Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Use Turkey Products When Trying to Cut Fat

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Use Turkey Products When Trying to Cut Fat

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Turkey is not just for the Thanksgiving table anymore. Everywhere we look, turkey products are appearing. Turkey Italian sausage, turkey ham, turkey hot dogs, turkey brats, ground turkey, turkey bologna -- the list goes on.

For desperate cooks, especially those counting fat grams, this is good news. Turkey products can mean as much as a 40 percent reduction in fat compared with their traditional counterparts. Today's recipe for Radiatore with Italian Turkey Sausage would contain 17 grams of fat per serving if it were prepared with regular Italian sausage. That's just enough to put the percentage of calories from fat over the 30 percent recommended by health professionals. As it is, the turkey alternative means today's pasta recipe has only 10 grams of fat. That's 22 percent of calories from fat overall.

The ease with which turkey products can be substituted for pork products in your favorite recipes is amazing. The only difference you'll notice is the amount of grease the turkey sausage will release. Since turkey is drier than pork sausage, be sure to use a non-stick skillet.

Many products have turkey as a main ingredient, but are actually blends with some pork and beef included. If you're on a red-meat restricted diet, read the label to get the full story.

Menu: Radiatore with Italian Turkey Sausage, Tossed Salad, Crusty Rolls.

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RADIATORE WITH ITALIAN TURKEY SAUSAGE

12 ounces radiatore or other short pasta (see Notes)

1 1/4 pounds Italian-style turkey sausage, sweet or hot (see Notes)

1 large onion (for 1 cup chopped)

2 large green bell peppers (for 3 cups chopped)

1 large red bell pepper (for 1 1/2 cups chopped)

2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic

1/2 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese

Bring 2 1/2 quarts of unsalted water to a boil in a covered 4 1/2-quart or larger Dutch oven or soup pot. When the water reaches a rapid boil, add the pasta and cook until firm-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. …

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