Simple turkey dinner and fixings without all the work

Today’s lesson: Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving


What’s your favorite holiday? I know I know it’s the middle of March and we are begging for spring or summer after the long cold too much snow winter. Well, for a week I have been craving fresh cooked Turkey.

So, if that doesn’t give it away, my favorite holiday is THANKSGIVING. I love, love, love TURKEY and I love just gathering together as a FAMILY. I am not big on the traditional expand your waist side dishes, but I am all over the turkey.


My boyfriend and I switch off holidays between our families.  Two years ago it was our first time together with his family, and his brother was going to FRY the turkey. So, knowing how much I love turkey and wouldn’t eat it fried, he said that’s cool, Jackie will cook a turkey so we can have both. He thought he was doing something nice for me. However, when he told me I was freaking out. First of all this was my first holiday with his family. Second, I’ve never cooked a turkey before!!!!!

I happened to mention it to someone at church and she threw me a lifesaver. She said she has only cooked one turkey in her life, but it was one of the best turkey’s she has ever had. Her secret, an OVEN BAG. I loved the idea that I could put it in the oven walk away and not attend to it the whole time it cooked. I remember my mom having to re-marinate the juices for hours cooking a turkey. So I jumped at the idea.

In case you were wondering my first turkey was a huge hit and I’ve been cooking several ever since. So, as much as I am craving spring, I am craving the holiday comfort food of turkey. I eat so much grilled chicken so turkey is a nice way to change it up this week.

After church, we did our usual Sunday food shopping and picked up a natural turkey from whole foods. I also roasted up some yummy root veggies too. Here is my March Holiday Turkey Dinner.

Turkey Dinner


  • 11lb all natural hormone free turkey
  • Organic low sodium chicken both
  • Spices- cayenne, paprika, Italian, basil, black pepper, Mrs. Dash salt free garlic
  • Reynolds Oven Bake
  • Beets
  • 2-3 small
  •  2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 large chopped carrots
  • 2 large celery stalks
  • Chopped onion
  • 2 chopped white turnips

Preheat oven to 350

Place a tablespoon of flour in the bag. I used garbanzo bean flour since I don’t eat white or wheat, but any flour will work. I clean out the turkey, rinse it off, pull out and discard the neck and giblets. I place the turkey in the bag. (I place the bag in an aluminum dish with high sides and place that on a solid baking sheet). Once turkey is in bag I sprinkle all the seasonings on it. It is really good to add fresh rosemary, but I didn’t have any. I then add about a cup or so of chicken broth. Tie up back and make 5 slits in the top. Put in the oven for 2:30 minutes. I diced up the turnips, sweet potatoes and cooked them on the stove for about 8 minutes to soften. I added them to an oven safe dish along with diced onion and carrots. I did the same for celery and beets mixture. I cooked the veggies for 35-40 minutes. That’s it and BOOM dinner is served!

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