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Getting Back to School with Canadian Turkey (and a giveaway) - Outside The Box

Getting Back to School with Canadian Turkey (and a giveaway)

Getting Back to School with Canadian Turkey (and a giveaway)
Disclosure: This post/giveaway has been sponsored by Canadian Turkey.

Well here we are smack in the middle of August. It seems like it was just yesterday I was picking my daughter up from her last day of grade two. And then I blinked and the summer was more than half over. I admit I tried to deny it for a while, telling myself we have lots of time before it’s time to get back on that bus and head into grade three. But all my wishful thinking doesn’t make it so! Thankfully my daughter is actually excited to get back to school! We went out last week and picked up most of the things on her school supply list. We’ve gone shoe shopping (man their feet grow fast) and are starting to look at new back to school outfits. It’s coming so I might as well embrace it.

As busy as summer seems, fall, and back to school season is actually busier. Between work, and school, and homework, and all of the fall activities (like dance and sports) the days and evenings fill up fast. It can be hard to fit it all in. It can also be hard to do all the things we need to do to stay healthy. Things like getting enough sleep, watching stress levels and eating a healthy, balanced diet. And eating healthy can be a challenge when you’re busy. But if you plan ahead, and keep the right ingredients on hand it doesn’t have to be a big chore.

Whether you are planning a nutritious breakfast to start the day right, a protein packed lunch to keep going, or a delicious family dinner at the end of the day, Canadian Turkey is one ingredient that you should have on hand.  Turkey packs a big punch with each 100 gram serving providing 30 grams of quality lean protein. It’s also packed with nutrients like vitamin B12, selenium and zinc. And it’s so versatile that you can easily fit it into meals (or snacks) any time of day. Of course it also tastes great too and that’s pretty important when you’re dealing with picky eaters, and I think we all know at least one of those.

bbq turkey

So, as amazing as that looks, a busy school night might not allow you to prepare this amazing BBQ turkey. You might want to save that for the weekend. But, there are plenty of quick and easy turkey recipes that you can fit in to your week night meals. Like these Quick & Tasty Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders. They only take 15 minutes to prepare and and another 20 to cook so you can have a healthy delicious meal on the table in no time!

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Quick & Tasty Honey Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders
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  • 3 lbs. Canadian turkey tenders OR 3 lbs. Canadian turkey breast, sliced into tenders
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 3 tbsp. rosemary, chopped
  • ½ c. olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients to make the marinade.
  2. Season the turkey with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Combine tenders and marinade in a glass container.
  4. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours. At this point, you can store in the fridge up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 month. If using from frozen, defrost and then follow cooking directions.
  5. To cook, heat a non-stick frying pan or skillet to medium heat.
  6. Cook the tenders for 6-8 minutes per side, until lightly browned and cooked through. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your cuts, so use a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat to check for doneness, 165°F (74°C).
  7. Serve immediately.
Change up the marinade to create different flavours of tenders. You can freeze the tenders in the marinade to have a variety on hand for busy weeknights.


Spicy Peanut
Combine ½ c. peanut butter, 2 tbsp. sesame oil, 1 tbsp. thai chili, 2 tbsp. green onion, 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Orange Pepper Lime
1/3 c. orange juice, 1 tbsp. pepper, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, 2 tbps. garlic, 2 tbsp. lime

Sun-Dried Tomato and Herb
3 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 2 tbps. white wine

You can print this handy guide here!


1. Batch It!
Turkey is the perfect choice for batch cooking. Plan for recipes that are easy to scale and cook extra turkey to provide planned leftovers, so you can cook once and eat twice!


2. Get Healthy!
Turkey is a great source of protein, important minerals and nutrients.  Power-up your plate without having to compromise on flavour with this tasty ingredient.

3. Keep It Simple!
Turkey can be cooked ahead of time and freezes well, so you can have an easy meal on hand during rushed weeknights and busy weekends.

4. Versatility Plus!
Turkey adapts to all of your favourite flavour profiles and spice combinations, and with so many cuts to choose from you can find choices that please the whole family. Turkey is a delicious option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can serve it hot or cold, and it tastes great the next day, too!

5. Boost It!

Add turkey to your favourite dishes for an instant protein boost!  Salads, soups, pasta sauces and casseroles all benefit from the added nutrients turkey contributes.

Put Canadian turkey on your plate every day and feel good knowing that you are feeding your family healthy and nutritious food that will get everyone through their days filled with energy and good-for-you fuel!

Looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TOs?  Visit for all your cooking inspiration.  The recipe section is filled with delicious recipes for full meals, snacks, appetizers and kids favourites.  And there are WHOLE TURKEY AND TURKEY CUT HOW TOs that provide everything you need to know to get tasty, nutritious and versatile turkey on your table every day!

Enter to win!

Canadian Turkey wants to send you back to school with a little something extra. One lucky ready is going to win a $75 prepaid Visa gift card! To enter just use the form below. Good luck and happy back to school!


This article has 83 comments

  1. The Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese would become a favorite here.

  2. Turkey quesadillas are sure to be a hit here!

  3. The Grab and Go Turkey Muffins sound like they’d be perfect for on the go.

  4. TURKEY SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS is sure to become a favourite.

  5. The turkey lettuce wraps would be favourites!

  6. The turkey meatballs are already a hit in our family!

    Besos Sarah.

