Wednesday, January 5, 2011

light swimming right across your face.

i tried a new recipe tonight. apple turkey burgers. yes, apple. along with green onion, ground turkey and some different seasonings. and a special sauce made up of ketchup, chili sauce and apple jelly heated over the stove. sounds weird, right? they were surprisingly tasty.

even though i've been going to the gym fairly regularly for the past year and a half, i haven't always done so well with eating well. recently, i decided i wanted to try and start eating better, too. after all, you can only have so many chicken nuggets and pizza bites.. although, they are both delightful.. before feeling like you need a change.

so, this week, the grocery cart was full of good stuff. granola. yogurt. vegetables. chicken. pasta with enough protein in every serving to turn me into a body builder by the end of january (just kidding). and, i don't know if it's the additional work outs i've been doing lately (even if the running is about to kill me), or the healthier food (it can be good), or maybe it's the combination, but i just feel better. not that i wasn't feeling well before. it's just a little different now. doing good things, eating good things and feeling good because of it. a lightness inside and out.

today's lesson, then, is this.. put thought in, get light out.

["take time to realize.."]

a recipe to share. apple turkey burgers (ours were grilled, not broiled)

Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
3/4 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup peeled, shredded apple
2 green onions, thinly sliced
3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 cup bottled chili sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup Apple Jelly
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted, if desired
Lettuce leaves (optional)
1. HEAT broiler. Spray broiler pan with no-stick cooking spray.
2. COMBINE turkey, apple, green onions, lemon pepper, salt and apple pie spice in large bowl. Shape into 4 patties about 1/2-inch thick.
3. COMBINE chili sauce, ketchup and apple jelly in small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally while patties cook. Cool slightly.
4. BROIL turkey patties about 6 inches from heat for 6 to 8 minutes per side or until no longer pink in center.
5. PLACE lettuce and burgers on bottom halves of buns. Top each with 2 tablespoons sauce. Cover with bun tops. Serve immediately.

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