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Old 05-01-2006, 06:48 PM   #1
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Any ideas for a dinner mixing asparagus and ground turkey?

Hi guys! I'm new to the forum and am enjoying reading it all so far, so I thought you folk may be able to give me some new ideas from time to time.

So looking in my crisper, I see asparagus that needs to be eaten ASAP and then there's some ground turkey that'll only last two more days. I'm cooking for two and have about 300'ish grams (about 10 oz) of turkey.

Thoughts? Ideas? I'd like to make something interesting, but have no idea how to combine those two in any way, shape, or form. I'm a relative cooking newbie, so overly complicated probably won't work well either. I have most standard goodies on hand (onions, garlic, etc) and there's a grocery store minutes away for anything that I'm lacking.

Thanks for any ideas anyone has!

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Old 05-01-2006, 07:25 PM   #2
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I feel a pasta dish coming on!

Brown the turkey until it loses pink color and drain.

Cook your choice of pasta (fettucine would be good) in boiling salted water (like the sea) until just flexible, and add the asparagus to the boiling water. Once the asparagus is crisp tender and the pasta al dente, drain, saving 2 cups or so of pasta water.

In a large skillet, melt 3 tbls butter. Sweat 2 tsps diced garlic (fresh or from a jar) until soft. Add 3 tbls flour, and blend thoroughly. Remove from heat and add 3 cups whole milk, a little at a time, whisking as you go.

Return skillet to med/high heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture starts to bubble. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, constantly stirring, until thickened. Add 2 ozs cream cheese and 1 cup (or more) freshly grated parmesan. Season with salt, white pepper, and a grating of nutmeg.

Add cooked turkey and stir well. Add sliced mushrooms and pimentoes if you wish. Toss in drained pasta and asparagus.

Put in large baking dish, top with buttered bread crumbs and more grated parmesan.

Put 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, untill hot and bubbly.
Serve with crusty bread.

*NOTE: You could also substitute cream of mushroom soup for the white sauce to save time. Simply nuke soup with a litle milk and the cheeses, and proceed from there. It won't be the same, but it will still be good.
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Old 05-01-2006, 07:56 PM   #3
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turkey loaf & steamed asparagus?
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:00 PM   #4
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Wow, that sounds good!

I may opt for the mushroom soup option because I have some good low fat mushroom soup and I failed to mention that I'm watching what I eat extremely carefully and would have a hard time justifying all that whole cream + all that cheese.

I'll make it work, though. I may modify to something along these lines:

Whole wheat pasta, whole wheat flour, low fat cream cheese, may use mix of low fat cheddar with the parmesan, whole wheat bread crumbs and all will be delicious!

Awesome, thanks Constance, that's fantastic sounding!
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turkey loaf & steamed asparagus?
A viable option, but a bit less interesting than I was thinking
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:21 PM   #6
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tee-hee, an option!
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:44 PM   #7
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I feel a pasta dish coming on!
My thoughts exactly! yours looks great...
Also: ground turkey sauteed in olive oil with onion and garlic. spice with ground fenel seed and chili flakes, add a sauteed green like baby spinach or broccoli rabe, toss with linguini and parmesan cheese!
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:47 PM   #8
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Trim and marinate the asparagus in Italian salad dressing (Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette works well also). Set aside. Mix the ground turkey with a little bit of the contents of an onion soup packet. Form into patties. Set aside while you fire up a grill. Grill the patties until done (but not bone-dry). Grill the asparagus over the hottest part of the fire to sear the stalks lightly, but not to burn them.

Serve the patties on whole-wheat buns, toasted, with plenty of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and the spread of your choice. Low-fat cheese would be nice as well.
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:48 PM   #9
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Turkey burgers topped with sauteed onions & mushrooms, bleu cheese and asparagus, dijon on the roll - with a side of fries... & extra 'sparagus in a salad w lettuce, tomatoes -- whatever you got. Or a turkey pita/gyro with tzatiki (sp), lettuce, tomatoes & 'sparagus.
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Old 05-01-2006, 09:46 PM   #10
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Wow, so many ideas.

Wow. Hah, I'll have to figure out how adventurous I'm feeling and get cookin!
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