Lean turkey patties with honey balsamic mushrooms, caramelized onions and oozing melty provolone cheese. Is it barbecue time yet??
Although I like to think that the longer I embark on this healthy lifestyle journey, the easier that it gets...there are still certain times of the year where staying on track gets significantly harder. We have Thanksgiving, when there's literally the sweet aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin everywhere I turn. We also Christmas, which isn't too bad for the most part - just tons of Christmas cookies and chocolates that get passed around that I sort of have to eat so I don't seem rude. You totally feels, right? 😉
Oh, and we can't forget Easter. The time that never used to be a problem for my healthy eating habits until I became a nanny. You see, I can totally take my nephews Easter egg hunting, have tons of fun (yay), fill up their baskets...and then send those baskets home with them so they're out of sight and out of mind. But unfortunately, I can't do that same thing at work. That week after Easter, whenever I pick up my kiddos from school, there is an absolute guarantee that not one, not two, but FOUR baskets heaping with Easter candy will be there to greet me in the kitchen. Four baskets sitting there as if to say, "how was your healthy weekend? Wouldn't it be great to celebrate with maybe...a mini snickers or two?"
It gets me every time.
Aaaaand then of course we have July 4th. Which just screams good times and fireworks and yummy drinks, oh.. and barbecue...tons of it. Tons of hotdogs (nom), ribs (gimme)...the list goes on. So I thought that in spirit of this wonderful holiday being around the corner, I would use this opportunity to whip out one of my favorite healthy substitutes - turkey sliders.
Turkey sliders are great for a few things:
- They're made with lean turkey so you're cutting out on major fat content
- They're slightly smaller than a regular burger so you're cutting on calories (provided you stick with eating 2 or so)
- They're absolutely delicious, especially when topped with juicy balsamic mushrooms and sweet caramelized onions.
Making these lovelies is actually very simple. Please don't let the ingredients list intimidate you, most of these are just seasonings to ensure optimal nomness. They're easy and perf for your family barbecue, friends.