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Every family struggles with the same dilemma several times a week: What are we having for dinner tonight? It’s the question that we all have on our minds at some point during the day, and we could all use a little help figuring it out. Better Homes and Gardens 365 30-minute Meals is an excellent tool to add to your dinnertime arsenal. As with most Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks, all of the recipes seem to be rigorously tested and well-written with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. Some quick-meal cookbooks rely too heavily on pre-packaged ingredients and shortcuts, but most of the recipes in this book focus on using fresh ingredients to prepare simple meals. All the ingredients in the book are ones that can easily be found at a a regular grocery store, and most recipes will appeal to both children and adults, all of which makes shopping and preparation so much easier! However, I don’t want to give the impression that this cookbook is all traditional meat-and-potatoes fare. I was surprised at the number of vegetarian recipes included and the variety of cuisines represented throughout the book. I should also mention that, although I am touting this as a dinnertime helper, the book actually includes sections on breakfast and lunch foods as well, making this a great resource for all 3 meals of the day. I have already used 365 30-minute meals on several occasions when I needed a fresh, quick dinner idea and have found it a valuable addition to my cookbook collection.
Helpful symbols are used throughout the book to denote healthful, kid-friendly, and fast recipes. For a test recipe, I decided to find a dish that fit into both the healthful and kid-friendly categories. I figured that if they could pull off that combination successfully, this would be a useful cookbook indeed! I finally settled on a recipe for Turkey Pizza Burgers which fit into both categories, and I was very pleased with the results. The burgers were easily done in less than 30 minutes and tasted wonderful. I have used many recipes for turkey burgers that turned out dry and flavorless, but this recipe managed to avoid those pitfalls. A small amount of quick oats helps the burger patties stay moist, while a sprinkling of fresh oregano gives them plenty of flavor. Like many other children, my 3-year-old refuses to eat tomato sauce, but it was easy to customize these burgers by leaving off the sauce and adding more traditional toppings. My husband even tried topping his burger with a slice of crisp prosciutto, and it definitely made them even better, if slightly less healthy. I served the Turkey Pizza Burgers with pita chips and carrot sticks for a healthy, fast, flavorful meal.
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Turkey Pizza Burgers
Yield: 4 Servings
Total Time: 30 Minutes
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
- 4 teaspoons snipped fresh oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound uncooked ground turkey breast
- 4 slices provolone cheese (2 ounces)
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium red pasta sauce
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
- In a medium bowl combine egg, oats, 2 teaspoons of the oregano, the salt, and pepper. Add ground turkey; mix well. Shape turkey mixture into four 3â„4-inch-thick patties.
- For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until no longer pink (165Â°F), turning once halfway through grilling and adding cheese for the last 1 minute of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan cook pasta sauce until heated through.
- 4. Place burgers on bottoms of buns. Top with pasta sauce and the remaining 2 teaspoons oregano. Add tops of buns.
Nutrition facts per serving: 354 cal., 9 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 133 mg chol., 487 mg sodium, 28 g carb., 3 g dietary fi ber, 38 g protein
© 2012 Meredith Corporation
Reprinted with permission from Better Homes & Gardens 365 30-Minute Meals, by Better Homes and Gardens (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)