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Thawing Ground Turkey Practical Guide Using Microwave in Step-by-Step

Thawing Ground Turkey Practical Guide Using Microwave in Step-by-Step

Thawing ground turkey is a necessary step to take if you want to cook frozen turkey. This is because frozen turkey will be hard to be cooked evenly and it takes more effort and time to process it. In this following guide, you will be shown the right steps on how to thaw ground turkey by using microwave. Using microwave is the most practical option from all of the available alternatives, because it only takes about 5-10 minutes.

Turkey is a meat with plenty of healthy protein. Just like fish and beef, it is also able to be preserved by freezing it up. Ground turkey in particular, has been an appealing ingredient for a lot of families around the world in the past several years.

Here are the steps on thawing ground turkey in microwave:

Instructions:

  1. Take your frozen ground turkey out from the freezer and remove its package entirely.
  2. Place the frozen ground turkey inside microwave-safe container (plate or bowl).
  3. Set your microwave on 30% or on the low power setting (defrost mode) for 5 minutes.
  4. After the 5 minutes mark is up, open the microwave and check if the ground turkey has defrosted. If it isn’t yet, then put it back inside microwave and set for another minute.
  5. Repeat the fourth step until the frozen turkey has completely defrosted.

As mentioned before, thawing ground turkey by using microwave is the fastest way to do so. However, some people might not be allowed to consume microwaved foods because of particular health issues. In this case, you may choose another ground turkey defrosting methods such as moving the ground turkey to the fridge for a few hours to an entire day. Alternatively, you may put the frozen ground turkey package in water for several hours.

Now, if your frozen ground turkey has been successfully defrosted, you need to cook it as soon as possible. This is meant to prevent quick bacteria growth. The bacteria growth has even been initiated since the thawing process inside microwave, albeit to only some extent. If you have any leftover of the defrosted ground turkey, you have to immediately place it back to refrigerator.

You already know defrosting ground turkey as instructed above. Thawing ground turkey in microwave is such a handy way to treat the meat before you can use it to prepare recipes for your planned dish to cook.

Lowest Calorie Subway Sandwich

Lowest Calorie Subway Sandwich: 4 of the Healthiest Options to Choose

For you who are looking for healthier quick lunch grabbing option by searching for the lowest calorie Subway sandwich, then this list below might be able to help you. Subway has practically endless sandwich combination alternatives, but some of the healthiest ones will generally involves veggies, turkey, and chicken.

Here is the list lowest calorie Subway sandwich that can help you to balance the benefit of good nutrition and convenience:

Veggie Delight (230 calories)

Veggie Delight sandwich is the lowest calorie sandwich at Subway in general. It contains only 2.5 gr of fat, 7 gr of sugar, and 280 mg of sodium. It is loaded with spinach, lettuce, green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions, on wheat bread. If you choose extra cheese option, the content of sodium of fat will raise up considerably, but if you choose vinegar and oil dressing then you only add 45 extra calories without increasing the sodium content.

 

Rotisserie-Style Chicken Sub (350 calories)

This is one of the newest menus on Subway. It has spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, green peppers, red onion, and chicken, all on 6-inch wheat bread. This item contains 7 gr of sugar, 6 gr of fat, and 670 mg of sodium. If you are okay with extra 100 mg of sodium and 50 calories, then you may opt for light mayonnaise condiment.

 

Roast Beef (320 calories)

The next option from this list is the roast beef sub. The roast beef is accompanied with spinach, green peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It provides you with 670 mg of sodium and 5 gr of fat, that allows you to add extra condiment such as cheese, light mayonnaise, yellow mustard, BBQ sauce, or honey mustard without feeling much guilt. The best rather heavy choice is probably the Swiss cheese, which will only add 30 mg of sodium and 50 extra calories.

 

Turkey and Provolone (340 calories)

This wholesome item only contains 8 gr of fat and 790 mg of sodium contents. If you want to add condiments, then it’s recommended to pick yellow mustard that will increase 100 mg of sodium and 10 calories.

Subway provides free nutritional calculator for customers that they can use prior to make an order at restaurant. You want to make use of it, to check if you can swap for healthier option. Also, even if you are not currently in the mood of getting the sandwich bun, all of the lowest calorie Subway sandwich options above can be made into salads as well.

Mark Bittman Pizza Dough Easy Recipe to Create Your Best Homemade Pizza

Mark Bittman Pizza Dough Easy Recipe to Create Your Best Homemade Pizza

Mark Bittman pizza dough recipe is one of the simplest and most wonderful recipes of pizza dough you can possibly recreate at home. A single batch making of this recipe can be used straight away to create delicious pizza or to be refrigerated for a couple of weeks long.

To follow the Mark Bittman easy pizza dough recipe below, you may replace food processor with mixer’s bowl and paddle attachment, or bowl and bulky wooden spoon. Without further ado, let’s start to jump into the recipe that list what ingredients you should use and what steps you need to take in the following.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups or 24 oz. of bread flour or all-purpose flour (add more if needed)
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sea salt or coarse kosher salt (prepare more for sprinkling)
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, salt, and instant yeast within the food processor. Start the operation of the machine and add oil and a cup of water through its feed tube.
  2. Let the food processor runs for 30 seconds, and add more water gradually, until the mixture is becoming slightly sticky and forms a ball. You may add one tablespoon or two of water, if the mixture is still dry and then let it runs for about 10 seconds more.
  3. Put the dough on top of work surface that has been floured. Knead it for several seconds by using your hand, to form a round and smooth pizza dough ball. Then, put it inside a bowl and wrap the bowl with plastic until the dough rises up and increases in terms of size, for an hour or two.
  4. After the dough is risen up and ready, divide it into two pieces (or more, according to your preferences) and form each into a ball. Place each ball on a surface that has been lightly floured, sprinkle it with some flour, and then cover with towel or plastic wrap for around 20 minutes until they slightly puff.

