A month of so back I took part in a challenge from Lean on Turkey to create a family meal using turkey for under a tenner – and came up with a turkey, ham and pasta bake. Challenge number 2 was to come up with a lovely low fat turkey dish, again for under a tenner, and I made these turkey koftes.
There is nothing like food on a stick. I baked these in the oven, but they would cook just as well on the BBQ. Ring the changes by varying the spices (use mint in place of the coriander) and make sausage shaped koftes rather than balls. Be generous with the spices, with about 2% fat the turkey breast mince is very low fat, and can take lots of flavourings.
If you have any leftover cous cous simply whack it into a pan, crack and egg over and make some easy and delicious egg fried cous cous, and for more kofta inspiration try my beef koftas with sag aloo.
Turkey Koftes with Cous Cous Salad & Tzatziki
- 140 g /5oz couscous 20p
- 250 ml /9fl oz of veg stock 3p
- 50 g /handful frozen peas 10p
- 50 g /handful frozen corn 10p
- 15 ml extra virgin olive oil 10p
- 100 g cherry tomatoes 40p
- 1/2 red pepper 30p
- 1/5 cucumber 20p
- 75 g low fat natural yoghurt 16p
- 1 clove garlic 3p
- 500 g turkey breast mince £4.00
- 1 free range egg 27p
- zest 1/2 lemon 20p
- 1/4 red onion - finely chopped 10p
- 1 tsp cumin seeds 10p
- 2 dried red chillies 10p
- 1/3 packet fresh coriander finely chopped, 30p
- 30 g /1oz breadcrumbs 5p
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 4 x Bamboo barbeque skewers 4p
Add boiling veg stock to couscous, with frozen peas and corn. Glug in the olive oil, the quartered cherry tomatoes and finely diced red pepper. Leave to stand for 15 minutes, fork through to fluff.
Finely dice the cumber and garlic. Mix all ingredients together
Soak the skewers in water for an hour before using.
Grind the cumin and chilli in a spice grinder. Place turkey breast mince in a bowl. Break in egg, add cumin and chilli powder, onion, lemon zest, coriander, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper. Mix together, divide into 20 and form into balls. Thread balls onto barbecue sticks, and place on baking tray. Bake in oven at GM5 / 190C / 375F for 30 minutes, and finish under the grill for 5 minutes to brown.
Serve the koftes on the couscous salad, with some extra green leaves and the Tzatziki
Lean on Turkey is all about inspiring families to use more fresh turkey in their weekly meals. As well as being great value, fresh turkey is really simple to cook with, high in protein, low in saturated fat and a good source of natural vitamins and minerals. For more fresh turkey recipes visit Lean on Turkey.
This is a sponsored post.