Monday Comfort Food – December 21, 2015

Today was my last day of work until January, but it was still a Monday.  It’s a bit depressing that every week Monday feels the same!  I had a really great weekend; it’s even starting to feel like Christmas a bit. My sister arrived in town on Saturday, and we have had a non-stop blast.  We saw The Book of Mormon this weekend, which was very different than I expected but quite funny.  Yesterday was time for my sister and my son to have some good quality time.  They are so alike in so many ways.  See below collage that they created together, that only the two of them get! We also went out for dinner at Numero 28 Pizzeria in the West Village.  The gluten free pizza was absolutely amazing. We may make a stop back there tomorrow.

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I prepped Monday night dinner this morning before work as I knew I would be a bit late tonight and tend to make us frozen fish sticks or chicken nuggets on a Monday anyway if I don’t have something ready.  My go-to comfort food is definitely a burger, but I try to keep our red meat intake balanced with other proteins.   Turkey burgers have recently become one of my favorite foods.  Paired with an Against the Grain roll, they make an easy, healthy dinner.


FODMAP-friendly Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 cup gluten free plain breadcrumbs (I use 4C brand)

1 tsp basil

1 tsp oregano

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

Combine ingredients in a bowl and work through with your hands until all ingredients are spread evenly with ground turkey.  Make into 4 – 6 individual burgers depending on the size.  Grill until cooked through and place on a bun with whatever toppings / condiments are appropriate for your FODMAP lifestyle.

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I package up the burgers once they are made – either when I am making in advance or if I have many more than 2 made.  I double bag and freeze if I expect we won’t get through them all in one week.

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I love this little Cuisinart griddler.  Living in the city, I don’t have a ton of space, but this folds up and stores pretty well and can be pulled out whenever I want to grill something.

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And here is the final product paired with some sauteed spinach (olive oil, spinach and salt).  With a glass of red wine of course 🙂 – making my Monday complete and my vacation time from work a go!

My sister and I have finalized Christmas Eve dinner, so be on the lookout for some pictures and recipes following that.  Enjoy the holidays!

 

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