Home Made Turkey Burgers

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Home Made Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey, 1lb
  • Onions, diced (about a palm full)
  • Red and green peppers, diced (about a palm full worth of both)
  • EVOO, about 2 tbsp
  • McCormick‘s perfect pinch roasted garlic and bell pepper seasoning, approximately 1 tbsp
  • Gluten free bread or buns, I used Udi’s

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, add the diced onion, peppers, EVOO, and seasoning. Get dirty and mix the ingredients with your hands!
  2. Shape your turkey burgers. Trick, press down in the center of your burgers (a step I forgot to do during this batch). The reason you do this is because the meat tends to rise and get very thick, so it actually evens it out, allowing the burger to cook evenly.
  3. Why use EVOO? Turkey burgers can often be dry, so the olive oil keeps it nice and moist I’ve noticed.
  4. Lastly, I start my turkey burgers on tin foil and once it cooks for a few minutes I remove it from the foil. I do this so the burger doesn’t lose its shape when first put on the grill.

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Since it was such a beautiful day out last Friday and my boyfriend and I both had off of work, we decided to grab some beers and grill out. My boyfriend prefers red meat over turkey, so he made his own. We also grilled up sliced red and green peppers (with EVOO and garlic powder). It was an excellent afternoon of grilling.

Of course it helps when you have someone hunky doing the grilling 😉

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HELP! Does anyone have any recommendations for good gluten free beer? I’ve been afraid to buy a whole case, since if I hate it I really would rather it not go to waste. I’d love any suggestions!

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Gluten Free Spinach & Mushroom Quesadilla

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Gluten Free Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla

Alright, since I have started this gluten free journey, I’ve learned a few things. The first thing I learned…I am awful with diets. I failed after day 4. Second thing I’ve learned…I actually could feel a difference after 3 days. The last thing I learned, I should probably stop eating gluten. In an effort to not feel like I’m losing out on all of the things I love, I’m really trying to work with some alternatives.

For those of you who have gluten allergies, I’m sure you know the uncomfortable symptoms caused by eating gluten. For the 3 days that I successfully went gluten free, I felt great. I wasn’t tired, I didn’t feel bloated, and my stomach didn’t hurt. Not even a little bit! Now, after I ate bread on day 4, I felt terrible. My stomach was in pain, I felt bloated, and extremely lethargic. Yesterday, I went gluten free for breakfast and lunch, but not dinner. I succumbed to the temptation of pizza. Again, I felt terrible. ALL night long. Hopefully, I have learned my lesson.

On to the recipe! This gluten free quesadilla was so good! You can obviously use any veggies in a quesadilla, but I just went with what I had in the fridge since I don’t want things to go bad.

Ingredients:

  • Mexican cheese blend,I used Wegmans, which is gluten free
  • Brown rice tortillas, from Trader Joes, gluten free
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Onion, diced
  • Avocado
  • Salsa, gluten free and organic, I used Trader Joes again (Believe it or not, this salsa is better then any salsa I’ve ever had!)

Directions:

  1. Saute your mushrooms, spinach, and onion until cooked.
  2. Take out 2 tortillas and add cheese to both sides facing up. You can either melt the cheese in the oven or in the microwave.
  3. Top the veggies on the tortillas/melted cheese and put together.
  4. Instead of using sour cream and salsa, which I always do. I decided to opt for a more healthy choice. I just mixed together salsa and avocado for a quick “guacamole”.

Gluten Free Tomato Basil Pasta

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Gluten Free Tomato Basil Pasta

This was my first time EVER trying a gluten free pasta. Surprisingly, it wasn’t flavorless. Although it had an interesting consistency, I was actually really impressed.

Ingredients:

  • Gluten free pasta, I used Trader Joes gluten free/organic brown rice spaghetti
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh basil, about a handful
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic, 2 cloves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (gluten free)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add approximately 2 tbsp of oil to a pan and heat. Mince the garlic and add to oil, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook until they look a bit wilted. Add the basil and cook for about 1-2 more minutes.
  4. Drain pasta and add to tomatoes and basil. Add spices and parmesan cheese, mix, and you’re done!

