If turkey is part of your holiday menu, listen up. While turkey is an excellent choice of lean protein, not all parts of the turkey are equally healthy. And your preparation can also affect the healthiness of this holiday staple. The registered dietitians at Novant Health Heart & Vascular Institute have created a simple and delicious bird that highlights the turkey’s best attributes.    


Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Turkey Breast

Makes 14 servings (serving is 4 oz.)

1 bone-in turkey breast (6-7 pounds), skin removed

1 tbsp. olive oil

¼ cup minced fresh parsley

8 minced garlic cloves

4 tsp. grated lemon peel

2 tsp. salt-free lemon pepper seasoning

3/4 tsp salt

½ cup water

Combine all ingredients except turkey, oil and water to make seasoning. Rub turkey breast with oil and seasoning. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker and add water. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until tender.