This recipe from Canadian Living is quick, spicy and delicious. Make chicken meatballs and bake. Meanwhile, cook onion, garlic, ginger and spices in melted butter. Add cream, broth and passata and bring to a boil. Add cooked meatballs to sauce and cook for a few minutes to heat them through. Serve with chopped cilantro and naan bread.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Check the spices to make sure they don’t contain colour or anti-caking agents. Use butter that contains only cream, no colour. I used Better Than Bouillon for the stock, Paese Mio passata and Suraj naan—all are additive-free.

Bake the chicken meatballs

Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce to heat through

Serve meatballs and sauce with rice and naan

Ingredients:

Meatballs

1 lb (454 g) ground chicken

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh ginger

1 tsp (5 ml) chili powder

Salt and pepper

Sauce

3 tbsp (45 ml) unsalted butter or ghee

½ small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh ginger

1 tbsp (15 ml) curry powder

1 ½ tsp (7.5 ml) ground cumin

1 tsp (5 ml) ground coriander

½ tsp (2.5 ml) chili powder

1 ¼ cup (312 ml) 35% whipping cream

1/3 cup (83 ml) chicken broth

1 cup (250 ml) passata

Salt and pepper

Chopped fresh cilantro

Naan bread (optional)

Preparation:

Meatballs

Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In bowl, mix chicken with garlic, ginger and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper. Using hands, form 12 meatballs; place 2 inches (5 cm) apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake until meatballs are cooked, about 15-20 minutes.

Sauce

Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add curry powder, cumin, coriander and chili powder; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Stir in cream, broth and passata. Bring to boil; cook, stirring often, until sauce has thickened slightly, 3 to 5 minutes Add meatballs; cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with naan bread if desired. Serves 4.

From Canadian Living

This delicious recipe from NYT Cooking is a hearty one-pot meal that is ready in less than an hour. Brown sausage meat, add tomatoes and simmer. Add dry pasta, water and fresh mozzarella. Top with more mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan. Bake for about 25 minutes, run under the broiler for a minute or two to brown the cheese, top with fresh basil and serve.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I used Free From hot Italian sausages, Blue Menu whole tomatoes, Mutti strained tomatoes and Tre Stelle mozzarella and ricotta. All are additive-free. Check the dried spices to make sure they don’t contain colour or anti-caking agents. Genuine Parmesan is free of additives – look for the name stamped on the rind.

Brown the sausage meat

Stir in tomatoes and bay leaves

Stir in pasta and water, fold in mozzarella, top with remaining mozzarella, the ricotta and Parmesan and bake

Broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese, top with fresh basil and serve

Ingredients:

¾ pound (340 g) bulk hot or mild Italian sausage (pork, chicken or turkey)

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried oregano

½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) fennel seeds, coarsely crushed

Pinch of red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving (optional)

1 (28-ounce/796-ml) can whole peeled tomatoes with their juices

1 (14-ounce/398 ml) can crushed or strained tomatoes

2 bay leaves

Kosher salt

12 ounces (340 g) dried pasta, such as small shells, farfalle or other shaped pasta

8 ounces (227 g) fresh mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces

6 ounces (170 g) whole-milk ricotta (about ¾ cup/180 ml)

⅓ cup (83 ml) grated Parmesan

¼ cup (60 ml) basil leaves

Black pepper, for serving

Preparation:

Heat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C). Heat oil in a 12-inch (30-cm) ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Crumble sausage into skillet, using a spoon to break it into small pieces. Cook until starting to brown, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic, oregano, fennel seeds and red-pepper flakes (if using), and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in whole tomatoes and their juice, using a spoon to break them up. Add crushed tomatoes, bay leaves and 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes to thicken slightly.

Stir in pasta and 1 cup (250 ml) water and return to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat, pluck out the bay leaves, and fold in about a third of the mozzarella.

Top pasta with remaining mozzarella and dollops of ricotta. Sprinkle with Parmesan, then transfer to oven. Bake until pasta is tender when poked with a fork, and cheese is bubbly and lightly golden, 18 to 22 minutes. (If you’d like a more deeply browned topping, run the pan under the broiler for 1 or 2 minutes.) Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Top with basil, plenty of black pepper, and more red-pepper flakes, if you like. Serves 4.

