Healthy Turkey Recipes & Honeysuckle Turkey Farm Visit

There is so much you can do with turkey from a gorgeous whole roasted turkey to ground turkey, turkey bacon and turkey sausage. It’s perfect for a healthy dinner any night of the week.

Healthy Turkey Recipes - low calorie, low fat, real food

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I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Charlottesville, VA to visit with Cargill. They are the parent company of Honeysuckle Turkey and Shady Farms Turkey. They had a big announcement to make and brought a few food bloggers up to hear about their changes. What a learning experience this was! Cargill has decided to eliminate growth promoting anti-biotics from their fresh turkeys. Their philosophy is trying to feed the entire world sustainable and healthy food. So the first thing I realized was that I did not fully understand the difference between growth hormones and growth anti-biotics. Did you know that poultry farmers haven’t been able to use growth hormones in years? I didn’t. How many packages of turkey or chicken have you seen proudly displaying on their packaging that they don’t use hormones? Well, hello, none of them are supposed to. But, yup, there is a but. They could use anti-biotics that promote growth, a nice little loop hole for turkey farms.


I get approached by a lot of companies wanting me to review their products or talk about them.  Most you will never hear about.  Getting healthy is a journey for me, and it is really hard to get good, accurate information about food.  Does your head spin when you see people fighting with each other about GMO’s or organic or low-carb versus vegan or fat versus non-fat.  It drives me crazy!  The answer to me is do what you need to do and what works for you.  Also look at the big picture and the billions of people who need to be fed in the world.  I liked Cargills philosophy, realistic health is what I want to call it.  It’s what I try to do on the blog.  The big impact for me was not the anti-biotics.  Yes, I know that is a big thing, but what got me and continues to have me think about that trip was the relationships and feeling of family.  Actually it is not just a feeling. All turkeys come from small family owned farms!  I met an amazing family of farmers and had the pleasure of visiting not only their farm but their home.  What graciousness and hospitality!  These are the type of people who feed my soul and not just my stomach.


We got to meet Farmer Glenn and see the adorable baby turkeys.  Yes, they were so cute and yes, I’ll still eat turkey.  Glenn is just an amazing man.  He has come up with different ways to make his farm more “green” and environmentally friendly.  We then went across the street to his house and met his family.  His parents were there as well as his brothers and their family and of course, Glenn’s beautiful wife and daughter.  They are so proud of their farm and so warm and welcoming.  Glenn even made the most amazing kettle corn in the biggest cast iron pot, I have ever seen.  I don’t even like kettle corn and could have eaten his by the handful.  He really should sell it!  They opened up their house and lives to us.  What a special experience!


So this Thanksgiving, when we are carving our turkey.  I will be thinking of Glenn and his family plus the other amazing people who work with Cargill.  Their graciousness and hospitality and sense of family was inspiring.  It makes them a company I am more than happy to tell you about.  (Nope, I haven’t been paid to tell you all this!) You don’t have to regulate turkey to Thanksgiving.  Here are some of my favorite recipes that use turkey:

Best turkey -Healthy & Low Calorie Sangia Glazed Turkey www.fooddonelight.comSangria Glazed Turkey


Amazing recipe! Healthy Turkey Roulade with Mushroom Stuffing and Blueberry Thyme Gravy www.fooddonelight.comTurkey Roulade with Blueberry Thyme Gravy


This is the best sausage! Healthy Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage www.fooddonelight.comHomemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage


Great Crust! Healthy, lowfat Turkey Sausage, Kale & Cheese Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust www.fooddonelight.comEgg, Turkey Sausage and Kale Quiche with Butternut Squash Crust


A favorite of mine! Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Orange Turkey www.fooddonelight.comSlow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Orange Turkey


A healthy casserole! Creamy Pasta Turkey Sausage Halloween Bake www.fooddonelight.comPasta & Turkey Sausage Bake


Butternut-Squash-Ravioli-Asparagus-9845-550Butternut Squash Ravioli with Turkey Bacon and Asparagus


Perfect Turkey - Healthy, No Butter Thyme, Rosemary and Yogurt Roasted Turkey Breast Food Done Light


Thyme, Rosemary & Yogurt Roasted Turkey Breast


Happy Healthy Eating,



Do you buy from small, local farmers?  What is your favorite way to eat turkey? [jetpack_subscription_form] Follow me on Pinterest Christie@Food Done Light



  1. Charlotte Moore says
    I have always bought at the grocery store. No small farm growers in our area that I know of. I have bought Honeysuckle several times. I have used the crockpot the last 2 turkey breast I cooked.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Charlotte, I love that Honeysuckle is supporting small farmers. It means you are probably buying local and don't even know it. Aren't turkey breasts fantastic. I love having those leftovers for sandwiches. Christie
  2. Great recipes. Looks like your trip was fun too. I understand the journey to be healthy. Good luck as you continue to find what is best for you and your family. Great post.

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