Asian Mandarin Orange Turkey

Mandarin orange turkey is a quick and easy Asian-themed meal that the whole family will love! Its fast, simple preparation makes it the perfect weekday meal.

Mandarin Orange Turkey

Mandarin Orange Turkey

Course Main Course
Servings 2
Calories 462 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small can mandarin oranges in light syrup, undrained (11 oz)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp hot chili paste (or to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz turkey breast cutlet, cubed into 1” pieces
  • Dash of salt

Instructions
 

  • Drain juice from mandarin oranges into a small bowl.  Reserve mandarin orange slices.
  • Add soy sauce, chili paste, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil to the mandarin orange juice and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • Mix cornstarch into water and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat.  Add turkey, sprinkle with salt and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through with an internal temperature of 160℉.
  • Remove turkey from pan and set aside.
  • Add mandarin orange sauce to the pan and bring it to a simmer.  Add cornstarch mixture and allow it to simmer for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.  If the sauce becomes too thick, add a drizzle of chicken broth.
  • Put turkey and mandarin slices into the pan and heat through.
  • Serve over rice, if desired.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
Keyword Asian cuisine, Asian food, fast and easy, fast meal, mandarin oranges, orange turkey, quick and easy, turkey cutlet

Handle turkey with care!  Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry.

The sweet flavors in this recipe pair nicely with sweet potato apple butter casserole!

Mandarin Glazed Beets

Mandarin Glazed Beets brings together two of my favorite foods: Fresh beets and canned mandarin oranges! What’s your favorite food combo?

Mandarin oranges and red beets come together in this colorful and delicious side dish!
Mandarin Glazed Beets

Mandarin Glazed Beets

 

4 medium beets (2 lbs)

Olive oil

11 oz can of Mandarin oranges, drained, liquid reserved

2 tsp cornstarch

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp butter

 

Cut greens off beets, leaving 1” of the stem. Wash thoroughly, brush with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast until tender, 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Peel beets and cut into cubes.*

Mix mandarin orange liquid, cornstarch and lemon juice in a medium saucepan.  Add butter and turn heat to medium.

Allow the liquid to come to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Add beets and cook until warm.  Gently stir in oranges and allow to warm.

* Beets can be cooked in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

4 servings, 190 calories per serving

Hack:  If you like this combination of oranges and beets, try this Orange Beet Salad!

 

 

Colorful Orange and Beet Salad

This orange and beet salad is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. The citrusy orange flavor and the earthy sweetness of beet make a perfect taste combination!

Orange and Beet Salad

Orange and Beet Salad

Course Appetizer, Salad
Servings 3
Calories 330 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 red beet
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained with liquid reserved*
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 3 tbsp feta cheese 
  • cup orange vinaigrette dressing*

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400℉.
  • Cut greens off the beet, leaving 1” of the stem. Wash thoroughly, brush with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil.
  • Roast until tender, 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Peel the beet and cut it into cubes.
  • Divide lettuce equally into 3 salad bowls.
  • Top the lettuce with equal amounts of beet, orange sections, onion, pecans and feta.
  • Toss each salad with 2 tbsp dressing.
  • Serving immediately.
  • Hack: Feel free to substitute any salad greens you have on hand or use fresh baby spinach.
  • Hack: Only assemble the salad(s) you intend to eat immediately. The rest of the ingredients can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and assembled when ready to eat.
  • Hack:  To keep lettuce romaine lettuce fresh longer, separate leave and wash. Dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels. Place lettuce leaves in a sealable plastic bag or container with paper towels between each layer to absorb moisture. Replace paper towels if they become soggy.
  • Hack:  Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.
Keyword colorful, easy, fresh beet, fruit and vegetable, healthy, mandarin oranges, salad, vegetarian, vinaigrette

Did you know?  Colorful foods add up to a healthy diet!  Check out the benefits of beets here!

Suggestion:  If you love the combination of beets and oranges, try warm mandarin glazed beets!

Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

This is the best orange vinaigrette dressing you’ll ever eat! It takes a little longer to make than some other dressings but it’s worth the wait!

Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

Course Salad Dressing
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 145 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Light syrup from one 11 oz can of mandarin oranges
  • 1 tbsp minced red onion
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Place orange juice and light syrup in a small saucepan. Boil over medium-high heat until thickened and reduced to ¼ cup., about 40 minutes. Stir frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine onion, vinegar, salt, pepper and oil. Add orange syrup and mix well.
  • Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.k
Keyword easy, mandarin oranges, oil-based, orange juice, salad dressing, vegan, vegetarian, vinaigrette

Did you know?  Vinaigrette dressing refers to dressing with an oil and vinegar base.  It’s been proven to be much healthier than its creamy counterparts!

Suggestion:  Try this dressing with Orange and Beet Salad!

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