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Old 02-24-12, 05:53 PM   #1
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OT: Awesome Burger!

Just thought Id post my "discovery". Last night, I went to have a Jenny-O Turkey Burger and usually they are pretty bland. However, last night I had a revelation and let the burger simmer for 10 mins with a blob of pureed garlic on top of it (from a jar). I have to say it was one of the best burgers Ive had in a long time. Highly recommended!

Any other ideas for making bland "diet" food passable?
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I make my burgers with ground turkey meat, mix in green pepper, red pepper, onions and garlic before you mold them into patties and slap em on the grill!

Seriously they are incredible!
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Sounds awesome!
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Yeah, whenever I do turkey burgers it is more like turkey meatloaf burgers. I add all sorts of veggies and spices. My favorite is to saute up some onions and jalapenos. Cook up some turkey bacon and let it all cool. Cut up the bacon and mix all of it in the ground turkey and grill them up that way.
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Old 02-24-12, 11:06 PM   #5
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Just add basic flavorings or condiments - pepper, mustard, salsa, whatever you like.
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Cajun seasoning. Good on beef burgers, too!
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Old 02-25-12, 08:41 AM   #7
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Cook from "scratch" so you can season to taste. Last night we had arctic char. Sliced two cloves of garlic. Cut slits throughout the fish and put the garlic pieces inside. Sprinkled with onion powder, a little cayenne, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper and some Herbs de Provence. Then brushed with a little olive oil. Baked in parchment paper. Excellent. And it takes less than 15 min. to prep. Another 15-20 to cook.
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Cajun seasoning. Good on beef burgers, too!
I had a co-worker who claimed that he lost 100lbs+ by sprinkling Cajun pepper on all his food. I did not know him before the weight-loss but many times we would be out on our delivery route (working together) and people who knew him prior would be shocked at his transformation. I wonder
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I use seasonings like ground black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, basil, mustard, vinegar, etc. on various foods. I don't ever use salt, which causes water retention and high blood pressure if used in excess and is unnecessary for me because the spices give food plenty of flavor. I do use Kraft parmesan cheese on pasta, but not so much that it adds a ton of "fatteries" (calories ).
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I highly remommend the turkey burgers from the "Biggest Loser Cookbook"! My wife makes them and they are to die for!
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I had a co-worker who claimed that he lost 100lbs+ by sprinkling Cajun pepper on all his food.
http://www.ehow.com/how_4714966_lose...ne-pepper.html

However, you friend lost weight by burning more calories that he took in. While it may have augmented the "burning" portion of the equation, I doubt his weight loss can be explained solely by the addition of cayenne pepper to his diet.
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http://www.ehow.com/how_4714966_lose...ne-pepper.html

However, you friend lost weight by burning more calories that he took in. While it may have augmented the "burning" portion of the equation, I doubt his weight loss can be explained solely by the addition of cayenne pepper to his diet.
Thats an interesting article.

Well, back in the day I was 60lbs lighter and not really paying much attention to his story. But I do remember his mantra of the MAIN thing he did was sprinkle the powder on his food. Id be curious to try the tablet form. Its all natural after all! Lets face it as you get older your metabolism does seem to slow down.

Thanks.
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I have found "diet" food to not be much help. If you actually read the labels and then add up all the things you would eat in a day, you can pretty quickly see that to substitute flavor for fat, they simply add tons of salt and other chemicals.

I rediscover cooking several months ago. It really doesn't take a great deal of extra time to cook up a dish each day then portion it out over the next few days.

If you stick to the fresh vegetables and meats, it's pretty easy to eat well (taste wise) and healthy.

If you want to see some example check out the paleo comfort food cookbook on amazon ( there is a kindle version as well)

I found it to be a great resource. It has allowed me to totally cut out added salt, and still eat food that taste good.
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Made some excellent Portobello BLTs the other evening. Grilled the Portobellos, once flipped, drizzled a little garlic infused EVOO over them. Set a slice of provolone on long enough to mold to the 'shroom but not run off it. Set it on a Chibatta bun, add the tomato, bacon strips and lettuce. Use just a touch of stone ground mustard to the toasted buns, and, enjoy. Of course, not for those going carb low or free, and use as lean a bacon as you can afford. Even my wife, who generally dislikes anything healthy, enjoyed it.
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I mix ground turkey, diced up raw onion, a smidge of that garlic from a jar pre minced, black pepper, and a small shake of adobo, and that is the mixture for the burgers.

sautee some sliced onions with black pepper (I use country crock measured out so that I can count the calories for the cooking of the onions) and just before the onions are cooked how you like toss in some cut up jalapeno and sautee those for a quick minute with the onions.

Depending on the day I will either just use them on some standard "lite" hamburger rolls from stop and shop (80 calories per roll) or to get fancy I will make the patties a little bigger and have it on a Portuguese roll, a tiny blop of ketchup (for a bit of sweetness) put the burger on top of that, cover with the onion/jalapeno's cap it off and enjoy..... I warn you, they are addicting so don't enjoy them too much

alternatively for a cheese burger you can smear a wedge of laughing cow french onion cheese on the top piece of the roll for a mere 35 extra calories
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