Low Carb Turkey Leg Recipe
Turkey is almost as good for low carb diets as fish. It presents as great value for money for a low carb lifestyle because it is a low fat meat that retains loads of rich flavour. This easy recipe utilises an unusual vegetable. You can of course, as always choose other variations to make it a low carb meal of your own. Here’s what I did…
I thawed a turkey leg bought from a local butcher and grown free range and put it in the oven to roast. Then while it was resting I prepped the other veg and it was just a matter of time until I had a tasty meal. As you can see from the photo this produces loads. Enjoy.
I have had to figure out how I can have satisfying meals with a low carb count. There isn’t a fancy book for me to follow, no fancy articles in the Sunday Papers to cut out and keep. This meal plays to my favourites and delivers bags of flavour and it works because the zero carb turkey leg works just like duck releasing moisture easily to the bite bringing the whole mouthful together beautifully. I’m eating this on a Monday. And again please notice the limited washing up! If you have eaten enough just put cling film over the pan and chuck it in the fridge. Easy.
- My Low Carb Turkey Leg and Spaghetti Squash
- I am a carnivore. There – I said it. I’m no apologist for others like me. I like meat and that’s that.
- This meal respects my carnivorous nature and delivers a truly low carb treat. The sweetness of the squash is a great complimentary flavour to the dark rich turkey leg meat. Just remember that if you want to add other veg the greener it is the better it is for you – keep it green to keep it keen on carb values.
Low Carb Turkey Leg Meal (very tasty!)
- Prep time around 20-30 mins
- Cooking time around a couple of hours in total. Wasn’t really counting.
Here are the Nutrition Values for this great low carb dinner:
Fat – 11.88 Carbs – 12.08 Protein – 68.99 Calories – 440
- This is what I had this time around – it varies:
- A whole turkey leg, bone in and skin on for cooking.
- 150g Spaghetti Squash Diced to around 1cm cubes
- 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 50g Value Mushrooms
Put the turkey leg on a suitable oven proof tray to catch any juices. Cook in your oven for about 20 mins at 180c then drop it to around 130-140c for about an hour. I ended up with a very crispy skin surface and clear juices running from the hole made by a sharp skewer being inserted in the thick part of the meat. When that is done you can move on to the rest.
Put the oil in a large frying pan put heat to mid-range.
Cut the squash into cubes and gently fry until softened. Add the mushrooms until softened. Add the turkey leg to warm through. Take off the heat and eat. Easy. It’s all in the preparation.
Measure out the amount you want to eat and do it! Don’t forget to weigh the ingredients into the pan using scales and record each ingredient into the app or diary of your choice.
When you are all done with the veg and once the turkey is cooked merge them together. This dinner has the added nutritional bonus of being low salt and low sugar too. I have added a photo from yesterday (24/02/2014) I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoyed mine.
This fabulously low carb dinner came to under 12 carbs for a what turned out to be a real gut-stretching amount of food. In fact my whole day was very low carb. It all added up to a minute 20 carbs for the whole day. Mr Atkins would be proud of me.
I live in England and wherever you are reading this from your local supermarket might not stock the same stuff that I used so just remember it is possible to make your own. Just gather the veg you like, and follow my method and you’ll be on your way to a great meal.
I use an app to record all my food intake called Fat Secret it is just like a similar one my friends use called My Fitness Pal – both seem to work well and give you a wide raft of diet information and functionality. One of the main reasons I use it is to record the big ingredients like the meat, fish and the veggies but it also lets me take stock of the sauces, dressings and condiments which sneak up on you while you’re trying to add flavour to bland foods. Its great for making me pay attention to what I eat.
I am after all is said and done not actually dieting. I am following a “pay attention diet plan” which has a happy side effect that means I am losing weight. I am now 113kg which is down around 1/2 a kilo on last week. Win win for me! Read my personal Low Carb Story to get a proper understanding if you want or have the time.