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not just for the holidays {maple basted roast turkey}

visions of five-am-wake-up-calls, endless trips across the house to baste, dry breasts and mushy stuffing haunt my Thanksgiving nightmares.  as a new bride, i was terrified to host my first family holiday because i was sure i would repeat the culinary mishaps of one family member or fail miserably to live up to the brilliance of another. i got through it, but i confess, i’ve only made a handful of “real turkeys” in my years of keeping my own home.  till now.

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it’s not even the holidays yet, so why would i attempt this of my own free will?  the turketarian campaign has got me trying all sorts of turkey recipes, and when i saw the words maple, cranberry, and pan-gravy, i had to give the recipe a go.

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it wasn’t a bit hard.  i felt like such a grown-up pulling out the insides (um, there may or may not have been an issue with knowing to do this on a years-earlier occasion resulting in the loss of a turkey.  an entire turkey.)  it didn’t require endless trips to baste – there was no big plunger-looking-tool involved.  we drizzled maple syrup (yes, pure maple syrup heaven) over the top twice while roasting.  and this was juicy, with a crispy, savory-sweet skin.  i used the “innards,” as grandma used to say, to make turkey broth.  and can i tell you we had leftovers with joy to make casserole (recipe to come soon), egg scramble, and turkey-salad?  make this… go here to see how.  🙂  you’re welcome.

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turkey on tuesdays – lettuce wraps

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although i think i get a little better each week at planning our meals, sporting events and workout days leave me scattered, and there are still plenty of nights when we hit six pm and everyone is asking, “what’s for dinner??!!” and there are still plenty of nights when they’re met with mama’s blank stare.

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we are getting better at keeping “stock” items in the freezer, though, and i’m remembering more often to buy those items ahead when they’re priced well. having ground turkey on hand makes it easy to add any number of spices/flavor profiles and create a super-fast option. these lettuce wraps were amazing, and they took less than thirty minutes from thawed-to-table. now if i can just remember to put the meat out to thaw…

paleo turkey lettuce wraps dancing with my father b combining my love with recipe hunting with the ease of an automated plan, i’m starting to feel like i’m getting a handle on eating healthier, while running a business, and keeping up with our busy and growing crew!!!

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