Friday, May 13, 2011

Healthy Burgers, Low Carb "Mashed Potatoes," and My Life

Last night was a good night! I made turkey burgers for dinner and the kids even loved them! You can make yummy lean burgers by just mixing lean ground turkey and/or ground turkey breast (I like to use a mixture of half and half to lower the fat but keep the flavor, as ground turkey breast alone can tend to be a little dry) with some very finely chopped veggies and a little bit of Egg Beaters to help hold it together. Chopped spinach is my favorite, but minced garlic, onions, red and green peppers, and even very finely chopped broccoli makes a delicious burger. I also add some seasonings like black pepper and Herbs de Province but you can use any seasonings you like. I baked the burgers in a 425 degree oven until they were cooked through, gave the kids theirs on buns, and had mine on a plate with a heaping side of mashed cauliflower aka "faux mashed potatoes." It's a great way to enjoy "mashed potatoes" that are creamy, yummy, low carb and healthy. Just steam some cauliflower until very soft (I cut up a small head, put it in a glass bowl with a little water, covered with plastic wrap and nuked about 10 minutes). Then drain, pat dry, and add something yummy. I used 4 triangles of Laughing Cow Light garlic & herb cheese for the whole head, but you can use any Laughing Cow triangles in any flavor you like, OR light cream cheese, OR sour cream. Add seaasonings like salt, pepper, garlic, and chives. I mash it with a potato masher and then use my favorite kitchen tool, the Stick Blender, to puree it to a creamy, mashed potato texture. Or you can use a food processor. SO good!

I have mentioned before that I am the mother of five children, but haven't shared a whole lot about them just out of respect for their privacy (two are adults, two in high school, one in kindergarten!) But let me share a bit about my youngest and the excitement we are having this week!

My little princess is five years old. She is such a sweet little blessing, very cute and petite with long blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes, and had a rough start in life. She spent her first 5 1/2 weeks in the hospital and then much of the following months at home on oxygen, meds, and monitors while I cared for her. She is much better now! As she became more well, I enrolled her in things like gymnastics, sports, and movement classes as a form of fun physical therapy. Over the years, it's become crystal clear where her passion lies as all other things dropped by the wayside: dance. She is always dancing, singing, and twirling in her flowery dresses all around the house, the yard, at school and in her classes. She is in her third year of ballet, second year of tap dancing, and just completed her first year of jazz dance. So as you can see, I am pretty busy running her to classes! It's become such a wonderful thing for us both and I so love watching her learn. Anyway, it's the end of the year and her dance school puts on a year-end recital where all the kids get to wear their special costumes and dance on stage for a rather large audience. It is so cute and the girls all get a bouquet of flowers at the end. It is a pretty big deal! So this is what is consuming our time over the next 2 weeks or so: practices, class pictures, dress rehearsals, and the big performances on 3 nights. I love it! I love seeing my girl so happy and doing something she truly loves with her friends. By the way, she is my only daughter, so this was quite a switch from all the years of Little League, Boy Scouts, monster trucks, flag football, soccer, and bug collections. I am truly blessed to have experienced both worlds.

I am off to do dance stuff! Enjoy your life!

10 comments:

Kari said...

I'll have to try that mashed cauliflower thing. It sounds really promising. Your little girl sounds just wonderful. It's amazing how passionate children can be about certain things.

Lauren said...

You are a great mother to support her in her endeavors! I bet she just loves doing it too!

Knowing your background and your own love of dance you must be tickled she's so interested in it!

You Go Lynn!! That joy/bliss with your kids is so hard to describe..you said it so well! I am very excited for you both!

Karin said...

another great mashed potato is boiling radishes and mashing them with whatever spices you have. you can also fry them up in coconut oil and they taste like fried potatoes! (I can't stand cauliflower). You're an awesome mom!

hopefulandfree said...

Your love for your children comes through loud and clear. They thrive when feeling the pleasure you take in their lives. Enjoy. It goes so quickly. <3

Anonymous said...

Lyn! This was such a sweet post! It's so nice to have a happier you back! Your daughter sounds like a treat!! Speaking as a growing daughter, cherish it!! It seems like yesterday (not 15 years ago!) that I was dancing in my very first recital!

you sound great! KEEP IT UP!

timothy said...

my neice is also in ballet, she just got on point this year! i take her to dance shows as often as possible. such joyous fun!
turkey burgers are a staple for me. i usually do the 85/17 (i think!lol) and i use lots of garlic a dash of onion powder or poultry seasoning. so far i haven't needed filler i put a tbs oil in a nonstick pan and place on paper towels and press to get any left over oil when i'm done. as a matter of fact i'm gonna make one now (not eating late i do 3rd shift off tonight but i just woke up) oh and in case i haven't said it thank you for sharing so openly and honestly it's a wonderful thing knowing we all experience the same highs and lows sure does make it seem a lot less lonely!
apprently i'm scattered tonite , i was gonna tell you to check out the bollywood workout with heemelaya, it's totally a fun dance workout my 12 year old neice loves to do it with me i bet your daughter would love it as well. we also enjoy the goddess workout with dolphina (bellydancing) xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

definingmore said...

Thanks for sharing about your daughter. She sounds like such a sweetheart. I can imagine you do appreciate the change from bug collecting to dance :)

Nicole said...

I have never tried the mash cauliflower. But I have recently received a recipe for cauliflower popcorn. I am going to try it with the kids soon.

Hannah C said...

What is the breakdown of the mashed potatoes as far as lean and green/healthy fat goes? Love your recipes!

Lyn said...

Hannah C~

1.5 cups of cooked cauliflower is your green for the day (each half cup is one Green serving and we get 3 servings). You have to count any additions as listed on the Medifast condiment sheet. Nutrition support at Medifast says 2 wedges of Laughing Cow light is a healthy fat.