The Mark Bittman pizza dough above can be frozen up for a month. If you choose to do so, only do until the third steps, then get the dough inside zipper bag or plastic wrap, then simply put inside your refrigerator.

You may use any pizza topping of your preference to after you baked the dough. This Mark Bittman pizza dough recipe really makes a great pizza due to its chewy yet light dense quality, and solidness level to be shaped easily.

Backfin Crab Meat Cakes Simple Recipe with Old Bay Seasoning

Backfin Crab Meat Cakes Simple Recipe with Old Bay Seasoning

Backfin crab meat is a perfect ingredient if you’re planning to make crab cakes, dips, or soups. It is basically a mixture of special and jumbo lump, that’s why people usually refer or label it as lump. Both also taste similar, if not identical, only that the latter has bigger pieces.

This backfin crab meat recipe below will show you how to create crab cakes, which are excellent to put on toasted bun, sandwich, or even as a main dish on its own. Smaller crab cakes also make wonderful finger food. The recipe written in the following is going to ensure that you’d always have a quick, easy, crowd pleasing menu in the back of your pocket.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lump crab meat
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning (add 1/2 to 1 tsp. more if you’d like spicier taste)
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp dried parsley or 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice (prepare more for serving)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup or 14 pieces of Saltine crackers crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter or melted salted butter (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Whisk the egg inside a large bowl and then mix with Old Bay, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and parsley together.
  2. Add crab meat into the mixture, and then put the cracker crumbs. Fold them together very carefully and gently in order not to break the crab meat up, by using large spoon or rubber spatula.
  3. Wrap tightly and then put it inside refrigerator for minimum half an hour to maximum one day.
  4. Prepare your oven by preheating it to 450°F. Grease rimmed baking sheet with generous amount of nonstick spray or butter. Alternatively, you can use silicone baking mat.
  5. Portion and shape the mixture of crab cake into 6 mounds by using half a cup of measuring cap, then place on top of the baking sheet. Compact each single crab cake mound by using spoon or your hands so there is no falling apart or sticking out lumps.
  6. To add more flavors, brush the crab cake with melted butter. This is a recommended, but an optional step.
  7. Bake the crab cake for 12-14 minutes then drizzle the cake with fresh lemon juice. Serve warm.

If you have any leftover, these crab meat cakes can survive in refrigerator for five days if covered up tightly. They may also be frozen up to three whole months. For additional backfin crab meat cakes finishing touches, you may add cocktail sauce or tartar sauce.

Frozen Chicken Breast Ninja Foodi Hack, the Easiest Way to Cook Your Dinner

Frozen Chicken Breast Ninja Foodi Hack, the Easiest Way to Cook Your Dinner

Do you ever heard about frozen chicken breast Ninja Foodi? If you do just like everyone else who often stores chicken breast in the freezer until it gets frozen, you may need a pressure cooker like Ninja Foodi to make your cooking easier than ever. Chicken breast is a great base for many tasty foods, and you can also try to cook this simple yet delicious frozen chicken breast hack.

Ingredients:

  • Salt & Pepper
  • 400 ml Chicken Stock
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 1,2 kg frozen chicken breast (fully cooked)
  • 1 BBQ Sauce (additional)

 

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Before prepare your ingredients, set Ninja Foodi pressure to high, and preheat it for 5 minutes.
  2. Use the trivet to cook your frozen chicken breast since it will prevent your chicken breast from burning.
  3. Place a trivet in the bottom of your Ninja Foodi cooking pot, and then put chicken breast on it. If you cook multiple chicken breasts, put them on stacked or use another trivet to separate them.
  4. Pour the chicken stock over your frozen chicken breast to make it smoother a bit, prevent the chicken breast from dried, and also give a flavor to it.
  5. If the chicken stock is thick, you need to add water into the pot to avoid burning. Then, lock the lid and cook for 20 minutes in high-pressure cooking mode.
  6. Once it’s done, cook for another 10 minutes in normal-pressure cooking mode.
  7. Then, turn your Ninja Foodi off and do a quick pressure release because the chicken breast could be overcooked if you use a longer pressure release.
  8. Remove the chicken breast from cooking pot. Once it is well cooked, it can be shredded easily with a fork. Shred it before mix it with barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper.
  9. Or, you can do anything you like with frozen chicken breast Ninja Foodi, such as slicing it or dicing it instead of shredding it.

That is how to make an easy frozen chicken breast dish, but you can do whatever you want with this chicken breast. For example, you can use taco sauce for seasoning instead of barbecue sauce, and then serve it with tacos. Well, this definitely will be your family’s favorite. Are you wondering what to cook for the breakfast tomorrow morning? Just try this fast and yummy frozen chicken breast Ninja Foodi.

 

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