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Twist-mas dinner

If you’re looking to keep your fitness goals on track over the winter, the festive season can be a tricky obstacle. While beating the temptation to gorge on goodies laying around the house is one thing, finding a balance you enjoy is another. 

Christmas dinner is a big issue. It may sound like a noble ambition to stick to the chicken and rice, but there’s no reason you can’t find a middle ground that’s festive and tasty. 

This recipe from Fresh Fitness Food is just the ticket; it’s a turkey ballotine with mixed veg and quinoa, which strikes a satisfying balance between all major macronutrient groups. 


  1. Start by dicing the onion and roughly chopping the thyme and parsley, then blend the three together with turkey mince. Transfer the mix to a flat surface and spread it out into a rectangular shape, 1cm thick. Roll into a short roll from there, roughly 4cm thick. 

  2. Use a mandolin to shave the courgette into ribbons, then season with salt. Wrap the courgette ribbons around the roll and place on a large piece of cling film. Carefully roll this up tightly, tying the ends up so it’s waterproof. 

  3. Steam the roll in a steamer or other similar device for 12 to 15 minutes, so the roll cooks through. In the meantime, mix all the other ingredients together in a large bowl with the cooked quinoa, and serve on a large plate or bowl. Sprinkle cherries on the top. 

  4. Take the roll out of the steamer and cut into three pieces. Remove cling film, serve rolls on the quinoa mix. Merry Christmas! 


(one serving)

  • 150g turkey mince

  • 150g quinoa (cooked) 

  • 10g onion (diced)

  • 1 courgette

  • 5g pomegranate seeds

  • 15g corn niblets

  • 15g red pepper (diced)

  • 15g yellow pepper (diced)

  • 20g fresh peas

  • 15g dried cherries

  • pinch of thyme

  • pinch of parsley

  • 1 tsp English mustard


Calories: 447

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Want more nutrition? Check out our recipe for quinoa and potato burgers.


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