Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey


Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey

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whole turkey on a carving board

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    Keep things simple. Keep things healthy. This healthy Thanksgiving recipe is guaranteed to keep both of those promises.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    1 Reynolds oven bag, turkey size (19 inches by 23 inches)
    1 tbsp. flour
    2 celery, sliced
    1 medium onion, sliced
    1 thawed (12 to 24 pound) turkey
    canola oil


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Shake flour into a Reynolds oven bag. Place floured bag in a roasting pan that is at least 2 inches deep. Spray inside of oven bag with nonstick cooking spray to reduce sticking, if desired.
    3. Add sliced celery and onion to oven bag.
    4. Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey and pat dry. Brush turkey with oil. Place turkey in oven bag on top of vegetables.
    5. Close oven bag with nylon tie. Cut six half-inch slits in the top.
    6. Insert meat thermometer through the oven bag into the thickest part of the inner thigh, not touching the bone.
    7. Bake for 2 to 2-1/2 hours for a 12- to 16-pound turkey. Bake 2-1/2 to 3 hours for a 16- to 20-pound turkey. Bake 3 to 3-1/2 hours for a 20- to 24-pound turkey, or until meat thermometer reads 180 degrees.
    8. Let turkey stand in the oven bag for 15 minutes.

    Recipe Source:

    adapted from by Hy-Vee dietitians.