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Turkey breast with cranberries

The tryptophan in this turkey can help you sleep better.

Nutrition information
Serving: 4 oz meat with 1/4 of vegetables/fruits (470 grams)
Servings per recipe: 4
Calories: 440 (60 from fat)
Cholesterol: 80 milligrams
Fat: 7 grams (1.5 saturated fat, 0 trans fats)
Protein: 37 gram
Sodium: 140 milligrams 
Total carbohydrate: 60 gram (6 fiber, 31 sugars)

Recipe tip

After your turkey is done cooking, make a great-tasting gravy from the leftover juices. In a small bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water. In a small saucepan, combine juices, ½ cup water and cornstarch mixture over medium heat, stirring, until you reach desired thickness (about 5 minutes).

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Slow cooker turkey

The tryptophan in this turkey can help you sleep better. It’s the high-carbohydrate foods that are usually eaten with turkey (such as stuffing or homemade bread) that can make you feel sleepy.


1 teaspoon ground sage
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium apple, seeds removed and cut into 8 slices
1 small sweet onion, cut into 8 wedges
2 celery ribs, each cut into 4 pieces
1 large carrot, cut lengthwise and then into 4 pieces
2 medium potatoes, each cut into 4 pieces
1 cup dried cranberries
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
5-pound bone-in turkey breast
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth


  1. In a small bowl, combine sage, black pepper and garlic powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apple, onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, dried cranberries and 1 teaspoon oil.
  3. Rub turkey breast with 1 teaspoon oil. Then rub inside and outside of turkey with spice blend.
  4. Stuff turkey breast with fruit and vegetable mixture (not all will fit).
  5. Place stuffed turkey breast in slow cooker. Add vegetable broth. Place remaining fruit and vegetable mixture around turkey.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours, until a cooking thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 F.
  7. Serve warm.

Makes 4 servings


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department

First published: 11/05/2013
Last updated: 11/05/2013

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department