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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Mmmmm...Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burgers & Homemade French Fries

Although my familiy eats take out about once a week (usually Asian food or a Rotisserie chicken from the supermarket) I'm happy to report that we haven't eaten fast food at ALL this year (That’s 6 weeks already!).  This is one of my family’s favorite healthy meals but it tastes so good it feels like we are indulging. We usually make it on the weekends because it is a bit time consuming, but it is worth every satisfying, mouth-watering bite!

Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger
(Taken from Oprah)

-1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
-1/2 cup finely chopped celery
-3 Granny Smith apples, peeled & diced
-1/8 cup canola oil
-4 pounds ground turkey breast
-2 Tbsp. salt
-1 Tbsp. black pepper
-2 tsp. Tabasco® chipotle pepper sauce
-1 lemon, juiced & grated zest
-1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
-1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney, pureed

-Sauté the scallions, celery & apples in the canola 
oil until tender. Let cool.
-Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. 
-Add sautéed items & the remaining ingredients. 
-Shape into eight 8-ounce burgers. 
-Refrigerate for 2 hours.
-Season the turkey burgers with salt & pepper. 
-Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. 
-Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked.
- Let sit for 5 minutes.
-Serve on toasted bread with your favorite burger toppings. 
Add more Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney for some extra zing.

Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney

-1 Anjour pear, peeled & diced
-1/2 tsp. sea salt
-1 1/2 cups Major Grey's Chutney
-1/4 cup dried currants or raisins


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-Toss the diced pears with the cinnamon & salt. 
-Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

-Cool & mix with the chutney & currants or raisins. 

Healthy Homemade French Fries
(Taken from Zesty Cook)

-5 large roasting potatoes
-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
-Salt & Pepper to taste

-Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
-Peel (if preferred) & wash your potatoes.
 I like to leave the skin on because I'm a bit lazy.
-If you have a mandoline, use it to cut your potatoes. 
If not, use a knife and make sure to cut the potatoes 
even in size to ensure even cooking.
-Once sliced, place the potatoes in a bowl & 
cover with salt water.  Let them soak for at least 30 minutes. 
This makes the potatoes crisp up in the oven.
-Dry the potatoes well using paper towels. This is also a 
crucial step to make the fries crispy.
-Lay the potatoes on a parchment-paper lined tray. 
-Sprinkle lightly with olive oil, salt & pepper.
-Bake for 45 minutes, making sure to turn them 
periodically to ensure even browning.

Om-nom-nom-nom! Mmmmmm.... 

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