daily eats: 2.19.14

Hi All! How was Valentine’s Day? We spent the evening drinking my favorite wine (Evolution) and celebrating a birthday at a bar called Mickey’s in our neighborhood. Lots of fun and lots of boys in underwear. :)  It was also a great weekend (aren’t all three day weekends?) – we saw Gravity (I hated it!), hung out with friends, went for a hike and ate a lot. Oh, and started watching House of Cards…or I should really say, binge-watched House of Cards. Do you watch it? We’re obsessed.

workout: 45-ish minute run/walk at the gym (about 3.5 miles total)

beverage 1: green juice: romaine + cucumber + parsley + lemon + wheat grass + pineapple

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beverage 2: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: bagel + cream cheese during a work meeting

Nutritionists never “recommend” eating bagels for breakfast – they are high in calories, not very filling, and studies always show you eat more than if you were to eat eggs in the morning – BUT you know what? I love them. If I try to avoid them, I’ll think about bagels all day so I eat the bagel, enjoy it and not give it another thought. Could I be skinnier (or stronger – which seems to be the latest word) if I stopped eating bagels and cupcakes and cheese? Probably. Would I be happier? No.

My definition of eating perfectly isn’t about eating “100% clean” or “whole30 approved” or  “low-carb.” It’s about eating a balance of good (for you) food and good (for your soul) food.

lunch: egg salad (2 eggs + mayonnaise + onion) with a big salad (greens + cucumber + cilantro dressing). Loved this ultra-simple egg salad.

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snack: brown rice crackers + cheese stick + a few fried peanuts

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dinner: parmesan crusted chicken breast + asparagus was on the menu. Then there was a last-minute invite to visit Top Round and we never say no to a dinner date. Revised dinner was a roast beef sandwich with provel cheese, horseradish cream, roasted mushrooms on a sesame bun + curly fries + a few bites of custard. It was delicious.

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approximate nutrition stats: 1,940 calories, 96 grams fat (44%), 191 grams carbohydrates (39%), 16 grams fiber, 27 grams sugar, 83 grams protein (17%)

thoughts: The calories weren’t as high as I would have thought – a pleasant surprise! Fiber and protein are lower than I usually like, but today was heavy on the good (for your soul) food and that’s ok.

turkey burgers with caper aioli

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I’m not normally a turkey burger person. But this one, served with a bright aioli, is good. And it’s healthy. And it’s still January, so everyone wants “light/lean/skinny/healthy/paleo” recipes. So here we are. First a salad and now a turkey burger. Could I be anymore predictable? Sigh.

How did I – the self-proclaimed non-turkey burger fan – make a turkey burger? Well, towards the end of 2013, I bought three calendars. One was a standard daily calendar so I don’t forget important things, the second was the One-Sentence Journal (which I’m loving!) and the third was a Cooking Light Recipe Calendar that I keep at work so I can be surrounded by food inspiration everywhere I go!

So far, and we’re only a few weeks into 2014, I’ve made two recipes from the calendar, one of which inspired this burger. I must say, it’s been really fun to have a reminder to try out new recipes on a daily basis. And now I’ve made chicken and turkey burgers twice in a matter of weeks. WHAT?!

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When I started thinking about this turkey burger, I knew I wanted it healthy (light), so I kept the ingredients simple and used shallots and capers to pack the burger with flavor without adding many calories. The aioli is the perfect topping, and in my opinion, necessary for a “lean” burger. Bonus: when you use light mayonnaise – it barely adds any calories!

Another bonus? These turkey burgers have great nutrition stats: 260 calories, 15 grams fat, 3.8 grams carbohydrates and 28 grams protein. (Nutrition stats are for one turkey burger + aioli.)

Serve on a bun with lettuce and tomato or use a bibb lettuce leaf instead of the bun for a gluten-free/paleo/low-carb meal.

Turkey Burger with Caper Aioli

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: grill entree turkey

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

    For the Aioli

    • 4 Tbsp light mayonnaise
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp capers, chopped
    • 1 clove crushed garlic
    • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
    • salt & pepper

    For the Burgers

    • 20 oz lean (93%) ground turkey
    • 1/4 cup chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 Tbsp capers, chopped
    • salt & pepper
    • optional: hamburger buns, lettuce, tomato

    Instructions

    For the Aioli

    Combine all ingredients in small bowl.

    Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

    For the Burgers

    Combine all ingredients and mix until just combined.

    Form into four burgers.

    Heat grill or pan over medium heat.

    Cook for about five minutes per side, or until cooked through.

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    leftover stuffing quiche

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    I’m back for more Thanksgiving chat. But this time around it’s all about leftovers.

    How do you feel about them? Love them? Too soon to talk about them?

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    Personally, I have a lot more fun with the leftovers than the actual meal. Last year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we picked up a whole turkey just so I could play with leftovers (Curried Lentil Turkey Soup!). Who knows if we’ll end up doing the same this year, but I’ve already gotten to play with stuffing leftovers so we’re off to a good start.

    leftover stuffing quiche

    Let’s rewind. Last week I made brown-butter challah stuffing for our work potluck. Not to brag or anything (I’m from the midwest after all, we don’t do that!) but it was really good. Like so good my husband said it was the best he’d ever had. It could have been the challah or it could have been the brown butter… I went all out. #worthit

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    And I made extra to ensure there would be leftovers. Then I combined some of the world’s best foods – bread, butter, eggs and cheese – in one perfect quiche. (Technically, quiche has a custard base, but I didn’t need to add anymore cream to this dish, so I left it out.)

    I don’t want to tell you what to eat on Friday, but….this would be a perfect choice. Just sayin’.

    Leftover Stuffing Quiche

    by Emily Dingmann

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Cook Time: 30 minutes

    Keywords: bake bread breakfast entree eggs cheese Thanksgiving fall

     

    Ingredients (4-6 servings)

    • 5 eggs
    • salt & pepper
    • 2 1/2 cups stuffing, crumbled
    • 1 cup shredded cheese like cheddar

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    Whisk together eggs and season with salt & pepper.

    Layer the stuffing in a greased 8×8″ pan.

    Sprinkle cheese on top of stuffing.

    Pour egg mixture over stuffing and cheese and bake for about 30 minutes or until eggs have set.

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    PS: I’ll be back next time with something healthy!

    thanksgiving drinks, menu, dessert, table and leftovers!

    In the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, it seems to be impossible to talk about anything else. Obviously I’m guilty. Next Thursday can’t come soon enough!

    And as much as I love our LA Thanksgivings, I have to admit that I’m also really missing our annual “Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving” with friends this year. Things would definitely be different (think more babies and less drinks) but oh what fun we had! (Whine over.)

    What are you cooking this year? I’m making a challah stuffing for my work potluck this week and probably some sort of vegetable next week. Still need some inspiration? I’ve rounded up the best drinks, menus, desserts, and my favorite – leftovers! 

    1. Thanksgiving Drinks via Food & Wine 2. Pacific Northwest Thanksgiving via Epicurious 3. Table Settings for every dish via Real Simple 4.Thanksgiving Desserts via Martha Stewart 5. The Five Best Leftover Turkey Recipes by Chefs via Epicurious 

    More fun:  Martha’s Thanksgiving Tips | How to Set a Thanksgiving Table 

    PS: This Thanksgiving is also the first night of Hanukkah…and THANKSGIVUKKAH was born! (It’s been a fun holiday on pinterest – think sweet potato latkes and pumpkin pie sufganiyot!)