With spring just around the corner, the change to this season of renewal often inspires us to want to create fresh dishes for our families. This is especially the case when it comes to preparing festive meals for occasions such as Easter and March Break. Has adding turkey as a protein in your family meal plans ever come to mind? It is not just for the holidays and can provide so many different options for meals your family will enjoy eating. Canadian Turkey makes meal planning easier by sharing recipes such as the Oven Baked Turkey Eggplant Parmesan that are geared towards feeding groups large and small!
Add Versatility to Your Spring Meals with Canadian Turkey
Isn’t turkey a heavy meat to eat?
Not at all! Turkey is a light, lean source of protein full of vitamins and minerals. It is a healthy choice for your family to eat. Turkey is also simple to prepare with the variety of cuts available at your local grocer or butcher. It can be used in dishes for family get-togethers, weekend brunches or for a weekday meal.
Planning a large family meal this spring?
Canadian turkey is a great protein to use for a large family gathering or a special family meal. Cooking a whole Canadian turkey is an amazing solution for feeding a big group and for creating a show-stopping meal. It is easy to prepare and it can be flavoured with your favourite combinations of seasonings or spice blends.
But how can a Canadian turkey fit into a weekday meal?
Have you thought about using Canadian turkey parts? They are a fabulous and easy protein to add to your weekly meal plans. Cuts such as turkey thighs, turkey drumsticks and turkey breasts can be found at your grocery store or butcher. Try roasting a variety of these cuts in the oven then carve them to create a gorgeous plating. Preparing Canadian turkey this way also cuts the cooking time in half of that of a whole turkey. Choosing turkey cuts versus a whole turkey also allows for your family to have more pieces of Canadian turkey they enjoy eating!
Is Canadian turkey economical?
Whether enjoying it whole or a selection of its parts, choosing Canadian turkey for your meals can also be good for your wallet! With a whole bird, you will be keeping the costs for your celebration low because one Canadian turkey can feed a large number of people. Choosing to buy parts of the turkey for a meal or a smaller gathering is an economical choice as you are buying enough to feed those you are cooking for.
New to the Canadian turkey prep game?
Never prepared a whole turkey before? Want some suggestions on how to shake up your turkey prep game? Canadian Turkey can help to inspire you to create impressive dishes to wow family, friends and guests alike! The Canadian Turkey website shares recipes from appetizers to entrees to cook for any occasion. A great recipe to try with your family is this Oven Baked Turkey Eggplant Parmesan dish!
You can also check out our Canadian Turkey recipes on our website!
Oven Baked Turkey Eggplant Parmesan
- 2 lbs Canadian turkey scallopini
- 2 small eggplants
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 large can diced tomatoes
- 1 jar tomato puree
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Slice the eggplant into medium-thick (1 cm) slices.
- Lightly salt both sides of the eggplant and place on a paper towel to absorb moisture. Let sit for 15 minutes per side.
- To make tomato sauce, heat olive oil and onions in a medium sized frying pan over medium heat.
- Sauté until onions are lightly browned, 6 minutes.
- Add crushed garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning and sugar, and reduce heat to a gentle simmer for 15 minutes.
- Season scallopini with salt and pepper.
- Dip scallopini in flour, then egg and finally Panko.
- Repeat with eggplant.
- Broil both scallopini and eggplant on the middle rack of the oven until cooked and browned, 5-8 minutes per side. (time will vary depending on your oven)
- Layer in an ovenproof dish. Start with some tomato sauce, then follow with eggplant, tomato sauce, turkey, tomato sauce again, then finally eggplant. Sprinkle each layer lightly with Parmesan cheese.
- Top with mozzarella.
- Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cool slightly and serve.
See how imaginative you can be with Canadian turkey?! It is an easy and economical choice for any occasion. Since Canadian turkey is so versatile, there are a variety of delicious meals and dishes to create! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your large family gatherings or your weekly meals with Canadian turkey today!
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