Banh Mi Turkey Burgers

 

Banh Mi Turkey BurgersWe all get comfortable with our normal, or I know I do. My normal was a handful of dinner meals that I made on a routine basis. They are easy, need no recipe, and I always know my family will enjoy them. Finding new, healthy recipes can sometimes be a challenge. Not because I have little kids to please, but because Greg is so hard to please.

I had never heard of this burger until I was researching recipes. With the ingredient list, I knew it would was something we would enjoy, and it did not disappoint! We ate our burgers in lettuce wraps, but a whole wheat bun or English muffin would be a nice addition. The turkey burgers themselves have a ton of flavor, the pickled vegetables add a fantastic component, then top that off with the mild heat of the sriracha sauce, and it is terrific! This burger will most definitely be part of my new normal!

Banh Mi Turkey Burgers
 
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. 99% fat free ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 - 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Lettuce leaves or buns
  • PICKLED VEGETABLES:
  • ¼ c. sliced English cucumber
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 -2 radishes, grated
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • pinch granulated sugar
  • SRIRACHA SAUCE
  • ⅓ c. fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, gently mix turkey, fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cilantro, onions, and sesame oil. Cover bowl with plastic and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, mix the cucumber, carrot, and cilantro in a bowl. Add the lime juice, salt and sugar and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. To make sauce whisk the yogurt and Sriracha in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator. Divide into 4 sections and gently pat out the burgers. This will be a little messy. Gently place the burgers in the heated skillet and cook about 5 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  5. To assemble, place burger on lettuce leave or bun and top with Sriracha Sauce and a tablespoon or so or the pickled vegetables.
Notes
WW Freestyle Points = 1 point per serving

 

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Mexican Seasoning Blend

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We recently moved Savannah home again. She will be doing an internship in January, and it was impossible to find a six-month lease near the college. So, for six-months, she will make the daily drive to college.

I questioned how living together would be after she has been on her own for so long. I’m trying really hard to remember she’s not a child any longer. It is coming with some benefits also. She has become very independent…she doesn’t want me doing her laundry, and she has become an excellent cook!

Fajitas is a specialty of hers, and I am using every excuse I can think of to have her cook them often. Her secret is this awesome seasoning blend that she makes. I even seasoned a roast with it, and it was delicious.

Savannah does not have an exact measurement for the meat and veggies. To feed two people, she typically uses one to two boneless, skinless chicken breast, two green bell peppers, one large onion, and two to three Roma tomatoes.

Savannah seasons her meat with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Then saute’s it in a little oil until done. She then removes the meat from the skillet to saute green bell peppers and onions. Once the veggies are tender, add chopped Roma tomatoes and a heaping tablespoon of the fabulous seasoning, plus the juice of half a lime. Add the meat back to the skillet, stirring to combine and serve.

Try this tasty Mexican seasoning blend on burgers or grilled meats for extra wonderful flavor!

 

Mexican Seasoning Blend
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Store in a small jar.

 

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Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

 

Cheeseburger-Egg-Rolls

 

Whoop whoop…today is the day I have been looking forward to for weeks now!  I get my cast off today!!  Pure joy!!  I have been out of the house several times now, but always with an escort.  Getting down the stairs has been easiest for me.  I can hold onto the railing and hop down one footed.  Getting up the stairs has been a different ballgame.  For a couple of weeks, I felt that Greg or Wes needed to be here to help me up.  I recently figured out that I could crawl up the steps.  It’s not very comfortable on your knees, but sometimes we just have to do what we have to do.

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March 11, 2016
This was how my leg looked for about a week after surgery.

When the cast comes off today, I go into a boot.  I’ve never had one of those before so I’m not sure what to expect.  I know I can take it off to shower so no more showers with my leg hanging out of the door!  Oh, the little things we take for granted!  Dr. Spivey originally told me that I would wear the boot for four weeks, so hopefully that is still the case.

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This is the angle my foot has been in since surgery.

I am hoping that I will be able to walk well. I’ve been a little nervous since they told me at my last visit that walking would be slow and that I “might not even be able to walk out of the office” the day I get my cast off. Hmm…that’s not the news I wanted to hear. In situations like this, I always tend to think, in the back of my mind, that I’ll be the exception? I’ll be able to run out of the office today! I’ll be sure to update you on that! Either way, today I am closer to walking that I was on March 11th!

Today’s recipe for Cheeseburger Egg Rolls is a great little appetizer. They are so simple to make and are much more impressive than your run of the mill dip. Don’t get me wrong; I love a good dip. These turn heads, though. They are different, and you can make them with beef, turkey, or if you have a hunter in the house, venison. I mixed up mayo and stone ground mustard to serve as a dip. You can simply serve with mustard and ketchup if you prefer.

 

Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef, ground turkey, or ground venison
  • ½ medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 sliced American cheese
  • ½ c. diced dill pickles
  • 13 to 14 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 egg white
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Condiments of your choice, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.
Instructions
  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and the minced onions. Salute until onion is translucent.
  2. Add the ground meat and cook, stirring got break up as much as possible, until well done. Drain off any juices and spoon meat into a mixing bowl.
  3. Break up the cheese and add to the meat. Mix until all of the cheese has melted. Stir in the pickles, and salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Heat 1 to 1½-inches of vegetable oil in a skillet.
  5. While the oil heats, gently whisk the egg white in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. To roll the egg rolls, position the egg roll wrapper in front of you in a diamond shape. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the cheeseburger mixture, in a line off slightly off center, nearest corner near you, leaving about 1-inch on each side. Gently and carefully, fold the corner nearest you over the meat filling and tuck it under the filling. Using a pastry brush or your finger, lightly brush some of the egg white onto the wrappers edges. Fold in both sides of the wrapper, then roll the egg roll up.
  7. Fry egg rolls in batches until golden brown, turning as needed to brown on all sides. Remove to a paper-towel lines plate.
  8. Serve with condiments of your choice.

 

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