Maybe it's the newly Californian in me but lately I've been obsessed with anything and everything Mexican (seriously, you can't go 2 blocks here without a Mexican restaurant popping up), and the new mainstays on my weekly grocery list include avocado, chiles, salsa, peppers, cilantro and more avocado. When I'm in a rush, taco salad is my go-to but I'm starting to guess that Zander's enthusiasm for the dish might be waning, so last night I tried something a little different. Total success if I do say so myself:) 

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Turkey Burger Ingredients:

1 lb dark meat turkey

1 lb white meat turkey

1/3 cup salsa

1/3 cup cilantro 

4.5 oz can of diced green chiles

2 tsp cumin 

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp sea salt 

1 tsp garlic powder

1 small red bell pepper chopped or 1/2 large one

A large handful of finely chopped kale (I used a cuisinart)  

1 tbsp unrefined coconut oil

Method:

Add all ingredients (except oil) to a large bowl and mix well. Form into patties. In a pan, heat the oil in 2 batches on medium-high and sear each side for approx 2 minutes each. Transfer to a parchment-lined pan and bake for 20 minutes. 

Makes 10 burgers 

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Butternut Squash Mash Ingredients: 

1 large butternut squash, cubed

1 tbsp grass-fed butter

2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped. 

1 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 tsp sea salt 

2 green onions

Method: 

Boil the squash until soft and drain. Transfer to a bowl and add butter, garlic and spices. Mash until well mixed. Chop the remaining green onion and mix into the mash ( I take 2 inches off both ends of the green onion and throw away).

Serves 4

Scoop the mash into a shallow bowl and place the burger patty on top. Finish with a healthy helping of avocado and if you want some extra spice, a sprinkle of red chili flakes.  

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