Healthy and delicious hamburgers for summer

Now I know most people would love a nice juicy beefy hamburger at a barbecue. Or, at any summer gathering, people would just expect anything grilled with all the “fixins.” Well, I thought of a healthy version of a delicious hamburger, and you won’t be missing any flavor with this version.

Turkey! I know, I know, you’re probably thinking “how can I sink my teeth into a turkey burger.” Well, adding certain flavors to the ground turkey will make such a difference. This burger will make your mouth water.

Ingredients

1 lb Ground turkey

Onions or scallions

Dried thyme

Dried rosemary

2 eggs

Light ranch dressing or light Mayo

Part skim mozzarella cheese

Flat leaf raw spinach

Thomas English muffins

Salt/pepper to taste

Pickles

Canola oil

How to make

Put the ground turkey in a bowl, add your seasonings: chop onions or scallions, (medium cut) thyme, rosemary,’salt and pepper. Add the eggs and combine/mix throughly.

This recipe yields about 4 hamburgers, so evenly separate you ground turkey into thick hamburger patties.

Heat up your grill pan with canola oil.

Brown both sides about two to three minutes, place cheese on top of hamburgers, then put in oven for 6 to 8 minutes to finish cooking through.

Toast the English muffins in a toaster.

Prepare your hamburgers like so: English muffin, turkey burger, raw spinach, pickles, ranch dressing.

You can substitute or add tomatoes or an egg to this recipe, but keep it healthy.

Delicious turkey burgers

Healthy & Hearty Winter/A Tasty, Healthy Lasagna

Low carb lasagna

So, I’ve be doing a 30 day challenge, and on the list of can’t have is: No potato chips, potatoes, ice cream, fried foods, fast food, chocolate, candy, donuts, juice or soda. Needless to say, I’ve had some great days, and some really weak days. I had to think about this for a moment, because I realized the foods I make are very carb and fried influenced. So I came up with a dish that is savory, low carb, but delicious.

Although my healthy lasagna has two types of delicious cheeses. I added less than an ounce to a serving.

Ingredients:

1 Eggplant

3/4 ounces Gruyere cheese (shredded)

3/4 ounces Gouda cheese (shredded)

Yields 6 (8 ounce) ramekins

Ingredients for bolognese:

Chop meat (80% lean)

Half a red onion (medium dice)

2/3 garlic (small dice)

1 jalapeño (small dice) clean out seeds, but leave a little white on the vein for some spice)

Basil (5 to 6 leaves)

Parsley (small dice) (save some for garnish)

Cilantro (small dice)

1 Jar of tomato sauce (go for it, if you want to make your own)

Adobo seasoning or salt & pepper to taste

2 packs of equal or Splenda or 2 Tbsp of sugar (I went for the sugar substitute)

How to make:

Slice the eggplant in medium cut slices, put to the side

In a pot, cook your chop meat all the way through.

Add the cut herbs, onions, garlic, jalapeños, and seasonings

Add tomato sauce

Let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Taste often to know if you need to add more ingredients.

Prepare to layer the ramekins with the bolognese sauce first, then layer on a slice of the eggplant, then the shredded cheeses, then the sauce. Repeat process, however, you’ll only be able to do about two layers.

After ramekins are filled, place them on a sheet tray and put in the oven on 325 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Once they’re done, sprinkle some leftover parsley and serve. 😁

I enjoyed making this dish. I hope you do too!