Tuesday, March 13, 2012

for the love of food...

I love to cook. I enjoy trying new recipes and in the last year I find it most satisfying to make good healthy meals. I enjoy tweaking recipes to make them healthy. I know I have said it before but my girl over at Iowa Girl Eats is the Queen of the kitchen and my heart... she has never failed me. And when I saw her post Thai Turkey Burgers I knew it was something I had to try. I changed a few things and at 350 calories (including the thin burger buns) and 10 grams of fat and 40 grams of protein these are AMAZING. The Peanut sauce will win you over every time!!

Lets get this party started.
2lbs fat free lean ground turkey breast
1 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup shredded broccoli
I had some red pepper to use up so I chopped that up and threw it in the bowl
3 Tbsp Cilantro (for the haters I would recommend maybe basil)
3 green onion chopped up
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Throw that all in a bowl and use your fingers to mix well.

Then you want to make the peanut sauce sent to us strait from heaven

3 Tbsp smooth peanut butter - I used 2 Tbsp crunchy all natural and 1 Tbsp smooth
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar (her recipe calls for rice wine vinegar - I don't really like it)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp water
1 clove garlic
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp chilli garlic sauce (like siracha)
1 tsp honey
A thumb size fresh piece of ginger

Zing that up in a food processor or I like to do mine in my magic bullet cause it's just so easy. Now that I have made these I would double the peanut sauce recipe (heck even triple it) you can use it on so many things... think broccoli slaw for a fresh salad or on chicken.. or on your fingers...

Reserve 3 Tbsp for adding to your finished burgers and add the rest to your burgers and mix.
Form patties. I got 5 patties and still had some left over. I put it in the fridge to cook up for an easy lunch tomorrow.

Heat a large skillet over med-high heat and cook for 4 minutes on each side or until they are no longer pink inside. I'd suggest using a skillet as opposed to the BBQ only cause these are quite wet and I imagine they would slip through the grates.

Place a burger patty up on toasted PC thin whole grain buns, top with a couple tsps of the reserved peanut sauce. Add spinach and serve. I served this with steamed broccoli and it was SO good.. a bit on the spicy side so keep that in mind if serving it to kids. .mine however requested sweet chili sauce on top so I think we're ok... Did I mention only 350 cal!!

5 plus stars.. these were so tasty and so easy to make! Eating healthy never tasted so good! Enjoy.


Stacey said...

Mmmm.. that looks good! I've never bought ground turkey before though.

kelly ens said...

YUM!!!! i haven't ever bought ground turkey before either...there's a first time for everything, right? :) Love iowa girl eats!

Holly said...

fun thanks for sharing! i still have some of the peanut sauce left over from the pad thai recipe you posted awhile ago...how i know what to do with it!