Monthly Archives: February 2012

Healthy Chicken Burgers

My son has been a fan of chicken burgers
for a while now and homemade ones are always much better than elsewhere. I put
a lot of really healthy alternatives in these mini burgers for your little
ones. This is one of my son’s favorites and he’s always quick to gobble them
down. I cut out bread into a cute shape because as you know it’s all about the presentation
when it comes to kids. As soon as my son saw this he was excited and wanted to
eat it. 

To Freeze I bake, wrap individually in foil packets then place 3 in a freezer bag. When needed I simple pop the foil packed into the oven at 350F for about 15 minutes. 

1 pound ground chicken
1 small red onion, chopped
1 apple, grated
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.     
In a small
9-inch skillet on medium heat add red onion, apple, carrot, thyme and garlic.
Cook until tender about 4 minutes.
2.     
In a food
processor add onion mixture and pulse. In a medium sized bowl add chicken and
onion mixture. Mix well. Shape into small patties.
3.     
Pre-heat
oven to 350F. On a baking sheet and non-stick baking mat brush remaining olive
oil. Place the burgers on baking sheet and bake until golden for 10 minutes on
each side until thoroughly cooked.
Yields: 10 patties

Chocolate & Zucchini Loaf

For quite a while I have heard that
chocolate and zucchini mix quiet well together and have wanted to try it.
Yesterday I finally decided to make my family a ‘chocolate cake’ but with the
added benefits of crisp zucchini, golden olive oil and fresh yogurt. I was extremely
pleased with the outcome it was moister than any cake that I have ever had. You
can sprinkle powdered sugar over the top like I have or serve with fresh fruit
just make sure you do not tell anyone your secret healthy ingredients. 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 medium zucchinis, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/4 cup olive oil
60 grams plain yogurt
2 tablespoons milk
1.     
Pre-heat
oven to 350F. In a large bowl add sugar, egg, milk and vanilla. With a hand
mixer beat. Carefully add flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, olive
oil and yogurt, mix well then fold in zucchini.
2.     
Add
mixture into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick
comes out clean.
Yields: 1 loaf

Kid Burgers

These make look like the usual burger but I
have tried to add only healthy things and chose baking or grilling over frying
to get less fat. My son will never eat onions but I have found that grinding
red onions which have a sweeter taste into his food goes unnoticed. Actually
you can get away with grinding most healthy things into kids food for an added
boost. Making all the ‘junk’ that kids like in a healthy way not only taste
better but it really pays off in the long run. Buy rolls in your grocery store
for the mini burger buns.

If you plan on freezing like I do after I
make one for lunch then just shape the patties and wrap in a small packet of
aluminum foil. I then add 3 packs per freezer bag and freeze until needed.
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 garlic clove, smashed
1 medium carrot, grated
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 slices white bread, crust removed
1       
pound lean
ground beef
1.     
In a
9-inch skillet on medium heat add olive oil. Add onion, garlic, carrot and
thyme. Cook until under is tender about 3 minutes.
2.     
In a food
processor add onion mixture and bread. Pulse until well combined. In a bowl add
beef and mixture. With hands combine well until through mixed.
3.     
Place
burgers on a hot grill. Cook until no longer pink about 5 minutes on each side.
Yields: 8-9 mini burgers

Spinach Smoothie

Back home Jamba Juice was one of my
favorite places to grab a drink. I loved that you were drinking healthy and
could get a dose of much needed extra vitamins as well. It’s so easy to do at
home that we should all try to make a smoothie or two daily for our health. One
smoothie that I am in love right now is this Spinach Smoothie, it taste great. It’s
no secret that spinach is extremely good for you but come on how many of us
ever really eat a lot of spinach?
I love to add fresh or frozen mangoes or
mango juice to a smoothie like this because it covers up the taste 100%. All
though this smoothie is packed with spinach you do not taste it what so ever. Vitamin
D and Calcium deficiency is a huge problem effecting women in Saudi Arabia, me
included. I have to take 5 huge pills throughout the day. I throw my
ingredients and pills in the bender and just drink it up in a smoothie these
days. Spinach Smoothies are a great source of vitamins that we all need and a
great coffee replacement in the morning. You will soon start seeing the huge
amounts of energy you have throughout the day. 
2-3 cups spinach leaves
3/4 cup milk (lowfat, rice or soy)
4 strawberries
1 cup mango juice
1. Add everything in a blender and blend until smooth and no chunks are left. 

Yields: 2 cups