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Never say NEVER II 
Sep. 26, 2012 10:20 pm 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2012 3:05 pm
Well, talk about shocking the stuffing out of crazycook!  On a whim recently, I purchased ground turkey at "buy one get one free" at my fav market.  Why?  I really had no idea!  I guess I was thinking that with the rising costs of beef, and my recent admonishment from Dr about my cholesterol, I thought... just maybe it's worth a try!

So, yesterday, I thawed out about 1/2 lb... and then another 1/2 lb....  After surfing AR for recipes, I decided to prepare part of the meat for "sloppy joes," which (knock my socks off!) were pretty darn good!  Who knew?  Today, I mixed the remainder with some mesquite seasoning, pattied it up, and made 3 burgers... who knew?  Some cheese and bbq sauce on a bun!  Never say never!

Don't get me wrong, being a total carnivore, and having a "love" of beef, what surprised me was that each of these turkey meals were totally satisfying to the tummy (and taste buds,) and I really do think that I could work ground turkey into my diet quite easily...  I never would have thought it!

Just how ground turkey compares to ground beef I have no idea, but logic tells me, that the turkey MUST be much lower in both fat and cholesterol, and thus better in the long run, than a thick, juicy hamburger on a bun... with lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, and....  Oh... I was talking about turkey..?  Fact of the matter is, that for the past 4 mths or so, I've replaced beef x 4 times/week, with pork or chicken, and now turkey, with beef 1-2 times...  Guess I'm that stage I've been in where " I HATE CHICKEN " has passed, it's just a matter of finding interesting recipes.

Next time, I'll have to share my experiences with some new toys... a meat grinder/mincer/pasta maker gizmo, a Misto(tm) oil sprayer, and FINALLY I bit the bullet and bought a 4 pk of asst. round cutters.  Meanwhile, be...

