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Turkey meat isn't just for those special occasions

Turkey meat tossed with bell peppers and chestnuts for a lean yet nutritious dish.
Turkey meat tossed with bell peppers and chestnuts for a lean yet nutritious dish.PHOTO: USA POULTRY & EGG EXPORT COUNCIL
Celebrity chef Eric Teo says turkey meat can be juicy and tasty if handled well. It also contains essential minerals.
Celebrity chef Eric Teo says turkey meat can be juicy and tasty if handled well. It also contains essential minerals.PHOTO: ERIC TEO

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."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2015, with the headline 'Turkey meat isn't just for those special occasions'. Print Edition | Subscribe