I Must Confess…My Secret Skill…
Post brought to you by Steggles
So this week’s I Must Confess prompt is sharing a secret talent or skill. I can’t wait to read all the wonderful talents and skills you’ve all been hiding all this time 🙂
As for me, I thought I would share something I learnt about myself this last weekend. You know, I can actually cook – if I try!
How did I come to this realisation? Well, let me start from the beginning…
Last month, fresh off the plane from New Zealand, I headed down with Matilda, to the Blogger’s BBQ hosted by Kids Business. In New Zealand we had discovered that eating together again as a family might just assist in getting the kids to try new things and for us all to eat more healthy. So finding ways to continue this habit was at the forefront of my mind.
At the Blogger’s BBQ in Sydney I met other bloggers, liaised with brands and generally had a good little bloggy time. While I was there I met with the lovely folk from Steggles and tried some of their new turkey range. While I wasn’t able to try everything (turkey is gluten free but some of the meals it came with on the day were not) I was impressed enough to take a step I have never taken before.
I agreed to review the new turkey range AND cook one of Steggles’ turkey recipes.
There may have been a moment of panic last Friday when the turkey samples arrived – all 30 of them…
Yes – that is a fridge and freezer FULL of turkey!
In the end, I decided to take this step for a few reasons:
1. I want to cook more healthy dishes for the family and turkey is naturally low in fat.
2. We’re trying to share meals at the table as a family and the recipe I’m sharing today is ideal for that purpose.
3. Turkey is similar to chicken so I figured I had a better chance at the kids trying it (especially Gilbert!)
4. The coeliac in me wants to show that recipes can be adapted to be gluten free.
4. But mostly I’m a sucker for a challenge and I wanted to see how well I could cook a new recipe.
So, here’s my experience in cooking soft turkey tacos with salsa and spicy dressing.
What you need:
1 pack Steggles Turkey Breast Fillets (2 breasts), cut into strips
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 cup lime juice
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp mexican seasoning
1 small red onion, finely diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 small avocado, diced
2 tsp chopped coriander
1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
2 tbsp olive oil
250g packet mini tortillas
225g packet fresh coleslaw salad (we didn’t use this for own meal)
What you do:
1) Combine cumin, smoked paprika and 1 tbsp of the lime juice in a non-metallic bowl. Add turkey and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to marinate.
Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, mexican seasoning and 1 tbsp of the lime juice in a bowl. Set aside.
2) To make the salsa, combine onion, tomatoes, avocado, coriander and chilli (optional) in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and remaining lime juice, stir to combine.
The aromatic and tasty salsa on the left and the punchy mayonnaise on the right
3) Spray a large frying pan with oil and place over medium heat. Cook turkey in two batches for 5-6 minutes, turning frequently, until cooked. Top tortillas with coleslaw, turkey pieces and salsa. Drizzle with mayonnaise dressing.
It truly tasted as good as it looks – a great meal for the whole family!
We dispensed with the coleslaw and added shredded cheese to our tacos which is closer to how we normally serve them. If you are not fussed on spice, leave out the chilli as the remaining spices are not hot and really add a punch of flavour.
What I found:
1. Turkey has a strong flavour which is really complimented by the equally strong flavours in the salsa and mayonnaise.
2. This recipe makes a good quantity of salsa and mayonnaise so don’t be surprised if you have leftovers.
3. Turkey is less messy than chicken to prepare and I found it cooked really well.
4. Gilbert actually tried his “chicken” and ate a little bit (in the interest of making it easier for him to accept something new, we didn’t call it turkey and served some unseasoned pieces for the kids to try).
5. It was easy to replace normal tortillas with gluten free ones and find gluten free alternatives for the mayonnaise and seasoning.
6. It was really delicious – I was over the moon at putting together something that we all actually tried and enjoyed!
Matilda clearly enjoyed her tacos!
Celebrating my unexpected culinary success with a delicious cider after cleaning up!
What you can win:
Steggles have been kind enough to offer 2 x Steggles Turkey Showbags to giveaway. They are worth $50 each and includes an apron, a sweat band, recipe cards and a discount coupon offer.
To be in the running, just leave a comment below sharing your secret talent or skill and the two comments that impress me the most will win. Simple. Make sure you comment by 6pm Thursday 20 February to be in with a chance to win.
Steggles Turkey Shortcuts are a fresh, exciting range of turkey cuts from Steggles delivering simple, tasty and healthier meals. The products are high in protein and low in fat, with mince and breast fillets awarded the Heart Foundation Tick. Visit www.steggles.com.au for recipe ideas and inspiration. Steggles Turkey is available in Coles (excl. WA) and selected IGA’s.
So there’s my secret skill – I can actually cook! What’s yours????
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