Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cups

Whenever I try a new style of food, I always think of ways that I can make it fit into my own dietary patterns – which tends to be lower in fats and very little carbs (almost Keto, almost Paleo). I absolutely love Bahn Mi Sandwiches – but the bread is a huge part of the preparation. So I was inspired to turn it into a lettuce cup that would cut those carbs right out! And the result is these Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cups – a healthier version of the traditional Bahn Mi Sandwich.

Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cups
Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cups

Bahn Mi is a traditional Vietnamese street food. Typically it is made with a baguette style bread stuffed with marinated meats (most commonly pork), pickled veggies (usually diakon and carrots) and some sort of sauce (something mayo based). It also usually has some sort of spice – either from the sauce or from fresh jalapenos on top.

Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cup
Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cup

With all of that in mind, I came up with a recipe for Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cups that gives you all the flavors without all the carbs! The pickled slaw is a very important part of this dish. You want to get the carrots and onions the same size and cut the radishes into very thin pieces, so that the quick pickling will work. And when you put the slaw in the cups, you want a little of the juice with it, but not too much that it’s swimming. Lettuce cups – just like anything you eat with your hands – are inherently messy, so no need to add to that with juice dripping everywhere!

Pickled Slaw Instruction
Pickled Slaw Instruction – Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cups

Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cup

Turkey Bahn Mi Lettuce Cups

A healthier version of the traditional Bahn Mi Sandwich
0 from 0 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 heads Butter lettuce about 24 pieces
  • ½ cup Sriracha
  • 1 cup Avocado Mayo

For the Ground Turkey

  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • ½ cup Hoisin Sauce
  • ½ cup Cocoa Aminos
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced

For the Pickled Slaw

  • 5 Radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Carrots matchsticks
  • 1 bunch Cilantro chopped
  • ½ Red Onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • ¾ cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all of the ingredients.
  • In bowl, combine all ingredients for the Pickled Slaw until well coated. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator until ready to plate. (can sit for up to 2 hours)
  • In a small bowl, combine mayo and Sriracha and place in refrigerator until ready to plate.
  • In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add oil and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes then add ground turkey and ginger. Cook, crumbing turkey as it goes, for 8 minutes. The add cocoa aminos and hoisin sauce. Cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  • To Build a Lettuce Wrap: place a leaf of lettuce on a plate. Put a spoonful of the ground turkey, a spoonful of the pickled slaw and then drizzle with Sriracha Mayo. Usually serve 3-4 per person.
Keyword bahn mi, ground turkey, lettuce wraps, pickled slaw
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In my house, we love to eat foods from all over the world. That’s why there is a whole section of Ethnic Adventures in my cookbook Homemade on a weeknight. If you want to try more recipes from other cultures – you can get your own copy in Paperback or eBook(Kindle) versions.

My Kitchen Must Haves

Part of making home cooked meals every night of the week, means you have to have the right tools to make things go smoothly. While you can get by without them – part of having the time to make things from scratch is utilizing some modern technology. Every home cook has their own list of Kitchen Must Haves, and they all do different things. I pulled together a list of my top 5 tools!

My Kitchen Must-Haves
My Kitchen Must-Haves

So here some of My Kitchen Must-Haves:

