Deconstructed Turkey Burgers
I am so happy to be able to share my first post with you all today! First, I want to share a little background on my nutrition philosophy. Like many people, I have had somewhat of a love hate relationship with food. I LOVE food so much, but some of my choices have either left me feeling sluggish or guilty. I have visited a ton of blogs, read books and experimented in the kitchen to figure out flavors and food combinations that leave me feeling full and satisfied without feeling like I am punishing myself with a strict diet. Luckily, I do not have any food allergies, but that does not mean my body reacts well to all food. I started approaching food with a clean eating mindset and I truly believe if you pay attention to what is in your food your tummy will thank you. I have found the best approach to allow me to live a healthy lifestyle is to not drastically cut out food groups. This means yes, I eat bread, sugar and dairy. The three groups that anyone who has ever gone on a diet will know are typically a huge NO NO. Now, this does not mean I go crazy and eat whatever I want from these groups. I've taken a lot of time to understand good versions of each and what works for my body. For example, sprouted bread in moderation can be a great replacement in your diet to gain the nutrients from whole grains, coconut sugar and real maple syrup can be added to enhance sweetness where needed and sheep/goat milk cheese are much easier on your stomach. Find what works for you, but I hope I am able to inspire you to try new things and show you healthy alternatives so you aren't depriving yourself of the food you love.
**I am not a nutritionist or doctor so if you are experience any health questions/issues or allergies please consult your doctor.
Now that you have a little background on how my journey got me here, its time to share one of my favorite recipes with you.
1lb ground turkey (makes four)
2 sweet potatoes
1 bag of lettuce of your choice
1/2 cup of pecans
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
Optional: shredded manchego cheese
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp of ghee
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the sweet potatoes and cut into cubes. Lightly toss with olive oil and bake on a pan for 20-30 minutes or until tender. While your sweet potatoes are roasting make four turkey patties and cook individually in a pan on the stove with ghee (6 min or until cooked through for each burger). Dice the onions and tomatoes and shred the cheese (optional).
For dressing: mix the olive oil, Dijon mustard and maple syrup and whisk until incorporated.
To construct your bowls start with a bowl of lettuce and add all toppings as you please. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy!☺️