Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Low Carb Turkey Burger

Serve 4  Prep:  10 mins  cook: 10 mins.


  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek, optional
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 (One 8-ounce can) water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Optional Garnishes:

  • 4 slices Cheddar
  • 4 seeded burger buns
  • 1/4 cup mayo mixed with 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 4 slices beefsteak tomatoes
  • 4 slices raw red onion
  • Butter lettuce

  • Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, soy sauce, sambal oelek, ginger, water chestnuts, cilantro and garlic. Add one-quarter to one-half cup water; this will help the burgers stay nice and moist. Using your hands, squish everything together until they are really well combined.
  2. Make and cook a little tester patty to be sure that the turkey is really well seasoned. Re-season if needed. If the burger is missing salt add more soy or just give  a little sprinkle dink of salt.
  3. When the burger mix is seasoned appropriately, form the mix into 4 equal size patties.
  4. Coat the saute pan with new olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat. Place the burgers in the pan. Be sure not to crowd the pan, if you need to work in batches go ahead! Cook the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes on each side.
  5. Top each burger with tomato, onion and lettuce, and eat em' up!

Low Carb Ramen

Serving 1    Prep: 10 mins.  Cook: 10 mins

  • 1.5 cup water
  • 1 tsp Vegetarian Bouillon Mix Chicken flavor (Harvest 2000)
  • 1/4 tsp Tamari-Gluten Free, Reduced Sodium
  • a pinch of garlic powder 
  • 8 oz. Tofu Shirataki Angel Hair 
  • 2 oz. fresh shrimp, shelled
  • 1 fresh shiitake mushroom, sliced
  • 1 cup baby bok-choy, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped

  1. Drain and rinse noodles. Parboil for 2-3 mins. ( or microwave for 1 mins)., then drain and pour into a small saucepan.
  2. Add water, bouillon mix, and garlic powder.  Bring noodles to a boil, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp and bok choy. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque.
  4. Garnish with green onion and mushrooms if desired and serve.
  5. Even better with a sprinkle of white pepper if you have it.