Greek Style Turkey Burger Recipe

This Greek Turkey Burger Recipe is an oldie but a goodie, because it’s been re-made without any artificial ingredients.

For quite some time, this recipe has been a family favorite.  Even when my kids were little, they loved the flavors and gobbled up as much as they could.   The recipe originally came from a cookbook you may already have on your shelf.

Unfortunately, the recipe calls for an envelope of Italian salad dressing mix, and I could not find any at the store that did not have some kind of mystery ingredient.  I’ve learned that even “Natural Flavoring” is not something I want in my food, because that often indicates MSG.  

Better Homes Cook Book

If you’re wondering why MSG isn’t good for you, I’d encourage you to study up on it more.  One simple way is to watch this video, by Russell Blaylock, M.D. The information is easy to understand, even for non-scientific types (like myself). It’s long, so I’d recommend putting it on while you’re doing busy work around the house. There are a few parts when you’ll want to look at the screen to see the charts he’s sharing, but for the most part, you can just listen.

Curious to read further? I’ve added his book to my “wish list” on Amazon. You can find the book here.

Now back to the turkey burger recipe.  It’s a little more complicated than in the cookbook, but it’s worth it, because it actually tastes much better when you make it this way.  It’s a multi-step process, as outlined here:

Step 1: Preparing the seasonings:

Ingredients

1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp celery salt
a few quick dashes of pure stevia powder
1 tsp sea salt

Instructions:

In a small bowl, mix all of the seasonings together.  Set aside 1/3 cup for the burgers and use the remaining seasons in the Greek Salsa.

Step 2: Make the Greek Salsa

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 Tsp extra light olive oil
Seasonings mix (all except the 1/3 cup set aside for the burgers)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled & chopped
1 small can chopped black olives (or use a larger can if you love olives)

Instructions:

In a small bowl, mix the oil, vinegar and seasonings together.

In a medium bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumbers and olives.  Pour in the dressing and mix well.  Set aside.

Step 3: Prepare the Burgers

Ingredients:

2 slices of sourdough bread, dried and crumbled (roughly 1/3 cup breadcrumbs) –
~ Look for sourdough bread that has just the basic, real food ingredients.  You can even make your own: here’s a delicious looking recipe!

1/3 cup onion, chopped finely
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp milk
1/3 cup seasoning mix
1 lb ground turkey
Crumbled Feta Cheese

Burger Instructions:

Mix all the burger ingredients (except for the Feta cheese) together and form into 4-6 patties, depending on your preferences.  Cook them up, either on the grill or stove and make sure the turkey is cooked completely.  According to Consumer Reports, turkey burgers should be cooked to at least 165° F.  A simple meat thermometer like this one should do the trick to make sure the meat is adequately cooked.

To serve the Greek Turkey Burgers, I like to put the burger on a bed of lettuce and add sliced tomatoes and onions in addition to the Greek Salsa.  Add the crumbled Feta on top. 

I also serve my family pita bread on the side (as shown in the picture), but I don’t think it adds anything to the meal.  The burgers with the Greek salsa and Feta cheese are so flavorful, you don’t need the added bread.  And that’s saying a LOT, because I love bread! But if you must add bread, like the sourdough, look for a good quality pita bread, or make some from scratch.

Greek Turkey Burger Recipe from WalkingInLightBlog.com

Trim Healthy Mama Foods in Pictures #2

Trim Healthy Mama, Crepes

I give you part 2 of photo-documenting some amazing Trim Healthy Mama foods that I enjoyed this week.  If you missed part 1, you can find it here.  As a reminder, these are photographs to provide a visual for the recipes in the Trim Healthy Mama book.  For the actual recipes, you’ll need a copy of the book.  It can be bought on Amazon here

1. Crepes. 

Trim Healthy Mama, Crepes

Oh my goodness. Crepes.  I can’t recall anyone talking about these on the THM FB group.  They are so good and super versatile.  And there’s nothing “diety” tasting about these, so my family will not balk at eating them.  In fact, the first time I tried them one of my kids was standing by gobbling them up before I could even finish cooking the whole batch. 

I’m showing sweet crepes here.  I filled the crepes with a little sweetened cream cheese with some lemon extract and sweetener (KAL) and then warmed some blueberries until they burst and poured them on top.  Oh yes, berry good. 

