September has been a hectic month to say the least. There has been the back to school routine to get used to, hunting season to prep for and a business trip to pack for – add in house showings and daily upkeep of said house and any extra time I thought I would have with all 5 kids in school has gone up in a puff of smoke.
Making meals easy has quickly become a priority and I am cutting corners wherever I can. One way we make the most of our time is by preparing things in advance so that when it comes time to make lunch or supper I don’t have to worry about cutting and washing the vegetables. It’s a small thing, but it gives me 10-15 minutes of time when I need it most – the witching hour – otherwise known as 4:30 pm.
For a quick and healthy lunch for myself or the kids I pop some veggies and some Butterball turkey leftovers or sliced turkey breast, into a Pita with a little honey mustard, salt and pepper and I have a quick, easy meal that is sure to please even my picky eaters. It’s perfect for school lunches or my post workout meal. When I come home from swimming I’m ravenous and looking for protein to help muscle recovery and growth post workout and it would be far too easy to make the wrong choices, but when I have Butterball Turkey to add to salads or sandwiches – or even eat straight up, I’m good to go.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching I am also planning how I can make that meal as easy as possible. I’ll let you in on a little secret, when it comes to the big day I don’t like spending hours in the kitchen. I rely on Butterball’s Stuffed Whole Turkey or my personal favourite the Boneless, Stuffed Turkey Breast Roast, some Betty Crocker Potatoes, broccoli or green beans and cranberry jelly from a can – yes I am that person. I would much rather spend time with the ones I love then hours in the kitchen coming up with a gourmet meal that no one but me would enjoy. I do however spend some time on the glaze to make the turkey really shine. My recipe for a gorgeous glazed turkey includes only four things and only adds a few minutes to prep time..
To prepare Orange Maple Glaze Turkey take the turkey out of its packaging, rinse it off and pat dry with paper towels making sure to remove the neck and giblets from the cavities. For the glaze you will need:
- 1/4 real butter
- 1 tbsp sage
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- juice from one orange and some zest
Soften the butter and mix in the sage to make a rub. Once mixed get your hands into the action and rub the butter into and under the skin of the turkey paying special attention to the breast meat. After the bird is nice and buttered mix the maple syrup and orange juice together and pour over top of the turkey making sure to cover the entire surface of the bird. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of zest on top of everything and then cook according to the Butterball instructions. Pull out the turkey once to baste and cover with tinfoil about 2 – 2.5 hours in to prevent the turkey from over browning.
To help you make meals easy, and less expensive I have a special offer to share! On selected varieties of Betty Crocker Potatoes, you’ll find a coupon that will save you $3.00 off your purchase of a Butterball Turkey with your next purchase of Betty Crocker Potatoes. Find the specially marked boxes in stores.