Thursday, July 28, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
PI Proud of myself for this one! I am not usually experimental in the kitchen...bit of a rule follower if you will, plus I don't want to screw up and waste food!
We have been clean eating and doing the 21 Day fix. Having a new baby, means meals have to be easy to make and eat, or I will often run out of time to eat at all. Turkey burgers have been my go to for lunches, because they can be made ahead of time for the entire week, and can easily be eaten while nursing if I have to.
Regular Turkey burgers have been fine, but I have been wanting something a little more fun and drool worthy. These Chipotle Turkey burgers are just that! My husband's coworkers have even asked him to bring one in for them to try, after smelling his at lunchtime.
This Turkey burger sneaks some greens and sweet potato in for added nutrition and has a great smokey chipotle kick to it. The amount of the chipotles in Adobe sauce I use, packs in some heat, so adjust accordingly to how spicy your taste buds are. It is yummy enough, that we look forward eating it each day for lunch the entire week.
Please note, this recipe is made to feed two adults for the whole week. Adjust it for less meals as needed.
Chipotle Turkey Burgers
3 pounds ground Turkey Meat
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 bag of Spinach
1 cup grated sweet potato, uncooked
Small can of chipotles in Adobo sauce
1 tsp Chipotle chili powder (optional for an extra kick)
1. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon on medium-low heat. Pour spinach into the pan, and sauté until the spinach is fully cooked. Remove from pan and Into a large mixing bowl and let cool.
2. Remove chipotle chili peppers from sauce, and finely chop. Add the sauce and chipotle chili peppers to the bowl of spinach. Use less peppers and sauce to reduce spice, or add chipotle chile powder if you prefer more heat.
3. Add grated, uncooked sweet potato and turkey meat to the mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
4. Form 10 patties. Preheat large frying pan with the remaining 1tablespoon Olive oil.
5. Cook patties, for 7-8 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.
We sometimes serve on hamburger rolls, but will also go bun free, depending on where our yellow container count is for the day. Top with sliced cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato if you like (and again, if containers allow!)
Did you try this out? Let me know how you liked it, and any changes you made!
Sunday, May 29, 2016
(A bit of creative writing, just for fun)
"I had that dream again." I told my roomate and best friend, Layla.
She stood by the sink of our suburbian town home, washing the frying pan she had used earlier to cook her omelette. Even completing simple tasks like this, on a Sunday and sans makeup, She looked like a model; tan skin, long legs, gorgeous dark brown hair, and a face plastic surgeons only dream of being able to recreate.
While I wasn't necessarily plain, I always felt that way standing next to her when we went out. Layla often told me she would take my bright blue eyes and naturally blonde hair in a heart beat, And While I would agree that those are probably my favorite features, I had to work harder to keep myself at a healthy weight, which these dreams werent helping.
From early childhood, I had occasionally had a reoccurring dream, which for some reason had been happening a lot more frequently these last few months. Whenever I awoke from them, I was always in front of the fridge, crying and binge eating things straight from the freezer. Ice cream, frozen chicken patties, green beans...you name it and I had stuffed my face full, while I was asleep.
"Again? I thought I had just bought a box of waffles..." she tried to joke, but quickly stopped once she saw my concerned face, "Sorry Lace. Was it still exactly the same or did anything change this time?"
"Same" I sighed
"Lacey, I know you said you didn't want to see a psychologist, but that's the third time this week. Maybe it would be a good idea to get some help from a professional." Layla advised
"I feel crazy enough as it is...I just can't bring myself to go see a shrink." I explained, for probably the hundredth time this month.
"Seeing a therapist doesn't make you weak; it means you're strong enough to ask for help and support when you need it. Honestly, I'm worried about you. This isn't normal and I'm kind of freaked out from seeing you dead asleep and gnawing on my frozen dinners. I just think maybe getting a perscription for a sleep aid or finding out why this keeps happening, can help it all stop." Layla had a look of concern on her face.
I know this whole ordeal hadn't been easy on her either, but I wanted to wait it out. This dream had come and gone ever since I could remember, usually with months in between. If I gave it enough time, I figured they would disappear again, and my nights would get back to normal.