• Kat D'Andrea

Pecorino + Thyme Turkey Burgers


Turkey breast mince is a lean protein, rich in the amino acid tryptophan. This helps the brain to produce serotonin, which regulates your mood ready for sleep. Turkey is a great dinner dish, favourable alongside some sweet potato fries. This meal would be a wonderful suggestion for the whole family as it helps encourage better sleep.

Home made burgers are fresh, have less artificial ingredients and is far more gentle on the digestion, which makes it a great healthy alternative to shop brought burgers. I find making burgers less time consuming, if I purchase enough meat to make a big batch and freeze some raw. They cook very well and last up to 6 months in the freezer. If you would like to do this, then simply double up the Ingredients below.



Perfect for:

Batch cooking ideas

Family cooking - for babies 8 month + (Do not add salt for the baby)

Makes - 5 burgers

Time: prep - 15 minutes

Cooking - 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 500g of turkey breast mince

  • 1 shallot - grated or finely chopped

  • 3 cloves of minced garlic

  • 40g of grated pecorino cheese

  • Handful of finely chopped coriander

  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme

  • ⅓ cup of breadcrumbs

  • 1 tsp each of cumin, paprika + cajun seasoning

  • 1 small lime + zest

Method:

  • In a blender, place all ingredients (without the meat and breadcrumbs) and blend gently for 30 seconds

  • Empty the turkey breast mince into a bowl + use a spoon to mix in your paste from blender. Mix until well combined

  • Add breadcrumbs to mixture and stir with a spoon

  • With one hand measure out the burgers, using a palm full, then use other hand to roll. Set aside.

  • Place in fridge for 5/10 minutes

  • Fry on a low heat for 8 minutes each side - ensure cooked all the way through

  • These can be frozen raw and eaten within six months.

Serve:

  • For lunch - on a bed of rocket or watercress, chopped radish, organic tomatoes. Add wholewheat couscous to dish and serve with sprinkled coriander, squeezed lime and a choice of sauce below

  • For Dinner - sweet potato fries sprinkled with paprika. Add raw tuscan kale salad as a side and choice of sauce below

  • Lunch or dinner - why not treat yourself to a wholemeal sesame bun, red onion, tomato, with some melted cheese of your choice and guacamole served alongside some rocket salad. You could even thinly slice a courgette and lightly fry and add that on top.



Sauces:

  • Homemade pesto - handful of basil, 2 tbsp of olive oil, half a lemon squeezed, handful of pine nuts, pinch of himalayan salt and pepper, blended up in a blender

  • Homemade mustard spice - 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil oil, 1 garlic clove crushed, 2 tbsp of mustard, dash of lemon juice, whisk and place in fridge to chill

  • Homemade avocado and yoghurt dressing. 1 mashed avocado, 2 tbsp of greek yoghurt and a squeeze of lime.

Turkey meatballs - use recipe above and instead roll into mini balls and cook in passata sauce and the same spices to make a meatball dish, serve with spinach, basil, peas and low Gi carbs such as wholegrain pasta, couscous or wild rice.




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