  • What is it: Immersion Blender (This is what I have)
  • What does it do: It is a hand held blender that gives you way more control over the blending and mixing process. You can make super creamy sauces and soups. And you can use it on your potatoes and cauliflower! (Check out my Citrus & Herb Whipped Cauliflower Recipe)
  • Why I love it: I use this device maybe more than I need to but honestly it makes things so much easier. I can make fresh fruit purees for gastriques. It makes the creamiest mashed potatoes ever. It’s small, and easy to clean.
Immersion Blender
My Kitchen Must-Have: Immersion Blender
  • What is it: Stove Top Grill Pan (This is what I have)
  • What does it do: It let’s you turn your stove top (gas or electric) into a grill surface. So you can get the grill marks and flavors of grilling without having to get the whole grill going.
  • Why I love it: I especially love this for when I want a small part of the meal to be grilled – like grilled pineapple for a Teriyaki Burger or grilled Chicken for tacos. I also love it in the colder months when I don’t want to have to go outside to grill.
Stove Top Grill Pan
My Kitchen Must-Have: Stove Top Grill Pan
  • What is it: Waffle Maker (This is what I have)
  • What does it do: You can do so much more than just make breakfast waffles with it! This one in particular makes two waffles at once to speed up the process.
  • Why I love it: I love to make Chaffles (it is a Keto-friendly bread alternative). But I also love to make hash brown waffles, corn fritters, zucchini waffles….really the possibilities are endless.
Waffle Maker
My Kitchen Must-Have: Waffle Maker
  • What is it: Skinny Cooking Tongs (This is what I have)
  • What does it do: Makes picking up and flipping smaller things so much easier.
  • Why I love it: Whenever I am deep frying something like my Beer Battered Onion Rings, these tongs are a life saver. Regular sized tongs just don’t work the same. I also use them to cook bacon and while I am putting any type of coating on, like fried chicken.
Skinny Cooking Tongs
My Kitchen Must-Have: Skinny Cooking Tongs
  • What is it: Pasta Bowls (This is what I have)
  • What does it do: These are wider than a typical bowl, but closer to a plate in depth. They are perfect for salads, pastas, rice bowls, soups and so many other dishes.
  • Why I love it: They make it so easy to create a beautiful plate. They also keep the sauces and juices on the food instead of spreading out on a plate.
Pasta Bowls
My Kitchen Must-Have: Pasta Bowls

So there you have it – in no particular order – My Kitchen Must-Haves! These 5 tools help me create the yummy meals you find on this blog and in my cookbook Homemade on a Weeknight – which is available for order in Paperback or Kindle (eBook) versions through Amazon.

10 Burger Ideas

Burgers are an American Standard. Most people think of burgers as either plain – bun, beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, and mustard. And then there is the Cheeseburger – which is the same as the regular burger just add a slice of cheese. But burgers can be so much more exciting. To start – they don’t have to be made from beef! Keep reading for more burger ideas.

10 Burger Ideas
10 Burger Ideas

Selecting the right bun for the burger is important. Different buns make a huge impact on the overall flavor. For example Potato Buns are really great for burgers with BBQ or shredded pork on them. Onion Buns are yummy with burgers with a lot of fresh veggies on them. But in our house the bun that wins the most points is a Brioche bun! While we are talking about buns – here is a huge tip for burger success – always TOAST the bun! Even if you just put it under the broiler with nothing on it, it will be better. They stay together, don’t get soggy from the burger. But you can also add a layer of flavor by adding garlic butter or other seasoning before you toast.

Toasted Burger Buns
Toasted Burger Buns

Another thing you can do to make any burger better – let it rest once its created. If you let the patty and the toppings sit for a few minutes before trying to bite into it you are less likely to have the burger slide out the other side or drip down your chin.

So here they are – 10 Creative and Different Burger Ideas to try!

  1. Fried Egg Burger – Start with a pretzel bun, toasted. Then using a beef or turkey burger, put on a slice of sharp cheddar cheese. Fry an egg over medium and place on top of the cheese and drizzle with a thin BBQ sauce. When you bite into this burger and the yolk falls all over you will be in burger heaven!
Fried Egg Burger
Fried Egg Burger

2. Creamy Garlic Burger – Put Garlic Butter on a Brioche bun and toast it. Combine ground turkey, minced garlic, basil, salt and pepper to make the patties. Make a creamy garlic sauce (Alfredo Sauce essentially) and pour over top of burger, then add some baby spinach. It’s a little messy to eat but work it – I promise.

Creamy Garlic Burger
Creamy Garlic Burger

3. Greek Lamb Burger – Use a Ciabatta bun, toasted. Use a ground lamb burger (purchased or handmade) and top with fresh tzatziki sauce (you can get a recipe for this from the Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook). Top with Romaine, Feta Cheese Crumbles and Red onion. And you’ll be yelling “oompa” by the end of this meal!

Greek Lamb Burger
Greek Lamb Burger

4. Balsamic Dill Chicken Burger – Toast a Brioche Bun with a little butter on it. Combine ground chicken, dill, paprika, garlic, an egg, salt and pepper to make patties. Combing sour cream and balsamic vinegar to make the sauce. And add some green leaf lettuce. The sauce packs such a flavor punch! (recipe from the Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook)

Balsamic Dill Chicken Burger
Balsamic Dill Chicken Burger

5. Bleu Cheese Burger – Toast a Brioche bun with garlic butter. Combine ground beef, bleu cheese crumbles, an egg, minced garlic, paprika, salt and pepper to make the patties. Top with lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo and a fried onion ring. This one is a real mouthful!

