Whew! You made it through Thanksgiving! Do you have more leftover turkey than you know what to do with? Why not consider making a healthy stew? With locally sourced ingredients like carrots, celery, turnips, rutabaga, and potatoes, you’ll have a powerful nutrition-packed meal that will satisfy your body’s needs and get rid of those leftovers.
Let's take a closer look at these delicious ingredients!
Nutritionists suggest that eating turkey is beneficial to overall health. Turkey is full of nutrients that can help strengthen the immune system and boost metabolism! Eating turkey can also regulate emotions and combat feelings of stress by raising serotonin levels. Turkey meat has very little fat content, so nutritionists recommend it for people that are trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy and functioning heart. Turkey is considered a full meal because it is so nutritious!
Celery is low in calories and is high in fiber and vitamins. It is also thought to benefit heart and digestive health, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of cancer, and lessen the impact of age-related vision loss.
Carrots are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a highly nutritious part of any meal. Studies suggest that carrots may lower the risk of prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, and leukemia. Additionally, carrots are an effective healthy food for lowering blood sugar and blood pressure, and can give a healthy boost to the immune system.
Turnips are low in calories, rich in nutrients, and are thought to lower the risk of intestinal problems because of their high fiber content. Turnips can also lower blood pressure. Lastly, certain studies have suggested that turnips may decrease the risk of cancer.
Rutabagas can improve digestive health due to their high levels of fiber. They are also high in vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, and zinc. These nutrients can help decrease the risk of cancer, lower blood pressure, and increase metabolism. Rutabagas are also good for individuals with diabetes due to their low levels of simple sugars.
Potatoes contain potassium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, fiber, and iron, which are important for proper bone formation and can decrease the risk of bone disease like osteoporosis. The nutrients found in potatoes can also work to naturally decrease blood pressure. Fiber can decrease the risk of heart disease by lowering total cholesterol levels in the blood and encouraging the maintenance of a healthy digestive tract. The high levels of vitamin C found in potatoes also help improve the immune system. In addition to this, the folate levels found in potatoes may lower the risk of cell mutations that lead to cancer.
When mixed together into a stew, these healthy foods create a wholesome and nutritious meal. Make sure to check out The Local Food Market located on Main Street in Cortland for their seasonal supplies. Buying locally grown foods improves our environment and economy. Local foods contain fewer harmful chemicals when compared to foods grown elsewhere, and require less fossil fuel to transport. Buying local foods doesn’t just mean fresher and tastier dishes. It also supports farmers and their families within our community! Buying local foods works to stimulate the economy by keeping money circulating within the community, which is beneficial to everyone!
Click the link below for the recipe to this awesome meal! A few little tweaks to incorporate your leftover turkey instead of cooking fresh legs and you'll be good to go!