Why Turkey Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas | Prep UK

For many people, turkey is a fixture of the dinner table for just one day each year, with a plump roast turkey the centrepiece of many Christmas dinners.

Ever since it supplanted goose as the predominant festive dinner staple, turkey has prominently been a fixture of roast dinners, and many people got their start with meal prep by how they used their turkey throughout the holiday season.

From roast turkey, to turkey curry, cold cuts and easy dinners, turkey is, for many families, all they would eat between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and perhaps because of this many people do not eat it throughout the rest of the year.

This is disappointing because Turkey is one of the most nutritious and healthiest meats you can eat, with a versatility rivalling that of meal-prepping favourite chicken

It is lower in fat and richer in protein than chicken, which also means it can cook quicker per pound than chicken typically does. This is also, incidentally, why people complain about dry turkey; it needs less cooking than one might expect.

Part of the reason for this is that turkeys are famously rather large, fast birds that are known for their twitchy reflexes and high speed. This means that they have a lot more muscle than fat compared to chicken, and certainly in comparison to red meat.

It is an excellent source of vitamins B3, B6 and B12, which are connected to red blood cell production, energy production and brain function.

Beyond this, turkey is also rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc, with darker, moister cuts rich in iron as well. Every edible part of the turkey has benefits to it.

This means that, when you look for chicken breasts and chicken mince to make low-fat prep dinners, consider trying turkey for a change.