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:)
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
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
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
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).
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.