Written on July 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern
New York City’s “streetside mobile restaurant,” The Bistro Truck, has teamed up with Jennie-O Turkey to deliver (literally!) this week’s Turkey Burger Takeover. Today through Saturday, The Bistro Truck’s Yassir Z. Raouli will be demonstrating how lean can be delicious by distributing complimentary turkey burgers at five different locations.
With signature recipes inspired by Manhattan neighborhoods, the partnership aims to prove to tasters that turkey patties are a nutritious and tasty alternative to beef.
Yesterday, we got a sneak preview of the week’s “Make the Switch” initiative. But since the Bistro Truck can only travel so far, we snagged our favorite recipe so you can try it at home! The East Village Turkey Burger puts a fresh, new spin on a barbecue favorite, with crunchy veggies alongside the well-seasoned burger and melted Brie.
Makes 4 servings
Prep time: About 15 minutes
Total time: Less than 30 minutes
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 package Jennie-O Lean Turkey Burger Patties
- Vegetable oil or non-stick spray for cooking
- 4 burger buns, split and toasted
- 8 ounces Brie cheese, cut into 8 slices
- ½ cucumber, thinly sliced
- Bean sprouts for serving
- Combine breadcrumbs and parsley in a shallow dish. Gently press patties into crumb mixture until coated all over.
- Coat a large frying pan with non-stick spray or a thin layer of vegetable oil, and place on medium heat. Cook patties until golden brown and as specified on the package. (Always cook to well-done, 165 degrees, as measured by a meat thermometer.)
- Top bottom half of buns with patties, Brie, cucumber, bean sprouts and top half of buns.
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Written on June 2, 2011 at 9:15 am , by SparkPeople
Summer is here, and that means outdoor parties and cookouts with friends and family! But if you’re trying to eat healthier, it can seem hard to find good choices at the picnic table. You don’t have to hide out until September just to resist temptation, though. Use this guide to choose food that’s light, healthy and refreshing at any backyard blowout.
Burgers ‘n Dogs
Hamburgers and hot dogs don’t have to be a diet disaster. Start with a 100% whole wheat bun instead of white for a healthy dose of fiber, and watch the fat content of the meat. The average beef and pork hot dog contains about 180 calories and 17 grams of fat before you add a bun and toppings. Turkey dogs are tasty and won’t sabotage your diet—you can have two of them for less than 100 calories. If you’re going for a burger, stay away from the high-fat toppings like cheese, mayo and bacon. Choose cheese slices made with skim milk to reduce the fat content and load your burger with mustard and fresh veggies instead. Here’s the burger ‘n dog breakdown:
|Hamburger patty (4 oz)
|Turkey burger patty (4 oz )
|Veggie burger patty (2.5 oz)
4 grams of fat
|Bratwurst (4 oz)
|Beef hot dog (2 oz)
|Turkey dog (2 oz)
|Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms
|Cheese, lettuce, tomato,
onion, pickles, ketchup, mayo and mustard
|Lettuce, tomato, ketchup, pickles and mustard
|Whole wheat bun
|A lettuce leaf
Chips, Salads & Sides
If potato salad is your downfall, make your recipe healthier by leaving the skins on the potatoes (for more fiber and nutrients) and choose nonfat Greek-style yogurt instead of mayo. Make creamy cole slaw more waist-friendly by reducing the fat in the dressing by swapping plain low-fat yogurt for half the mayo. Baked beans are usually a good choice, but opt for vegetarian varieties that aren’t made with bacon, if possible. If you want to avoid the creamy salad temptations completely, fill your plate with fresh grilled vegetables. Spray chunks of red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and eggplant with canola oil spray and grill them on the barbecue. Add freshly ground pepper and a dash of balsamic vinegar for extra punch.
When it comes to dips, look for vegetable and fruit-based choices like guacamole (made from avocado fruit) and salsa (made from tomatoes and veggies). These pack healthy nutrients that creamy dips often don’t.
|Potato salad (1/2 cup)
|Cole slaw (1/2 cup
|Vegetarian baked beans (1/2 cup)
|Ranch dressing (2 Tbsp)
|Guacamole (4 Tbsp)
|Salsa (1/2 cup)
|Potato or tortilla chips (1 oz)
|Pretzels (1 oz)
|Raw vegetables (1 oz)