From NYT Cooking

This recipe from NYT Cooking is quick, easy and delicious. Brown chicken skin side down, flip, add sliced a sliced chile and continue cooking until the chicken in cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet. Off heat, add honey and vinegar to the chicken fat in the skillet and combine. Dress torn greens with some of the sauce and serve the rest over the chicken.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Use pure honey. Allen’s apple cider vinegar is additive-free.

Skillet hot honey chicken with hearty greens

Ingredients:

2 pounds (900 g) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (4 to 6 thighs)

Kosher salt and pepper

1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1 small hot chile, thinly sliced (such as jalapeño, Fresno or serrano), or to taste

1 large bunch or head of hearty greens, such as escarole, mustard greens or kale (about 6 ounces/170 g)

2 tablespoons (30 ml) honey

1 tablespoon (15 ml) apple cider vinegar

Preparation:

Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel, then season both sides with salt and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil into a large skillet, then add the chicken thighs skin side down.

Set over medium heat and cook, without moving them, until the skin is crisp and deep golden brown, about 15 minutes. If you can’t stand leaving the chicken untouched for this long, use your tongs to press the chicken down into the pan, which promotes even browning.

Flip the thighs over and swirl the chile into the rendered chicken fat. Cook until the meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, stem and tear the hearty greens into big bite-size pieces. In a big bowl, toss them with salt and pepper.

Transfer the chicken to serving plates, leaving the fat in the pan. Off the heat, stir the honey and vinegar into the fat until the honey’s melted and everything’s combined. Dress the greens with enough of the sauce to lightly coat, seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. (Feel free to eat the chile peppers or leave them behind.) Serve the chicken with the salad, spooning more sauce over the chicken and salad as desired. Serves 4.

From NYT Cooking

This recipe from Bon Appetit combines thinly sliced seared steak with gochujang, Korean hot pepper paste. Marinate the steak briefly before searing. Make a sauce with sesame seeds, garlic, gochujang, soy sauce, sesame oil, cider vinegar and sugar. Spoon half the sauce on a platter, top with thinly sliced steak and top that with the rest of the sauce. Serve with rice and lettuce leaves to use as wraps.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Gochujang usually contains preservatives, but I used O’Food brand, which is additive-free and available from Amazon.ca. Use tamari instead of soy sauce. I used Lee Kum Kee sesame oil and Allen’s apple cider vinegar.

Sear the steak

Make the sauce

Place sliced steak on top of sauce and top with more sauce and scallions

Serve with rice and lettuce to use as wraps

Ingredients:

2 1″- (2.54-cm-) thick boneless New York strip steaks (about 2 lb./900 g total)

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Diamond Crystal or 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) plus ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) Morton kosher salt

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) vegetable oil

3 Tbsp. (45 ml) sugar, divided

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) sesame seeds

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

¼ cup (60 ml) gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)

2 Tbsp. soy sauce, preferably low-sodium

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) toasted sesame oil

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) apple cider vinegar

6 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced

Flaky sea salt, cooked rice, and tender lettuce leaves (for serving)

Preparation:

Place the two New York strip steaks in a medium bowl; rub all over with salt, 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, and 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) sugar. Let sit at room temperature at least 15 minutes and up to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) sesame seeds in a dry medium heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat, tossing often, until evenly dark brown, 5–8 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and add 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped, gochujang, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, and remaining 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) sugar; whisk to combine.

Wipe out skillet and return to medium-high heat. When pan is very hot, cook steaks, turning every 2 minutes or so, until deeply browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 120 F (49 C)for medium-rare, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes.

Spoon half of gochujang sauce on a platter. Thinly slice steaks against the grain and arrange on platter. Drizzle remaining sauce over. Top with 6 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced, and sprinkle with a generous pinch of flaky sea salt. Serve with cooked rice and tender lettuce leaves alongside for making wraps. Serves 6.