  7. The BAKED TURKEY CHEDDAR RANCH PULL-APART SLIDERS would be a hit with the grandchildren!

  8. My child will love the fried turkey!

  9. My family would love the TURKEY SWEET POTATO BURRITO.

  10. JERKY TURKEY MEATBALL SUB for me yummy

  11. The Turkey Burger Mac and Cheese is sure to be a new family favourite! Yum 🙂


  13. Turkey Quesadillas would be nice.

  14. I think my family would love the turkey burger mac and cheese

  15. BACKYARD BBQ’D TASTY CANADIAN TURKEY would be a perfect dish to share.


  17. Baked Turkey Cheddar Ranch Pull-Apart Sliders would be a hit in my house!

  18. Debbie White-Beattie
    Sunday 19 August 2018, 5:31 pm

    I know that Saucy Turkey Meatball Subs would be a big hit

  19. Quick & Tasty Honey Lemon Rosemary Turkey Tenders would become a favourite

  20. I think our family would love the piri piri.

  21. JERKY TURKEY MEATBALL SUB sounds like a fave!

  22. we would love the turkey burger mac n cheese


  24. I would love to try The Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese

  25. The The Turkey Burger Mac and Cheese sounds like a family fave.

  26. We enjoy Sloppy Joes made with beef, so we’d definitely enjoy the Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders

  27. The Turkey Lettuce Wraps would be a family favourite!

  28. The Turkey Lettuce Wraps would be a favourite. 

  29. I think my kids would like the Honey Garlic Turkey Casserole.

  30. I would love to try the TURKEY SWEET POTATO BURRITO

  31. the turkey cheddar slide aparts

  32. My daughter loves lettuce wraps, so the turkey lettuce wraps would be ideal for her. 

  33. The turkey lettuce wraps would be a big hit at my house, my daughter loves any type!

  34. JERKY TURKEY MEATBALL SUB sounds really good!

  35. The CREAMY TURKEY STEW IN A BREAD BOWL would be a hit at our place.

  36. The Turkey Burger Mac N’ Cheese is one that will definitely become a family hit!

  37. I think my family will love the Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders

  38. We’d love the turkey sloppy joe sliders in my family.

  39. The Turkey Quesadillas look delicious!

  40. The SPANISH TURKEY SLOPPY JOSÉ would be a hit.

  41. The meatballs for sure!

  42. I think the Turkey Quesadillas would be a hit in my household.

  43. TURKEY SLOPPY JOE SLIDERS sounds delicious!

  44. The Turkey Bagel Burgers would be a hit with us.

  45. Shredded Turkey Tacos

  46. They all look delicious but I’d probably say the Turkey Quesadillas.

  47. My kids would like the Baked Turkey Cheddar Ranch Pull-Apart Sliders.

  48. We make Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders all the time! Thanks!

  49. The TURKEY BURGER MAC ‘N CHEESE is SURE to be a favourite!! 

  50. I think the TURKEY BURGER MAC ‘N CHEESE is going to be a family favorite!

  51. with my girl love for macaroni i know they would absolutely love the Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese

  52. The Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders seem awesome!

  53. Turkey Quesadillas for my kids!

  54. The Porcupine Meat Balls will be a favourite.

  55. Hands down the Baked Turkey Cheddar Ranch Pull-Apart Sliders would be a hit in our house!


    This turkey burger mac’n cheese would be a hit!

  57. I think my kids would enjoy the “Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders.”

  58. The turkey sloppy joe sliders look perfect for back-to-school time!

  59. The Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders would be a hit with my family

  60. My family especially the kids will sure fall in love with the turkey sloppy joe sliders.

  61. I would have to say those Turley Burgers will be a family fav for sure!

  62. The quesadillas or the sub look so good

  63. The PARTY TURKEY & CRANBERRY QUESADILLAS sound like they could become a family favourite.

  64. The EASY GRILLED SPATCHCOCK TURKEY, looks delicious and one that would be fast to grill up!

  65. The turkey lettuce wraps would be a hit in my house

  66. The turkey mac and cheese burger is sure to be a hit here! Thanks 

  67. Id like to try The Grab and Go Turkey Muffins

  68. turkey burger mac n cheese

  69. The turkey lettuce wraps would be our fave!

  70. Julie-Lynne McCann
    Sunday 26 August 2018, 10:59 am

    I know there are so many to choose from and they all look awesome, but I believe my family would love the Turkey Burger Mac ‘n Cheese

  71. the turkey quesadillas soun d delish

  72. I know that we will enjoy the Turkey sliders many times over. easy to prepare and freezable

  73. I can see the Tortilla Pizza Melt becoming a favourite

  74. We like the Mini Pizza Meatloaves.

  75. Mmm…Baked Turkey Cheddar Ranch Pull-Apart Sliders would definitely become a weeknight and lunchbox fave in my house!

  76. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)
    Tuesday 28 August 2018, 12:48 pm

    My kids would really like the Turkey Quesadillas.

  77. The Turkey quesadillas sound good

  78. TIGER TAILS !  So yummy ! So many great recipes though , i love changing it up ! 


  80. My family would sure love the BAKED TURKEY CHEDDAR RANCH PULL-APART SLIDERS.

  81. We would try the make ahead creamy turkey mac and cheese.

  82. The turkey burger mac n cheese is going to be a hit

  83. I think my girls would really enjoy the Grab and Go Turkey Muffins.

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