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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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BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Turkey Burger Spaghetti Bowl

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Friday’s Favorites: Protein-Packed Finds – Part Two

Friday’s Favorites: Protein-Packed Finds – Part Two

Are you ready for round two?

Last week’s installment of Friday’s Finds, which focused on the essential nutrient, proved to be insanely popular, so I hunted down more protein-packed meals and products. However, this edition includes one thing its predecessor did not – meat products.

Enjoy! 🙂

Bubba Burger Turkey Burger

As you might have read, one of these lean patties made an appearance Wednesday on a bed of spaghetti, tomato sauce and sauteed veggies in my Turkey Burger Spaghetti Bowl.

Each burger provides five grams of fat and 25 grams of protein for only 160 calories. The patties are pretty plain and taste like . . . turkey, but a little seasoning and good toppings go a long way to pump up the flavor.


Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein – Chocolate

My EAS Lean 15 Vanilla Cream Protein Powder is pretty tasty, but how could I not try a chocolate variety as well?

Body Fortress’ chocolate powder has slightly different nutritional stats, but it‘s pretty similar to the EAS brand. One scoop of this chocolate powder packs 15 grams of protein in each 85-calorie scoop. Two scoops of the EAS vanilla cream flavor provides 15 grams of protein for 100 calories.

The chocolate flavor isn’t as creamy but doesn’t taste chalky. Not to mention, it’s cheaper than every other brand I looked at in Walmart, which sells all protein powders for a lot less than its competitors. A two-pound tub cost me about $14.

P.S. I can’t wait to try this and that flavor. Let’s see how long I can last before I buy this variety too. Any bets?

Trader Joe’s Smoked Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage


I know this is a horrible picture. I threw away the pretty part of the packaging, so bear with me and my one remaining icy link. 🙂

I’m currently headoverheels in love with these links! Consider this sausage the hot dog’s sophisticated cousinrich and smoky with a bit more class due to the hint of chardonnay and apple.

Each sausage provides 16 grams of protein and six grams of fat for 140 calories. Slice a few links and saute with sliced red peppers and onions Use the mixture to replace the bacon and scallions in this pasta dish, and you’ve really got a protein-packed meal.

Trust me- the perfectly paired flavor combinations in this dish will really make you feel like a chef; both you and your eaters will be full and happy. I completely forgot to take a picture of this meal, but it was so good that I doubt it will be long before I make it again.

That’s all the protein-packed finds I have for this week, but I’ll be back next week with additional ways to incorporate these products into different meals. Happy Friday! 🙂

Note: I was not compensated for reviewing the products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.

Questions: 

  1. What is your favorite brand/flavor of protein powder?
  2. How do you incorporate protein powder in meals/snacks other than shakes?

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Weekend Breakfast: Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Protein-Packed Overnight Oats in a Jar

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Of Possible Interest:

The Benefits of Protein – WebMD.com

Protein-Packed Lunch Recipes – Eating Well 

37 Protein-Packed Recipes to Keep You Full – Women’s Health
 

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.)

Related HGG Posts:

Easy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

 

Italian Style Hummus Crusted Chicken with Veggies 

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Of Possible Interest:

Garlic Chicken Pasta Bowl – Del Monte

Cheesy Turkey Burger Pasta Skillet – epicurious

Black Bean Pasta Bowl – ready set eat