From Bon Appetit

This is another great recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients Mediterranean. Pull the sausage meat out of its casing to make meatballs, brown them and set aside. Cook vegetables and tomatoes, add feta and meatballs and bake for about a half hour. Cook’s note: I used finely chopped fresh onion, carrot and celery instead of frozen.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I used Free From hot Italian sausages, Eden butter beans, Unico tomatoes and Krinos feta cheese. All are additive-free.

Remove sausage meat from casings and form into meatballs

Giant baked beans with sausage meatballs

Ingredients:

6 hot Italian sausages (1 lb/454 g)

12 oz (340 g) frozen or fresh chopped mixed onion, carrot and celery

1 x 24 oz (680 g) jar of giant butter beans or 2 x 15 oz (425 g) cans of butter beans

2 x 15 oz (425 g) cans of plum tomatoes

7 oz (200 g) feta cheese

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Place a large non-stick ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil. Pull the sausage meat out of the casings into rustic 1-inch (3-cm) balls and put straight into the pan. Brown all over for 3 minutes, then remove to a plate. Place the mixed veg in the pan and cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, then tip in the beans (juices and all). Scrunch in the tomatoes through clean hands, season with black pepper, then bring to the boil. Finely break up and stir through half the feta, dot in the sausage meatballs, then coarsely break the rest of the feta into chunks and scatter on top. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden, thick and bubbling away. Serve as is or with a hunk of fresh bread for dunking and mopping up the sauce. Serves 6.

From 5 Ingredients Mediterranean

This recipe from Epicurious.com is a fast and delicious way to prepare fish. Pan-fry the fish and then add garlic, olives and rosemary. Add orange juice and stir. Divide fish and radicchio among plates and spoon the warm vinaigrette over. Cook’s note: I used branzino fillets instead of black bass.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I used Jesse Tree kalamata olives, which are additive-free.

Fish with warm rosemary-olive vinaigrette

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil

4 4-5-ounce (113-141-g) black bass fillets, skin lightly scored

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons (45 ml) black oil-cured olives, pitted, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh rosemary leaves

½ cup (125 ml) fresh orange juice

1 small or ½ medium head radicchio, leaves torn into 1 ½-inch (3.8-cm) pieces (about 3 cups/750 ml)

Preparation:

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season fish with salt and pepper and cook, skin side down, until skin is golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Turn fish and add garlic, olives, and rosemary to skillet. Cook, stirring garlic, olives, and rosemary occasionally, until fish is opaque throughout, about 3 minutes.

Add orange juice to pan and swirl to combine. Divide radicchio and fish among plates and spoon warm vinaigrette over top. Serves 4.

From Epicurious.com

This recipe for Moo Goo Gai Pan from NYT Cooking rivals your favourite take-out version of the dish. Slice chicken breasts into strips and marinate briefly before browning and setting aside. Add the remaining ingredients in stages and stir fry them, return the chicken to the pan and add the sauce. Cook until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is cooked through and serve over rice. Cook’s note: I used snow peas instead of sugar snap peas and omitted the water chestnuts.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I have never been able to find additive-free oyster sauce, so I make my own by combining 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of tamari sauce with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of sugar and 3 teaspoons (15 ml) of cornstarch. I made chicken broth with Better Than Bouillon paste and used tamari instead of soy sauce. Lee Kum Kee sesame oil and M’Lord bamboo shoots are additive-free. I used Yoshi mirin instead of Shaoxing wine or sherry.

Moo Goo Gai Pan

Ingredients:

1 pound (454 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3 tablespoons (45 ml) oyster sauce

5 tablespoons (75 ml) neutral oil, plus more as needed

2 tablespoons (30 ml) cornstarch

1 cup (250 ml) low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon (15 ml) low-sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon (5 ml) granulated sugar

1 teaspoon (5 ml) toasted sesame oil

¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground white pepper (optional)

1 medium carrot, peeled and thinly sliced into coins

1 (2-inch/5-cm) piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into matchsticks

12 ounces (340 g) white button or shiitake mushrooms, or a mix, stemmed and sliced

4 ounces (113 g) sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved crosswise

1 (8-ounce/227 g) can sliced bamboo shoots, drained

1 (8-ounce/227 h) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

2 tablespoons (30 ml) Shaoxing wine, or dry Sherry

Steamed white rice, for serving

Preparation:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then cut crosswise into ¼ -inch- (0.6-cm) thick slices. Place in a medium bowl and add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water. Toss, sprinkle on 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cornstarch and toss again until each piece of chicken is fully coated. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes or up to 2 hours; refrigerate if marinating longer than 30 minutes, but bring to room temperature 15 minutes before cooking.

