You guys will want to stick around to the end of this post for the perfect turkey burger – so juicy and low in smart points!
While it was nice standing at the train platform yesterday morning in 40 degree weather, what wasn’t so nice was the wind. Which made it feel like 20 degrees, and I wanted it to feel like 40 degrees. My only saving grace was that the rain held out until I got into the office!
Breakfast was my new favorite zucchini/egg white/cheese omelette (3) with a slice of my copycat Starbuck’s Muesli bread (4) with some grapes. The butter is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, at 10 calories a tablespoon, not counting the schmear on my bread.
I looked outside before I went on my lunch walk to see if anyone was using umbrellas, because the I was going to hit the gym. But with temps near 40 I really, really wanted to walk outside. It’s just such a nice break and I don’t have to switch into workout clothes
But holy balls was it windy! So windy at some points when I was at a stop light, I had to hold onto something in order not to feel like I was being blown over! (you can see the video I posted on Instagram). 40 minutes of walking was enough for me. I was happy I had leftover frozen lasagna soup for lunch – this time with baby kale and leftover spaghetti. 7 smart points for lunch and the last of the Florida citrus from my Parents-in-Law.
Work was super busy, and before I knew it was time to head home. I have an hour commute each way to work, and decided that I can’t spend the WHOLE time on social media, so I’ve given myself “train” tasks to do that are a bit more productive. Like delete the nearly 10,000 photos on my phone (um, didn’t know that used up data!) and go through the 4000+ emails as well. Last night I decided to make a new playlist on my Spotify – uplifting/inspirational songs for working out or for my lunch time walks.
For the record, I like eclectic playlists!
- Harder, Better, Faster – Daft Punk
- Dare You To Move – Switchfoot
- Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
- Home – Phillip Phillips
- Work – Rihanna (um, gotta have a Rihanna song)
- Applause – Lady Gaga
- Rise – Boyce Avenue (Katy Perry cover song)
- Handclap – Fitz & The Tantrums
- Into the New – Mark Peter Revell
- Walk – Foo Fighters
- Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
- Girl on Fire – Alicia Keyes
- Stronger – Brittney Spears (shout out to my DIL Lizz!)
- Not Afraid – Eminem
Some of these songs just make me smile, some make me sing like I am at karaoke night, and some I just like the lyrics. While the Eminem song might seem weird, I particularly like this lyric:
And I just can’t keep living this way, so today, I’m breaking out of this cage. I’m standing up, I’ma face my demons, I’m manning up, I’ma hold my ground; I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up, Time to put my life back together right now!
As I was walking during lunch and this song came on, I could literally feel myself pulling that final foot out of the quicksand that I’ve felt has been there for quite a while. While I lost my shoe in the quicksand, I am standing on two feet firmly on the ground. I feel in control. I haven’t had one food binge in over three weeks. I’ve only had 8 ounces of wine in 2 1/2 weeks. I’ve counted every.single.thing I’ve put in my mouth. I’ve got Blue Dots for days on my WW app!
And you know what? It feels pretty good. Sometimes you just have to believe in yourself. To not let the chaos of daily life get in the way of what you want. There are 86,400 seconds in each day, and I want to make the most of however many seconds I have left on this earth.
So now that we’ve gotten over all that inspirational stuff, can we talk about food now?! Specifically, turkey burgers?! After the turkey potstickers I made the night before last, I couldn’t help but think of all the delicious things I could make with ground turkey, and last night felt like a burger night. And for the record, that’s a salad plate. It’s the only plate that will fit on my makeshift photo studio, aka the shelf under the lamp in my dining room!
So I did a bit of research on how to make a better turkey burger, i.e. not a dry one, and stumbled across Lauren’s Latest who made a turkey burger with a pat of butter among other things. I didn’t want to add any more points to my dinner, so I went with this burger below – which served just me!
- 6 ounces raw Jennie-O extra lean ground turkey breast
- 3/4 teaspoon butter
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon favorite bbq rub (I used Penzey’s 33rd & Galena rub)
- Mix the turkey breast, dried parsley and bbq rub together. Form two 3 ounce patties and generously salt and pepper both sides. Put one patty on your cutting board, add the butter, then top with the second patty and press down until the burger is about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick. Cook over medium low heat about 5 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees. I used a clear lid on top so once I could see that the burger was cooked half way through, I flipped it.
- * I used my Lodge cast iron skillet, so I got a nice crust on the top and bottom of the burger. 😀
For the last couple minutes I added my trusty meat thermometer and went to refill my water and came back and my burger was done!
I served mine on a toasted bagel thin with romaine and dill pickles on the bottom, then topped with sautéed mushrooms, a bit of Plochman’s angry mustard, some hot sauce and parsley. Holy cow, was this a great burger. I am still team beef, but I have to say, I’d chow down on one of these burgers any day of the week, and I am pretty sure this will be heavy in the dinner rotation. Can you see how juicy this burger is?!
Perfect for a weeknight dinner, especially if you form the patties in the fridge before work, and just let them sit on the counter for 15 minutes before cooking while you check the mail and switch into your pajamas as soon as you walk in the door. Thanks Jennie-O for letting me be a 2017 Ambassador – and hoping I can share my new found love of ground turkey with all of you. You can check out their Facebook page and Twitter page for more recipe inspiration.
And because dinner was such a snap to put together, I had time to do a 20 minute Jillian ab work on YouTube – she still kind of annoys me, but it was a good workout – I have a feeling I’ll be feeling ab muscles I haven’t felt in a long time today!
HHere is some Wednesday Wisdom: