Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bleu Cheese Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers are one of my favorite things to make this time of year! They are a healthy alternative to the traditional greasy burger which we all know and love! ;) Here's what you will need to make them:
1 pkg of your favorite sliced mushrooms
1 lb. lean ground turkey
2 tsp.  worchestshire ( i know i spelled that wrong and i can't say it ha! ;) )
1/2 cup or more if you like of crumbled bleu cheese (get red fat if you can find it!!)
salt and pepper
whole wheat buns or whatever you prefer

These burgers go along way bc you are going to disguise the mushrooms in the turkey! brilliant right?? ;) I like to process my mushrooms until they are pretty ground up and small but you ca chop finely too- processing them makes them blend into the meat a lot better! So if you have a processor take the extra time for this step. So...

1. Process or chop the mushrooms FINELY
2. Mix into the ground turkey
3. Add the salt and pepper , worsch. sauce
4. mix in the bleu cheese with your hands if you don't mind gettin a little dirty here it works much better to use the best 2 mixing tools that  God gave us ;)
5. Now make this into 4 jumbo patties or 6 med sized. They MIGHT be a little loose if so no worries they will still taste good! ;) IF this happens pop them into the fridge for around 15-20 minutes to make a little firmer but this is not necessary...

Grill on med. heat for around 5-7 minutes per side (depending on the size of the burgers) DON'T GET EXCITED and FLIP them more than once! ;) They will fall apart! :) Cook until no longer pink in center-  Be sure to let them sit for a few minutes before biting into them- this seals in the juices and  keeps them from drying out. Serve with your favorite toppings! :) We like grilled onions, lettuce, tomato,  and light mayo. Enjoy!

Thai Basil Chicken

This dish was inspired by my new favorite past time.... Wait for it.... Pinterest!! ;) I had a bunch of basil leftover from something else I had made one week and my hubby asked me if I could try to make one of his favorite thai dishes which is thai basil chicken. I had no idea how easy it would be to make! It turned out really well if I do say so myself ! ;)Here's what you will need to make this dish.                                                                                   Ingredients for 4: 1 lb. Ground chicken, 1 tsp. sweet chili garlic sauce (in international isle ),  1 Cup basil + 1/2 cup RESERVED-(chopped), 3 cloves of minced garlic  ( i just use the jar of minced garlic), 1 small thai chili (if you prefer, you can use 1 jalapeno pepper diced small- take out the seeds if you don't like spicy!!) , 2 T fish sauce (inter. isle) ,  1 T oyster sauce (inter. isle), 1 T soy sauce, 1 tsp. vinegar, 1 /2-1 tsp. red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy you like it ! :) ) 1/2 med onion chopped.                                                                                        Process all ingredients except the ground chicken, onion, and ONE T of the  FISH SAUCE  in a  mini food processor- if you don't have one of these just chop the basil and jalapeno or thai chili finely and stir with a whisk.  Take the other tablespoon of the fish sauce and add to the ground chicken and mix in well- let sit for around 10 minutes to soak in. Then, saute the onion in 1 tsp. olive oil and half of the basil mixture until cooked  through and no longer pink. Finally, add the remainder of the basil mixture to the chicken and incorporate into the chicken. Sprinkle the reserved basil on top and Cook another 3 minutes and that's it! :) Serve over Basmati or Jasmine rice and Enjoy!