Bleu Cheese Burger
Bleu Cheese Burger

6. Caesar Burger (full recipe here!)- Use a toasted Brioche Bun. Combine ground beef, black pepper, Parmesan cheese, an egg, minced garlic, and salt. Toss a Caesar Salad (romaine, Parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing and black pepper) and top the burger with it. Everyone will be saying Hail Caesar after eating this one! And this burger was featured on JENerrally Informed weekly as a Host favorite!

Caesar Salad Burger
Caesar Salad Burger

7. Alfalfa Bagel Burger – Start with a toasted Brioche bun. Combine ground beef and Everything Seasoning. Top burger with cucumber slices (seasoned with salt and pepper), alfalfa sprouts and a smear of cream cheese on the bun. So much flavor packed into every bite.

Alfalfa Bagel Burger

8. Teriyaki Burger – Use an Onion Bun. Combine ground beef, black pepper, garlic, ginger, cocoa amino and salt. At the end of grilling brush on teriyaki sauce over burger and let glaze for a bit. Then top with a grilled slice of pineapple, grilled onion and some more teriyaki sauce. This burger is a seriously delicious mouthful!

Teriyaki Burger
Teriyaki Burger

9. Bacon Jalapeno Popper Burger – A nice toasted Brioche bun for this burger. Combine ground beef with an egg, diced jalapenos, and Everything Seasoning. Top with a slice of sharp cheddar at the end of grilling. Put a smear of cream cheese on the top and bottom of the bun, then pile high with cheeseburger, 3 pieces of bacon, beer battered jalapeno coins (you can use the same beer batter as my Onion Rings recipe!) and some fresh red onions. The bigger is going to pop in a big way!

Jalapeno Popper Burger
Jalapeno Popper Burger

10. Turkey Quesadilla Burger (full recipe here) – No bun for this one – instead a yummy Cheese Quesadilla! Combine ground turkey, green chilies, cumin, salt and pepper. Top the burger with a little sour cream, lettuce tomato and onion. You are going to be the absolute winner of dinnertime with this burger!

Turkey Quesadilla Burger
Turkey Quesadilla Burger

Tasty Tuesday July Favorites included Herb & Citrus Whipped Cauliflower!

Very excited to have been included with this collection of awesome recipes from the Creative K Kids Weekly Linkies in July! My recipe for Herb & Citrus Whipped Cauliflower was one of the favorite recipes last week (July 21st) over on the Tasty Tuesday weekly recipe link up hosted by Tammy from Creative K Kids , Audrey from That Recipe andLis a from Blogghetti. Thank you so much for creating a space for people to share their recipes and passion for cooking!

Tasty Tuesday Favorite Recipe

In case you missed the recipe – here it is! It is a simple and delicious side dish. And if you haven’t tried whipped cauliflower yet, you are missing out. It is an excellent alternative to mashed potatoes. And the citrus makes it light and bright.

Citrus & Herb Whipped Cauliflower

Citrus & Herb Whipped Cauliflower

Summer time calls for bright and light meals that can be made quickly and go well with anything on the BBQ. When I think bright and light, citrus flavors always come to mind first. And this is how I developed this Citrus & Herb Whipped Cauliflower.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Immersion Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 2 heads Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 3 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 Lemon zest & juice
  • 1 Lime zest & juice
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp White Pepper
  • cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cup Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all of the ingredients.
  • In a large pot, bring enough water to boil to cover cauliflower. Once at a full rolling boil, add the cauliflower, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Drain in colander, then transfer to mixing bowl.
  • Using an immersion blender, begin to whip the cauliflower for 2-3 minutes (until larger chunks are gone). Then add in lemon zest, lime zest, butter, salt and pepper. Whip another 2-3 minutes to combine well. Then add in lemon juice, lime juice, and heavy cream. Whip until you reach a creamy consistency. Using a serving spoon, fold in parsley.
Keyword caulfiflower, citrus, Side Dish, side dish ideas, whipped cauliflower
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Lemon Basil Tortellini & Sausage

Sauces made from scratch make a meal so homey and yummy it doesn’t even matter that you used store-bought tortellini for this dish. Lemon Basil Tortellini & Sausage is going to be on your weekly menu rotation, I just know it!

