Turkey Makes Summer Grilling Easy! #BBQwithTurkey Giveaway

I am so happy summer is finally here! I love the lazy days of summer and the relaxed, no stress family time. We have some family travel planned, but for the most part we are staying around home. After all, this is the summer to hang out in Canada, so many fun celebrations happening here.

One thing we love about summer is all the outdoor time we have. I grill all year-long, but summer and the grill really go hand in hand. This summer I am continuing my healthy journey and looking for fresh tasty recipes I can make without sacrificing time with my loved ones. Turkey is a great protein to add to so many recipes. The light flavourful meat is great for summer meals, entertaining and recipe inspiration. Add it to a salad, grill it or use it to create a new family fave meal.

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One of the thing I love most about cooking a turkey, the leftovers? Yum!

Did you know that Canadian turkey is your perfect grilling partner?  It’s a versatile protein, with so many cuts to choose from including ground meat, legs, drumsticks, thighs, breast steaks, breast rolls, breast roasts, drummettes, wings, sausages, and burgers.  With such a wide selection, you can turn any weeknight meal into a backyard feast, with leftovers that taste delicious the next day.  Super easy to incorporate into everyday meals, you can just swap turkey for the meat protein in any of your favourite grilling recipes, and you’re on your way!

Turkey is a nutritious option that’s easy to prepare on the grill.  Both white and dark meat are lean, so you can provide your family with different options that suit everyone’s taste without compromising on health or nutrition.  The lean fat content of turkey also reduces flare-ups on the grill, so you’ll feel good knowing you are preparing a healthy barbecue meal.   Popular summer choices like burgers and kabob taste hearty and delicious when made with Canadian turkey.  Your family will love all of their favourite barbecue meals prepared with turkey that’s topped with delicious sauces, rubs and marinades.  And why not add some sizzle by experimenting with new spice blends?  Spicy, sweet, sour or salty, turkey pairs well with any flavour profile, making it a great option if you want to try something new.

Have you ever barbecued a whole turkey?  A whole bird is easy to make on the grill and an economical way to feed a crowd.  Planning a celebration for Canada Day?  Canadian turkey is a healthy choice for your next family gathering.  And don’t forget that turkey tastes delicious cold – perfect for your next summer road trip or picnic!

Make Sure You Grill Smart and Grill Lean – Just Follow These Steps For Healthy Grilling!

  1. Grill lean and trim the fat – using lean cuts of meat with less fat means less flames and smoke on the grill.
  2. Infuse flavour into your meats by marinating with healthy fats like olive oil, adding citrus, beer, wine or vinegar and fresh herbs, spices and rubs.
  3. When grilling, go low and slow by grilling over low and medium heat. Cook until a meat thermometer registers 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the meat.
  4. Practice food safe habits and refrigerate any foods that are marinating longer than 1/2 hour.
  5. Cooking entire meals on the grill will give you juicy meat and tasty vegetables. Grilling locks in moisture and adds natural smoky flavour, cutting down on the need for extra fats, salt and sugary sauces.
  6. Grilling your food gets you outside where you can hang out with the family while you cook. While barbecuing, why not throw the ball or the frisbee around?  It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and have some fun together.

Canadian Turkey makes it simple to get grilling this summer with all the recipes and HOW TOs you need. Just visit www.canadianturkey.ca to download their Summer Grilling Guide!

If you are looking for a fresh new recipe to whip up for your family or guests this summer, you will want to try the Grilled Turkey Sausage and Summer Greens Pizza. This fresh twist on the family fave pizza is sure to be a hit!

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Grilled Turkey Sausage and Summer Greens Pizza

Serves: 2 – 4

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cooked Swiss chard and rapini
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into ribbons
  • ½ cup mozzarella, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 2 Canadian turkey sausages, grilled and sliced
  • 1 package pre-made pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp store bought pesto
  • 5 leaves fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional)

Instructions:

  • Bring your pizza dough to room temperature to make it easier to stretch out.
  • While your dough is acclimating, prepare all your ingredients so they are on hand.
  • Pre-heat your grill to high.
  • Generously flour your work surface.
  • Stretch your dough out to your desired thickness. Make sure your pizza bottom does not stick to your work surface and can be easily moved.
  • Have a pizza stone or griddle on hand.  Generously flour.
  • Transfer pizza dough to stone or griddle.
  • Build your pizza: spread the pesto over the dough, top with greens, zucchini and sausage.
  • Top with mozzarella and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook for 10 – 20 minutes, until pizza crust is browned, toppings are browned and cheese is melted and bubbly.  Note that cooking times will vary depending on the strength of your BBQ and the thickness of the dough.
  • Remove the pizza from the BBQ and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves.
  • Top with red pepper flakes and olive oil (optional).
  • Slice and serve.