In a medium bowl, whisk ¾ cup (187 ml) chicken broth, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, white pepper (if using), the remaining 2 tablespoons (30 ml) oyster sauce and the remaining 1 tablespoon (5 ml) cornstarch until combined. Set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the oil in a wok or large (12-inch/30-cm) cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high. Once the oil starts shimmering, add the marinated chicken in an even layer, cooking in batches and adding more oil, if necessary. Cook until the edges of the chicken are slightly golden brown and the meat no longer sticks to the pan, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook until golden, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the oil, carrot and ginger to the wok. Cook, stirring occasionally, until ginger is golden brown, about 30 seconds. Stir in the mushrooms. Add the remaining ¼ (60 ml) cup chicken broth and toss until everything is well combined. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half. (This happens very quickly, about 30 seconds.) Add chicken and any reserved juices, sugar snap peas, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts, tossing until combined. Increase heat to high. Add Shaoxing wine and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

Reduce heat to medium. Whisk the reserved chicken broth mixture once more and add to the wok. Stir until everything is well combined, the sauce is slightly thickened and the chicken is fully cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve alongside steamed white rice. Serves 4.

From NYT Cooking

This one-pot meal from NYT Cooking combines chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, carrots, leeks and dates with spices, lemon, ginger, orange juice and dill. Marinate the chicken briefly while you chop and combine the sweet potatoes, carrots, dates and spices. Brown the chicken and set aside. Cook the leeks, then layer the chicken and vegetable mixture in the pot. Add orange juice and cook for 55-70 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro or dill before serving.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Check to spices to make sure they don’t contain colour or anti-caking agents. Parnoosh dates are additive-free.

Braised chicken thighs with sweet potatoes and dates

Ingredients:

2 ½ pounds (1.13 kg) boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 teaspoons (10 ml) kosher salt, more as needed

1 ½ teaspoons (7.5 ml) ground coriander

½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground cumin

½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) freshly ground black pepper

1 ¼ pounds (566 g) sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch (1.25-cm) chunks

1 pound (454 g) carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch (0.62-cm) thick coins

1 cup (250 ml) dates or prunes, diced (or substitute other dried fruit)

1 teaspoon (5 ml) finely grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon (5 ml) grated or minced fresh ginger (optional)

1 (2-inch-/5-cm-long) cinnamon stick

1 large pinch ground cayenne or red-pepper flakes

2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed

1 large leek, trimmed, halved lengthwise and sliced into half-moons

½ cup (125 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice

¾ cup (187.5 ml) chopped fresh cilantro or dill

Preparation:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine chicken thighs, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt, coriander, cumin and pepper, tossing well. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.

In another large bowl, add the sweet potato, carrot, dates or prunes, lemon zest, grated ginger if you like, cinnamon stick, cayenne and remaining 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt. Stir to combine.

In a 5- to 7-quart (5-7 litre) Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high. Add as many pieces of chicken as comfortably fit in the bottom of the pan without crowding and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to a plate as they brown. Repeat with remaining chicken, adding more oil as needed.

Add leeks, a pinch of salt and more olive oil to the pan if it looks dry. Sauté leeks until golden and tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

Place half of the chicken in 1 layer on top of the leeks. Top with half of the sweet potato mixture, spreading it out evenly over the chicken. Repeat layering with the remaining chicken and sweet potato mixture. Pour orange juice into the pan.

Cover pot and transfer to the oven. Braise, covered, until the chicken and vegetables are tender, for about 55 to 70 minutes, stirring the mixture after 30 minutes. Sprinkle with herbs and serve. Serves 6-8.

From NYT Cooking

This recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients Mediterranean stuffs roasted onions with a savoury mixture of sausage meat and feta. The stuffed onions cook with tomatoes and rice for a tasty one-pot meal.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I used President’s Choice Free From hot Italian sausages, Krinos feta and Blue Menu tomatoes.

