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Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers (4th of July Burger Recipe)

Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers (4th of July Burger Recipe)

I only have three things to say about these burgers.

Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers from Hungry Gator Gal

Juicy.

Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers from Hungry Gator Gal

Flavorful.

Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers from Hungry Gator Gal

And SUPER easy to make.

Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers from Hungry Gator Gal

Sounds like the perfect summer recipe to me.

Feel free to use the Fourth of July holiday and these burgers as an excuse to fire up your grill . . . or stove because, like me, you’re not exactly sure how to work a grill. 🙂

Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers

Makes 4 burgers

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (I used JENNIE-O Lean.)
  • Handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 large plum tomato, diced
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 dashes of salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette dressing ( I used Kraft Light Parmesan Asiago Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Optional ingredients:
    • One tablespoon olive oil (If cooking on the stove)
    • Buns or your favorite sandwich bread 
    • Cheese (I used Cracker Barrel’s Asiago slices.)
    • Lettuce (I used romaine.)
    • Onion
    • Trader Joe’s Basil Dijon Mustard <— PERFECT for this recipe. I bought mine during Christmas in a mustard variety pack, but you could easily make your own by adding some fresh, chopped basil to regular Dijon mustard. Here’s a picture:
Trader Joe's Basil Mustard

Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients except those listed under the “optional” list in a large bowl. 
  2. Mash ingredients together using your hands and form four large patties.
  3. If you’re using a stove, heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Once the oil is heated and spread around in the pan, place the burgers in the pan.
  5. Cook burgers for 7-10 minutes on one side or until golden-brown.
  6. Drain the liquid from the pan and flip the burgers.
  7. Cook burgers for an additional 7-10 minutes or until golden-brown.
  8. Serve with the optional toppings, if desired.

Question:

  1. What do you eat/cook more often in the summertime?

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Turkey Burger Spaghetti Bowl

Turkey Burger Spaghetti Bowl

The following picture is what I call a hot mess of a meal . . .

But then again, how is eating spaghetti fun if you don’t get sauce all over your face? And let’s not forget to dirty the counter, the bowl, and your clothes while we’re at it.

I feel somewhat silly telling you how to make spaghetti, but I’ve realized lately that some people’s brains don’t work the same way mine does.

A normal person looks into the freezer, sees a turkey burger and decides to eat it on a bun with ketchup, mustard, cheese, lettuce, etc. Some frozen french fries might also make an appearance. When I look into the freezer, I see a turkey burger and decide to eat it bunless with tomato sauce on a bed of spaghetti and sauteed veggies.

I know. I’m weird.

Anyway, this meal is quick, easy, cheap and complete according to My Plate standards. Whole grains? Check. Veggies? Check. Lean protein? You betcha.

Go ahead. Make a healthy mess, and enjoy every bite. 🙂

Turkey Burger Spaghetti Bowl

Serves One 

Difficulty: Some multitasking is involved, but it’s manageable.

 

Total Preparation and Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • One frozen turkey burger (I used a Bubba Burger, which provides five grams of fat and 25 grams of protein for only 160 calories.)
  • One ounce whole grain spaghetti (I used Barilla.)
  • One handful each of frozen broccoli, fresh spinach, sliced red pepper and diced onion)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs Dash Tomato Basil Garlic Seasoning Blend
  • A few dashes each of ground black pepper and Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Classico’s Tomato & Basil, which is low in sugar but full of flavor.)

Steps:

  1. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and bring to medium heat. Also bring about four cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, place your turkey burger in the skillet and cook for five minutes.
  3. While the first side of the burger is cooking, slice and dice the peppers and onion. 
  4. Flip the burger when the underside is golden-brown. Add all veggies to the pan and season with the spices.
  5. At this point, your water should be boiling. Add the pasta and cook for eight to nine minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. While the pasta is cooking, stir your veggies around in the pan to avoid burning.
  7. Your burger, veggies and pasta should finish cooking at about the same time. Drain the water from the pot and place spaghetti in a large bowl.
  8. Add your veggies and sauce. Stir until well-combined. Place ‘the turkey burger on top.
  9. Use your fork and knife to swirl and stab pasta, veggies and protein all into one bite!

Questions:

  1. Do you prefer pasta or spaghetti?
  2. Do you prefer tomato sauce or Alfredo sauce? (Fun fact: I’m all for team red sauce, but my dad is in love with all meals involving white sauce.)

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Italian Style Hummus Crusted Chicken with Veggies

Italian Style Hummus Crusted Chicken with Veggies

If you haven’t noticed, I like to put new twists on my favorite recipes.

I, unlike most people who stick to tried-and-true methods, always feel the urge to mess around in the kitchen to make a recipe better or simply use different ingredients. Just check out the five million ways I reinvent oatmeal almost every day.

With that said, it should be no surprise that I switched up my usual hummus crusted chicken recipe last night while cooking for the family. My spicy version was a big hit, but last night called for something different.

Italian Style Hummus Crusted Chicken with Veggies

Serves Six

Difficulty: Easy

Total Preparation and Cook Time: 50 minutes

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I wanted to impress but didn’t have the time or energy to cook after unpacking my bags from D.C. Luckily, this recipe was easy; I just threw the veggies in the pan, coated the chicken with hummus, and popped it all in the oven. After 40 minutes, I had my hands on a beautiful meal.

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The roasted red pepper hummus, parmesan cheese and italian spices lended a milder taste, but the chicken melted in our mouths just like the first time. (Thanks Oprah!)

Ingredients:

  • Two pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into six pieces
  • One 16-ounce bag frozen California style vegetables (mixture of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower)
  • Six ounces roasted red pepper hummus
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • One cup pasta sauce, any flavor
  • One tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • One tablespoon minced garlic
  • Mrs. Dash’s Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning blend
  • Pepper
  • Balsamic Vinegar

 

    Steps:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and coat a 9-by-13 inch pan with cooking spray.
    2. Place frozen veggies on the bottom of the pan (do not thaw).
    3. Drizzle the oil, balsamic vinegar and pasta sauce on the veggies. Evenly sprinkle the minced garlic on top and add a few dashes of pepper to the mix.
    4. Place chicken on top of veggies and use a spoon to spread one ounce of hummus on each piece.
    5. Coat each breast with a few dashes of the tomato basil garlic blend and pepper. Then, sprinkle parmesan on each slice.
    6. Place pan in the oven and bake uncovered for about 40 minutes or until the center of each slice is no longer pink.
    7. Serve and eat!
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    Questions:

    1. What’s your favorite hummus flavor?
    2. What’s your favorite recipe that can be easily prepared but looks like it took all day to make?

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