Back in January, I started taking pictures of what I was eating through the day…mostly breakfast, lunch, and some snacks, and sharing it on my Instagram Stories. I didn’t plan to continue doing it, but I’ve received so many comments from people who have found it inspiring and encouraging, so I’ve kept sharing. As a side benefit, it’s helped hold me accountable, too. I want to eat healthy, pretty meals that I’m proud to share.
I have been making some progress in the weight loss department, but being sick has slowed down my weekly workouts. I hope to get back to them consistently when I get back from my trip to Florida next week (to have a mini creative retreat with Shaunna.) I haven’t been following any consistent plan, but have been trying to eat whole foods, more protein, healthy fats, and lower carbs. I also try to “eat my water”, so I’m eating foods that have high water content like veggies, soups, and fruit.
I know I need to track, though, in order to make more consistent progress, so I’m going to sign up for Noom again. I did that program last year with my mom and lost 15lbs. I’d like to lose 20 more pounds this year and I know going back to a structured plan will help keep me on track better than doing it on my own.
Anyway, I’ve also been sharing about meal planning. It’s not been unusual lately to have something happening every night of the week…climb team for the boys, going to the gym, small groups, meeting at the church, etc, so I’ve been trying to do cooking and meal prep on the weekends. This has helped so much! Healthy meals are at the ready in the fridge, already portioned out. One of the grab & go meals we’ve been enjoying lately is Turkey & Avocado Burgers.
So many people have asked for the recipe, so I decided to share it today…
They are so simple and quick to make and fit into a variety of diets – keto, low carb, Whole30 (without the butter), paleo, whole foods, etc. They are also very flavorful. The avocado keeps the turkey from tasting dry and bland. For me, these are perfect, because it’s hard for me to eat enough protein in a day.
Here’s a little video showing how they are made…
I like to use a little butter in the pan mixed with the olive oil, because it adds flavor and helps with the browning. You can always skip that, though!
The key to cooking burgers of any sort is to put them in a preheated pan and don’t touch them! Don’t press on them with your spatula or poke them with a fork or fidget with them. Just leave them alone and let them cook until it’s time to flip them.
You can eat these as traditional burgers on a bun or you can eat it on its own with the toppings of your choice. I like to top mine with a little bit of mayo and a pile of arugula. I also like a couple of cheese slices to add a little to each bite.
It’s a quick & filling lunch or dinner. And, one of the best parts is that they store well in the fridge and don’t dry out when reheated in the microwave. It makes them a perfect make-ahead meal.
Here is the printable recipe for those interested…
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Turkey Avocado Burgers
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ground pepper to taste
- olive oil
- butter (optional)
- Put ground turkey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large bowl
- dice the avocado and add to bowl
- gently mix ingredients together and form into 8 patties
- preheat skillet with olive oil and butter (butter is optional, but helps with browning and adds flavor.)
- Cook 4 patties at a time, 5-6 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle.