Stuffed Turkey Burgers

This is hands down one of my favorite recipes. Its a great alternative to a traditional beef burger.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey- I use 93% lean

about 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped

1 cup shredded provolone cheese

hot sauce for drizzling over the burgers at the end

salt

pepper

4 burger buns

 

Directions:

In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. In a large bowl, divide turkey into 4 patties and then divide the patties in half and flatten each half into a thin round. On four of the halves, add a few pieces of the chopped roasted red peppers and some of the cheese, being careful not to overstuff. Top with remaining four burger halves. Carefully, press down around the edges to seal the burgers. Season each side with salt and pepper. Add burgers to skillet and cook about 6-7 mins per side or until completely cooked through. Drizzle each burger with hot sauce and add some additional shredded cheese. Let set just a few seconds to melt the cheese.  Transfer burgers to buns and enjoy! I almost always serve these burgers with sweet potato fries. The sweetness in them really bring a balance to the slightly spicy burgers.

Source: Adapted from Ellie Krieger

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/stuffed-turkey-burgers-recipe/index.html

Italian Sausage Bake

Ive had this recipe saved for a little while. I found it on the blog, Fake Ginger. Ive made just a few small changes. The next time I make this, Ill probably add some bell peppers and some baby bella mushrooms. Feel free to experiment!
This meal is a great weeknight meal thats actually pretty figure friendly. It tastes like you’ve been cooking all day. It has a really rich, hearty flavor. The little garlic breads on top are a MUST!

Ingredients:

3/4 lb rotini pasta

1 lb italian turkey sausage, removed from casings

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

2 tbsp italian seasoning blend

1 ladle starchy cooking water from pasta

salt and pepper

1 cup shredded italian blend cheese

1 french baguette

3 tbsp butter

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp italian seasoning blend

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water heavily and cook pasta to al dente. Before you drain the pasta, be sure to reserve 1 cup of the starchy cooking water for sauce.

In large skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add turkey sausage, onion, and garlic cloves to pan and cook until turkey is fully cooked. Pour in tomato sauce and add in 2 tbsp italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and starchy cooking water. Stir to combine. Turn off heat. Add mozzarella to turkey mixture and stir. Drain pasta and add to sauce.

Spray 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour pasta and sauce into pan. Slice baguette into thin slices.

In small bowl, combine the butter, 2 cloves garlic, and 1 tsp italian seasoning. Spread garlic butter on each bread slice. Arrange on top of pasta. Bake 10 mins. 

Source: http://www.amanda.fakeginger.com

Thanksgiving Turkey

I look forward to Thanksgiving every year simply for the turkey! I use a brining kit called Gourmet Gobbler kit that includes brine, brining bag, and herb seasoning.

Sausage and Spinach Calzone

This thing is sooo good. Tastes like a really really really sinful pizza!!! It actually isnt too bad for you considering it has tons of spinach in it and is made with lean turkey sausage. If you like sausage pizza, you must try this!

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipes/kid-friendly-family-recipes/Go-Green-Giant-Calzone

Ingredients:

2 lb. baby spinach

8 oz. sweet italian turkey sausage

2 tbsp evoo

1 onion, chopped

12 oz. mozzarella- I used one bag of italian blend cheese

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

1 store bought pizza dough

1 1/2 cups marinara sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.

Bring 1/4 cup water to a boil in large skillet.Add half the spinach and wilt. Remove from pan and drain. Repeat with remaining spinach. Cool and squeeze out as much water as possible. Coarsely chop and add to large bowl.

In same skillet, heat evoo. Cook sausage until brown. Add onions and cook until soft. Transfer to bowl with spinach. Stir in cheese and season with pepper and salt.

Grease cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Stretch out dough to 10×15 rectangle. Mound sausage mixture lengthwise down center of pizza dough leaving 1 in. border on short ends. Fold 1 in. edges toward center then fold each long side over filling. Flip seam side down. Drizzle with evoo. Cut a few small vents in top. Bake 30 mins. Serve with marinara.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

I needed to make a quick meal and had some ground turkey in the fridge so I decided to make spaghetti and meatballs. There are several variations of meatball recipes so I just threw in what I had on hand.  These are very good and pretty figure friendly.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground turkey

1 jar spaghetti sauce- I used Ragu Organic

1 lb. spaghetti

1 small onion, finely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1/3-1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp dried oregano

salt and pepper

evoo

Directions:

In large saucepot, bring water to a boil, enough to cover spaghetti. Heat 2 tbsp evoo in skillet over med. heat. In large bowl combine turkey, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, dried herbs, and salt and pepper. Combine.  Roll into balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Add meatballs to skillet. Cook about 4 mins per side, turning a few times. Once browned, add pasta sauce and simmer 15-20 mins.

While meatballs and sauce are simmering, salt the boiling water and drop pasta. Cook about 7-9 mins or until al dente. Drain.

Serve big mound of spaghetti with a few meatballs and some sauce. Top with some grated parm cheese!

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Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Turkey Burgers

Ill be the first to admit, this is a weird combo. I love blueberries but never even considered using them in anything other than a cobbler or muffins. This turned out really delicious though. I served these burgers on ciabatta rolls with brie cheese. Jeremy cut up some sweet potatoes so we also had some sweet potato wedges that were drizzled with evoo and sprinkled with salt and pepper. The bbq sauce recipe comes from a Cooking Light cookbook. Changes are noted.

Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Sauce-

Ingredients:

2 cups blueberries

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp ketchup

3 tbsp sugar- I used brown sugar

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp salt

I also added about 2 tbsp of molasses and 1/4 cup water

Directions:

Place all ingredients in med. saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 10 mins or until blueberries are broken down and slightly thick. Remove from heat. Pour into a blender and process until smooth.

 

Turkey Burgers-

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup italian parsley, roughly chopped

salt and pepper

Directions-

Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in large skillet over med-high heat. Combine all ingredients together in large bowl being careful not to overmix.  Divide into 4 equal portions and form into patties. Fry about 8 mins per side or until thoroughly cooked through. During the last min of cooking, top with some brie cheese.

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Thai Burgers

I love burgers. I mean I reallllllllllly love burgers. These were very flavorful and filling. No bun needed! The sauce would be really good also tossed with some pasta! Try these, you wont regret it.

http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/thai-burgers/

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