I find in unsure times such as these, a comforting meal can make such a difference, a sense of routine where routines have changed. Where I have more time then ever to be in the kitchen cooking elaborate dishes, the meals that bring the most comfort without the stress and hassle of hard to find at the moment items and that are time consuming are what I’m relying on. I been digging into my pantry, and my freezer to dinner ideas and filling in the gaps with fresh produce where I can. Making the most of meals with easy to find and keep ingredients that I can make a great and still nutrias meal with. I’ve partnered with Turkey Farmer’s of Canada to bring you this seriously comfy and everyday Turkey Roast with Herbs & Butter and some great stress free side dishes to go along. Make an all around nutritious and enjoyable meal for you family that will leave with some leftovers for the next!
If you’ve been following along, you know my love for cooking with turkey. I love it as a good healthy and versatile protein choice to feed my family. This turkey roast is just so. I usually have a roast like this tucked away in my freezer since at about 4 lbs, it makes a great option for an every day meal but doesn’t take to long to cook and produces just enough leftovers to stretch out another meal. I kept the ingredients super simple, all this roast need is a good occasional basting of the olive and butter drippings that have melded together with the herbs in the roasting pan to make this turkey roast super flavourful and easy to enjoy with any side you chose to make. Keep on reading for some of my suggestions!
Side Dish Options
Let’s make this delicious turkey roast a well rounded meal while keeping it realistic at the same time. As I’m finding some options are still hit and miss at the grocery store I have no problems incorporating frozen veggies and canned items into our meals at the moment or anytime really. It’s amazing what great dishes you can create with minimal effort – like this;
- Cauliflower Mash, Made with frozen cauliflower. I’ve made this both with frozen cauliflower florets and even frozen cauliflower rice and they both produce a nice mash. Cooked stovetop and then finished in the food processor or blender with a little cream, some butter and and seasoning. I actually prefer it to mash potatoes myself and I’m happy to have a healthier side option to accompany the turkey roast for a lighter weekday meal.
- Warm Bean, Bacon and Kale Salad, Made with pantry canned beans. I always have canned beans in my pantry – they are a great easy and nutritious meal option and I’ll often make a salad like this to enjoy for lunches during the week as well since it’s so straight forward and satisfying. The mix of the creamy white beans with the sautéed kale and the salty crisp bacon make a great combo and no crazy dressings. Just a little olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper will do the trick here! This bean salad pairs so nicely with the turkey roast.
I think this might actually be my favourite part of the turkey roast – being able to enjoy leftovers without the cleanup of a larger full turkey dinner. Simply place the roast in an air tight container to store in the fridge and enjoy throughout the week or slice the roast and and freeze for later use.
We personally like to keep it whole and slice it as needed to make sandwiches throughout the week. We made another fun weeknight meal with the leftovers by creating our own “build you own turkey club sandwich night”. Toasted bread, cooked bacon slices, fresh sliced tomato, avocado, lettuce and pickles, all of the fixings! Build your own meals are always a hit in our house, there’s just something about putting together your own sandwich!
Everyday Turkey Breast Roast with Herbs & Butter
Turkey isn’t just a holiday dinner! Make it an everyday dinner option with this simple turkey roast with savoury herbs and butter. Sliced up and serve with easy pantry & freezer sides to make a wholesome complete meal.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 45 Minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
- Yield: 6 Servings
- 4 Lb Skinless Turkey Breast Roast (fresh or frozen, thawed is frozen)
- 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
- 3 Tbsp of Melted Butter
- Small bouquet of fresh herbs, such as sage, thyme, rosemary, and oregano
- Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper
- 4 Cups of Frozen Cauliflower Florets or Riced Cauliflower
- 1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
- 2 Tbsp of Butter
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
Warm White Bean Bacon Kale Salad
- 1 Bunch of Kale, stems removed
- 1 Can of White Kidney Beans, Strained and rinsed
- 4 Pieces of Cooked Bacon, Diced
- 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
- 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil + More for drizzling
- 1 Tbsp of Fresh Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Grated Parmesan to Finish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C
- Place Turkey in an oven proof baking pan, place herb bouquet in as well and brush turkey with melted butter and drizzle olive oil over turkey and herbs. Season with salt and pepper generously
- Place turkey in middle rack of oven and allow to roast for roughly 1 hr and 45 minutes and basting turkey breast with pan juices every 30 minutes (time will vary depending on size of turkey breast) Using a digital thermometer in the thickest part of the roast – Internal temperature need to be 165F/74C
- Remove turkey and cover loosely, allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving
- While the turkey roast is cooking, make the cauliflower mash and warm bean salad
- Place frozen cauliflower in a pot with water to cover cauliflower and bring to a boil, once boil starts turn down heat to simmer for roughly 5-10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and cooked through. Drain cauliflower and transfer to a blender or food processor with heavy cream and butter. Blend until a smooth texture is achieved, add salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with extra melted butter as desired.
- For Warm Bean Salad, heat a large pan with olive oil and add in kale and garlic and sauté until kale is tender but still vibrant green. Add in drained white beans and lemon juice and stir to combine. Add in bacon pieces last minute before serving so they remain crisp. Season to taste and transfer to a large bowl for serving, drizzle with a touch of extra olive oil, salt and pepper or some freshly grated parmesan (optional).
Note: Leftover turkey will last in fridge for up to 5 days in an air tight container.