January 6, 2008

Healthy Meal: Sirloin Bourguignonne Burger and Greek Salad

This is one of the first things I “learned how to cook” when I first started cooking. It’s not really cooking, per se; it’s really just grilling and combining a few different ingredients. However, it comes out really good, and the flavors work well together. I paired it with a simple Greek salad.

Recipe notes for the burger:
I’ve changed this recipe a lot, though I think Food Network may have changed it on their site? I distinctly remember using a whole portobello mushroom and spreading it with mustard, and I swear it was this recipe. Anyway, I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, and no oil. I use whole wheat kaiser rolls instead of regular white. To top the burger, I don’t use pate, but instead mushrooms. I cooked them in a bit of oil and then some of the same red wine, and put them on the bottom part of the bun after toasting it. As for the top, I dip it in the drippings of the mushrooms, and then once the burger is cooked, I spread some dijon mustard on it, throw some greens on, and finally the moistened top.

Recipe notes for the salad:
I don’t know where I got the recipe for this; I have it saved on my computer in a Word file, and I’ve had it for a while. I think I googled Greek dressing to find it? In any case, if this is your recipe, my sincere apologies for not keeping the source – feel free to let me know and I’ll give you proper credit. My adapted version of the recipe goes like this: place the following into a tiny sealable tupperware container: 1/2 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, 3/8 tsp black pepper, 3/8 tsp onion powder, 3/8 tsp mustard, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, and 2 tbsp red wine vinegar. Shake vigorously.

Nutrition facts:
255 calories for the burger (recipe here)
170 calories for the bun
16 calories for the dressing
38 calories for the salad veggies, 70 calories for the feta cheese

Review: 5/5
The wine makes this burger come out extremely moist, even though you’re using lean ground turkey. It’s great if you’re cooking for someone who’s reluctant to eat healthy, because the juiciness of the burger helps to prevent it from tasting like “diet food.” As for the salad, the mustard in the dressing gives it some body and richness, and the feta will make you feel really full. All in all, this is a very low-cal and healthy meal that will make you feel like you ate a ton! Fantastic.


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