Posts tagged ‘bbq’

August 3, 2011

Spinach Turkey Burgers

Last night I made my new favorite turkey burgers. My old favorites that I’ve made were buffalo turkey burgers and cranberry and feta turkey burgers . But now these spinach turkey burgers have won my heart! I didn’t exactly measure anything that went into the mix so I’m going to give it to you as estimates.

Spinach Turkey Burgers


  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • a handful of fresh parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp of thyme
  • sea salt
  • fresh grated black pepper
  • 1 package of frozen spinach, thawed and pressed with paper towels to remove excess liquid
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 roasted red peppers (i used TJ’s)
  • 4 slices of pepperjack cheese
  • BBQ sauce for topping (optional)
  • 4 Whole Wheat buns
  • Add ground turkey, thyme, parmigiano reggiano, garlic, sea salt and fresh black pepper to a large bowl

  • After spinach has been pressed and drained add to mixture

  • Mix well and form into 4 or 5 patties (Depending on size you want)

  • Heat grill pan and spray with non-stick spray
  • Add burgers to pan and grill on each side for about 7 minutes

  • Once burgers are fully cooked add sliced peppers

  • Top with a slice of cheese and make an aluminum foil tent over your pan so the cheese melts

  • Remove from grill and place on a toasted bun. Serve with sweet potato fries, zucchini fries or butternut squash fries
I love sneaking veggies into our main meal! I know Adam doesn’t mind eating spinach on the side but it’s better to knock it all out in one dish. If you know someone who wont eat spinach as a side dish this is a great way to incorporate it into their meal. I topped ours with a little bit of BBQ sauce and also dipped my fries in it 🙂
I’d choose this over a burger at a restaurant any day. Healthy, tasty and packed with veggies. Winner Winner Turkey Burger Dinner.

QUESTIONS: What’s your favorite burger/turkey burger combo??

June 14, 2011

Long Named Cookies

Ahh, yes…back to those cookies I whipped up after traumatizing myself on Sunday. Mini Vegan Oatmeal Blueberry and Carob Chip Cookies. We’re gonna have to think of a shorter name than that because I could’ve eaten two cookies by the time I was done telling you their name.

These cookies are healthy and miniature size…so it’s OK if you eat more than one. If you’re really stressed like me you could eat 4. And cookie dough, of course 🙂 Life’s too short to not lick the spoon!

Mini Vegan Oatmeal Blueberry and Carob Chip Cookies


  • 3/4 cup sucanat
  • 1/2 cup organic cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Ener-G egg replacer for two eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup vegan carob chips


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Beat the first three ingredients, then add the flour, baking soda, and salt and beat again.
  • Stir in the oats, then add the egg replacer.
  • Add dried blueberries and carob chips. Mix well.
  • Scoop with a rounded tablespoon and add each cookie to greased baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.






Since there is no added sugar, no oil and there is oatmeal and fruit I totally think this is breakfast acceptable. Am I right, or am I right?

Besides eating cookies for breakfast every morning I’ve been OBSESSED with having cereal. But not just one kind… I need combos. A little bit of everything 🙂

In this bowl: Cinnamon Cheerios, Kashi Honey Sunshine, Kashi Go Lean w/ more cinnamon & chia seeds with Unsweetened Original Almond Milk. De.Freaking.Licious.

Last night I came home to a surprise. My entire family was over for an impromptu BBQ. This is why I love summertime.

I ate my weight in pita chips before dinner… We had Red Hot Chili Pepper flavored by New York Style. I didn’t even know they made pita chips…but I can 96% guarantee I won’t buy another brand ever again. Oh.My.God. These taste like bbq fritos. I also dipped them in roasted red pepper hummus. I was a spicy pepper loving fool.

When it was time for dinner I wasn’t THAT hungry…But i needed a little more than pita chips to keep me full til the morning so I grabbed a thin sliced chicken breast, a piece of corn and a side salad (spinach, tomatoes, avocado).

My meal screams summmmmmmmmmmmmmmer. Yes, it talks.

I also skipped dessert and had a cup of watermelon instead

Fruit is NOT a dessert…unless its served in something warm… with a dollop of ice cream. And that’s final.

See ya tomorrow 🙂

QUESTIONS: Do you consider fruit as dessert? Can you think of another name for the Mini Vegan Oatmeal Blueberry and Carob Chip cookies?? Please and Thank you.