Spice up your holiday dinner this year with this Cajun Turkey & Roasted Vegetables! Made with JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Cajun Style Whole Turkey for an easy dinner that is full of cajun flavor.
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Let’s talk holiday traditions.
I love, love, love the holidays. It is a cozy time of year to spend with family and friends and the perfect way to celebrate the end of another year as we look ahead to a new year.
Every year my family hosts Christmas. We have been hosting it for at least my entire life. I don’t know a Christmas where I have to actually go anywhere. As a child, that was awesome — I could play with all my new toys ALL DAY LONG. I wouldn’t have to put everything aside to go to Christmas dinner. Now, I love it because I love spending the whole holiday at home with my family. Our family keeps the party going until the next day since we always have all of our cousins spend the night and have a lazy day-after Christmas hang out the whole day after. Some of us go shopping, others stay in and watch movies all day. We eat all the leftovers and enjoy even more time together… until we see each other again on New Years.
I can’t imagine a Christmas any different. Although, this Christmas is a bit bittersweet. It is our last Christmas in the only home I have lived in (besides when I have lived away at school and now). My parents are downsizing and moving into a condo and our putting the house up for sale within the next year. I am really happy for them because it is going to be a great new condo for them, but of course, it is a bit sad to know I will no longer be able to go back my childhood home. I have never lived in any other house, so I have accumulated quite a bit there, which I have been working on getting rid of a lot of stuff when I go visit home.
Luckily, my parents are still going to host Christmas even when they move, so despite this being our last Christmas at this home, I’ll still be able to stay in on Christmas all day long. 🙂
I am excited for Christmas break this year, especially since it will mark completing my first semester of teaching. This semester FLEW BY, and despite some really high highs and really low lows, I have loved it. Even the challenging moments. I know there will be plenty to come in the future, but I am excited to celebrate all that I have made it through so far.
Oh, and I am excited to get busy in the kitchen over Christmas break. I have been so uninspired in my apartment kitchen, so I am looking forward to being home and spending the days leading up to Christmas cooking and baking with my momma. <3 Yup, we are still having our annual baking day!
Speaking of cooking, I did get some inspiration to cook a few weekends ago when Jennie-O sent over their JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Cajun Style Whole Turkey for me to make a recipe with. I immediately knew I wanted to make an easy holiday dinner option to share with you all. We go all out for Christmas with a leg of lamb, ham, and a ton of sides. But we also host other family and friends over during the holidays. Having an easy dinner option that will WOW a crowd is just what this recipe delivers. Cajun turkey alongside roasted cajun vegetables… yup we are going there!
- 1 JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Cajun Style Whole Turkey
- 1 head Cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 1 Sweet Potato, chopped into ½ inch squares
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped into 1 inch squares
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped into 1 inch squares
- 1 Yellow Onion, sliced
- 1 Yellow Zucchini, sliced and quartered
- 6 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tsp Cajun Seasoning
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees farenheit.
- Cook JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Cajun Style Whole Turkey according to package directions.
- Combine all vegetables into a large mixing bowl and add Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Cajun Seasoning. Mix together until well combined.
- Place vegetables on a baking sheet pan. Spread out to ensure even roasting.
- When turkey has 45 minutes left of cooking, add baking sheet pan with vegetables into oven next to the turkey.
- When done, let turkey sit before carving and let vegetables sit before serving.
- Carve turkey and serve alongside vegetables.
- While I took pictures of the turkey and vegetables together, they were baked separately. Read the recipe instructions above to cook both.
- Feel free to sub in any other vegetables you enjoy!
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- What is your favorite holiday tradition?