This quick and easy recipe for Pan-Grilled Zesty Turkey Scallopini is packed with flavor. Perfect with a salad, pasta or potatoes.
I did exactly what you are not supposed to do when planning to lose weight: I set a date to begin the dieting phase. I know, it’s silly and stupid to put it off. And in most cases, it is a set up for failure. After all, isn’t the whole point to renovate your eating habits so that it’s a life change, not just a temporary fix?
In my defense, I knew that I had a ton of baking to do for the holidays. And I also knew it would be even harder than usual to focus on eating better when I would be surrounded by unhealthy foods.
So, I figured I would just kick off the New Year with a bang. Beginning on January 1, I will track what I eat on SparkPeople and cutting out all the bad stuff – fried foods (even if they were homemade), fast food, excessive amounts of sweets, etc.
I’ve already started a little bit of exercise (just a very small ab workout so far) and will increase that to include a little cardio too.
In the meantime though, I have been working on some new recipes with a healthier slant. This one, which is zesty but not spicy (don’t be fooled by the hot sauce — it’s just a bit for tang), was fantastic with the Fettuccine Alfredo pictured but let’s face it — that’s not the healthiest side dish.
For a healthier slant, I would serve it on a salad bed or with a bit of rice and a vegetable like corn.
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb thin boneless skinless turkey breast pieces, sometimes called turkey scallopini
- Whisk together the garlic, Italian seasonings, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, paprika, hot sauce and pepper.
- Pour over turkey breast pieces and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Preheat a grill pan over medium. Spray with cooking oil.
- Cook the turkey for 2-3 minutes per side, spooning extra marinade over when you flip each piece.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.