Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Recipe: Turkey Burgers with Spiralized Vegetables

*This is a collaborative post*

It's that time of year when everyone seems to be on a bit of a health kick, but if you're anything like me, healthy meals aren't always the most appetising - especially during the cold weather when you just want to binge on stodge. 

Something we try to do in our house is take one of our favourite meals and replace some of the more unhealthy elements with fresh, healthy ingredients, and a spiralizer is definitely an easy way to do this. Mine is the Gefu Spirelli Spiral Slicer, from Steamer Trading Cookshop, and was super easy to use. 


So, with burger and chips being one of our very favourites, I thought I'd try and adapt this to make it more healthy using lean turkey mince, no bun and lots of veg in place of chips. A spiralizer is a great way of easily incorporating vegetables into your meals. Here, I've used carrot and sweet potato, but this would work with a huge number of vegetables, such as parsnips or courgettes. 

Ingredients


One red onion
One or two sweet potatoes (as needed)
Garlic 
Two carrots
One leek 
Bacon
Turkey mince 
Chives
Guacamole 
Cheese
One can of Sweetcorn
1 tbsp Smoked paprika
1 tbsp Honey
Salt and pepper

Method
  • Chop the leek into small pieces


  • Place in a pan with two chopped cloves of garlic and a tbsp of vegetable oil, and fry on a medium heat until soft 
  • Take off heat, place in an ovenproof dish and leave to cool
  • Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
  • Then onto spiralizing the veg!
  • Chop the ends off the carrots, and cut in half to make it easier to spiralize
  • You can peel the sweet potato if you wish, however I left the skin on for added nutrients
  • Spiralize by attaching the vegetable to the lid part of the machine using the spikes, and push into the spiralizer with a twisting action 


  • Place the spiralized carrots and sweet potato onto a baking tray, and sprinkle with one tbsp of smoked paprika, one tsp of pepper and one tsp of salt. You can also drizzle with some olive oil if you wish


  • Leave to one side while you make the burgers
  • Place the mince into the dish with the leeks, and mould into burger shapes 


  • Put the dish in the fridge to firm whilst prepping your garnishes 
  • To make the caramelised onions, chop up a large red onion into small semi-circle shapes 
  • Fry on the lowest possible heat, and you can top with some vegetable oil if needed 


  • Keep mixing the onions about until they've softened, then add one tbsp of balsamic vinegar and one tbsp of brown sugar. Leave to simmer on a very low heat
  • Take the burgers out of the fridge and put in oven at 200 degrees for 25-30 minutes
  • About 15 minutes before the end put your tray of spiralized vegetables in the oven. You'll also need to flip the burgers about halfway through their cooking time, so now is a good time to do that too
  • Place four slices of bacon onto a baking tray and pop into the oven to bake - this is a much healthier way of cooking bacon, as you don't need to add any extra oil as it will bake in its natural juices. Plus it makes it nice and crispy too! 
  • About five minutes from the end, add some of the sweetcorn to the tray of veg, and drizzle one tbsp of honey over it. Place back in the oven for the final five minutes


  • You're ready to serve up! Add some guacamole to the burger, and sprinkle BBQ sauce, cheese and chopped chives over the vegetables  


Have you used a spiralizer before? What recipes would you recommend? 

Thanks for reading, 
Sam Xx

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*Collaborative Post: I will always disclose when I have worked alongside a brand on a blog post, and will never feature products I wouldn't recommend or purchase myself*
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