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Chicken Burgers with Feta Cheese and spinach


Hi. My family and I just returned from a family workout in the park and we were all hungry at the same time and no cooked food in the house. It was a crazy scene. My oldest daughter and I were both in the kitchen at the same time cooking. She was making two meals, and I was making my burgers. Talking about a zoo but we made it work! Hence I couldn’t film my food demonstration because of the craziness but I wanted to share this delicious recipe with you because it’s chunk full of fresh vegetables and you know that I’m always telling you that introducing more fruits and vegetables in your diet can help to reduce your risk for chronic diseases—you know, those underlining conditions. While really hating what this virus has done, one really good thing that’s coming out of it and I pray that more silver linings are being seen like family togetherness, appreciating family more, etc., is that my family and I are cooking in more and loving it. I trust that you are doing the same! No, this is not an original recipe but in my defense I did tweak the sauce. I’m always reminding you that your healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be bland or boring. There’s all kinds of things that you can do to make it exciting and enjoyable so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out on something because you’re eating healthy.


I hope you enjoy these burgers as much as my family and I did. Always remember that healthy eating does not mean bland and boring.


Let me know if you tried this recipe and how it turned out. I would love to hear your story so I can share it to inspire others! This is a healthy take on a weekend treat for sure!

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Annie,

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Chicken Burgers with Feta Cheese and Spinach




The original recipe called for Tzatziki Sauce and Feta Cheese Spread. I made the feta cheese spread first but saw that the Tzatziki Sauce ingredients were not much different so I opted to make only one sauce, and tossed in a few of the ingredients from the Tzatziki Sauce which worked out fine. Regarding the Feta Cheese. Choose a brand that’s pretty close to authentic as you can get, otherwise you’re getting a brand that has some funky, weird ingredients in it. I chose a Greek brand from Wholefoods which I like very much called MTVIKOS. I think you can find it in other stores as well.




Another tip. I only added a small amount of salt to the ground chicken because of the salt that’s in the cheese and the salt that’s in the burger bun. My daughter and son both liked the burgers. My daughter said the recipe was a keeper for sure but she would have added a little more salt. My son was fine with the salt content and so was I. So, salt to taste please but do use caution if you’re dealing with high blood pressure or other cardiovascular disease or kidney disease where you need to limit your salt intake!


Feta Cheese Spread Ingredients

2 oz. organic Feta Cheese

4 oz. cream cheese

1 large clove garlic, minced

¼ tsp fresh ground pepper

1 tbs lemon juice

Add all to a small bowl, microwave for 30 sec. and stir. If there are clumps, repeat for another 15-30 sec. I didn’t need to repeat it. It was fine after the first 30 sec. If you don’t like using the microwave you can add everything to a food processor until combined and creamy. I would have done the latter, but as I said earlier, the kitchen was a zoo and I couldn’t get to the food processor the way I wanted to.


After melting the cheeses in the microwave, I added few of the ingredients from the Tzatziki Sauce: A pinch or two of salt, a little more than ¼ cup of English cucumber finely chopped, 2 tbs dill finely chopped, 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil (that could be option if you like), That’s it.

Burgers

1 pound of ground chicken meat (I was fortunate to have pasture raised from a local farm. I highly recommend seeking out a local farmer for eggs and meat if you can fit that into your budget it makes a big difference in flavor and qualify).

10 oz. of frozen spinach, thawed and water thoroughly squeezed out

4 oz. of feta cheese (I didn’t add the feta cheese because I was cognizant of the salt content but you decide what’s best for you)

¼ cup almond meal or bread crumbs, I used almond meal

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

1 tsp. salt or salt to taste

6 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp ground black pepper, I also added about 1 tsp of red pepper flakes

1 tsp dry oregano


Add all to a bowl and mix well. You can cook on a grill or you can do stove top which is what I did on medium heat. I added a bit of olive oil to a heated cast iron skillet and cooked both sides until done.


Toppings

Tomato slices,

Lettuce (I didn’t have lettuce on hand)

Cucumber thinly sliced and red onions, thinly sliced

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