May 24 2011

Guiltless Loaded Tex Mex Burger

Published by at 9:40 pm under Mexican

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You dream about it- its juiciness, its heartiness, the way cheese melts on it, the way it sits beautifully on a golden bun. And just when you think you’re about to taste absolute perfection, you hook it up with an ice cold pale ale. There is no more perfect pairing.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am paying homage to the Burger.

But how do you enjoy it without having to burn an extra 1,000 calories at the gym, without clogging your arteries, and raising your cholesterol?

Simple. Substitute all the guilt with more figure friendly options. At our house we do a lean Turkey burger with lots of Mexican spices on a whole wheat bun. That’s flavor without the fat, my friends!

1 lb. 99% lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon ancho chili powder
1/2 tablespoon coriander
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeño
1 poblano
1 red pepper
1/2 red onion
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 slices of Pepper jack cheese
Tomato
Avocado

Roast the poblano in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes rotating frequently so that the skin forms a bubble all over the pepper. Place in a glass bowl and cover with plastic so it steams. When pepper cools, peel the skin off and slice into1 inch strips.

Finely chop red pepper, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, and garlic; place in big bowl and add ground turkey and spices. Mix ingredients with hands until well incorporated. Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil if too dry. Form into three 1 -1 1/2 inch thick patties. Place patties on medium high heat for 5-6 minutes per side(Use grill pan for more caramelization). Place the cheese on each patty after flipping over for other side to cook.

Garlic-Parsley Potatoes
1 lb fingerling potatoes
1 cup chopped parsley
1 whole garlic
Salt and pepper

Cut the potatoes in half and place on baking sheet tossing with salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Place in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes.
Crush garlic in garlic press and combine with parsley in a big bowl with 1/4 cup olive oil. Toss potatoes in bowl as soon as you take them out of oven.

Chipotle mayo
1/2 cup mayo
Chipotle in adobo sauce

Blend the mayo, 1 seeded chipotle pepper and 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce until smooth

Healthy Alternative: Cilantro-lime yogurt sauce
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 lime
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey

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