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Recipe Time- Turkey with Mashed Butternut Squash and Veggies

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Last weekend, Jared and I made a turkey dinner for my parents! My mom had bought a turkey, but was afraid that she was going to screw it up. Jared has done such a good job Thanksgivings past, that she asked us to cook it!

Here’s what we did!


Turkey, Mashed Butternut Squash, and Veggies



1 Turkey (defrosted- this might take longer than you think if it was frozen!)

2-3 Oranges

1-2 Limes

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

1TBSP Rosemary

1TBSP Thyme

2 TBSP Fresh basil

4-5 Garlic Cloves

½ cup Extra Vigrin Olive Oil




  1. Preheat Oven to 325
  2. Squeeze juice of Oranges and limes into small bowl. Set aside peels for later
  3. Mix all other ingredients together for marinate
  4. Place Thawed Turkey in Roasting Pan (make sure all “guts” and such have been removed)
  5. Pour marinate over turkey
  6. Cook as per directions on turkey if directions- if not, we did 325 degrees for 2.5 hours for an 8 pound turkey
  7. Every 30 minutes, use baster to suction some marinate from bottom of pan and pour over turkey to keep it moist
  8. Cover for last 15 minutes or so


Mashed Butternut Squash




Butternut squash

4-5 slices of Bacon

1-2 tablespoons of honey (optional)

1 TBSP Cinnamon

2TBSP Butter (optional)

Salt and Pepper to taste



  1. Get some water boiling on the stove top (big pot with 3-4 inches of water in bottom)
  2. Chop up your squash into small cubes (about 1-1.5 cm across)
  3. Add squash to boiling water
  4. Let cook until squash is soft (10 minutes?) Basically I just chop everything else for my other veggies while its boiling
  5. In another pan cook bacon strips
  6. Remove bacon from pan (save grease for veggie recipe)
  7. Chop/crumble Bacon
  8. Drain squash through colander
  9. Mash squash with potato masher (add butter for this step so it can melt)
  10. Add bacon, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper, stir, and serve!


Mixed Veggies



2 zucchini (chopped)

1 peppers (chopped)

1 large onion (chopped)

1 Cup of Mushrooms (chopped)

Seasoning (I used season salt, pepper, “savory” and “herbs de provence” from my spice rack- don’t ask me what those are exactly, but there was a lot left of them and they smelled pretty good!)



  1. Use pan with bacon grease from squash (or if you aren’t doing the squash, cook up some bacon- you can add it in to make these extra delicious)
  2. Sauté Zucchini, Peppers, and onions with seasoning
  3. Add mushrooms once other veggies are getting soft


One of the best things about making a whole turkey (other than the fact that it’s delicious) is you can use the bones to make your own bone broth! Just Throw the bones in a crock pot, fill it up with water. Add a couple tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to help pull the nutrients out of your bones and into your broth.  Add some spices (salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme) and let it simmer for 8 hours or so!

turkey dinner

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  • Sharon
    Sharon Sunday, 18 August 2013

    Sounds like a delicious dinner! Don't forget the 2 tablespoons of vinegar in the bone broth to help pull the minerals from the bones!

  • Dr. Jamie Tripp DC
    Dr. Jamie Tripp DC Sunday, 18 August 2013

    Good Catch Sharon! Fixing it now!!

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