Stuffed onions

Ingredients:

4 large onions, yellow, white or red

6 sausages (about 1 lb/454 g)

2 oz (57 g) feta cheese

1 14-oz (414 ml) can plum tomatoes

1 1/3 cups (333 ml) basmati rice

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 F (204 C). Peel the onions and halve widthways across the middle, then place in a large shallow casserole pan. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Drizzle over 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil, then roast for 30 minutes. Remove the sausage casings and squeeze the sausage meat into a bowl. Mix in most of the feta and set aside.

Transfer the cooked onions to a board. Carefully remove and coarsely chop the cores, then add just the chopped onion to the pan and place over medium heat. Scrunch in the tomatoes through clean hands and more in 1 can of water. Bring to a simmer, then add the rice and mix together well.

Separate the onions into rings and divide the sausage mixture among the rings. Arrange on top of the rice, squashing them right in. Drizzle with 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil, then roast for 20 minutes or until golden on top and the sausage and rice are cooked through. Crumble the remaining feta over and serve. Serves 4.

From 5 Ingredients Mediterranean

We enjoyed this Food and Drink recipe for turkey drumsticks so much at Thanksgiving we decided to reprise it for Christmas dinner. Brown the drumsticks and set aside in a roasting dish. Cook garlic for a few minutes and then add the wine and stock. Scatter herbs over the drumsticks, pour the stock overtop, cover the pan with foil and roast for two hours. Remove the foil and roast for another 45-55 minutes. Let the drumsticks rest on a platter while you strain the liquid. Melt butter in a saucepan and add flour. Whisk in 2 ½ cups (625 ml) of the liquid and cook for 5-7 minutes. Stir in honey and check seasoning. Pour half the sauce over the turkey and garnish with fresh herbs and figs. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I used a wine from Frogpond Farm that has a sulphite level below 10 parts per million. I used Better than Bouillon chicken paste for the stock. Use butter that does not contain colour, unbleached flour and pure honey.

Sear the drumsticks

Add fresh herbs and stock and roast the drumsticks

Serve with sauce and garnish with fresh herbs and figs

Ingredients:

6 turkey drumsticks, about 6 ½ lbs (2.94 kg) total

Salt to taste

1 tbsp (15 ml) vegetable oil

1 head garlic, cloves peeled, crushed

1 ½ cups (375 ml) dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc

3 cups (750 ml) no-salt-added turkey or chicken broth

3 large thyme sprigs, plus extra to garnish

2 large rosemary sprigs, plus extra to garnish

2 bay leaves

1 tsp (5 ml) black peppercorns

3 tbsp (45 ml) salted butter

2 tbsp (30 ml) all-purpose flour

1 tsp (5 ml) honey

6 ripe black figs, stems trimmed, quartered

Preparation:

Position rack in centre of oven. Preheat to 325°F (163°C).

Pat turkey dry with paper towel. Season with salt. Heat oil a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey, two drumsticks at a time. Cook, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a 12 x 16-inch (30 x 40-cm) roasting dish. Repeat with remaining turkey.

Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in wine. Cook, scraping up any browned bits, until reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in broth until warmed through, 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Scatter thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and peppercorns among turkey drumsticks in roasting pan. Pour broth mixture overtop, ensuring garlic is evenly distributed throughout. Cover tightly with foil, then transfer to centre of oven. Cook until turkey is just tender, about 2 hours. Carefully remove foil. Continue cooking until turkey is golden brown, 45 to 55 minutes.

Transfer drumsticks to a large platter. Cover loosely with foil. Carefully strain braising liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard solids. Transfer liquid to a large measuring pitcher. Skim and discard fat. Reserve 2 ½ cups (625 ml) liquid, saving rest for another use (like sauces, soups or even risotto).

To make sauce, melt butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in reserved liquid and continue cooking, until sauce is very lightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk in honey. Adjust seasoning, if needed.

Pour half of sauce over turkey. Scatter with figs. Garnish with thyme and rosemary sprigs. Serve immediately with remaining sauce on side. Serves 6.

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