Healthy & (slightly) Spicy Turkey Patties

I started spending my Sundays prepping food for the week again, now that I’ve gotten into the swing of things with my new job…but most importantly, I’m in a wedding in less than one month.

I made these delicious turkey patties this morning as a post workout snack. I managed to get eight small turkey patties out of this recipe.

Ingredients:

1 lb. organic grass-fed ground turkey
1/8 – 1/4 cup Almond Nut Thin crumbs (they are gluten/wheat free!). I used the pepper jack cheese flavor.
1 egg lightly beaten
1/8 cup finely chopped white onions
1 garlic clove minced
1/3 teaspoon Himalayan salt (sea salt or kosher salt should be fine, too)
1 /4 teaspoon ground black pepper
A few shakes each of the following: ground black, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, chili BBQ seasoning
A couple shakes of garlic powder & onion powder
A few drops of Worcester sauce
A couple drops of liquid smoke

I recommend  playing around with the seasonings to get a combo of flavors that you like.

Cooking Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Make sure all ingredients are distributed evenly.
2. Create 8 balls of meat & shape into patties
3. Heat up your grill or griddle (medium heat)
4. Spray cooking surface with olive oil
5. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side (until they look like they’re cooked enough to eat). Make sure you don’t overcook your patties. Otherwise, they’ll end up dry.

Enjoy!

Healthy & Spicy Turkey Patties

Seriously the best turkey patties I’ve ever eaten.

Delicious Low-Carb Breakfasts

So, once again, I need to back off on the carbs after my winter binge.  I ate mostly everything that people put in front of me because 1.) I don’t want to offend anybody 2.) I don’t want people to think that I don’t eat 3.) Everything was delicious.  (#2 was probably mostly true when I was in college, 20-30 pounds lighter & a size zero).

Anyway, I need to start preparing for bathing suit season & one of my friends’ weddings in September.  Yes, I start early.  Finding delicious low-carb breakfast options can be challenging.  Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Southwestern Frittata.  I made this one today, but made a couple of substitutions: I took out a few egg yolks, used fresh salsa instead of salsa verde, taco seasoning instead of chili pepper and cumin, and added some cayenne pepper for heat.  Now I have breakfast for the next couple of days!  I accidentally used yams instead of sweet potatoes before, and I would recommend using yams if you’d like your frittata a little sweeter.

2. A variation of these oatmeal protein pancakes.  Main ingredients include: egg whites, oats, vanilla extract, cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice.  I drizzled some maple syrup over the pancakes to sweeten them.  I made them for the first time this week, and thought they were fantastic.  I love the texture with the oats so I only mixed the ingredients, but you’re supposed to blend everything together to get a smooth batter.  You can also try adding other types of fruit like bananas or blueberries.

3. Greek yogurt with berries (blue berries, raspberries, blackberries) – I am completely obsessed with greek yogurt and anything, so I also eat this as a snack.

4. A variation of this green lemonade:

  • 5-6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 3-4 stalks of kale
  • 3-4 stalks of celery
  • handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon (without skin & juiced w/a citrus juicer)

If you want a sweeter juice, you an add an extra apple.  Otherwise, this is one of my favorite green juices & a fantastic substitute for coffee in the morning.  I make this at least a couple of times a week.

5. These sweet potato latkes topped with eggs & bacon. Who doesn’t love bacon?  I actually have leftover sweet potato from the frittata I made this morning, and bacon in the freezer from several weeks ago, so I’m going to make these tomorrow morning.  I recommend eating the bacon sparingly, since it’s basically all fat.

What are your favorite low-carb breakfasts?  Add your recipes or links to recipes in the comments!  I would love to hear them.