Monday, March 15, 2010

On the Menu Monday

So I watched an episode on Oprah last week about the food industry and it TOTALLY FREAKED me out. I mean, I thought about going vegan for approximately 1.3 seconds. For those of you who are vegetarian or vegan, I truly am impressed. Knowing that there is no way I can go that route, I am hoping to be a little more aware of what I am feeding my family and myself. For example, switching our "oh so yummy, super fabulous, fluffy, heavenly" Grandma Sycamore bread for whole grain bread. (remember, it needs to say whole grain as the first ingredient for it to be the "good for you" whole grain. Also, I recently tried over the weekend egg whites.....holy yummy! And only 30 calories! I have also placed a big bowl of fruit right in the center of the counter where the kids always sit to color, eat, etc. And you know what? In the middle of coloring they will stop and say, "mom can I have an orange?" Oh happy me. It's not, "can we have three oreos with milk?" So you see, simple changes will make a difference in the long run. Hence the reasoning for my On the Menu Monday recipes. Hopefully you will enjoy....

Turkey Burgers

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 c. dried bread crumbs (whole wheat)
3 Tbs minced onions
2 Tbs ketchup
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp paprika
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp liquid red pepper seasoning (optional)
black pepper to taste
hamburger buns

Mix all ingredients together and pan fry or broil, 5 minutes on each side. And serve with desired toppings!

Sweet Potato Fries

Canola cooking spray
2 sweet potatoes
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Scrub the potatoes and then cut into matchstick pieces (yes, leave the skin on) Place on a aluminum foil lined cookie sheet that has been spray with the Canola. Spray the potatoes with a little bit of the cooking spray and season with the salt and pepper. Cook for 20 minutes then turn the heat up to 380 degrees and bake an additional 10 minutes.
(images courtesy of Google :)


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Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

great post! I'm a huge fan of sweet potato fries! I'm visiting from New Friend Friday at TGC. I enjoyed my visit and am inviting you to drop in at my place sometime this week! until later...

Deb said...

Love the recipe for the Turkey Burger, but I am all over those Sweet Potatoe Fries - LUV IT!! Thanks for sharing.

Melanie said...

I have never tried cooking with ground turkey. Do your kids taste the difference? My problem is that my kids are all on high calorie diets because they are all too stinkin skinny. My doctor grills me every time I go and tells me to get every type of high calorie I can get into them that I can. It goes against everything you think because we are always engrained to be thinking low calorie low calorie low calorie. The sweet potato fries look delicous though.

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