“People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.”
― Laurence Sterne
Recently my doctor put me on a low-carb regimen. She also strongly recommended I seek out low-fat options too. So, I have incorporated some new recipes into my life. I always knew that most spirits were low-fat, but you can imagine my delight when I realized they also have no carbs in them. Truly. Rum, vodka, tequila, gin, whisky… no carbs. So, that means I can keep “cooking with sin!”
I’m not going to pretend that alcohol is healthy in any way. Heck, Grandma called in “sin” for a reason. While spirits have no carbs or fat in them, they still contain about 100 calories per shot – aka a jigger, 1.5 oz, 43 ml. I even went several months without touching any of it, just to be on the safe side, but once I learned it was carb-free, well… you know.
This roast turkey breast recipe is the first really great recipe I came up with on my new healthy-yet-still-sinful regimen. Now, this one has white wine in it, which definitely has carbs, but there’s that whole moderation thing I tend to keep in mind.
Lite Roast Turkey Breast with Wine
1 large fresh turkey breast
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
salt & pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup white wine
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. Loosen the skin on the turkey and place it in a roasting pan.
3. Mix together all the dry ingredients with the olive oil and lemon juice to make a paste.
4. Using your hands, rub the paste all over the breast and under the skin so it is evenly distributed. Pour the wine in the bottom of the pan.
5. Place the pan in the oven for 1.5 – 2 hours until the skin is golden and the meat is 165°F.
6. Remove from the over and cover with foil for 10 minutes, then slice and serve with the juices.
If you’re curious to know, a 3.5 oz serving of a typical white table wine contacts 100 calories and 3 grams of carbs. That’s a little less than what this recipe calls for, but remember most of it stays in the juices in the pan.