Lemon Basil Tortellini & Sausage

The light bright flavor of the lemon in this pasta dish is so yummy. Making sauces from scratch is so scary for some – but really it’s not that hard at all. You start with a simple roux of butter and flour. Add some chicken stock, and flavoring and you have a gorgeous silky sauce. Patience is key – it will look awful until the last moment when you produce this beautifully perfect sauce. I do have to say that having my trusty pasta bowls is what makes this dish so pretty – they have just enough spread to make the dish gorgeous without spreading out all over the plate!

Lemon Basil Tortellini Sausage with Sauce
Lemon Basil Tortellini Sausage with Sauce

It is very important that you make practice good knife skills and get your sauces and bell peppers roughly the same size. This allows them to cook at the same rate so that the pepper still have a bit of bite before the sausage dries out. I have spent hours working on my knife skills because it really does matter. You want to get things cut in a uniform size ever time to ensure that it cooks the same throughout. If you have a huge piece here and a tiny piece there someone is going to each an under cooked piece and someone else is going to eat an overcooked piece.

Lemon Basil Tortellini Sausage Prep

Yes! It’s okay to use Store-bought!

I usually use store bought frozen or refrigerated pastas – tortellini or ravioli – when it has been a long day – or I know it’s going to be a long day. A lot of people actually keep a package of it handy for last minute meal change. While meal planning is an absolute must and something I do every week, some days just get away from you and you need a Plan B. This dish is the perfect go-to back-up plan for those sorts of day.

Lemon Basil Tortellini & Sausage

Lemon Basil Tortellini & Sausage

A light, bright, easy dinner of tortellini and chicken sausage with a lemon basil sauce made from scratch
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb Cheese Tortellini frozen or refrigerated
  • 2 lb Chicken Sausage diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper diced
  • ½ Red Onion diced
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 tsp Basil

For Lemon Basil Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp Flour AP or Wheat
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 cups Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese shredded, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Parlsey for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for tortellini
  • In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add oil and onions. Cook for 3 minutes then add basil, sausage and bell peppers. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to medium low and keep warm.
  • In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add butter and garlic powder. Let melt then add flour and whisk into paste. Cook for 2 minutes then whisk in chicken broth. Cook for 2 minutes then add lemon and basil. Let cook another 3 minutes and then add in cheese. Whisk until melted.
  • Add tortellini to water and cook as directed on package. Add lemon basil sauce to sausage and peppers and let simmer for cook time of the tortellini. Drain tortellini into colander.
  • In a pasta bowl, place a portion of tortellini in center. Ladle sauce & sausage mix over top and garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley.
Keyword lemon, Pasta, pasta dishes, Sausage, tortellini
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If you like this recipe and want to get more like it, you can purchase the Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook in Paperback or Kindle (eBook) versions through Amazon.

Weekly Meal Planner – Week 4

A Meal Planner is a part of my weekly routine – and I am determined to make it part of yours. It will save your time and money by planning ahead for the week’s dinners. Welcome to Week 4 of the Weekly Meal Planner – scroll down to download the free printable!

Each week I will be sharing one Weekly Meal Planner each Sunday to help you get a jump start on your meal planning. I also want to provide you with the blank version of the Meal Planner so that you can make your own menu using other recipes (egads!) than those from my cookbook! Maybe even incorporate some of the free recipes I provide right here on this blog

Hopefully by now you have purchased your copy of the Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook – if you haven’t you can get it as a Paperback or an eBook on Amazon! All of the full recipes for these meals are found in the cookbook. As mentioned in the cookbook, you can easily create weekly mean plans by simply selecting a recipe from each of the five categories in the book:

Here is the free printable Blank Homemade on a Weeknight Meal Planner (pdf):

Homemade on a Weeknight  Blank Meal Planner
Homemade on a Weeknight Blank Menu Planner

And here is this week’s Meal Plan!

This Week’s Meal Planner

Homemade on a Weeknight Meal Planner Week 4
Meal Planner Week 4 Printable

Cheddar Fried Chicken

Cheddar Fried Chicken
Cheddar Fried Chicken

Individual Beef Wellingtons

Individual Beef Wellington
Individual Beef Wellington

Creamy Red Enchiladas (get the recipe here!)

