‘Eating Clean on the Cheap’ – Easter Dinner Lemon and Herb Roasted Turkey

I roasted a whole turkey on Monday so we would have leftovers to eat off of for a few days. So on Monday evening, my mom watched Anna and Joel for me while I was at ballet with Aleyah and Scott was off winning his softball championship game. After tasting the turkey, my mom asked me to brine the turkey she bought for our large, family Easter meal. I’ve posted about baking a turkey before, but since many of us will be preparing a large lunch or dinner on Sunday, and this turkey turned out very flavorful and moist, I figured I’d share it in hopes that you too will have a tasty turkey this weekend or sometime soon!

  • 1 whole turkey (on sale at Publix)
  • 2 lemons
  • Handful of fresh herbs (I used rosemary, oregano, and parsley)
  • 1/3 cup sea salt
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter
  • 5 gallon cooler (use this only for brining) and water and ice (about 8 cups or so)

Remove gizzards from cavity. Place turkey in cooler and fill with water to cover. Squeeze lemon juice into cooler and toss lemons, herbs, salt, and ice into cooler. Allow to brine overnight.

Pull turkey out and pat dry. Place lemons and herbs into cavity. Place butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and sage into a bowl and mix. Rub under skin on the breast. Tie legs together. Place in a roasting pan and put into a preheated 300 degree oven for 3-4 hours or until a thermometer placed into the breast reads 160. Pull out and allow to rest 15 minutes. Carve and serve.

With this bird, I fed the family roasted turkey one night, we had my favorite Thanksgiving Salad the next night, and I also made myself my Kickin’ Buffalo Chicken (or turkey in this case!) Salad. The kids snacked on it with cheese and fresh fruit and veggies as well. Or you can turn the leftovers into my Creamy Turkey Cranberry and Watercress Panini. When you roast a large piece of meat, it makes meal time and snack time quick and allows you to have healthy choices on hand.

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