So Simple!

One of my favorite food indulgences is a good old juicy hamburger and French fries. When I feel the need to nurture myself, I will go to one of my favorite restaurants and order me up one of those babies! In fact, when I was on Weight Watchers (where I lost 35 pounds) – for every five pounds I lost, I would celebrate with a cheeseburger.

Let’s face it. We can’t eat like that all the time. So when the burger craving hits, here’s a delicious healthy alternative…

Sweet Potato Fries and Greek Turkey Burgers

I don’t have an exact recipe so bear with me as we walk through this together.

Grab yourself some  sweet potatoes…figure one potato per person. Tonight there were three of us for dinner so I prepared four potatoes, planning on a lunch the next day.

Peel the potatoes with a potato peeler and cut them into steak type fries.

Prepare a sugar/pepper mixture of: 2 tsp. sugar,  1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (feel free to add more if you want a bit more kick!).

Drizzle the taters with about a tablespoon of olive oil.

And I must digress here with my new handy-dandy gadget. My daughter is always accusing me of putting more than called for olive oil in my recipes. (Who’s counting!?!)

Next time she comes into town, I will boast that I have the oil pre-measured and yada-da-da.

Seriously…it’s a handy little tool…and under $10!

Back to the recipe. Potatoes oiled…sprinkle the sugar mixture over it and then crack some fresh ground pepper over those babies.

Kicking it!

Time to put those little hotties on a cookie sheet cover with foil in a 500 degree oven. Place them so they’re not on top on each other and have some room for you to flip them. Bake 10 minutes on each side.

Flip after 10 minutes and bake until slightly charred.

But Wait…There’s More!

How ’bout those burgers? Turkey burgers this time, folks. Remember it’s healthy night?

Let’s jazz up those burgers and call them “Greek Burgers”!

A little bit of feta cheese. Please don’t ask me for how much. I did a ‘slight handful’ to a pound of ground turkey.

I also added about a teaspoon or so of Greek seasonings.

Chopped up a handful of fresh spinach….

more or less here…

depending on your tastes…

I tossed the spinach in along with about 5 chopped Kalamarta olives. Pat them into plump little patties…

Patties are frying on the stove.

Fries are baking into the oven…

How about a new light approach to cole slaw?

Finely shredded cabbage and my new favorite dressing from Marzetti’s….

Marzetti now makes a Simply Dressed dressing…

Delicious. All natural. No compromises on taste, flavor nor additives!

Our new Simply Dressed™ salad dressings are all natural, made with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and canola oil, which provides omega-3. What our dressings don’t contain are preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, MSG and artificial flavors.

Delightful!

Burgers done. Fries done. A simple slaw.

A  simple night of burger and fries.

So simple!

And no guilt!

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3 comments on “So Simple!

  1. chefshellina on said:

    No offense to the recipes- they’re amazing, of course- but OMG the photography! I am beyond impressed. Thanks for being an inspiration. ;)

  2. Annie on said:

    Hi Linda… i’m like your daughter..with oil .. where did you got the oil pre-measured tool?
    thanks
    Annie

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      Annie – I found mine in a local food boutique store here in town. I suggest trying Sur La Table if there’s one near you. Good Luck! I love mine!

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