Recipe 1 – Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges

Ok so I promised I’d include some recipes along the way, and due to my all encompassing addiction to food – both eating and cooking it (and smelling it, dreaming about it, fantasising about it – you get the idea…) I predict that the recipes will be fairly frequent.

I mentioned my constant diet – sometimes I’m on one, the rest of the time I’m thinking I should be on one – well I’m going through an ‘on diet’ period right now. I tried Weightwatchers at the beginning of the year and it really worked for me but I fell off the wagon and surprise surprise, undid all of my hard work. Anyhoo, I’m back on it and hoping that by announcing this to my many (1 or 2) followers of this blog I will be more likely to stick to it rather than face the humiliation of failure ha!

So back to the point, and tonight’s recipe is healthy turkey burgers with sweet potato wedges.

(serves 2)

INGREDIENTS

250g turkey breast mince

1 small onion (diced and fried in Frylite spray)

2 tspns mixed herbs

1/2 chicken or vegetable stock cube

Couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Salt & pepper to taste

2 sesame seed rolls

2 medium sweet potatoes

Mix all ingredients (bar rolls & potatoes!) in a bowl then shape in to 2 large or 4 small burgers using your hands. They can then be fried, grilled or cooked in the oven. I tend not to fry when on a diet (although they are delicious cooked this way if you are fortunate enough not to have to watch your weight). My preferred cooking choice is to sear them in a griddle pan for flavour and those funky ‘flamegrilled’ markings, before popping them in the oven for about 10 mins on 200 Celsius to ensure they are cooked all the way through.

I serve them in sesame seed buns with salad and sometimes a homemade honey and mustard yogurt dressing. If you fancy trying the dressing yourself just mix together fat free plain yogurt, honey and wholegrain mustard. I can’t give exact ingredient quantities here as I kind of throw it together, tasting it as I go along until I like it!

I also often serve up some sweet potato wedges alongside. I generally use 1 medium sized sweet potato per person, cut in to wedge or chip shapes. Lay on a baking try and spray with frylite before popping them in the oven, again on about 200 Celsius for roughly 15 mins, or until soft (time will depend on the thickness of your wedges). For a bit of extra flavour and a kick (without the calories) sprinkle with Nandos Piri Piri shake – yum!

I’m aware that ideally I should include a photo of the finished dish. Unfortunately I didn’t actually think of that until I’d eaten it – oops!

Happy eating…

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