Healthy Recipes for Christmas Day – Pulled Turkey

I adore Christmas. Love. It. All. Fairy lights, Christmas tree, my annual carols CD played loudly in the car, pressies (although I hate the shopping), pretty table settings and the food. Oh the food, each year I spend weeks creating and perfecting recipes because for me, there’s no place I’d rather be than in the kitchen doing what I do. It’s my happy place.

But I know that not all of you share my enthusiasm for the kitchen and so I’m giving you tasty recipe ideas that make it special and light and easy. That’s the theme this year – special, light and easy…..

So breathe, my friends, breathe.

I’m starting off my Moodie Christmas with Healthy Pulled Turkey. If you’ve never come across pulled meat before (also called shredded meat), it’s a hunk of meat slow cooked in liquid and other stuff. It’s incredibly hard to mess up which is probably why I love it so much.

Pulled Turkey Breast

When I first came across pulled meat I was told that I needed to use meat with a lot of fat in it to keep it juicy – lean cuts were out. This put me off as you can imagine because although it tasted wonderful, I wondered how much of it was going straight to my bum!  So I experimented with lean cuts and you know what? There was absolutely no difference to the taste or the texture. BIG TIME BONUS! I’ve made all sorts of pulled meat but I wanted to do turkey for Christmas. Love a bit of turkey, don’t you?

So off I went to my butcher and bought a kilo of skinless turkey breast. Mine was off the bone but if you can get it with the bone, you’ll have added flavour in your sauce. Then I decided on the flavours I wanted for Christmas, settling on orange, sage, nutmeg and cinnamon. How could you go wrong with those flavours?

This is a wonderful thing about pulled meat, you can cook with the same cut of meat every time changing out the flavours you add and it will taste like a completely new dish every time – so cool.

Anyway, back to the Pulled Turkey. I heated my oven to 140°C, browned the meat, added all the other ingredients and cooked it for 4 hours. Done! It was one of THE loveliest dishes I’ve had in a long time. And there was SO much gravy. Ahhhh, the gravy. Because you cook the meat in liquid you have quite a bit of it left over which is the bonus of all bonuses. You can choose to serve it as it comes which is thin like a jus, or you can bring it to the boil and add a couple of tablespoons of cornflour to it to thicken it up. I’ve done both and I can’t choose one over another as they’re both really nice.

The biggest bonus of this wonderful dish for Christmas is that you can make it the day before, cool it completely and store it in the fridge until you need it. All you need to do is reheat it, shred the meat (I use 2 forks to do this) and serve. Now that’s an easy recipe.

One kilo should feed 8 people and at only 748 kilojoules (178 calories) and only 1 gram of fat you’ll be Ho Ho Ho-ing to the dessert table!

Are you the Christmas Chef this year? What are you planning to make?

Healthy Pulled Turkey

Per serve: 748k (178cals); 1g total fat (0.3g saturated fat); 0.1g fibre

Pulled Turkey
Healthy eating!

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  • Pamela Mullins

    I can promise that my Turkey will be a Pulled Turkey, I have had beet done this way and it is delicious.
    It also seems that it will be one dish that will be easy.
    Thank you Jay

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