You can also make savory crepes.  No sweetener in the mix for these, and fill them with your favorite sandwich fillings. They will definitely hit the spot. 

Even though my crepe making skills are sorely lacking and I could never have been hired on as head crepe maker at the Magic Pan, it gets easier with a little practice.  I’ve been making them in a cast iron skillet, but I’d LOVE a crepe pan now!  Maybe one like this one…

 

 2. Chocolate Nut Slab. Trim Healthy Mama, Chocolate Nut Slab

Ok, let’s get serious.  This is about a slab of chocolate.   And this is good.  Oh, so very good.  Trim Healthy Mama has quite a few ways to satisfy your chocolate cravings, and so far, this is my favorite one.  Just a note of caution: this is not a meal.  Repeat that 3 times.  This is not a meal.  You need to know that, because you will want to eat a lot of it once you try it. 

One more warning that comes with the chocolate nut slab:  after you make it, check yourself in a mirror before going out in public, because you will likely have chocolate smeared on your face from licking the bowl clean.  Don’t ask me how I know.  Now go make some. 

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 3. Spicy Chicken Wings. Trim Healthy Mama, Spicy Chicken Wings

Winner winner chicken dinner.  I have no idea where that saying comes from, but perhaps it was made up after someone ate Buffalo Chicken Wings.  Do you like Buffalo wings?  Good!  Then you’ll like these, because that’s exactly what they are.  And yes, they are “on plan”.  Make ’em as mild or spicy as you like, and eat up.  Sorry the picture is so dull.  Perhaps a nice bowl of ranch dressing and some celery would have dressed it up more, but once my son smelled these cooking, there was no way he was going to wait around for me to photograph all that.  It was a quick shoot and serve situation.   

 

 4. Just Like Wheat Thins Crackers.

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Have you ever wanted to hug someone you’ve never met?  That’s how I feel about Pearl & Serene after trying these crackers.  I don’t think they should be called “Just Like Wheat Thins”, because they’re not.  They’re better.  Especially if you’re eating wheat/gluten free.  There’s no wheat or gluten at all in these, so I’d like to refer to them from now on as “Better than wheat thins because they taste great AND are wheat & gluten free crackers” (abbreviated BTWTBTTGAAWAGF crackers, to keep it simple)  I don’t see a career as a “recipe namer” anywhere in my future. 

Besides the name, there’s much to be said about these BTWTBTTGAAWAGF Crackers.  My first thought upon making them successfully was, “I actually made crackers, and they’re crunchy and tasty!”  I tend to have simple thoughts.  So back up to the “successful” part.  The first time I tried them, I didn’t roll them thin enough.  After that time, I did, and they were perfecto.  Yum.  Make these.  Eat these.  Be happy.

 

5. Sauerkraut. Trim Healthy Mama, Simple Sauerkraut

I’ll be straight-up honest with you on this one.  It scared me.  Not the making part.  It’s actually really easy.  It was the eating part that worried me.  Can I really eat food that just went through “that” process?  Well, I did, and I’m just fine.  And guess what it tasted like…?  Sauerkraut!!  Really good, non preservative filled, sauerkraut! 

So of course this native New Yorker decided that it would be great on a hot dog with some mustard, but I didn’t have any nitrate free dogs thawed out.  So I looked to my friend Google for more ideas, and you won’t believe what I found. 

On a forum post somewhere, someone had suggested that eating sauerkraut on a cracker with peanut butter was tasty.  And since I had some BTWTBTTGAAWAGF crackers ready to go, I tried it.  Ya know what?  It wasn’t all that bad!  I still think it would be better on a hot dog with mustard, but I enjoyed my little bizarre concoction just fine. 

If you have a special way you like to eat sauerkraut, by all means, leave a comment and let me know!

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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Every Spring we are inundated with oranges, so we squeeze a lot of fresh O.J. for the kids, and I often find myself enjoying a delicious orange creamsicle smoothie.  If I don’t use them up, the kids will use them to practice their juggling, and I’ll have orange juice all over the house. 

orange tree, california, fruit, orangesWe have an orange tree in our back yard, plus we have friends with trees who love to share. The difference is, our tree is really a bush.

You see, when we first purchased our little orange tree, we lovingly planted it in our backyard. Soon after we planted it, we adopted an adorable little Lab-mix puppy from the shelter. Well, that sweet puppy chewed on everything, as puppies do. And everything included our brand new orange tree. She turned our promising little tree into a sad stump. Literally. She chewed it down until it was nothing but about 10 inches of trunk sticking out of the ground.

Why we left it planted in the ground is beyond me.  It surely seemed hopeless, but then something wonderful started to happen.  Little buds started forming, and soon we were watching our tree come back from what we thought was certain death.  Now, a few years later, we have a little miniature orange tree that produces deliciously sweet oranges for us every year! You may not be able to tell from this picture, but our little orange bush is only about 4 feet tall. 

I really want a lemon tree and a lime tree.  I’m hoping if I bring those home, she’ll leave them alone.

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But let’s get back to the orange creamsicle smoothie.  It’s really good, and I believe one of the reasons I like it so much is because of the orange zest.  It gives it a little “zip”.  After it’s blended, there are still tiny pieces of orange zest in the smoothie, which I love. 
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Morning Sunshine Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

If you don't like cottage cheese in your smoothies, you can swap out the cottage cheese and add in a scoop of vanilla protein powder.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • stevia to taste
  • 10 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Zest one orange.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until the cottage cheese is smoothed out - no lumps should be left.
  3. Add ice (you can add more or less depending on your preference).
  4. If you'd like it thicker, add 1/2 tsp. of glucomannan powder.

http://debbielundphoto.com/blog/orange-creamsicle-smoothie/

Here are some links to help you out.  My favorite stevia, and glucomannan.  (These are affiliate links.  If you purchase through these links, I get a small percentage of the sale.)
 
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Strawberry Lemonade Slushie [THM FP]

Strawberry Lemonade Slushie, Trim Healthy Mama

Strawberry Lemonade Slushie ~ THM FP

I’ve been on a lemon kick lately.  And with the hot weather we’ve been having, lemonade with fresh squeezed lemon juice has been my go-to beverage.  But I decided to take it up a notch.  So I played around in the kitchen in an effort to make the perfect strawberry lemonade slushie.  In the past, my slushies always got too diluted once I added in the ice.  The flavor just wasn’t there.  But I think I’ve got the answer to that dilemma.  Read on to find out how to keep the flavor while keeping the slushie consistency. And deliciousness isn’t enough, to top it all off, it’s a THM FP recipe.  Strawberry Lemonade Slushie, Trim Healthy Mama, THM FP

The ingredients: a lemon, frozen strawberries, sweetener (pictured here in the lower spoon is Truvia), glucomannan powder (pictured in the upper spoon), water and ice.  

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If you’ve never heard of glucomannan, you’re not alone.  I found out about it when I read Trim Healthy Mama (which gets two thumbs up from me, by the way).  Glucomannan is a gluten free, wheat free, low carb, sugar free, pretty much tasteless (as far as I can tell) dietary fiber that comes from the root of the konjac plant. It works great as a thickener or emulsifier.  It’s not cheap, but one bag will last you forever.  Well, maybe not forever, but for a really, really long time.  

THM FP, Slushie, recipe, lemonade, photography

Adding the glucomannan to the slushie is the trick.  You don’t have to go overboard on the ice because the glucomannan gives an extra boost to the thickening.  I’ve made this numerous times now, because every time I make one for myself, one of my kids wants one. My blender is getting quite a workout.

Scroll to the bottom for the recipe.  I’d love to hear about your results!


Strawberry Lemonade Slushie
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. water
  2. 1 lemon
  3. 5 frozen strawberries
  4. 1/2 tsp. glucomannan powder
  5. Stevia or NuNaturals Nustevia Pure White Stevia Extract
  6. ice
Instructions
  1. Pour water into blender.
  2. Squeeze one lemon into blender.
  3. Put your lid on the blender and mix it up.
  4. Add frozen strawberries and chop.
  5. While blender is running, slowly add glucomannan powder.
  6. Let this sit for about 1-2 minutes. It will thicken up just a bit.
  7. Next, add ice cubes one at a time until the slush is to a consistency that you like. I add about 10-12 ice cubes to mine.
  8. Pour and enjoy!
Notes
  1. The measurements are all flexible. Play around to find the mix that is perfect for your taste.
  2. This slushy is a "FP" recipe if you're eating the THM way.
Debbie Lund Photography http://debbielundphoto.com/blog/
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