Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Trying to keep with the theme of healthy eating, I decided to makeover an old favourite. My boyfriend loves burgers and fries- and who doesn't? But unfortunately the regular fare is fatty and unhealthy. This is a delicious and nutritious substitute that got the approval of my beef-loving boyfriend.

Turkey Burgers And Sweet Potato Fries
Serves: 2-4

-1lb extra-lean ground turkey -heart healthy lean protein
~1/4 cup wheatgerm (start adding little by little, use more or less depending on how sticky it feels) high in plant sterols, much healthier than breadcrumbs, also adds fiber 
-1 egg
-seasonings: parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, salt and I also used some cajun seasoning- a dash or two each depending on preference
-1/4 cup finely shredded carrot -hidden veggies!

-2tbsp all purpose flour

1. Mix all ingredients except flour in bowl to combine. Form into 4 patties. Sprinkle patties with flour. 
2. Cook in a skillet over medium heat, flipping twice, until nicely browned, firm and an internal temp of 180*F (82*C). 

 After all the ingredients are well mixed

Just starting to brown them

-1- 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, (1 or 2 large potatoes) -1 serving equals OVER 400% your daily intake of vitamin A- a water soluble antioxidant!
-2 tbsp olive oil
-dash salt, nutmeg, cajun seasoning

 My boyfriend chopping up the sweet potatoes

They burned a bit on the edges, but still tasted great.
 I changed the recipe to avoid this from happening to you

1. Preheat oven to 400*F 
2. Peel and chop potatoes- cut them into nice fat wedges, I find they don't burn as easily and turn out much better. 
3. Drizzle olive oil and spices and toss to coat. 
4. Place in an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, turning after 10 and checking for"doneness" often nearing the end. 

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