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“Hunger Games” and Herbed Turkey Burgers

Posted Jan 20 2011 7:00am
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Many nights of vegetarian dishes must be balanced with some meaty dishes to keep a balanced meal plan. We like to cook with ground turkey, and it had been a long time since we’ve made turkey burgers. I found a simple and flavorful recipe for herbed turkey burgers, and we paired it with polenta cakes and a light arugula salad. Here are the details:

Herbed Turkey Burgers

Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 package ground turkey (Jennie O Lean, ~1.25 lbs)
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/4 C chopped parsley
  • 1/2 T rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 T sage, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme, chopped

Instructions:

  • On the stovetop, sautee onions until soft. Add garlic after 3 minutes to cook together for 2 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine turkey and herbs. Then add onions and mix together by hand. Form four patties and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  • Cook on the stovetop for about 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
Thoughts on the dish:

The polenta was a little boring. It was pre-cooked in a tube package. You just slice and heat on the stovetop. I guess it’s time to learn to make polenta from scratch.

The salad was arugula, pine nuts and shaved parmesan with a simple dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

The burgers were really good with all the herbs. It didn’t need bread crumbs, an egg, cheese or any other additions that add unnecessary calories. A keeper recipe and Jeffrey approved.

Also served with store-bought guacamole.

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Book Review: The Hunger Games

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I like to stay in the loop of books that everyone says is great, and my sister told me to read The Hunger Games . This book was actually written as a young adult book, but more as one of those you’d read in high school to analyze and be quizzed on. And it’s not about food, as I thought for many months when I heard about it.

The event called The Hunger Games is like the Olympics for this fantasy country that seems to take place in the very distant future. There are colonies and two children from each colony are sent to the Hunger Games, totaling 24 children. They fight to the death and one will be crowned the victor. The story is about the way children are chosen for the Games, then the actual games, and then what happens next.

The story reminded me of Twilight meets Survivor. It was like reality TV, something that the colonies look forward to each year and they are united to cheer on the children from their town. Besides the overall theme of children killing each other, it was a page-turner that was quick and fun to read. I liked that it was fantasy and really took you away to this imaginary time when reading.

There are three books in The Hunger Games series, and the first is being made into a movie this year. I am guessing the movie will have effects similar to Avatar.

Have you read any of the books in this series?

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