Pasta and Turkey Burgers

October 16, 2009

By Mark Bishop, Deputy Director

The other night I got home later than I had hoped, and Jill already had
turkey burgers and sweet potatoes on the grill. But Henry also asked
for some pasta, so I whipped up a quick pasta dish. And a late summer
garden always makes it a bit more fun with fresh veggies and herbs from
the yard. In these types of dishes you can add lots of veggies to them
to add extra nutrition. 

(Note on the photo: I sacrificed myself and
took the burnt burger; I'm a good guy in that way.)

Mark's Quickie Pasta

The pasta I used was this.
It was the first time I tried it, and it was really tasty. But I didn't
have time to make a sauce (and I didn't have any jarred tomato sauce), so I did what I usually do — make something up
quick. I sent Henry out into the backyard to pick some fresh herbs and
a tomato. Then I went to work. Remember, this isn't a recipe as much as
a guide. Add more, less, change around… but most of all, just give it a try. . .

4 servings of pasta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 finely diced tomato
1 handful of diced fresh herbs (we used basil and tarragon)
1 big big handful of diced fresh spinach
1 finely sliced red pepper (for a bit of extra color)
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of olive oil

I
just mix all the ingredients, then toss them with the hot pasta. The
heat from the pasta melts the cheese and wilts the spinach. It makes
for a really simple meal. And what's nice about this is the simplicity.
You can make it quick and truly taste the ingredients. And Henry was
excited that he picked the herbs. It makes my heart smile when he lists
the herbs that he so proudly picks.

Jill's Delicious Turkey Burgers

One pound of lean ground turkey
1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
1 diced onion
1 diced bell pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg
bread crumbs for consistency

Mix ingredients and form into patties. Grill until done. It was a major kid pleaser that night.