Food & Nutrition
Best Bites: September 2011

Best Bites: September 2011

Italian Olive Turkey Burgers with Basil & Sun Dried Tomato

Add a tasty twist to your burger with this recipe! Burger lovers will enjoy the new flavor while biting into this classic favorite. Try grilling up some burgers tonight for the family, or save this recipe for a cookout with friends. You’ll love the short prep and cook time (10 minutes each!) especially when you are looking for an easy-to-make recipe to use for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:
1 cup Lindsay® Italian Seasoned Olives,* coarsely chopped, divided
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
¼ cup fresh breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons well drained, finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
½ cup shredded, part skim mozzarella cheese
4 whole wheat or multi-grain hamburger rolls split, grilled or toasted if desired
4 romaine or Boston lettuce leaves
*TIP: Feel free to substitute for any olives

Method:
Heat oiled grill to medium-high heat. Combine 1/2 cup of the olives, meat, breadcrumbs and pepper; mix well. Shape to form four 1/2-inch thick patties. Grill on covered grill or in a ridged grill pan over medium heat 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink in center. Meanwhile, combine remaining olives, sun dried tomatoes and basil; mix well. Stir in cheese. Serve burgers in rolls topped with the relish and lettuce.

Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories: 356
Calories from fat: 133
Total fat: 15g
Monounsaturated fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 68mg
Sodium: 548mg
Total Carbohydrates: 27g
Dietary fiber: 4g
Protein: 30g

Serves: 4

Have Your Cake & Eat It Too

For people who are gluten and dairy intolerant, it can be hard to satisfy that sweet tooth. However, American Gra-Frutti bakery is looking to change that. This dedicated gluten free Bake House in Marietta offers up a delicious variety of gluten free, dairy free and vegan treats using organic ingredients.  These breads, cakes and cupcakes are made with no trans fat, preservatives or artificial additives. Whether you are buying a cake for a special occasion or just want to treat yourself to something sweet, there are many different products to choose from such as the Sweet Potato Muffin or the Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Details: (770) 565-7455, 
www.agrafrutti.com

Super Organic Spread

CoconutSpreadIf you’re looking for a healthy dose of coconut oil, the newest item from Earth Balance may be the ticket. Organic Coconut Spread’s formula uses extra virgin coconut oil instead of soybean oil, which contributes to a richer taste. Coconut oil is said to be the healthiest of oils for its ability to fight off lipid-coated viruses, improve heart health and boost metabolism. The organic, vegan spread can also be used in place of butter for baking and cooking without sacrificing taste.  The spread is also rich in Omega 3’s and free of artificial ingredients. Try it with your morning toast or on a sandwich for extra flavor.

Details: Your local Whole Foods Market, www.EarthBalanceNatural.com