The Wifey’s Low Carb- Super Skinny Turkey Burgers

I AM NOT A DIET BLOGGER.

REPEAT.

However… I know that we (most people who read the Wifey and my friends in general) are still trying to drop those darn December lbs…SO- I decided to step out of my little Wifey box and create the *perfect* turkey burger.

Let’s just PAUSE right now- I know what you are thinking… “How can you possibly create the *perfect* turkey burger when you DONT EAT TURKEY?!?!?”

And I hear you.

But- lucky for me I have two very honest taste testers: My camera dude Jordan and Alex.

And PAUSE again- I know again what you’re thinking: “Well you are paying one of them and married to the other so…come on…how are they really gonna tell you if they like it or not!?”

Well- if they eat the entire plate I serve them- they like it.

If they rave about it- they really like it.

If Jordan texts me later about it…well then, it’s really a home run. (disclaimer- that hasn’t happened since the enchiladas… BUT Alex did say that this was – hands down- his #1 favorite recipe to date…soooooo)

But let’s get back to the real issue- a Turkey burger that will fill you up without weighing you down. You ready?

Let’s Get Wife’ed Up.

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What You Need/grocery list:

  • a half pound of ground turkey breast. * I got mine from the Whole Foods counter
  • a half cup crumbled feta cheese
  • a small zucchini
  • half of a small yellow onion
  • about 3 kalamata olives- chopped up
  • a clove of roasted garlic (hit up your local deli salad bar for this OR take a bulb of garlic, drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil on top, wrap in foil and roast in oven set at 400 for 45 mins)
  • salt and pepper and 1 tsp of ground parsley – dry is fine, if using fresh- mince it first- aka- cut it up super small
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • a grater

What To Do:

  • heat a large pan (not pot) on medium heat with about 2 tsps of vegetable oil
  • chop your half of an onion until it’s in small bits (or minced)- throw it in a big bowl
  • cut your zucchini in half- either long way or short. Grate the zucchini on the light side until you have about a cup’s worth or the whole thing is done- add it to the bowl
  • grate your garlic- this doesn’t produce a lot of garlic- and that’s ok. Add it to the bowl.
  • add the olive chop
  • take your turkey meat and dump it into the bowl
  • crumble the feta (if needed)- add it into the bowl
  • add the seasoning
  • use your hands and get duuuurty- mix everything together until you feel like it’s one big happy family
  • roll 3 (or so) balls of the meat into patties and flatten. Add them to the heated pan- which is now on LOW heat

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  • let them cook for about 3 mins a side or until they are brown- but NOT burned. I normally flip them a few times to get an even patty.
brown, not blackened- ok?

brown, not blackened- ok?

  • cut into them with your spatula (or fork) and make sure there is no pink meat- if it’s all white/grey- it’s all good.
  • serve over greens, with a side of cucumber, or homemade “aioli”.

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  • dare your “loves” to question how these Burger Babies can possibly be so healthy – yet taste SO fantastic.

Watch me sizzle these babies HERE

Dinner Date Night

There are dozens of restaurants I love in Chicago, but for some reason when date night rolls around- my mind draws a total blank when it comes to choosing a place.

This post is dedicated to *THAT* exact moment.

LOW KEY:

  • Doc B’s– it’s healthy, cozy and not two expensive.
  • 25 Degrees–  they have outdoor seating when it’s warm and delicious brunch, burgers and salads
  • Big Bowl– when we’re in the mood for a healthy stir fry
  • Taco Joint– quick, major taco selection and the best street corn I’ve ever tasted.
  • Beatrix– try the Straight A salad and potato salad deviled eggs. Great brunch too
  • Friends Sushi– unassuming sushi joint with no prevention and lots of rolls to choose from
  • El Barco– go when you are in the mood to eat- portions of Mexican and seafood are ginormous
  • Volare– the best vodka gnocchi in zee city

TRENDY:

  • Purple Pig– hands down my favorite restaurant in Chicago- they don’t take resos so put your name in and shop around for a bit
  • Hub51– sure you might run into people you’re not interested in socializing with- but the food makes up for it.
  • The bar at Shaw’s– way less stuffy than the restaurant side and they always have oyster specials around happy hour time.
  • The Bristol- dressed up food without having to dress up
  • GT Fish– when you’re in the mood to put on heels but not get too fancy
  • The bar at Hugo’s– give me their crab cake, a baked potato, dirty martini and the game and I’m happy

LET’s CELEBRATE (and drop some $)

  • Kai Zan– I’m not sure if it’s cause Alex and I had our first dinner date there, or because every time we go back it’s perfection- but I’m a huge fan. Plus- it’s BYOB!
  • Bavette’s– good luck trying to get a reso, we like to go early and snag a walk in. I love this place because it’s big food and service in a sexy laid back atmosphere.
  • El Ideas– never the same and always memorable.
  • Joe’s , Mastero’s and Cut- there’s just something about a steak house

And there you go. There are several other places we love and go to often, but these are at the top of my list right now.