Turkey Cutlets or Tofu with Raspberry Chutney

by Joanne on February 22, 2010

First, the weekly plan.  After the event yesterday, I was surprised by the amount of energy I had this morning. My 30 minute run flew.  My 30 minutes of chest and biceps work with weights was a breeze. In fact, I was lifting heavier than I have in a long time.  Shane and I went for a bouncy, happy walk around the dark streets of Utica for 52 minutes. I felt so good!

It may have been that “oh so pleased with myself” feeling of accomplishment for doing something never tried before.  Maybe it was a good nights sleep or even good quality carbohydrates, protein, and fats in the past couple of days leading up to the event.  Foods for fuel. Whatever, it worked.

The plan for the week looks like this:

Monday=Done! 30 min. run + 30 min weights +50 min. walk
Tues: = 45 min. cross train + 30 min weights(legs) + 45 –50 min walk/jog
Wed: = 70 min. run (UGG!) + 20 min. weights (shoulders) + 30 – 35 min. walk
Thurs: = 30 min cross + 30 min. weights(back/tris) + 3 mile walk/jog
Fri: = MAYBE…13 mile run* This might occur on Sat. If I do the run on Sat., then it will be a 50 -60 min. walk.
Sat. = Depends on Friday.
Sunday = Rest.

Good Eats


This recipe is based on a recipe found in  Eating well magazine, page 31. “Turkey Cutlets with Rhubarb Chutney”.   I don’t like rhubarb and probably couldn’t get it at the store this time of year anyway.  I used raspberries.


Turkey Cutlets or Tofu with Raspberry Chutney

  • 2 TBS canola oil (divided)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger (or use 1/4 tsp ground)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper – divided
  • 4 Turkey cutlets (rinse and dry the cutlets) or 1 lb Firm Tofu.  The tofu should be drained and gently squeezed of moisture. Slice the tofu into 1/2” slices and pat the slices dry. 
  • salt to taste

Heat 1 TBS oil in a small pot on the stove over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 3 minutes.  Raise heat to medium high and add the raspberries, raisins, sugar, wine, ginger, and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Bring to a boil and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes.   Remove from heat and keep warm.


Salt and pepper (using the rest of the 1/4 tsp pepper) the turkey or tofu on both sides.  Heat the remaining 1 TBS oil in frying pan over medium high heat. 

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When hot, add protein and cook until browned on both sides or cooked through for the turkey (3 –4 min. per side depending on thickness of cutlet).

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Serve with chutney on top. 



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  • At 2010.02.23 07:00, Joanne said:

    Rhubarb is so tart that I have a feeling raspberries were a much better option! What a delicious topping for tofu and/or turkey. I love that sweet/sour of chutneys!

    Yay for having energy. That means you must be doing something right! Keep up the excelelnt work.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Soft Polenta with Mascarpone =-.

    • At 2010.02.23 10:28, Dawn Hutchins said:

      Both options look great! I wonder if I could do it with some of my tempeh burgers….
      .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Non Food Stress Relief? There is Such a Thing! =-.

      • At 2010.02.23 14:44, Lele said:

        I quit eating meat during Lent and I totally bypassed that recipe (sad as it made me) cause it had turkey, but making it with tofu is such a good idea! And it looks gorgeous!

        • At 2010.02.23 15:09, Nicole. RD said:

          Looks and sounds delicious!

          My body loves healthy fats in the diet. I feel so much better with good fats — almonds, healthy oils, nuts, seeds, etc.

          • At 2010.02.23 17:01, Kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

            I am still learning about which food work best for me for my workouts. Definitely it is different depending on what I am doing. For example I can eat more when I ride my bike versus running…..
            Have a good day!
            .-= Kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Good Eats =-.

            • At 2010.02.23 21:02, Pam (@ TotalHealthCounseling) said:

              The chutney looks yummy! We have tons of leftover turkey so I plan on using your chutney recipe this week 🙂 Love the pretty color too.

              • At 2010.02.24 08:34, Joanne said:

                Joanne: I feel the same about rhubarb. It is too tart for me, even in a sweet strawberry and rhubarb pie – I’ll just take the strawberries, please.

                Dawn: It would work great with tempeh.

                Lele: I loved it on the tofu.

                Kalli: The small amount of bike riding I’ve done does work better for me on a full stomach. In fact, Ted and I used to bike to breakfast then bike home. Felt great all the way.

                Pam: I’m sure you two will love it. Great job on the TotalHealthCoaching – hope that is the new name. It does sound great!

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