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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.