Why is it that people only think to eat turkey around Thanksgiving? The pre-sliced deli variety is always in demand, but I think too few people take advantage of the bird's lean, flavorful meat that's available fresh year-round at the butcher counter. It's time to give the turkey some love, y'all. Boneless, skinless turkey breasts can be used in place of chicken, while ground turkey makes for a delicious alternative to beef burgers. Turkey sausage is leaner than the pork variety and fits wonderfully into a pot of smoky chili, like the one pictured above.

This 5-star recipe generates rave reviews each year, and we think you'll love it, too! A hearty, healthy meal like this one is just the thing your family needs to power through that exhausting holiday decorating. Or, if you're the type that puts the finishing touches on your Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, use the chili as fuel for gift-wrapping all those cyber deals you scored yesterday. Either way, this is a recipe you'll be making over and over (and not just during the holidays). Long live turkey![youtube