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Recipe: Asian Turkey Burgers with Avocado Tahini Dressing

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It was MY idea! Don’t let my husband fool you in to thinking it was his idea.  He simply said “let’s make turkey burgers”.  I was the one who came up with ALL the ingredients and therefore I am the creator of this masterpiece, and the ruler of all!

Just setting the record straight.

But that is the beauty of burgers! You can take a plain ‘ol hunk of meat and add a variety of delicious ingredients and prepare a delicious, juicy burger bursting with wonderful flavors for your taste buds to enjoy.  I was tossing up between an asian style or mexican style burger and I decided to go with my first instinct, especially since I had some cilantro and ginger hanging around.  mmmm mmm!

(apologies for lack of photos)

Asian Style Turkey Burgers

1 pound of ground lean turkey meat

1 tablespoon of ground ginger, fresh

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

2 teaspoons of fish sauce

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

juice of 1/2 a lime

dash of salt and pepper

Avocado Tahini Dressing (whats tahini? read at the bottom)

1/2 avocado, chopped

1 tablespoon of tahini

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro

1/4 inch of fresh ginger, cut into a few smaller pieces

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

juice of 1/2 a lime

1 tablespoon of olive oil

3 tablespoons of water, or until you reach desired consistency.  It shouldnt take a lot of water, so start with 3 tablespoons first.

1.  Add turkey meat, ginger, cilantro, chives, finely chopped jalapeno, salt, pepper, soy sauce and fish sauce to a large bowl and mix it all up.  You can use a fork to kinda fluff it all up- as along as it is all mixed nicely.  Divide the meat into four quarters and form each quarter into a round, plump burger.  

2.  Take a large fry pan and set the heat to medium to high setting, add desired cooking oil (I used coconut oil), let it heat up and then add your turkey burgers.  Each side should take about 6-7 minutes.  I highly recommend using a meat thermometer to determine if the burgers are cooked through.  (take burgers off from pan onto plate, stick meat thermometer in center of burger and allow it to reach 165 degrees F).

3.  While the turkey burgers are cooking (and your mouth is salivating :)), make the dressing.  I used this itty bitty food processor that is just the cutest thing ever, but do not let it fool you! It is very powerful… and loud! It scared the bejeezus out of me the first time I used it.  Anyways, enough about my mini food processor’s Napoleon complex, take all the ingredients listed for the dressing, add it to the food processor and blend until you reach desired consistency.

4.  prepare a delicious salad and use choice of salad dressing OR if you made enough avocado tahini dressing you can use it as the salad dressing as well!.  You can eat the burgers with choice of bread/burger buns or have it sans carbs and lay it on top of the salad.  Add a dollop of the avocado tahini dressing on top of the burger and enjoy.

IMG_1580I’m not tooting my own horn here (I’m TOTALLY tooting my own horn here!!) but these burgers were amazing!!! I felt like a genius.  The expression on my husband’s face did indeed confirm the party that just happened in my mouth.   They are so so tasty and I highly recommend you give this recipe a whirl soon.

Helpful hint:

I highly recommend the tahini in the dressing.  The sesame seed flavor really compliments the whole meal.

What’s tahini?

Tahini is sesame seed paste.  Before you go wrinkle your nose in disgust, realize that if you like hummus, you will like anything with tahini because hummus’s main ingredient is tahini.  It is a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fats, so all the more reason to include it in your diet.

What are some of your favorite burger recipes? please share! (just make sure its copyrighted so my husband doesn’t try to go and steal it hee hee).

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Rock-n-(Nori) Roll

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My love for sushi started at around age 14.  Like any beginner sushi eater, I started with the ever so safe “California Roll” and eventually became brave enough to try some beautiful creations that this wonderful cuisine has to offer.

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I’m still a little wary though.  I am coming out of the stage where I need massive amounts of rice with my sushi rolls, which is a relief because when I eat sushi I like to eat until I am the size of a roll myself.  The amount of rice I consume contributes to my new, lasting “roll” figure.  I also prefer to have avocado with nori rolls.  I just really love the flavor combo and felt that it was enough to make up for the decrease in rice I was going to use with my nori rolls.  Besides, we can all use a little avocado in our lives, considering how healthy avocados are.

avocado

This fruit is high in monounsaturated fatty acids as well as other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, fiber and potassium.  Look at all the health benefits avocados provide:  reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and even aids in blood sugar regulation thanks to the amounts of fiber and healthy fats.

Here is another reason to hit up your fave sushi spot tonight:  Nori, which is a type of seaweed, is super healthy.  There are many clinical studies on the health benefits of eating seaweed.  There are components in seaweed that “exhibit many beneficial biological activities such as:  anticancer, antiviral, anticoagulant and antioxidative acting properties.”  You will find that seaweed is also high in Iodine, which is important for thyroid function.

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Making my own sushi has allowed me to save some bucks on the days when I am really craving sushi but just don’t want to spend the money.  The sushi rolls I made are so easy and quick to make- feel free to add whatever your heart desires.  Here in Australia, they add chicken to sushi rolls.  Heck, my friends Amanda and Matt Terillo saw a kangaroo sushi roll while visiting us!   I was shocked, but then again, why not??!

Ingredients:

Nori sheets

Large can of tuna fish, packed in water preferably

mayonnaise, to your liking

2 celery stalks, chopped

lemon  juice of 1/2 lemon

1-2 carrots, julienne or thinly cut

1 – 1.5 cups brown rice, cooked

1 whole avocado, sliced

Tuna salad:

Mix tuna, celery, mayonnaise and lemon juice together.  Mix until it is all coated nicely with the mayo and has made a delicious tuna salad.

prep ingredients

Directions:

1.  Place nori sheet down on sushi rolling mat.  Add 1/4 cup brown rice and spread it across.  Make note that the rice isnt supposed to cover the entire sheet of nori, like typical sushi does.

2. At the end of the nori sheet, add some tuna salad along the edge.  Top it with some carrot, followed by 2-3 slices of avocado.  Roll the sushi the best way you know how.  Confession:  The first time I made sushi, I used a youtube video as a guide 😉 have no shame!

"Let's rock into a roll!"

“Let’s rock into a roll!”

3.  Use a sharp knife to cut the roll in half.  Add a side of soy sauce, wasabi, sweet chilli, whatever you like and…

4.  Stuff your face.

finished roll

I found that 3-4 halves was enough for me as a meal.

Tasty tips:

  • I used brown rice because it is high in fiber, vitamins and minerals compared to white rice.  
  • Dont have brown rice? Use your favorite grain or plant seed.  I think next time I will use quinoa!
  • Get creative and use other veggies such as cucumber, peppers, even sweet potato!
  • I would eat them within two days of making them.  So feel free to make a little extra and take to lunch the next day.  Just remember to store them in the fridge.
  • Don’t have access to a sushi rolling mat? Try wrapping a thin magazine with plastic wrap.  Place the nori sheet right on the magazine, place ingredients on the nori sheet and roll away.

Challenge yourself and try making some of your favorite sushi rolls, or even some of these rolls:

sushi roll

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Fun Fact: I can easily (and happily) eat this entire tray all by myself…

Hello, lover!

Hello, lover!

Yuuummmm! Enjoy!