Gourmet Turkey Burger, with a Kick!

Nothing compares to a damn good burger.  I’ve had my fair share of greasy, bacon wrapped, cheesy, juicy, ridiculously delicious burgers.  Unfortunately, the older I’ve gotten, the more I realize that I might as well staple those burgers to my thighs and rear end.  Gravity and age are no longer on my side, which is why I’ve turned to a healthier version of one of my favorite dishes. 

While I’m sure there are thousands of turkey burger recipes out there similar to this, I wanted to give you MY take on a healthy and filling burger.  This gourmet style bruger is packed with a punch; not for the faint of heart!


  • ground turkey (1lb. makes about 4 burgers)
  • fresh cilantro
  • jalapenos
  • pepper jack cheese
  • fresh garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil




Form ground turkey into patties.  I like to ball up the meat and flatten with my palms so that the edges are jagged and not perfectly round.  Call me crazy, but I firmly believe this “old school” shaped pattie makes a difference in the taste of the burger.   I also make my patties HUGE and flat; they will thicken up as they cook.  Season both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.


Chop about 3 garlic cloves.  Add a thin layer of olive oil to pan on low heat and toss in the garlic. 


Cut jalapenos into thin slices and chop the cilantro. 


Add jalapeno slices and chopped cilantro into pan with garlic to saute; increase heat to just below medium.


Add the seasoned patties to the pan; directly on top of the sauteed mix.


Increase heat as necessary until patties are fully cooked.


Once the patties are fully cooked, add slices of pepper jack cheese and take the jalapenos and cilantro on the pan to layer on top of the patty. 20130713-123040.jpg


I like to add Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce for dipping and pair this with sweet potato fries, a side salad, or corn on the cob.  It’s a zesty and light meal, perfect for summertime.  Use reduced fat cheese, no dipping sauce, and no bun if you’re looking to be extra healthy!






Dress up a sugar cookie

Everyone loves a cookie; but, why not dress it up during the summer with some fresh fruit?  I had some ready to bake sugar cookies in the freezer and some strawberries and yogurt from my breakfasts.


You will need:

  • sugar cookie
  • fresh fruit
  • yogurt


This is sooo simple it would be ridiculous to take photographs of every step.  Bake the cookies according to the package.  Once done, and cooled, put about a tablespoon of yogurt on the top of the cookie.  I used vanilla yogurt but feel free to use any flavor.  I then sprinkled coconut flakes on and topped with strawberries.

Another great flavor I tried was peanut butter and banana.  I added a little bit of peanut butter to the tablespoon of yogurt and mixed well before slathering on top of the cookie.  I then put a few slices of banana on top.  Ahhhhh-maze-ing!




Muscle Monday Protein Shake

I love a good protein shake after a hard workout; but, this girl is on a budget and cannot buy one every time I hit the gym.  So, I have come up with a few recipes that I really enjoy.  Today, I will show my pineapple protein shake.


You will need:

  • mixer/blender
  • vanilla whey protein (Target)
  • canned pineapple (and juice)
  • ice
  • flax seed (dollar store)
  • greek yogurt


First, put in as much protein as you would like.  Place close attention to the back.  I put in one scoop which was 25g of protein.


I then added more protein by using greek yogurt instead of frozen yogurt.  I only used half of the container.  Greek yogurt has a sour taste and using only half keeps the shake from taking on that flavor. Tip: If you freeze greek yogurt and it helps thicken the shake up.  You can also eat it like frozen greek yogurt and it is a lot cheaper.  If you want to enjoy it like ice cream, pull it out about 30 minutes before consumption so it can thaw a bit.


Next, I add in flax seed; I actually found these at a dollar store a while ago (check expiration date).  I used one spoon full.  The seeds grind up enough so I do not notice then and this is a great place to add in more protein, fiber, iron, and omega 3.


Next, put in about 7-8 ice cubes and about 10 pineapple chunks.  Pour in a little of the pineapple juice from the can to keep the ingredients moving in the blender.  Then, mix!  You may need to shake the mixer just to make sure nothing is getting stuck to the sides or top of the cup.


Done.  I usually just take it and drink it right from the blender cup.  Be creative, substitute the pineapples for peanut butter and banana.  Tip: Drink the shake within 30 minutes of your workout.