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Hi.  I’m alive.  I’m not suffering from postpartum depression.  I’m not starving my husband or myself.  (Although lately I do usually find myself swallowing down my food, in order to tend to my crying child, who just so happens likes to lose it, when I’m soooo hungry and just sitting down to a full meal).  This baby gig is a little more time consuming then I had initially anticipated.  I thought you feed the baby, change the baby, let the baby sleep, entertain the baby….“look at the baby, look at the baby\” (Vince Vaughn, Old School) and you are golden.  I hadn’t really banked on the crying baby in-between all that good ol’ fun…why must she fight her sleep?!  Sure, she’s golden when you are holding her but hell…’s kind of hard to hold a newborn while using the restroom, eating, or blogging for that matter unless I strap her to my body which is always a good time.   In a nutshell my child seems to be slightly high maintenance.  I’m not exactly sure where she may have picked up this trait.   Ok, well actually….lets not call her high maintenance rather “intermediate maintenance” as I would rather see myself.  Anyhow, I feel like I’m coming out of “the trenches” as my friend refers to the first few months of new parenthood (and now I totally understand what she was talking about).  Don’t get me wrong by my negative connotation here, I adore my little cherub but I just have a new found respect for all mothers and those stay at home hot mamas.  This is some hard work.  We deserve diamonds, jewels, a pat on the back and some sleep….so “hail to the V”!

With all that said, I’ve got a backlog of recipes to share with you.  I thought I’d start with these lovely little Mediterranean Turkey Burgers which I have been craving again and shall make again real soon.  It’s the last recipe I made before “little babe” made her entrance into the world.  I made this 2 days before “d day”.  We actually had leftover patties in the fridge the morning we went to the hospital.  So when I decided those contractions were getting a little more than I could bare and told husband it was time, he started to raid the fridge.  He asked if I wanted a patty because “you don’t know when our next meal will be” (like it was the end of the world or something.  Well in a weird way it kind of was).  I had to decline on the burger.  Look, I too live my life wondering what/when/where my next meal will be, but while in labor at 12:30am, I’m not trying to pound a garlicky Mediterranean burger.  It was the last thing on my mind.  This recipe will forever remind me of that night and will give me a good chuckle.

I did not make the Tzatziki sauce from scratch.  Hell peeps, I was ready to burst and can’t believe I slapped together a mound of meat regardless.  We grilled up some baby peppers and added those to our burgers too.  Mmm….mmmm….mmmmmmmm……

  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons commercial pesto
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, toasted and halved (I used sammy thins)

Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl; mix until combined. Divide panko mixture into 4 portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick oval patty.  Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 patty and 1/2 cup arugula in each pita half.

Tzatziki sauce: Combine 1/2 cup plain low-fat, Greek-style yogurt; 1/4 cup finely chopped seeded cucumber; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper. Serve with sliced bell pepper and celery sticks.

Barbara Lauterbach, Cooking Light
APRIL 2009


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One Response to Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

  1. Kiki says:

    Awe! What a cute story :) I’m gonna try this recipe, it sounds ahmazing!

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