As for what has been On My Plate, I can tell you that my kitchen has been lonely. When Hubby and I weren't speed dialing for take-out, frozen pizza, blue box mac and cheese, and other convenience foods ruled. When I did venture away from ready to eat meals, I didn't put forth a lot of effort. Anything that didn't require thought, exertion, or a recipe landed On My Plate. I was a slug.
It is time to shake that poor menu plan and the crutch of convenience foods. It is time to make a change On My Plate for the better. I wouldn't want to shock my system, though. It has become accustomed to junk. I need to ease myself back into a healthier diet. I think that just a minor change can make a big difference in moving into a good direction with my food choices. I will start by changing out the ground beef of my burgers for the lower fat alternative of ground turkey. I can still savour a juicy and flavorful burger, and it isn't even really much more effort than dialing for a greasy cheeseburger from the bar.
Fajita Turkey Burgers
¼ cup tomatillo salsa
1 avocado, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
2 slices white bread
½ cup onions, finely chopped
½ cup red and green peppers, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fajita seasoning mix, divided
¼ teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 pound ground turkey
1 egg white
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted
Combine the tomatillo salsa, avocado, and cilantro in a small bowl; set aside.
Place bread slices in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1 cup.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and spray with nonstick spray.
Add onion and bell peppers; saute for 5 min or until tender.
Stir in 1/2 tsp fajita seasoning and 1/8 tsp salt. Cool.
Combine breadcrumbs, onion mixture, remaining 1 1/2 tsp fajita seasoning, remaining 1/8 tsp salt, tomato paste, turkey, and egg white in a large bowl.
Using damp hands, divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 3/4-inch thick patty.
Heat pan over medium heat and recoat with nonstick spray.
Add patties and cook for 4 min on each side or until done.
Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun, top with 1 1/2 Tbs of the salsa mixture and top half of the bun.