Sweet potato for the win
Lately, my son has been loving sweet potato. He’ll eat all of his, all of mine, the backup sweet potato I made and still ask for more.
So while he’s on this sweet potato kick, I find that mixing up the rest of his meal is a good way to get him interested in foods he’s gone off lately.
2 that he’s been ignoring are turkey and peas. But when the sweet potato runs out, he’s actually been more likely to eat the rest of his meal.
I also like this combination as it easily combines macros, and it can all be chucked in the oven at one time to minimize the work. And if you haven’t tried oven cooked peas, then now’s the time!
Roast Turkey, Sweet Potato and Oven Cooked Peas Nutritional Stuff
Turkey is a lean source of protein and packs plenty of iron too. Go for the dark meat to add some fats as well.
Sweet potatoes are my favorite baked veggie. They’re a great source of complex carbs and fiber but also have lots of vitamin A and beta carotene. These aren’t found in many foods but are great for healthy skin and good eyesight.
Besides being a good protein and complex carbs source, peas also provide a fair amount of vitamins B1 and K. They also have some anti-inflammatory properties.
Roast Turkey, Sweet Potato and Oven Cooked Peas Preparation Tips
My favorite thing about this meal is that ingredients go on a tray, in the oven and when time’s up, dinner’s ready. Make sure you lightly oil the tray (or line with baking paper) before it goes in though.
In case you don’t have these exact foods at home but want to make this quick, easy, and balanced meal, no worries.
You can substitute turkey for another poultry (e.g. chicken), sweet potato for a starchy vegetable like carrots or plain potatoes, and peas for another legume like lentils or beans. You probably won’t be able to bake lentils or beans but just cook them real quick and add to the meat and veggie.
Have you ever made oven cooked peas?
Roast Turkey, Sweet Potato and Oven Cooked Peas
- 1.6 oz turkey skinless, boneless
- ½ medium-sized sweet potato
- 2 tbsp peas
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon for sweet potato
- 1/4 tsp sweet paprika for sweet potato
- 1/2 tsp mixed herbs (thyme, marjoram, oregano etc) for turkey
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F
- Wash, peel and cut the sweet potato.
- Wash the peas
- Cut up the turkey
- Put all ingredients on a baking tray and add seasonings (optional) and drizzle with olive oil, then bake for 30 mins.
- Once finished, allow to cool before serving