Sunday, March 22, 2015

Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries!

 Okay so here we have two options for Turkey burgers! 
Both are a nice alternative to beef- leaner meat and a few less calories.

Sometimes we make a standard patty from ground turkey (mushed up with some spices of your choosing) and toss it on the grill. The only issue I have encountered with this is when the meat is frozen because it retains a lot of moisture and the patty will be too mushy and fall through the grill.

Good fun!

So I would suggest buying the same day or keeping it in the fridge to be used soon. 

Another good one is Taste of Home Shredded Turkey Sandwiches. (link to recipe below!)

Brought to you by the fantastic and convenient crock pot! I think the only difference from the recipe that I used was Apple Cider vinegar instead of white vinegar.
I also used a whole wheat hamburger bun instead of bread in order to cut back a little on the carb impact. Top it with a slice of cheese and condiments of your choosing for some delicious (and surprisingly moist) turkey!

Now for the important part.....

A delicious side of sweet potato fries!

First of all, I have made these a couple times and just recently discovered the difference between actual sweet potatoes and yams. They taste about the same, but I didn't know that sweet potatoes are actually white (unless its just a certain type?) and that yams are the orange ones! 

Le Yams.

Peel and slice into fry-like shapes.

It may be a little counter intuitive, but soaking them for a little bit first will actually help them bake a little more crispy. It helps removes the excess starch, and after you take them out and set them on a paper towel, it removes the moisture from the yam/ sweet potato.

Toss with some olive oil, salt, and pepper (this bowl shows whats left of my second batch that's why there is suddenly not as many!) and place on a foil lined cookie sheet. I bake them at about 350 for roughly 20 min. Check them at about ten minutes and turn the fries over so that it evenly bakes on the other side (otherwise one side will burn) if they need to get a little more crispy still put them back in the oven for 5 min increments until ready. But they will burn quick if you don't pay attention!

And my end result picture has already been ruined as they are being scooped off of the baking sheet and eaten. But they are delicious! Sweet potato fries are a healthier alternative to regular fries- sweet potatoes have less starch than regular potatoes and will be easier digested. They have fewer calories and don't allow the fat to stick to you as easily!