Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Berry Citrus Shortcake

Lately I've been feeling a little blue with this horrible weather and needed something to remind me that it really is Summer... So what better than a plate full of sweet juicy summer berries over a homemade citrus shortcake.
I went a little "Semi-Homemade" with this one. I had some left over bisquick mix and doctored it up with a tablespoon fresh orange peel, sweetened condensed milk, water and pure vanilla extract.

Instead of maserating the berries in sugar, I opted for a sugar free alternative this time. I just added a 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to the berries and let them soak it in...

The rest is all assembly. Cut the shortcakes in half, add a layer of berries, a layer of whipped topping, add the top of the shortcake and more topping and berries.

Summer on a plate... I guess it will do for now!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Spinach and Olive Turkey Burgers

Beef Up Your Turkey Burgers...
Sometimes you just feel like eating a nice juicy burger, right? Well, I know I do. Although I very rarely do. I stopped eating beef regularly many years ago, so when I crave a burger, I go TURKEY. The only problem is that it lacks the flavor that beef has, so it needs to be "beefed up" a little. :)

I usually just add some grill seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper and it good to go, but I was feeling a little gourmet the other day and decided to go all out and add some other healthy goodies.
How can you go wrong with fresh baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic, and cheese?
Judging by these burgers... YOU CAN'T!

Spinach and Olive Turkey Burgers
by Mixed Salad Annie

1 1/3 pounds ground turkey
3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped black olives
3 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
1/4 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, cut in small dice
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
6 multi-grain english muffins, lightly toasted

Cover a baking sheet with non-stick foil or spray foil lined sheet with cooking spray. Heat broiler on low and adjust oven rack to top.

Blend together turkey, spinach, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, cheese and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Do not over mix. Form mixture into 6 equal size patties, free form or with a burger form.

Broil burgers about 5 minutes on first side and about 4 minutes on second. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register at 170º F.) Transfer burgers to muffins and top with extra spinach leaves if desired. Top with ketchup or mayonnaise.