TURKEY FOR TWO
Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a challenge when you are cooking for two, or even for one. I hope that you have a large and wonderful holiday planned with lots of happy animated guests.
If this year it’s just you, or you and a friend, here’s a way to have a great meal without too much work. It will give you time to enjoy a walk outside in the beautiful fall weather.
A brief history of the holiday
Thanksgiving has evolved over the years to how it is presented today.
The holiday was first celebrated around 1621 in the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. It it was a celebration of thanks for a bountiful harvest that was gradually adopted across the US.
President Abraham Lincoln is credited with giving the Holiday a boost in 1863. He declared that there would be a celebration of the victory at Gettysburg on August 6; and a second celebration to gather family and friends and give thanks for the good harvest on the last Thursday in November. Congress passed a law in 1941 to secure the fourth Thursday each year as a National Holiday.
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|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||1 1/2 hours|
1 1/2 hours
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if using a convection oven).
- Mix onion, garlic, spices and lemon juice in a small bowl. Place turkey breast on a baking sheet and cover with spice mixture.
- Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Roast in the oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, removing foil for last 20-25 minutes so that turkey breast will brown. Cooking time will vary based on the size and shape of the turkey breast, and whether it is boneless or not.
- Turkey must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees (use a meat thermometer).
- Once you remove it from the oven, allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes loosely covered with foil. Some carry over cooking may occur. Carve and enjoy.
- For an easy alternative to stuffing, try Quinoa with Mushrooms and Dried Cranberries.
*If you can't find this cut, you may substitute a small regular turkey breast. Cooking time will be longer.
Nutrition information per serving: 270 calories; 3 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 120 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium; 5 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram dietary fiber; 48 grams protein (values are approximate)