Creamy Red Enchiladas
Creamy Red Enchiladas

Ricotta Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

Ricotta Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
Ricotta Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

Baked Shrimp “Boil”

Baked Shrimp "Boil"
Baked Shrimp “Boil”

Tips for Meal Planning

Some people shy away from meal planning because they think it makes things too scheduled. But here’s the deal – you have to eat every day! If you take the time to plan ahead what you will eat, you will actually eat healthier more complete meals. So here are some tips when picking out what you are going to put on your plan:

  • Ask for real opinions about the meals – if you family always tells you they love it, they might not be being truthful. And that could lead to you making a meal over and over that they just don’t actually like.
  • Try out some of the suggest variations on the recipes in cookbook
  • Remember to take a break from cooking every once in a while and plan for a night out or ordering in.

Spicy Potato Corn Salad – perfect for a Steak Side!

Almost every cook has a potato salad recipe that they know by heart and pull out for every picnic, BBQ and pot luck. If you have been following along with homemade on a Weeknight you know that I like to change it up from time to time and try some new flavors in old stand-byes. This time I’m adding some Cayenne and Corn to Greek Yogurt and Apple Cider Vinegar and calling it Spicy Potato Corn Salad!

Spicy Potato Corn Salad
Spicy Potato Corn Salad

The other night I wanted to just make some steaks on the grill – which doesn’t require all that much effort to prep. So I like to put a little more effort into the side dishes when the main is a snap. We all love potato salad but some times its just meh. So I started thinking of other salads that I really like to make and I remembered the Corn Salad I featured in the Side Dishes section of my cookbook Homemade on a Weeknight. I started to combine that recipe with my potato salad recipe and came up with this Potato Corn Salad.

Steak & Spicy Potato Corn Salad

The cayenne does give it a little kick but it’s so good! If you want to tone it down for the littles you can substitute the 1/4 tsp of cayenne for a 1 tsp of smoked paprika for a smokier flavor – would be great with some smoked pork butt – like pulled pork sandwiches!

Potato Corn Salad Prep

I love using Greek Yogurt instead of mayo in dressings – you get the same creaminess without the calories and you get some probiotics for your happy belly too. I usually use 2% or 5% Fage – but you could use other varieties if you are more comfortable with them – just make sure it’s PLAIN. Had friend try a recipe that called for Greek yogurt and then she was complaining it was so sweet – turns out she used Vanilla flavored not PLAIN!

Spicy Potato Corn Salad

Spicy Potato Corn Salad

This time I'm adding some Cayenne and Corn to Greek Yogurt and Apple Cider Vinegar and calling it Spicy Potato Corn Salad!
0 from 0 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chill Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Baby Red Potatoes quartered
  • 1 Sweet Corn (15 oz can) drained
  • 1 lb Bacon cut in ½-in pieces
  • 1 bunch Scallions diced
  • ½ cup Fresh Dill chopped
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 6 oz Greek Yogurt plain

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for potatoes
  • In a fry pan, add bacon and fry until crispy. Remove to a paper towel covered plate and let cool. Add potatoes to boiling water and cook for 15 minutes. Drain in colander and let cool 5 minutes.
  • In a serving bowl, combine bacon, yogurt, garlic, salt, cayenne, sugar, vinegar, dill, corn, scallions, and lemon juice. Once cooled, add potatoes and chill in fridge at least 20 minutes before serving,
Keyword bacon, corn, Corn Salad, potato, Potato Corn Salad, Potato Salad, Side Dish, side dish ideas
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Sweet Pepper Nachos – KETO Friendly

Sweet Pepper Nachos – all the flavor and hardly any carbs! It doesn’t get much better than that! Replacing Tortilla Chips with Sweet Bell Peppers is seriously the easiest away to have your Nachos and eat them too! Here is a step by step instruction on how to make them!

Sweet Pepper Nachos
Sweet Pepper Nachos

Step 1: Start by browning some ground turkey with 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, chili powder and cumin.

Browned Ground Turkey

Step 2: Make the Black Bean and Corn mixture with one 15 oz can of black beans (drained), one 15 oz can of Sweet Corn (drained), 1/2 red onion diced, 8 grape tomatoes (quartered), and 2 tbsp lemon juice.

