that leftover turkey and why not enjoy turkey year-round? Turkey is a high-quality super lean meat that is almost pure protein. A typical 3-ounce serving of roasted turkey breast adds 24 grams of protein and only 115 calories!

Below find a couple recipes that will quickly (and deliciously) use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey and our top turkey tips that will inspire you year-round!

A Nutrient-Packed Lean Meat Option

Turkey is a nutrient-packed lean meat option with more of the nutrients we need and less of the nutrients we don’t want (like saturated fat, cholesterol and extra calories)! Turkey contributes key vitamins like niacin, B6, B12 and minerals like selenium, phosphorus, zinc and choline. While the breast is the leanest and lowest fat part of the bird, the darker meat tends to contain more of certain vitamins and minerals. Pro Tip: When enjoying turkey, light or dark meat, skip the skin on your poultry to shave off additional saturated fat, cholesterol and calories.

Turkey Is Tied to Tryptophan

All meats contain tryptophan, the essential amino acid that helps synthesize the brain chemical associated with better mood and better sleep–serotonin. Serotonin is used to make melatonin, a hormone you may have heard of that helps control your sleep cycles. Certain foods are known to be particularly rich in tryptophan and turkey is one of them (along with other poultry, milk/cheese/yogurt, meat, fish and eggs.) You’ll get a double dose of tryptophan in our Mini Turkey Au Gratin Meatloaves featuring lean ground turkey and cheese!


Turkey Au Gratin

Turkey Pumps Up Protein Fast

A typical sandwich serving of roasted turkey breast is just 3 ounces (about the size of a deck of cards) and contributes 24 grams of protein! Getting high-quality protein in equal amounts throughout the day is vital to preserving muscle mass by helping the body absorb protein better and more efficiently. Getting good amounts of protein in a meal may also help keep insulin levels stable after a meal, helping you feel fuller for longer. A serving of our quick-to-fix Green Turkey Chili will add 26 grams of protein to your lunch or dinner and is perfect for cooler days.


Turkey Chili

An Easy Way to Add Protein

How easy is it to cook with ground beef? Try substituting in Open Nature® 93% Lean Ground Turkey in recipes where you generally like to use ground beef! Roasted turkey is also an easy addition to any lunch or dinner, just visit the deli and order it sliced to your preferred thickness. Thickly-sliced store-roasted turkey can be cubed and easily served as the main ingredient in entrees like pasta, stews or casseroles. Thinly-sliced turkey can serve as a fun sandwich filler or quick protein for entrees like quesadillas. Keep the fun but lose the cooking time by using roasted turkey from the deli to make our Waffled Cranberry Cream Cheese Turkey Sandwiches or try a Designer Turkey Panini!


Waffled Cranberry Cream Cheese Turkey Sandwiches

Designer Turkey Panini

For more Thanksgiving and year-round recipe inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!


8 Responses to Turkey: For Thanksgiving and Beyond

  1. doug macdonell 03/10/2018 at 3:35 am

    I am looking for full turkey and Turkey breast prices. You failed.

    • Customer Support 03/10/2018 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Doug! Are you referring to prices at your local store? If so, please contact your local store, so that an associate may assist you. Thank you! -Chris

  2. Deborah Dirk-Halley 31/10/2018 at 10:49 pm

    I would like to order a Thanksgiving Dinner if it is possible. Thanks.

    • Customer Support 31/10/2018 at 11:16 pm

      Hi Deborah! Thank you for reaching out to us. Please contact our Specialty Order line at 1-888-358-7328 to place your order. Happy Holidays to you and your family! -Jeremy

  3. Rose 20/11/2018 at 4:41 pm

    Can’t believe Signature Farms turkeys on sale at Albertson. No wonder they are!
    Look what is in an 18 pound Signature Farms turkey: 9.5% solution of turkey broth, salt, sodium phosphate, sugar, and flavoring.
    What is this? Sodium phosphate, sugar, and flavoring. What kind of flavoring? More
    artificial chemicals? And what is in the turkey broth? Sugar for lands sakes in a turkey.
    What a deal.
    Holy cow.

    • Customer Support 20/11/2018 at 10:25 pm

      Hello Rose, We do understand you concern here and are happy to provide you with a complete list of ingredients. Please email us directly at and reference you post here. In your email, please include the UPC code listed under the bar code on this Signature Farms Turkey you purchased from us. We will get back to you as soon as possible with the requested ingredients information. Thank you- Patrick

  4. Patricia Chi 17/12/2018 at 1:35 pm

    I would like to order a turkey dinner. I would like to know if all the turkey recipe the same or we can order in different ingredients?
    Example: Rosemary Garllic or regular roast or so on……..

    • Customer Support 17/12/2018 at 7:33 pm

      Hi, Patricia! You can see the different options here: You would need to contact your local store to place an order if you are in the Southern California area, otherwise you can order through the website. Please let us know if you have any other questions? -Cornelius

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