Monday, February 10, 2014

A Birthday and Turkey

I've been a low salt cooker for years; actually, since I have a low tolerance for salt, I've been a low salt cooker all my life.  And it turns out that the limited amount of salt that I use is fine for my dearly beloved!  Hooray!  I Can Do This!

But meanwhile, I tried something different with my turkey breast, and the boys thought it was pretty good.

LOW SALT TURKEY BREAST

1 Turkey Breast
1 onion, cut in eighths
about 1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tbsp. Mrs. Dash Onion and Herb seasoning
2 tbsp. corn oil or olive oil

Stir together the Mrs. Dash and oil, and set aside for a few minutes to let the flavors blend.  Put the turkey on a rack in your roasting pan, remove the skin, tuck the onion pieces under and around it, and pour the vinegar over it.  Spread the top and sides with the oil/seasoning mix, add a little water to the bottom of the pan to keep it from scorching, and cook at 325F convection or 350F conventional oven until it registers 165F on a meat thermometer (juices will run clear).  Let the turkey sit for about 15 minutes.  It smells like you're roasting your salad while it's cooking, but the boys all really liked it.

Gravy:

2 cups water
1 tsp Chicken Base
2 tsp Mrs. Dash Onion and Herb seasoning
1/4 cup cold water
2 tbsp cornstarch

Heat the 2 cups water, chicken base and Mrs. Dash to a simmer; cook for a couple of minutes for the flavors to meld.  Whisk the cornstarch into the 1/4 cup cold water, and whisk into the gravy pan.  Cook until thickened, stirring occasionally.  Yes, I know chicken base has sodium in it.  But it's substantially less than the sodium in a bouillon cube.  The whole 2 cups of gravy has about 800mg of sodium in it, and, really, is anyone using 2 cups of gravy?  4 tablespoons of gravy has about 100mg of sodium, and that's quite enough for anyone, really.

One thing I've learned is that Mrs. Dash uses potassium instead of sodium, and you have to watch your levels of that, too, so it's pretty hard to use this seasoning.  Life is so complex.

And, no, there's no picture of the turkey.  I find myself so busy with the necessities of life that I forget niceties like pictures of food.  So, instead, here's a couple of pictures from Jeffrey's birthday, which was also Superbowl Sunday.  As I recall, the Broncos forgot to play that game.


My beloved was 15 days post-surgery, and looked damn good, don't you think?

Happy Monday, everyone!

10 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

Just might have to try this one. I do so love turkey. Glad your husband is doing so well!

Audrey said...

Your husband looks wonderful...he has a wonderful caretaker in you!

SissySees said...

He looks great - as do you! Happy birthday to the birthday boy. Hope he wasn't pulling for Denver.

altadenahiker said...

I think you all look swell.

Pam said...

Your husband is looking healthy and strong! YAY!

The turkey sounds wonderful.

Big Dude said...

Sounds like a good healthy turkey dish.

gemma said...

He looks fabulous.... and the turkey sounds great and omg I never knew about that potassium thing with Mrs Dash. Back to the drawing board. Will winter ever end????? I know. Yes. It will. It always does. That's what keeps us going right?

Nichole Burke said...

Looking darn good indeed... however he DOES have the best nurse around, right?

grace said...

but i like salt! and i love gravy. :)
good-looking crew!

Claire S. said...

Nice to see he's improving - great pic :-)