Burger´s Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Turkey Review- A Delicious Bird
Posted On April 26, 2019
- One 8 to 10 lb. Fully Cooked and Hickory Smoked Turkey
- One 32 oz. package of Traditional Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
- One 32 oz. package of Southern Sweet Potato Casserole topped with Pecans
- One 10¨Southern Pecan Pie
Best Place to Buy: Amazon Fresh
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Hickory Smoked Turkey Meal Overview
Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie – those are likely some of the foods that will be on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
So, how did these foods become our Thanksgiving meal?
There are many stories as to why (and when) did the turkey become the Thanksgiving Day staple that is today
One that is put forward and makes a lot of common sense is because it´s a bird native to North America.
The fossil record shows that they have been around for about five million years. They were first domesticated in Mexico centuries before any European set foot on the continent and it was in the 16th century that settlers brought the big birds northward into what´s now America.
Another story is contrarian. Most people assume that today´s Thanksgiving menu originated in an event commonly referred as to the ¨first Thanksgiving¨. There is indeed evidence of a meal shared between Pilgrim settlers at Plymouth colony (at what is now Massachusetts) and local Wampanoag Indians in late 1621. But there´s no indication that turkey was served.
For meat, the Wampanoag brought deer, and the Pilgrims provided wild ¨fowl¨. Strictly speaking that ¨fowl¨ could have been turkeys which were native to the area, but historians think it was probably ducks or geese.
There´s also a story that makes economic sense. Part of the necessity of making a family dinner for Thanksgiving is having enough food for all the guests, and since it’s always about family, that’s always meant making sure there’s plenty of meat on the table. Since turkeys are big and one bird can feed a whole family that makes it easier and cheaper than sacrificing and cooking a dozen chickens.
So, what would it be? My favorite and my pick is the one attributed to Charles Dickens´s A Christmas Carol (1843) with bolstering the idea of turkey, as a holiday meal.
But another writer, Sarah Josepha Hale played an arguably more prominent role. In her 1827 novel Northwood, she devoted an entire chapter to a description of a New England Thanksgiving, with a roasted turkey ¨placed at the head of the table¨.
At about the same time, she also began campaigning to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the United States, which she believed would help unify the country as it teetered toward civil war.
Her efforts finally paid off in 1863 with a presidential proclamation by Abraham Lincoln.
But are there any great health benefits in eating Turkey?
In accordance with Livestrong.com- the blue print for healthy living- there are five very good reasons:
- Get your Protein. There are about 32g of protein in a 4-ounce serving of turkey, making it a very good source of these essential amino acids. Just one serving of turkey provides 65 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein.
- Protect Yourself From Cancer. A little known health benefit of turkey is that it contains trace minerals thought to aid in cancer prevention. Turkey contains Selenium which is essential for the healthy function of the thyroid and immune system. Selenium also has an important role to play in your antioxidant defense system, helping to eliminate cancer-friendly free radicals in the body.
- Get Your B Vitamins. Turkey is a nutrient rich food making it a healthy choice year-round. A serving of turkey meat has 36% of the daily allowance of vitamin B3 or niacin which plays a critical role in the processing of fats and 27% of your recommended intake of vitamin B6, a vitamin that helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.
- Benefit from Less Saturated Fat. Saturated fat is necessary for biological functions, hormone production, padding for organs and energy. While saturated fat is necessary for a healthy body, most moderately- active people should be mindful of overindulging. Turkey has less than 12% of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat per 4- ounce serving.
- Choose Preferably Organic Pasture- Based Turkey. Grass-fed turkey raised under organic conditions convey the most health benefits, as they offer higher nutritional value and are superior to birds given antibiotics or raised without access to natural pasture.
Broccoli and Cheese
Broccoli and cheese are a classic pairing. Meals and snacks are easy to build with this popular cruciferous vegetable and the various chesses that can accompany it, like in this case Hickory Smoked Turkey.
Broccoli´s undeserved reputation as a soggy dinnertime vegetable is only because broccoli is routinely overcooked. Not in this casserole.
As described by author Dale Kiefer in the recent issue of ¨Life Extensions¨ magazine, broccoli contains chemical compounds such as indole -3-carbinole and sulforaphane that inhibit cancer-cell growth.
It has beta- carotene which your body converts to Vitamin A for eyesight and skin health, calcium for cellular and bone functions, Vitamin C for immunity, fiber for digestion, folate for normal cell-blood development and only 35 calories per ½ cup.
Cheese also has a reputation: being ¨bad¨ for diets. However if you select low-fat versions, which is this case, you will reap cheese’s many benefits. Low fat cheese contains readily- absorbed calcium that promotes strong bones and teeth, supports calcium- dependent cellular activities and ensures a healthy nervous system.
Cheese has protein for muscle repair and it even has enzymes and microbes that boost flavor and assist digestion.
Sweet Potatoes and Pecan Pie
A lot of people ask nutritionist, Cynthia Saas, MPH, RD, if sweet potatoes are actually that good for you which isn´t surprising considering their very name suggest they are sugar and starch bombs!.
But as a nutritionist, she gives the root veggie two thumbs WAY up. They are a good source of vitamins C and A and lots of other nutrients too.
According to a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, pecans (19 halves and 193 calories per serving) contain more antioxidants than any other tree nut.
Pecan nuts in fact rank among the top 15 foods with the highest levels of antioxidants according to the USDA.
They are also a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium offering some wonderful health benefits.
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