Black Bean & Corn Mixture

Step 3: Now comes the preparation of the the Sweet Bell Peppers. You first cut the top off. Then you cut in half so that you have the widest remaining pieces. Then you scrap the ribs and seeds out and you then you have a good “chip” for the nachos.

Sweet Pepper Preparation
Sweet Pepper Preparation

Step 4: Build the Nachos. Place all the prepped sweet bell peppers on a baking sheet (oven should be preheated to 425deg). Put a portion of the cooked ground turkey on each bell pepper. Then a portion of the black bean & corn mixture. Then sprinkle cheese over all of it. Put it in the oven for 15 minutes

Sweet Pepper Nacho building
Sweet Pepper Nacho building

Step 5: Once the nachos are cooked, plate a portion. Then top with sour cream and pickled jalapeno as desired.

Sweet Pepper Nachos

This is seriously one of the easiest recipes you can make on a weeknight. It comes right out of my Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook in the Healthier Fare section. My family absolutely loves this recipe – my son actually requested it for his birthday meal this year! If you want more healthier alternatives please check out my cookbook. It’s available in PRINT OR KINDLE eBOOK VERSIONS on Amazon.

Featured on Imparting Grace – Make-ahead Egg Bites

How exciting! The Make-Ahead Egg Bites recipes was featured on the Grace at Home weekly post by Richella from Imparting Grace!

In case you missed this recipe – you are definitely going to want to check it out! These make-ahead egg bites are a perfect healthy alternative to sugary cereal in the mornings. You can make a whole batch of different mix-ins and have them ready in the freezer each morning! The post also has step by step instructions – WITH PICTURES!

Make Ahead Egg Bites
Make Ahead Egg Bites

Turkey Quesadilla Burger

In case you haven’t noticed – I love to make burgers. But not typical burgers. I like to get a little wild and crazy with flavors and definitely support bun alternatives! Thus the birth of the Turkey Quesadilla Burger – which uses 2 quesadillas as a bun As quick side dish – I just made some french fries and seasoned them Cumin, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and Salt (essentially taco seasoning).

Turkey Quesadilla Burger
Turkey Quesadilla Burger

My family had to make a considerable leap of faith when I presented them with this plate of food…but it was well received. What kid doesn’t love a quesadilla anyway, right? And it was surprisingly easy to eat – there was a little concern that it was going to be hard to keep together. But once you have the half in your hands, you are good to chow down. But a do suggest using something more than a toothpick – I used regular bamboo skewers that my husband cut in half for me.

You could maybe get fancy and make a jalapeno popper or bacon wrapped jalapeno on the grill while you are making the burger and layer that on the top of the quesadilla – that would be pretty!

Turkey Quesadilla Burger
Turkey Quesadilla Burger

If you wanted to take this burger all the way to the border you could nix the tomato, lettuce and onion and add on some fresh made salsa on top (you could use the Salsa recipe from my Salsa Chicken Video!) And then you could serve it up with some yummy Rice & Beans (I have a super easy recipe for that too – in my Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook – available on Amazon in either Paperback or Kindle versions).

If you are looking for more burger recipes – check out my Caesar Salad Burger or my other collection of 10 Burger Ideas! I can’t wait to hear what you think of this latest creation. Comments are always welcome.

Now let’s get cookin’

Turkey Quesadilla Burger

Turkey Quesadilla Burger

So much flavor and cheesy goodness on these burgers!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tomato sliced
  • 1 Romaine Lettuce Heart chopped
  • ½ Red Onion sliced
  • 1 cup Sour Cream

For the Burgers

  • lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced

For the Quesadillas

  • 24 Flour Tortillas – Street Taco Size
  • 2 cup Mozzarella shredded
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat griddle to high (for quesadillas) and grill (for burgers)
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients for burgers and form into 6 patties. Once grill is ready, cook on each side for 7-9 minutes.
  • On the griddle, build the quesadillas – tortilla, cheese, sprinkle of chili powder, peppers, cheese, tortilla. You will need to make at least 12 – two for each burger.
  • Build your burgers – quesadilla, layer of sour cream, burger, tomato, lettuce, onion, quesadilla. Secure each side with a skewer and slice in half to serve.
Keyword burger, burger recipes, cheese, quesadilla, turkey burger, turkey recipes
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