November Lunch Recipe – Honey Turmeric Glazed Turkey

November Lunch Recipe – Honey Turmeric Glazed Turkey

In the month of thanks giving we encourage you to think moderation not deprivation, so this month we give tips and tricks for anti-inflammatory recipes that still hit all the taste notes associated with the holiday! This week we tackle the star of the show – the turkey and the ways in which you can boost anti-inflammatory properties depending on how it’s prepared.

When shopping for a turkey for diners with inflammatory conditions something to take note of is the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids with the recommended ratio being 4:1. With ample time spent foraging in a pasture with natural and mixed vegetation, it is very likely that the omega-3 content of turkey meat can be increased and that the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats can be improved. So, make sure you research where your turkey is sourced. A number of online options exist in which you can select a turkey specifically based on a lower ratio.

Replacing butter with coconut oil goes a long way in creating an anti-inflammatory feast. Coconut oil may ease inflammation by improving antioxidant status. Antioxidants work by stabilizing free radicals in the body, neutralizing the reactive atoms that can contribute to inflammation. Honey is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacities, which may be useful for the prevention of chronic inflammatory process like atherosclerosis, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Garlic is a tasty boost to just about any savory dish. Like onions and leeks, it contains diallyl disulfide, an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Garlic can therefore help fight inflammation and may even help prevent cartilage damage from inflammatory forms of arthritis.


For Turkey:

  • 1 whole turkey (+/- 11 lb)
  • 4 cups turkey broth
  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 4 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 tsp. rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • For Honey Turmeric Glaze:
  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. sea salt



  1. Thaw the turkey thoroughly if frozen.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F and place the oven rack to the lower level. Remove giblets and rinse entire turkey with cool water. Pat dry with paper towel. Place the turkey into a roasting pan on the rack, positioning the wings behind turkey.
  3. Place sprigs of rosemary in cavity of turkey. Mix together sage, thyme, onion powder, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl.
  4. Using your fingers lift the skin of the turkey near the thighs and rub coconut oil underneath and on top. Next, rub dry seasoning under the skin and all over the top of turkey. Pour the turkey broth into pan.
  5. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone. Place the uncovered turkey in oven and roast for 1 hour.
  6. After taking it out the oven baste turkey with broth. If you find that the broth has evaporated, add 2 cups of broth to the pan, allow it to mix with the drippings, and then baste as normal.
  7. Create a tent of foil over the turkey before returning to the oven.
  8. Continue to cook the turkey, basting every 45 minutes until the thermometer reaches 165°F degrees. Cooking time will vary with size of turkey (a good rule of thumb is 13 minutes per pound of turkey).
  9. Melt coconut oil for the glaze over medium/low heat, stir in the honey, turmeric, garlic, and sea salt until smooth. Use a basting brush to cover turkey with glaze. Return turkey to oven for 20 minutes, uncovered so that the glaze turns golden and sticky.
  10. After removing from the oven allow the turkey to rest for 20 minutes before carving and serving.
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Arthritis National Research Foundation

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