Anyone reading any good books right now? I am in a total book rut. I had a really good stretch a few months ago where I read three excellent books in a row (One Day, A Visit From the Goon Squad, and Gone Girl). But I started a clunker several weeks ago (The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, if you’re looking for non-recommendations), and I found myself faced with that annoying dilemma where you’re 150 pages into a book that you do not want to finish, but you also feel bad just giving up. So you pretend you’re still into the boring book but actually just stop reading full stop.
So how about we trade — a book recommendation for a dinner recommendation. Sound fair? I offer these Thai peanut turkey burgers. They’re pretty quick, they’re pretty healthy, they don’t dirty up a ton of dishes, and they are aaaaaawesome. I’ve never been super into turkey burgers, and the first time I ever tried to make my own, they kindof sucked (the recipe called for crushed-up Cheez-its! How could that have gone wrong?!?!). These turkey burgers are really substantial and flavorful, and the peanut sauce is delicious. If you want to double the sauce and use it to dip Cheez-its in, I promise I won’t tell.
THAI PEANUT TURKEY BURGERS (recipe from Iowa Girl Eats)
For the Burgers:
1 lb lean ground turkey breast (I used 99% fat free)
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped cauliflower
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
baby spinach leaves, for topping
For the Peanut Sauce:
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp water
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp chili garlic sauce (such as samel oelek)
1 tsp honey
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1. To make peanut sauce, combine peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, water, garlic, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, honey, and ground ginger in food processor or blender; blend until very smooth. Reserve 3 tbsp for topping and set aside.
2. Combine remaining peanut sauce (all of it but the 3 tbsp you reserved) with turkey, carrots, cauliflower, green onion, cilantro, salt, red pepper flakes, and ginger in a large bowl. Mix well and form into 4 patties (if you have trouble keeping the patties together, you can refrigerate them for a bit to firm them up). Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with olive oil spray. Cook patties 3-4 minutes on one side, then spray the top with more olive oil spray. Flip and cook 3-4 more minutes or until burgers are no longer pink in the middle.
3. Serve burgers on buns with spinach and peanut sauce.
Nom nom nom. So tasty and there are even some veggies snuck in there!