When you're raising kids it's funny how so many of your own personal tastes and culinary passions automatically get passed on to your little one(s. What you eat during your pregnancy will likely be what they crave. As a family we don't eat a lot of red meat, so neither does Kenya.
I do love myself a hamburger, but most of the time I prefer to make a good turkey burger for several reasons_ One, turkey meat is a lot less expensive then the high quality grass-fed beef that I would want to buy (most beef produced in this is corn-fed and since cattle do not naturally eat corn, producers must pump them full of antibiotics so the corn does not make them sick). I bought 1.5 pounds of 7% fat ground-turkey for $3.82 (Which makes the meat in this recipe come out to be a little over $1 (since I only needed less then a 1/3 of the package). While I was shopping I also checked out organic ground meat and it was over $13 for the same amount!
Turkey is packed with nutrients_ B vitamins, iron and more zinc then chicken. It's also known as a mood booster which we know every little one can use now and then.
Most of all, I love the flavor of turkey. It's mild and when served with a piece of cheddar cheese melted between two slices of bread, it's a perfect protein-packed meal.
Turk-wee Burgers (Make 12 Mini Burgers)
- 1/2 Lb 7% Fat Ground Turkey Meat
- 1 Tbsp Shallot, minced (you could also use onion)
- 1 Tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tsp oil
- 12 1 Inch Slice Cheddar Cheese
- 3 Slices whole wheat bread
Preparation1. Place the turkey, shallot and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and mix with your hands until throughly combined.
2. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan with the oil.
3. Cook the burgers for 3 minutes and flip to the other side.
4. Cook the burgers an additional 2 minutes.
5. Place a slice of cheese on each burger and cover the pan for 1 minute.
6. Using a 1 inch circular cookie cutter, cut out 4 circular “buns” out of each slice of bread (I used the cap to a plastic medicine bottle-improvise!)
7. Preheat a broiler and toast until golden.
8. Serve the burgers in the “buns”.
*Holding the buns can be a tough for many toddlers. You can also just
serve the burgers without the “buns” and cut the burgers into bite size pieces.