This week, I challenged some of my favourite local foodies to come up with festive cocktails and nibbles that have delicious seasonal flavours and tonnes of health benefits too!  In post 2 of 3, I have a deliciously festive post from the Tomato Snob herself, Jaime Verk-Perez of  The Fooding Co.

As we find ourselves nearing the thick of the holiday season, there are even more temptations than usual popping up around us. It is perfectly normal and healthy to give into temptation with a glass of bubbly here or a decadent treat there.  However you don’t want to overdo it, stuff your face with fatty foods and feel guilty when January comes around. If you add some healthy choices to the festivities it will definitely help balance out the bad and keep you on goal ready for the New Year. This heart healthy appetizer is totally festive and will not only impress but satisfy at any celebration.  My tempting turkey roulade is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and a wicked serving of lean protein which will help to keep you feeling full and prevent over eating.




Just to give you an idea of how many health benefits these ingredients have I’m going to give you the short list…

Turkey – Selenium fights free radicals in the body that can cause cancer, helps regulate your thyroid and balance immune system. Vitamin B3 & 6 helps keep steady blood sugar.

Cranberry – Second only to blueberry in antioxidant which makes it a “super food”. Filled with vitamin C, and fiber, it’s also low in calories. Cranberry extracts have been shown to inhibit the growth of oral, colon, and prostate cancer cells, in addition it can kill off breast cancer cells. It’s also a major ingredient for treating UTI’s which many women suffer from chronically.

Cumin – Powerful digestive aide can relieve gas. Good for insomnia, respiratory disorders and can even help fight colds. It contains a powerful amount of calcium (more than 900 mg per 100 grams) which accounts to over 90% of our daily requirements.

Rosemary – Can improve your mood; help with inflammation, headaches and body pain. It also works as a digestive aid and can slow down the aging process.

Sage – Actually comes from the Latin word for to heal or to save. Also an antioxidant, sage has anti-inflammatory abilities, can cure throat or mouth infections, can help with anxiety, allergies and regulate menstruation.

Clove – Are higher in antioxidant than any other food. Cloves have antiseptic and germicidal properties that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems and arthritis pain.

PREP #1: Chop onions, mince garlic, chop herbs. Cover the turkey breast in plastic wrap and pound with a rolling pin or back of a pan until moderately flat. Season with salt and pepper on each side.

COOK #1: Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until golden, season with salt, add spices and herbs and continue to cook for one minute. Place off to the side and allow everything to cool before combining with cranberries and ground turkey. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

PREP #2: Place seasoned flattened turkey breast on a piece of tin foil, then add small handfuls of the ground turkey filling to create a log shape. Tightly roll the breast around the filling, then roll the tin foil around everything like a candy would be wrapped. You may want to double layer the tin foil to ensure it doesn’t break.

COOK #2: Place rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes. Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature you are looking for it to read 74°C (166°F). Allow to cool for 10 minutes or so before unwrapping and slicing (about 1/4 of an inch).

SERVE:  Warm or room temp with a Dijon horseradish dip (equal parts of each plus a spoonful of Greek yogurt in the mix as well). If you want to make these ahead of time refrigerate the roll whole, let it sit at room temp for 10 -15 minutes before slicing (serve within three days).
Jaime Verk-Perez is the Tomato Snob, and owner of The Fooding Co., a Toronto-based business that offers cooking lessons and full service catering focusing on local and seasonal ingredients. Check out her website, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter