That’s right. I’m here to get you healthy. Not like some demented personal trainer though, the kind that eats tuna out the can then washes it down with a protein shake as they tell you how many calories are in your chicken sambo. I’m like you. I love being healthy, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of everything else I want to do (everything awesome). Like have a beer before 12 (if I want), or order the Clark’s oily burger. So instead of telling you that you can’t eat awesome stuff, and that you now have to live off rice cakes and shavings of dried tune, sprinkled with almond dust, I’m going to point you in the direction of awesome meals that won’t kill you (or at least sound healthier so you don’t feel so bad). Today I’ve got Thai turkey burgers with broccoli coleslaw. My mouth juice is actually dripping onto my desk as I type this. Posting about burgers, or any food, during lunch, when I haven’t eaten was a bad idea. Anyway, I’m pretty sure you feel the same way about these.
Coleslaw, by the way, is my new favourit thing – with yogurt though, not tubs of mayo, but we’ll get into that another time. Here’s how to make the above (I added in notes when necessary in brackets).
1/2 cup of bread crumbs (you can use quinoa in place of the bread crumbs for an even healthier pattie)
1 lb of ground turkey or chicken
1 carrot, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teas ginger, grated
1 teas chili paste
2 tbs coriander, finely chopped
2 spring onions, finely diced (I leave these out – onions, unless cooked, do not appeal to me at all and I will fight you if you try make me eat them)
juice of 1 lime (limes are super tough to find, so use lemon if you must)
1 teas of lime zest (nice to have)
1 teas red curry powder (can substitute)
Salt and pepper
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat for 15 minutes.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Form ground turkey mixture into patties ( I got about 5 decent sized patties and one small one out of the lot). Grill for about 8 to 12 minutes, checking to make sure they are properly done before serving. Serve with broccoli coleslaw as a side or on top with toasted buns.
Broccoli Coleslaw Ingredients:
1 bag broccoli shredded
1/4 cup mayo
juice of 1 lime (as above)
bunch of coriander
1 tbsp chili paste
1 teas of sesame oil (nice to have)
salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes so that the flavors mingle before serving.
There you have it. You get to have your burger and eat it too, without feeling guilty. Just don’t wash it down with two slabs of chocolate and a week of series on the couch.