I love to cook and have found some of my favorite recipes in magazines and on web sites. Several years ago, I bought four huge three-ring binders, write-on tabbed dividers, and clear page covers to insert the recipes I've collected over the years and organize them for easy reference. One I came across this week that I hadn't made in a long time is a recipe for Asian Chicken Burgers with Wasabi Ketchup from the April 2006 issue of SHAPE Magazine (I told you I've been collecting recipes for several years!), that I thought I'd like to share with you today. It uses white ground turkey breast combined with Asian flavors and the spicy kick of wasabi ketchup. Give it a try!
Asian Chicken Burgers With Wasabi Ketchup
1 pound of white ground turkey
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or more if you love it)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon wasabi paste
1. In a large bowl, combine first 7 ingredients well. Shape into 4 patties.
2. Coat a large grill pan or griddle with cooking spray and set pan over medium heat. Cook burgers 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through.
3. Meanwhile, mix ketchup and wasabi paste in a small bowl.
4. Serve on a whole grain roll, lettuce wrap, or eat by itself topped with wasabi ketchup.
I've always loved Reuben sandwiches, but with all the buttery, cheesy, 1000 Island goodness, they aren't something I eat often. This recipe is for a turkey Reuben lettuce wrap that contains all the flavors of the Reuben sandwich, without being such a calorie-bomb.
Turkey Reuben Lettuce Wrap
1 large iceberg lettuce leaf
4 oz. Applegate Naturals Oven Roasted Turkey
1/4 to 1/2 cup Farmhouse Culture Sauerkraut (or your favorite brand of sauerkraut)
2 T Carla Hall's Soul Sauce (see recipe below)
1. Wash the lettuce leaf and pat dry
2. Add all the ingredients - turkey, sauerkraut, and soul sauce
3. Wrap up the sides of the lettuce leaf and enjoy!
Carla Hall's Soul Sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup mayonnaise (I use light mayo)
1/3 cup brown mustard
1/4 cup dill pickle relish
a splash (or 1T) Soy Sauce
Add all ingredients to a glass jar, cover and shake. This is delicious on sandwiches, chicken and burgers.
Taco night is a favorite in our house because we can all customize our meal to our particular tastes. I usually make a larger amount of the meat so we have leftovers for lunch or to freeze for a night when we don't have time to prepare a meal. Having healthy meals ready to eat in the freezer is a great way to avoid having to eat out on the run on those busy days.
For the meat:
1 quart (32 oz) Organic Beef Broth
2 - 3 pounds of Petite Teres Major, Tri-Tip or London Broil*
(*Full disclosure here - I prefer the Teres Major or Tri-Tip because they are a moister meat, however the day I cooked this and photographed it for the blog, my Whole Foods did not have grassfed Tri-Tip or Teres Major so the great folks at my local Whole Foods meat counter recommended I use London Broil. IF you use London Broil, it is a very lean meat so stab it many times with a fork before cooking it so the moisture from the cooking broth cooks into the meat retaining moisture.)
Place the meat in a crock pot and cover with the beef broth. Cook on low for 8 - 10 hours. When done, shred the meat using a fork.
After shredding the meat, add the following seasoning to the meat. I usually make a large batch of this seasoning and keep it in a jar in my pantry and use a couple tablespoons at a time, or to taste.
1 T ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
As you add the seasoning, add up to 3/4 cup of the broth used to cook the meat to moisten and distribute the seasoning throughout the meat.
1/2 small red onion, diced
4 ripe avocado, remove skin and seed
Salt and pepper to taste
3 - 4 T lime juice*
*Did you know that instead of purchasing fresh limes, you can purchase 100% organic lime juice in a bottle? It stays fresh in your refrigerator, tastes the same, and costs significantly less than purchasing fresh and is handy to have on hand when you need it.
Combine onion, avocado, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Use a potato masher to combine to your preferred texture. TIP: When storing leftover guacamole, keep it fresh by 1. placing plastic wrap directly on the guacamole so it keeps the air out and then covering the container with a lid, or 2. pour a thin layer of lime juice over the top of the guacamole to keep it from oxidizing.
Heat corn tortillas in a hot skillet until they start to blister or puff up.
For a quick dinner, serve the meat and guacamole with a fresh, store-bought salsa, and serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, and diced cilantro.
Thanks for visiting my page and seeing what I've been up to lately! As I introduce my new health and lifestyle coaching business, I want to give you a bit more background about how this business came about for me. There are several things I'm really passionate about in life, one being my family of course, but also great tasting, healthy food and feeling fabulous. Part of feeling fabulous is learning to slow down and take better care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. For many years I didn't do that. I was a frequent visitor to the drive-through, did a lot of emotional eating, never exercised, and said yes to everything that was asked of me and was driven by what I thought others expected of me and didn't want to disappoint those around me. Because of this way of thinking, food became my drug of choice to help me avoid the thoughts and realities that were causing me to feel so poorly. This also led to digestive issues, skin issues, and joint pain. After years of yo-yo dieting, and a visit to my doctor for a physical, I found out my cholesterol was high.
I began looking into what we ate and decided to eat only whole, clean foods, meaning unprocessed, real fruits and vegetables, good quality meats and other animal products (eggs, dairy). Sweets became "sometimes foods" for special occasions. I also took a hard look into what I was feeding my kids and took the same approach to what they ate and what I packed in their lunches. After a year of eating this way, my cholesterol dropped to a very healthy level, I learned what foods caused inflammation in my body and have learned to reduce or eliminate them, and we have been eating this way ever since. Am I "fixed"? No. I really love great tasting food and I believe in accountability when it comes to what you eat if you are a person who has a great passion for eating good food. Tracking (or journaling) what I eat helps keep me in check. I look at it like I look at my checkbook. I have to keep track of my spending, or it could get out of control. I am a big fan of checks and balances. I believe that keeping things in the dark allows us to live in denial, but when you shine a light on your struggles by admitting them and asking for help regularly -- from a friend, spouse, or health coach - it allows for better success to overcome them. I believe this is true for any struggle, not just those related to food.
I have learned to make healthy food taste great and make better choices which is key for my staying healthy. I have learned what foods are most nourishing for me, and through my training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I have also learned that the most nourishing foods can differ from one person to the next, and I want to help you find out how to best nourish your unique body. We all need to be nourished spiritually, physically through food and activity, and through healthy relationships and a satisfying career. I am passionate about coaching my clients to better self care, learning to slow down and think deeply, which leads to the ability to better care for and respect others, and finding joy in living your unique life.
If you are reading this and any of this resonates with you-- if you're feeling overwhelmed with all that is on your plate and could use help finding your balance; if you have been diagnosed with a food allergy or sensitivity and need help finding out how to eat healthy without those foods in your diet; if you eat emotionally and don't know how to stop; if you're struggling with how to get healthy and delicious meals planned, prepared and on the table that your family will eat; if you struggle with body image and self confidence; or if you want to learn how to incorporate healthier foods into your diet, a health coach can be a great mentor and guide to help you identify your goals and motivate and support you as you achieve them. I would like to be that coach for you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form on my contact page located on this site and I will be in touch to discuss how to begin your journey to real living health.