Mamma Mia! Turkey With A Taste Of Italy

Turkey With A Taste Of Italy
There's nothing more delicious than Italian food. I don't care what anyone says – whether it's the warm, rich buttery flavors of Northern Italy or the spicy, soul food of the South, there is little more comforting than sitting down to a scrumptious bowl of Italian cuisine. However, with all that delicious oil, cream and butter, comes a certain shall-we-say risk to your waistline. Northern Italy in particular is famous for its predilection for fatty, game-y meat. However, with just a few astute substitutions – in this case low-fat, versatile turkey - you can enjoy any flavor combination with the minimum of disruption to your healthy living routine.

Italian Turkey Meatloaf
This meatloaf is very much a hybrid meal, taking advantage of turkey's ability to exemplify whatever flavors it's cooked alongside. The rolled oats you choose to add heft to the loaf depend upon your personal taste but the thick kind is the sort you'd use in granola and the thinner ones are kind you'd find in something like instant porridge. It's up to you what you us.
Italian Turkey Meatloaf
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450g turkey sausage (casing removed)
450g ground turkey
2 eggs, beaten
150g rolled oats
2 chopped onions
120ml milk
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp Italian Mixed Herbs
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
500ml passata
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp barbecue sauce
1 9 x 13 inch baking dish
1 large glass bowl
1 small glass bowl
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
Combine the meats, eggs, oats, onion and milk in the large bowl. Add the Worcestershire Sauce, Italian Herbs, Garlic Powder and Salt. Mix them well together and then form into a loaf. Cram delicately into the baking dish and smooth over.

In the small bowl, combine the passata, hot sauce and barbecue sauce. You may want to throw in a little more Worcestshire Sauce – I certainly would.

Then, using a small knife, stab little holes all over the meatloaf and then pour the passata mixture all  over.

Bake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
This recipe should serve about six people, and I recommend it with a nice mozarella and basil salad, doused with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Delicious!

Italian Stuffed Aubergine
These hollowed-out aubergines stuffed with turkey mince and pearl barkey are a delightful, low calorie winner and are full of the fulsome Mediterraen flavours that are so richly welcome, no matter what the weather is like outside.
4 small aubergines
Nonstick oil spray
225g turkey mince
2 medium peppers (red or yellow), chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2tsp garlic, minced
1 can of chopped tomatoes
300ml water
200g pearl barley
60g chopped spinach
3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp parmasan cheese
Halve the aubergines and scoop out the flesh, leaving a small rim. Turn the aubergine shells over and put them on a baking sheet. Spray with non-stick oil.

Chop the aubergine flesh and add it to a saucepan, along with the turkey, pepper, onion, and  garlic. Cook for around 4 minutes and then add the chopped tomatoes, water and barley. Cover and then simmer for around 25 minutes or until tender.

In the meantime, lightly grill the aubergine shells until they are lightly charred and soft – it shouldn't take longer than a few minutes.

Stir the basil and spinach into the turkey mixture and then spoon it all into the aubergine halves. Sprinkle with the parmasan and serve with a hearty green salad. Like all turkey recipes, it's an ideal light lunch and is only around 300 calories per serving – can't be bad!
Kelly Clay
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Kelly Clay is a writer and genu-ine food enthusiast.

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