Good morning, loves! I've been yapping here and there about wanting to be a bit more healthy in all aspects of my lifestyle. I started with cutting back on drinking in December. No longer dating a man whose life revolves around bars and alcohol helped a lot. In January, I conquered a 30-day yoga bender. I was eating a little bit more "clean" during January, but I wasn't really ready to commit. I can only tackle one intense mountain at a time, and doing yoga every day really can zap your energy. The first week and a half of February has, quite honestly, been a recovery period. Now, I'm ready to really get my act together and start cooking more at home, and making better food choices altogether. This doesn't mean I'll completely cut out my lovers Pizza and Wine. It just means that when I'm not getting down with them, I'm being a good girl!
A recipe I made a few times during the late fall really hit the spot with me when it came to using lighter ingredients and fresh veggies. My friend De often cooks with turkey or salmon burgers, so I thought I'd give one a try! I picked up a package of turkey burgers, grabbed a gorgeous yellow squash, a plump yellow onion, and headed home. With minimal prep work and a quick cooking time, this is a perfect recipe for people like me who want something filling but with little effort. For as little as I "cook" at home because I'm a single gal living essentially on her own (my roommate isn't home much), I'm an expert at kitchen pantry chef life. I can throw stuff together without much forethought, and I'm rarely disappointed. This is one of those happy accidents!
Turkey Burger on a Bed of Arugula & Squash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
~ Turkey Burger, thawed
~ 1 Large Yellow Squash
~ 1/2 Large Yellow Onion
~ 1/2 Fresh Lemon
~ Handful of Arugula
~ Fresh Feta Cheese
~ Your Favorite Seasonings To Taste
... I chose salt, pepper, paprika, and thyme.
Let's jump in! It's always important to wash your veggies. After you've done that, slice up your squash nice and thin, and chop your onion. Toss the squash in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and paprika. Add both the squash and onions into a non-stick pan, and crank your burner to medium. Sauté until translucent. Transfer back to the bowl you tossed the squash in, and cover to retain heat.
Gently set your turkey burger patty into the heated pan. Sprinkle with salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and a bit of thyme. Now, I don't have a heat thermometer, so I heated the patty until browned on both sides - about 3-4 minutes each, and that did the trick.
Get your plates ready, mates! Lay down a pretty little pile of your arugula, and slide that patty on top. Spritz with some freshly cut lemon for a citrus zing. Transfer your squash and onion into a ring around your turkey burger, and then plop some feta cheese on top. Because, why not? Cheese basically goes on everything. Especially feta. Grab a fork and knife, and dig in! Does that taste fresh or what? I love how fast you can prepare something like this.
Do you have any "throw it together real quick-like" recipes? What about recipes you can't stop making again and again because they're easy and healthy? Let me know!