Avocado Toast, Gluten Free Breakfast

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I know, I know, this isn’t a very exciting recipe. I figured I’d still put it up to illustrate a gluten free breakfast. I used Udi bread and toasted both sides. Instead of using butter or jam, I used delicious avocado. I also had a banana and gluten free vanilla chai tea. It was quick and easy and good for any person who’s too busy in the morning to do some serious cooking.

Here goes day 2 of 14 on my gluten free diet!

Gluten Free Spinach & Mushroom Grilled Cheese

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Gluten Free Spinach and Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Alright, here is one of the gluten free meals I made for today. I’m actually impressed on how tasty the bread was. I was nervous that it was going to taste like cardboard, but I was proven wrong! Of course, just like my childhood days, I ALWAYS have to have tomato soup with my grilled cheese. In this case, I used a prepackaged gluten free/organic roasted tomato and red pepper soup from Trader Joes.

Ingredients:

  • Udi bread (gluten free)
  • Spinach, organic
  • Mushrooms, organic
  • Sargento provolone cheese (Sargento cheeses are gluten free, except for some of their dips. Visit their website for more product info)
  • Wegmans unsalted butter (gluten free)
  • EVOO

Directions:

  1. Grilled cheese is pretty simple, but I’ll give directions anyways. Butter both sides of the bread and place on a pan on medium heat. If you would prefer lower calorie grilled cheese, you can skip EVOO or butter and toast the bread and broil the cheese in the oven or toaster oven). However, I like my butter. If I’m going gluten free, no need to give up my butter 😉
  2. In a separate pan, on medium heat, saute your mushrooms and spinach in extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Once your grilled cheese has light brown, flip over.
  4. Add the cheese to the sides that are already browned. I used one slice per side. Cover the pan so the cheese melts and the heat is locked in.
  5. Add the cooked mushrooms and spinach.
  6. Pair your grilled cheese with any side!

Going Gluten Free (temporarily?)

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Pictured above is my grocery shopping trip to Trader Joes.

All gluten free and organic products.

So here’s the thing…I go through a lot of phases where I want to eat clean, or eat healthy, or juice, or cleanse, or etc. My big issue is that I literally can’t stick to a single “trending” diet. For instance, last week, I spent $130 on a 3 day juice cleanse. First and foremost, WHO SPENDS THAT KIND OF MONEY, but seriously, who?! I was getting my juices that were freshly blended at a juice bar and would have 5 a day with a shot of wheat grass. I actually did fairly well. I lasted 2 and a half days, not bad! On my last day, I decided to go out for a turkey burger with my boyfriend, so the last 3 juices fell to the waste side.

ANYWAYS, my point being, I have a very difficult time parting from the things I love and doing what I love most, EATING. So why exactly am I going gluten free? I really have no other choice. Has anyone heard of celiacs disease? It’s a really depressing diagnosis that no longer allows you to eat things that contain gluten. You now have to buy all gluten free products that really never taste like the real deal.

Check out this website if you want more information on Celiac Disease.

If you go on that website, they have a nice little symptom check list you can go through. Welp, it was depressing. I pretty much had almost every single symptom on that list. I’ve had several other diagnoses from my doctor, from a gastrointestinal doctor, and none of them were able to help or find remedies. I finally had some blood work done, but that came up negative for celiacs. That would mean I can rule out Celiacs right? Wrong. Apparently, you can still have celiacs even if it does not show up in your blood work. A true test is through your intestines. No thanks, I’ll try a different method first. My aunts a nurse and recommended I try going gluten free for a few weeks and to pay attention if I notice any symptom reduction. Welllllll, I was told to do this a few years ago. No pasta, no pizza, no bread? I would die. Finally, my friend wanted to go gluten free as well and we made a pact to do it for a few weeks.

The next two weeks I will be posting about my progress and hopefully some great gluten free recipes!

If anyone knows of any excellent gluten free products or recipes, feel free to share 🙂