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Resurrecting the Turkey Burgers: Italian Style ‘Quesadilla’

Posted Jul 28 2011 12:00am

Blogging is A LOT of work! Serious business folks. I have been learning so much and I am a little overwhelmed with all that I want to accomplish with this blog so bear with me! I want to strengthen my participation within the blogging community and I am having so much fun working on this project :)

Along with all that… I’m working on training for that half marathon with my Sister in October AND I’m trying to incorporate getting back to the ‘vocal gym’. Meaning, I would really like to start singing again. If you don’t know, I have a degree in classical vocal performance which feels like a past life nowadays. I stopped singing for many reasons… which I’ll chat about some other time. In any case, I have been singing here and there and it feels SO GOOD :)

Onward!

Yesterday the weather in Boston was AMAZING. No humidity (or at least significantly LESS humidity than there has been). Perfect opportunity to run to Boston Common and back after work. It’s just 2 miles away which helped me log 4 miles for yesterday. It’s a completely level, flat run. No hills or anything. I kind of prefer having a few inclines in there but eh, it was still an awesome run. That brought me to 19 miles in 5 days. Today I would like to get 5 more miles in to bring myself to 24 miles in 5 days. Tomorrow WILL be rest, I promise, and this weekend who knows if I’ll get any significant running in. I have good friends visiting us from Cape Cod for the weekend! SO excited to see Sam and Ricky!

Last night, I resurrected the dreaded herbed turkey burgers…

So I had those left-over herbed turkey burgers just kind of sitting in the fridge for a few days. Untouched. Unwanted. I refused to eat them because the massive amounts of oregano I added to them made them taste weirdly meaty. Andrew was committed to eating them at some point so that they didn’t go to waste which is why I left them in the fridge, curious to see what he would do with them. What a good guy! When I asked him last night what he wanted to do for dinner he told me he was just going to eat those turkey burgers. “You’re just going to eat a plate of leftover turkey burgers? That’s it? Just turkey burgers. You’re probably going to microwave them. Ew. You’re not going to like them I promise you! They taste weird” Still, that’s what he wanted. So while he popped in the shower I got to work on those burgers to turn them into something much better than what they were, using other stuff we had that I had been neglecting. Working on being less wasteful! I was proud. I had bought whole wheat wraps a few days prior to make quesadillas that never happened. That happens a lot :/ ). Turkey burger quesadillas?? No f’ing way. Gross. But wait!… all that oregano?? I have left over marinara?? Italian quesadillas? Hell YES!

Chop chop chop

Some caramelized onions? Yes please…

The secret ingredient? Why these REALLY tasted so good…

Because butter makes the world go round.

Spinach? Sure.

Now for the ‘quesadilla’ making… (It feels wrong and weird to call these quesadillas, of any kind, but it really is the best way to describe them.

A little marinara…

Some cheeeese (I used Kraft 2% milk shredded Italian blend)

The resurrected turkey burger mixture…

You know, I was thinking, hey fennel would be kinda good in this…. so Italian sausage I think would work really well in this.

A bit more cheese and sauce…

Topped it off with another wrap and sprinkled the top with some olive oil, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Voila!

Now here you have it. Andrew really really enjoyed these. But I think we both agreed that this wouldn’t be something I would plan to make. However it was a brilliant way to use up stuff we had rather than letting it all just rot. Ew, I hate that word. But you get the idea!

Italian Style ‘Quesadilla’

- 3 chopped turkey burgers, or 3 chopped and cooked Italian sausage (Chicken, veggie, whatever you like)
- 1/2 an onion chopped and caramelized in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
- big ‘ole handful of fresh baby spinach.
- 1/4 cup marinara or any pasta or pizza sauce you like (I use this canned marinara from Trader Joe’s that I swear by)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded Italian blend or Mozzarella cheese.
- 2 Large whole wheat wraps.
- Grated parmesan, garlic powder, and olive oil for the topping.

Heat your oven to 375-400 degrees.

After you have caramelized the onion, throw in the chopped meat (sausage, turkey burgers you hated but now will love, veggie sausage…whatever) Sauté it all up until the meat is warmed back up or if it is sausage, it is cooked, throw in the spinach and let it wilt right in (sprinkle a bit of water on the spinach if you want to help it wilt, maybe some more olive oil too), add salt and pepper to taste and there you have the filling.

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and place the bottom on the wrap on the sheet. Top it with the sauce and as much or as little of the filling as you want. Top that with cheese and maybe some more sauce and place the other wrap on top. Sprinkle the wrap with some olive oil, grated parm, and garlic powder (Kinda makes it taste and definitely smell, like garlic bread!)

Cook in the oven until the cheese starts to ooze out and the top is golden brown.

Just so y’all know I myself had a bowl of Amy’s Tomato Bisque with roasted broccoli, a cut up Quorn ‘turkey burger’ and shredded cheese… all mixed in. I took pictures, but the pictures kinda grossed me out even though it tasted delicious! I’m sparing you all the pictures of it, believe me.

Oh and just a little popcorn happened… and a bite of a gluten-free brownie (I made the Trader Joe’s gluten-free brownie mix the other day…. REALLY good. I’ll post that sometime soon)

The night ended with a little Jiu Jitsu. Andrew needed to practice his throws. Nooo, he didn’t really ever throw me… except once. Kinda. ;)

His belt test is tonight and I am so excited for him! I can’t wait to show you all pictures!!

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