Nutrition nugget: Coconut helps your body burn fat and it’s lower in calories then other fats. Plus, it promotes healthy blood-sugar levels and increases safety making you feel full longer. That’s great news for those with diabetes. No wonder we’re loco over coconut.

Makes 6 servings, 3 strips per serving

Marinade:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1-1/2 lbs (680 g) boneless skinless turkey breasts, cut into strips (about 1 x 4 inches)

Coating:

  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup dry unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp each salt, garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plum sauce
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1-1/2 tsp each yellow mustard and cornstarch
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Add turkey strips and (using your hands) toss to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or longer if possible).
  2. Meanwhile, place coconut and sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Cook until golden brown, stirring frequently. Be careful not to burn them. Transfer toasted coconut and sesame seeds to a small pie plate or shallow dish and let cool. Add bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Preheat sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a small pot. Cook over medium-low heat until sauce is bubly and has thickened. Keep warm.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 F. Working one piece at a time, shaking excess marinade from turkey strips and roll in crumb mixture. Make sure strips are well coated with crumbs. Place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining strips and coconut mixture. Spray tops of strips with a light coating of cooking spray. Bake on middle oven rack for 6 minutes. Turn to cook the other side. Spray other side with a light coating of cooking oil. Return to oven and bake about 4 more minutes, until coating is lightly browned and turkey is cooked through.
  5. Serve strips with warm dipping sauce. Enjoy!
  • 234 calories per 3 strips only, 55 calories per 2 tablespoons sauce
  • 6.8 g fat per 3 strips only, .2 g per 2 tablespoons sauce

– from the book, ‘The LooneySpoons Collection,’ by Janet and Greta Podleski

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