When you see turkey on the table, it usually signals a decadent feast.
Chances are, this happens only a few times a year, during special occasions like Christmas.
Most people in Singapore would not think of buying turkey meat at other times of the year.
Celebrity chef Eric Teo thinks that many do not enjoy eating or cooking it as part of their daily meals as they find the meat too dry.
"This is probably because of their yearly festive experience - overcooked turkey or roast turkey that has been left out too long before the feast starts," he said.
However, turkey meat can be juicy and tasty if handled well, said Mr Teo, who owns food consultancy firm ET Culinary Arts.
And you do not always have to roast the turkey in the oven. In this recipe, Mr Teo incorporated chunks of turkey into a familiar Chinese wok stir-fry.
The meat is tossed with bell peppers and chestnuts for a lean yet nutritious dish that is suitable for a simple family meal at home.
In addition, turkey meat contains essential minerals like iron, zinc and potassium.
Said Mr Teo: "Turkey meat is convenient for daily meals as it is readily sold in supermarkets in parts, or as a whole turkey."
WOK-FRIED DICED TURKEY WITH MIXED BELL PEPPERS AND CHESTNUTS
30g red bell peppers, diced
30g green bell peppers, diced
30g yellow bell peppers, diced
10g garlic, sliced
15g white onion, diced
60g chestnuts (cooked)
5g ginger, sliced
25g Chinese chives, cut into 3cm-long segments
160g turkey meat (boneless and skinless)
5g canola oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
15g soya sauce
½ tsp corn starch
5g sesame oil
5g shaoxing wine
1 tbs water
½ tsp sugar
Prepare the vegetables accordingly and set them aside.
Dice the turkey breast into cubes measuring about 2cm thick.
Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add the canola oil.
Add the turkey pieces and fry until they turn brown and fragrant, about two to three minutes.
Add the bell peppers, onions, garlic and ginger, and stir-fry until they turn brown. Then add the chestnuts into the pan.
Pour in the sauce mixture and stir evenly to make sure the ingredients are evenly coated with the sauce.
Season with salt and pepper, then serve warm.
The recipe was devised in collaboration with the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
Energy: 156 kcal
Total fat: 6g
Saturated fat: 1g
Dietary fibre: 3.5g
Increase the amount of vegetables consumed daily to boost the amount of beneficial phytochemicals in your diet, says the Health Promotion Board.
You can do so by including colourful vegetables, such as bell peppers and tomatoes, or dark leafy vegetables in your cooking.
This article was first published on July 28, 2015.
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