happy, be healthy, be crazy!
Sep. 27, 2012 2:50 am
hey stevie that sound good, i haven't tried ground turkey yet,but i don't care for chicken or pork much...i eat it but don't really enjoy it like beef...will have to give turkey a well friend...judy
Sep. 27, 2012 4:20 am
Hi, I started mixing ground turkey with beef or the 3 meatloaf combo at the market, 1/2 to 1/2. I really cant tell the difference. Since we just hit the big 5-O, staying healthy is becoming more of a focus, thanks.
Sep. 27, 2012 4:46 am
Have you tried using ground chicken in the same recipes as you would ground turkey? Most of my family eat only chicken or turkey, we've found the ground chicken is less fatty/greasy than the turkey, and like the flavor/outcome better. Just a suggestion.
Sep. 27, 2012 6:26 am
I applaud your efforts! Changing the diet is a toughie. I've not used ground turkey or chicken. I like both but the men here get fussy without their beef. Deep sigh! I've been trying to sneak in more turkey & chicken :) Last night was a whole chicken marinated in lemon & thyme, rubbed with homemade lemon oil then smoked over cherry & hickory. It was a big hit!
Sep. 27, 2012 6:37 am
Hi Stevie. I like turkey chili. It seems when I combine the turkey with spicy seasonings my family will gobble it up!
Sep. 27, 2012 7:57 am
I agree with what Lela said. The spicy seasonings seem to help the flavor of the ground turkey. Without them, it just seems bland to me. I still can't quite get on the ground turkey bandwagon.
Sep. 27, 2012 12:20 pm
Stevie, I've been trying to sub ground turkey for ground beef, as well. I must admit, mostly, I've not found the "extra-lean" ground turkey a good sub for beef, but I've had some luck with the "less lean" version. I have become a HUGE fan of pork tenderloin which is quite affordable if you buy it at the big box membership warehouse stores. And there are plenty of fabulous recipes on AR for pork tenders. Nutritionally, it's about as healthy as chicken and a good change when you reach that "...I cannot eat another piece of chix this week" point. But honestly, I don't ever think I'll sub a turkey burger for a good old 80/20 hamburger. That's always gonna be a "splurge" and then start eating healthy again the next day.
Sep. 27, 2012 1:22 pm
You can buy different grades of ground chicken, so there should be an indicator of how much fat is in the ground turkey (much like ground beef), But me and sue do like turkey burgers.
Sep. 27, 2012 3:02 pm
Good for you! I just haven't found the right use for ground turkey and sort of gave up on it. I too have cut way back on my use of beef, actually any meat. I go meatless 3 nights a week. I have found I have to be careful where I buy pork and chicken. Some of the store around here sell both with an injection of "broth" which raises the salt content Of course that info is in such small print you don't notice it until after you have paid for it. I still grind my own very lean beef when I need it. I like to avoid additives where I can. Be well!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:21 pm
Judy, lesson 1 re: groung turkey/chicken... season it... and then season it again! I considered adding beef bouillon to the turkey, but passed, wanting to try my two new rec's from a/r! I was SURPRISED! be well, friend!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:24 pm
BB, you're welcome for my thoughts! You're "young-uns" compared to me! My opinion... too bad that fish is so darned expensive (maybe as I live in the desert?) Regardless, I think that poultry has elevated a "notch" in my mind! Be well!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:29 pm
sweet cook, as I'm confessing not to be a fan of "birds," I tend to consider chicken/turkey in the same category. You've made an interesting point though, and perhaps ground chicken might be even better than the turkey! B/S chicken breasts are cheaper here than ground turkey! (Where's my grinder?) THANKS for the idea! Be well!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:37 pm
Cat, I'm only a week or three ahead of you... cookin' for "others" can be a bitchfest! I can relate! Check out a/r - chef john's rec for turkey burgers... he uses cocoa ( I presume to change the color of the poultry...?) Season the "carp" (sp?) out of it... and maybe your "men folk" won't know the difference. I often feed Jason instant mashed spuds (which he says he'll NEVER eat...) and tell him that I added sour cream, or chives, or such! Be well, friend, and fool the "carp" out of 'em!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:39 pm
Lela, though this is the first time I've bought ground poultry of any sort, I've read for years that SEASONINGS are the important ingredient, so I must agree with you after only one attempt! Be well!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:43 pm
Paula, you are definately right - at least for me! My "mesquite seasoning" has some pepper in it, amongst other seasonings. I am a "spicey" wimp, but seasoning seems to be the "KEY" as it were! Be well!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:56 pm
lutzflcat, (what a mouthful! I love it!) Let's talk PORK! I've bought pork tenderloin " in the bag" twice now, bring it home and slice into chops. Now that I've a meat grinder, can also grind a couple chops, if that's what I want. HOWEVER, I still like a "real" burger, or a nice steak from time to time... there's no substitute for BEEF! Eat well for a few days and as you say, SPLURGE, and go from there! It all helps, surprisingly! Be well - go BEEF (pork, chicken...)
Sep. 27, 2012 10:01 pm
King, thanks... I didn't think to LOOK at the label on the turkey, just figured it was "better" than beef! One more turkey burger left for my lunch... not expecting "beef" flavor, so they have been "yummy" Be well, friend!
Sep. 27, 2012 10:11 pm
BigShotsMom, I'm too much of a "meat eater" to bypass a carnivore's requirement... Way I figure, is most of what we eat/drink has so much craap in it, it's a wonder we're not all dead. I'm simply trying to be a little bit smarter re; diet. Can't go "vegetarian" though... gotta have to sink my teeth into something! (legumes won't "cut it!") Tried black bean "patties" once, rec. I found here... NOT FOR ME! Be well, friend, and hug those kitties for me! (btw, you're the FIRST EVER to return " be well!") thanks!
Sep. 28, 2012 4:59 am
We are a big ground turkey family despite the disdain that the judges & contestants on TV seem to have for the ingredient. It can be relatively dry due to the lower fat content but they take to seasonings very well and can be very versatile. I've mixed italian seasonings & chopped red pepper with the turkey and then stuffed the burgers with mozzarella. I've added shredded cheese & bbq seasoning to the burger so the cheese permeates the meat. Have fun with it and great job on the health. I know from my own experience that it isn't easy making the changes that need to be made but they are definitely worth it. Have a great weekend.
Sep. 28, 2012 9:55 am
Doug, so far I'm enjoying toying around with this new ingredient to my repertoire - even thinking about grinding my own chicken as b/s chicken tends to be less expensive than turkey in this neck of the woods... possibilities are endless, perhpaps! Thanks for tossing me some of your ideas, also! "Where's the beef?" Who cares? Well, within reason, of course, gotta have "some" from time to time! Be well!
Oct. 1, 2012 10:49 am
I actually like ground turkey breast. The hubs and I don't do dark meat poultry, so i buy breast only. It's pretty tasty if prepared correctly. Glad your experiment turned out well!
Oct. 2, 2012 4:10 pm
We discovered that our family likes ground turkey when we tried the Turkey Cocktail Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Glaze recipe by Chef John from this site. We make them up for football parties, and other casual gatherings. It is good stuff. It is terrific that you are finding ways to make better nutrition interesting and fun. Good luck with your new toys, too!
wisconsin dragonfly 
Oct. 3, 2012 10:07 am
Please do not assume ground turkey is healthier than ground beef. Just like ground beef there are varying levels of fat in ground turkey. Fat content depends on whether or not the turkey skin is ground up with the meat. Just check the labels. All that being said, ground turkey is good for a change of pace and can be healthier if you buy the lore fat turkey!
Oct. 3, 2012 3:01 pm
wisweept While I'm certainly NOT going on a "beef free" diet, it's been fun to play with the alternative recipes! Good to hear from you! Be well!
Oct. 3, 2012 3:02 pm
Cookie Momster - I'm going to have to try the meatballs this holiday season! Thanks for sharing! Be well!
Oct. 3, 2012 3:05 pm
wisconsin dragonfly - thanks much for making that point! Seems I'd heard such, but didn't think to check the pkg that I did buy... Sometimes I need to "hear" something a few times for it to "stick" in the memory! lol Never thought about them grinding in the skin too! (ICK!) Be well!
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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