Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Turkey Burger Spaghetti Bowl

The following picture is what I call a hot mess of a meal . . .


But then again, how is eating spaghetti fun if you don't get sauce all over your face? And let's not forget to dirty the counter, the bowl, and your clothes while we're at it.




I feel somewhat silly telling you how to make spaghetti, but I've realized lately that some people's brains don't work the same way mine does.

A normal person looks into the freezer, sees a turkey burger and decides to eat it on a bun with ketchup, mustard, cheese, lettuce, etc. Some frozen french fries might also make an appearance. When I look into the freezer, I see a turkey burger and decide to eat it bunless with tomato sauce on a bed of spaghetti and sauteed veggies.

I know. I'm weird.

Anyway, this meal is quick, easy, cheap and complete according to My Plate standards. Whole grains? Check. Veggies? Check. Lean protein? You betcha.

Go ahead. Make a healthy mess, and enjoy every bite. :)

Turkey Burger Spaghetti Bowl



Serves One 


Difficulty: Some multitasking is involved, but it's manageable.

 

Total Preparation and Cook Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients:

  • One frozen turkey burger (I used a Bubba Burger, which provides five grams of fat and 25 grams of protein for only 160 calories.)
  • One ounce whole grain spaghetti (I used Barilla.)
  • One handful each of frozen broccoli, fresh spinach, sliced red pepper and diced onion)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs Dash Tomato Basil Garlic Seasoning Blend
  • A few dashes each of ground black pepper and Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Classico's Tomato & Basil, which is low in sugar but full of flavor.)

Steps:

  1. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and bring to medium heat. Also bring about four cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. While you're waiting for the water to boil, place your turkey burger in the skillet and cook for five minutes.
  3. While the first side of the burger is cooking, slice and dice the peppers and onion. 
  4. Flip the burger when the underside is golden-brown. Add all veggies to the pan and season with the spices.
  5. At this point, your water should be boiling. Add the pasta and cook for eight to nine minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. While the pasta is cooking, stir your veggies around in the pan to avoid burning.
  7. Your burger, veggies and pasta should finish cooking at about the same time. Drain the water from the pot and place spaghetti in a large bowl.
  8. Add your veggies and sauce. Stir until well-combined. Place 'the turkey burger on top.
  9. Use your fork and knife to swirl and stab pasta, veggies and protein all into one bite!

Questions:


  1. Do you prefer pasta or spaghetti?
  2. Do you prefer tomato sauce or Alfredo sauce? (Fun fact: I'm all for team red sauce, but my dad is in love with all meals involving white sauce.)

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2 comments:

  1. Hehe, you'd be suprised there are people who find it hard to boil pasta! I thought everyone knew! Tasty recipe, I'll be trying it soon!

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  2. My dad is actually one of those people, lol. He always cooks it for too long and makes it mushy. Thanks for your kind words, and I hope you enjoy the meal! :)

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