Day 11: You Are What You Eat

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The winter months also bring holidays, celebrations, comfort foods, and many desserts. The idea of staying healthy and fit through the winter can seem like a daunting task with tasty holiday treats being served in excess, as well as being cooped up indoors on chilly days. However, it can be quite easy to enjoy delicious foods through the winter, and to look and feel your best while doing so. Staying lean and maintaining high performance levels has a strong reliance on how you fuel your body. Sticking to a diet of colorful fruits and vegetables, good quality protein and healthy fats is optimal for health, physical appearance, as well as athletic performance.

Photo Courtesy of Hayley Mason and Bill Staley

Photo Courtesy of Hayley Mason and Bill Staley

Stuffed Turkey Breast

Ingredients:

4 lb boneless, skin-on turkey breast

2 cups white mushrooms, chopped

2 cups baby spinach, chopped and stems removed

1 cup white onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to roast at 375°F.
  2. Carefully remove skin from turkey and set aside.
  3. Place turkey breast, skin side down on a large cutting board.
  4. Spread halves of breast apart, so the turkey breast opens like a book.
  5. Release thickest tenders of meat with a sharp knife so that you can open the breast more to create an even thickness of meat.
  6. Cover turkey breast with parchment paper and carefully pound to even thickness with a meat mallet (or cast iron skillet like we had to resort to using). You want the meat to be as even as possible without damaging the breast.
  7. Spread stuffing over turkey and tightly roll the breast for roasting.
  8. Cover the stuffed breast with the reserved skin, and tie with kitchen twine in three evenly spaced intervals to keep skin in place.
  9. Lay stuffed breast in a roasting pan or baking dish, seam side down.

10.? Lightly rub skin with olive oil.

11.? Roast at 375°F for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, or until the roast has reached 175°F in the breast.

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