I do not think I would consider myself a "foodie," however, I do find myself at parties and other gatherings talking with people about food. It is interesting to hear what people are cooking, baking, and trying in their kitchen. Recently, I got to talking with another woman who was going through a vegetable phase like me, and she suggested making kale chips. At first, I thought, kale? The lettuce stuff? How on earth could you turn that into a chip? So I checked it out online, and, sure enough, kale chips are quite the rage. So I bought myself some kale and tried them out.
I will admit, I'm not crazy about the texture, but the taste will definitely cure any craving you have for salt and green stuff. They make a good side dish for dinner, and like I read online, they are a great conversation piece for parties. I added them to a dinner of salad with hot veggies on top and sweet potato fries, which was a great combination.
Dinner #2! Turkey Burgers!
This recipe was donated by my friend Laura who left it in a comment on this blog (something I strongly encourage!). I bought ground turkey ages ago and finally got it out of my freezer to try these out. Here's what you need to do:
1 cup cold leftover white or brown rice
1 pound ground turkey
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
1 tablespoon grill seasoning, (recommended: Montreal Seasoning by McCormick)
Combine rice, meat and beans with spices and grill seasoning. Form 4 big patties from the meat and bean mixture then heat 1 tablespoon oil, a turn of the pan, in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties 7 to 8 minutes on each side.
As you can see, I topped mine with feta cheese, avocado, and a light spicy ranch, with a serving of mango on the side. I browned the patties off in a hot skillet, then baked them at 350 for about 20-25 minutes. They were DELICIOUS. Mr. PT ate 2 1/2, haha. I guess he was hungry.