TIP: You can also make this pizza with leftover turkey breast or turkey thigh meat.  Just substitute for the turkey sausage and follow the directions as listed.

Did you know that Canadian turkey’s low-fat, high-protein content makes it your perfect partner for summer grilling? This is the time of year Canadians like to get outside and there’s nothing better than gathering friends and family around a delicious and healthy meal featuring Canadian turkey!

Have you tried grilling turkey?

 

This post has been brought to you by Canadian Turkey, all opinions are my own

Comments

  1. I’d LOVe to try the Smoky Citrus Turkey Taco Salad

  2. christine w says:

    I would love to try the PERUVIAN GRILLED TURKEY

  3. Brined Lemon and Thyme Turkey Breast. thanks

  4. I would like to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA

  5. the brined lemon and thyme turkey breast looks great!

  6. the teriyaki turkey kabobs

  7. Francine says:

    I would love to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA

  8. summer bbq turkey dinner packets

  9. Carol Denny says:

    HONEY GARLIC BRINED TURKEY LEGS looks yummy.

  10. I’m going try CHIMICHURRI TURKEY BREAST ON THE GRILL this summer!

  11. Juliee Fitze says:

    Like to make the beer can BBQ TURKEY.

  12. Florence Cochrane says:

    I am going to try the HONEY GARLIC BRINED TURKEY LEGS.

  13. 409cope says:

    I would love to try the GRILLED TURKEY SAUSAGE AND SUMMER GREENS PIZZA.

  14. Blackened Turkey Scallopine Sandwiches for sure!

  15. Marlene J says:

    SMOKEY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD

  16. Stephanie says:

    I want to try the Jerk BBQ Turkey Kebobs with Mango Salsa!

  17. Victoria Ess says:

    Ooo I’ll be trying the Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes!

  18. wendy hutton says:

    I would love to try the honey garlic brined turkey legs

  19. i’m going to make the teriyaki turkey kabobs!

  20. I would like to try the SMOKEY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD

  21. I would like to try The Best Grilled Turkey Thighs.

  22. Tara betterley says:

    I would like to try the shake n bake plank grill thighs. Delicious

  23. The JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA is something I’d make

  24. CHIMICHURRI TURKEY BREAST ON THE GRILL sounds really good!

  25. Laurie P says:

    Jerk BBQ Turkey Kebobs sound super tasty!

  26. I am going to try out the Beer Can Grilled Turkey. Done it with chicken before but never turkey so I need to do that!

  27. I would love to try the HONEY GARLIC BRINED TURKEY LEGS!

  28. I’ll be trying the Italian Turkey Burgers – looks delicious.

  29. I would love to try the KOREAN BBQ TURKEY WINGS

  30. I would love to try TERIYAKI TURKEY KABOBS

  31. I’ll be trying the HONEY GARLIC BRINED TURKEY LEGS recipe.

  32. binabugged says:
  33. I would like to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA

  34. I would love to try the Beer can grilled turkey

  35. Julie F says:

    I will be trying the Honey Garlic Brined Turkey Legs as they look delicious!

  36. Rosanne Robinson says:

    I will be trying the Best Grilled Turkey Thighs, they look yummy!

  37. Donna L. says:

    I’d try the Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes.

  38. I would like to try the PIRI PIRI GRILLED TURKEY DRUMMETTES

  39. butterflyamyc says:

    I would like to try the HONEY GARLIC BRINED TURKEY LEGS recipe

  40. Janet M says:

    I would try sweet and spicy BBG 1/2 turkey on the grill.

  41. Sherry K says:

    The Grilled Turkey Pizza with Arugula would be super

  42. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d start off with the SEASONED TURKEY BREAST WITH DRIED CRANBERRY BBQ SAUCE, sounds heavenly 🙂

  43. Catherine Cole says:

    I would love to try Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes

  44. Travelbuds says:

    I love the sound of the GRILLED HERB-INFUSED TURKEY PIECES.

  45. I would like to make the Doug Speirs’ Grilled Turkey Torpedos on the BBQ.

  46. Jenness M says:

    CHIMICHURRI TURKEY BREAST ON THE GRILL sounds delish!

  47. Brenda Penton says:

    I want to try the grilled turkey tacos

  48. I want to try the grilled turkey tacos! Sounds delicious!

  49. We like spice, so I would choose the PIRI PIRI GRILLED TURKEY DRUMMETTES

  50. Deanna Barkley says:

    I would like to try the SMOKEY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD. It sounds delicious. Thanks for the giveaway.

  51. krisha4444 says:

    I would love to try the Chimichurri Turkey Breast on the Grill

  52. Would love to try the HONEY GARLIC BRINED TURKEY LEGS

  53. tammy ta says:

    I will try the Jerk BBQ Turkey Kebobs with Mango Salsa!

  54. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I would love to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA.

  55. sunshynejo says:

    The CHIMICHURRI TURKEY BREAST on the grill sounds REALLY tasty!

  56. Sandra McG says:

    Grill turkey and mushroom pizza….love pizza on the bbq!

  57. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I’ll be trying to make the THE BEST GRILLED TURKEY THIGHS

  58. Teriyaki Turkey Kabobs look awesome wonder how good I will be able to cook them.

  59. I would definitely love to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA!!
    Everything looks so delish! 🙂

  60. I’d like to try the Honey Garlic Brined Turkey Legs this summer.

  61. Shelley N says:

    I would like to try the Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes this summer as they look pretty yummy.

  62. Joyce S says:

    I’d like to try barbecuing on a plank for moist and delicious turkey!

  63. I would like to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA recipe.

  64. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would love to try the teriyaki turkey kabobs

  65. We will be trying the Chimichurri Turkey Breast on our grill this summer.

  66. Jenny Major says:

    I would like to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA

  67. Ronald Gagnon says:

    I will love the CHIMICHURRI TURKEY BREAST ON THE GRILL

  68. Carol M says:

    I would love to try out the HONEY GARLIC BRINED TURKEY LEGS

  69. Shirleyp says:

    The Alberta turkey burger

  70. like the teriyaki turkey kabobs

  71. Andrea Williams says:

    I would like to try the Chimichurri Turkey Breast on the Grill

  72. The Grilled Turkey Tacos sound like they would be delicious!

  73. tracy k says:

    Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes

  74. I would definitely try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA recipe

  75. Heather Ritz says:

    Turkey tacos

  76. Laila I says:

    I would love to make the Turkey Tacos!

  77. I’d love to try the Piri Piri Grilled Turkey Drummettes but I’d choose turkey breast instead of drum sticks.

  78. ooohhh this looks fantastic: SMOKEY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD

  79. ginette4 says:

    The recipe that I’ll be trying this summer is the CHIMICHURRI TURKEY BREAST ON THE GRILL

  80. caroline m. says:

    SMOKEY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD sounds really nice

  81. Sunshine G says:

    The kids would like the teriyaki kabobs. Anything on a stick is always a hit!

  82. Caryn Coates says:

    I am definitely going to try the HONEY GARLIC BRINED TURKEY LEGS.

  83. I would like to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA.

  84. I’ll be trying the teriyaki turkey kabobs this summer! https://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/teriyaki-turkey-kabobs/

  85. The Alberta Turkey Burger sounds delicious!

  86. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I would like to try the Grilled Turkey Scallopini with Kale Walnut Pesto recipe this summer!

  87. tjbugnet says:

    I would love to try the Alberta Turkey burgers.

  88. Edith Reardon says:

    SMOKEY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD

  89. I would try the Chimichurri Turkey Breast on the Grill

  90. I would like to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA

  91. I’m so excited to try out the spicy, bold flavors of the Blackened Turkey Scallopine Sandwiches!

  92. So many yummy looking recipes,don’t know which one I’d try first.Probably SMOKEY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD

  93. KellyPC says:

    The turkey tacos sound great!

  94. Erin McSweeney says:

    i would love to try the PIRI PIRI GRILLED TURKEY DRUMMETTES

  95. sarah alexis says:

    The WARM GRILLED TURKEY & TOMATO PASTA SALAD sounds like a great summer recipe!

  96. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I’m planning to try out the Jerk BBQ Turkey Kebobs with Mango Salsa.

  97. PIRI PIRI GRILLED TURKEY DRUMMETTES sound interesting and different than my usual recipes.

  98. Barbequing on a Plank , I would love to try this as I’m a great turkey lover.

  99. I’d love to try the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA. Sounds delicious.

  100. Erica Seaman says:

    I think my family would love the SMOKEY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD. What a nice summer meal.

  101. I`ll be trying the PIRI PIRI GRILLED TURKEY DRUMMETTES-hmm yum!

  102. Maritess S says:

    I will be trying the JERK BBQ TURKEY KEBOBS WITH MANGO SALSA.

  103. edmontonjb says:

    I have never grilled turkey before but the BLACKENED TURKEY SCALLOPINE SANDWICHES look so good!

    ~Jonnie

  104. Wendy Jensen says:

    I would love to try the Smoky Citrus Turkey Taco Salad this summer because it sounds like what our family will really like.

  105. Elva Roberts says:

    We love grilling burgers and I think the Italian Turkey burgers would be a big hit with our family. The meat is low fat and the spices would, along with the grilling, make for a delicious and filling dish. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

  106. beewbedard says:

    we would love the CHIMICHURRI TURKEY BREAST ON THE GRILL

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