Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Sneaky Healthy burger

Turkey Burgers with spinanch

2 cups spinach
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 tbsp butter
1 lb ground turkey
1 tbsp bread crumbs
1 egg (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

melt butter in saute pan on med heat and add shallots and garlic, cook till soft about 1-2 min. add spinach in and turn off heat, mix spinach with shallots and garlic and wilt. remove from heat and allow to cool about 3-5 mins. add spinach to food processor or blender and puree.
in med bowl mix egg, if using, bread crumbs, salt, pepper mix well (i use egg just to hold this mixture together and helps turkey hold it's shape better for cooking) add 2-3 teas of spinach into this mixture and then add turkey and begin to mix until incorporated. at this point you may add more spinach. form into 4 patties. if grilling cook 5-7 mins per side on low. or sear on stovetop in hot pan and finish in 325 oven for 4-5 mins.
add your favorite toppings, cheese and ketchup are the kids choice, but i top mine with sour cream, avocado, cheese, lettuce and tomato.
we use whole wheat buns too, just for a little more fiber in the diet.

as far as the spinach mixture, you can slip this into lots of recipes. mix into chili, taco meat, pasta sauce. double or triple recipe and store in 2-3 tbsp in freezer. this is also great mixed with olive oil and a little pasta water and served over pasta like a pesto sauce, grate on some parm cheese and you have a quick, healthy meal in minutes.

my kids are pretty good about fruits and veggies, but anytime i can add a little extra to their diet and please them with a food they love, i go for it.

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