I don’t spend tons of time cooking, but for lots of reasons, I prefer to eat at home as much as I can. So much cheaper, the atmosphere is better, and I know what I’m getting. If you’re curious, I spent longer writing this post than I did cooking the meal. I call these meals: KISS Meals. (Keep It Simple, Stupid!)
Take this turkey burger for instance. It’s pretty and festive looking, but the truth is that it meets all my needs for a meal. And it’s anything but boring.
Here’s my make it quick dinner (or lunch!) idea:
To make this magic happen, you need:
- Turkey patties. My grocery store sells Butterball patties in 4 packs. I usually cook two at a time, and freeze the other two. It’s too cold for outside cooking right now, so I just put these on a grill pan and cook them on the stove. Pro-tip: completely cook a the one you’re going to eat right now, but leave the other one just a little undone. That way when you go to microwave it, it’s juuuuuuust right. Pro-tip #2: Do not confuse the patties. Food poisoning is probably a day killer for most of us!
- Guacamole: I buy the individual serving packages from the store. They’re a little more expensive but I don’t have to worry about overeating this addictive food. Less fuss = win for me. Find a system that works for you.
- Pineapple or some other variety salsa. My grocery store makes it fresh, and it’s fantastic. But there are also tons of recipes you could make yourself if you’re that Susie (or Stevie) Homemaker sort!
- Sandwhich Thins: At 100 calories, these are a win for the calorie conscious. I only used half, but that’s because it’s what I need. However, when I sent my dad this picture, he said “Looks good… it just needs a top!” But when I replied it was going topless he made the 😱 face. I thought it was funny.
If you’re eating it now, just smear the guacamole on the bun, plop the patty on top, and decorate with the pretty salsa. If you’re packing it for lunch (you know, to make your co-workers jealous), put the patty in a baggy (because I’m a poet and didn’t know it!) and reheat it by itself. (Sans baggy!) Just say no to soggy buns.
This is a fine meal by itself, as it has protein, fat, and carbohydrates… but it would also be awesome paired with some a salad or broccoli or whatever blows your skirt up!
As pictured, this meal provides approximately 350 calories (I didn’t have the info on the salsa—but it wouldn’t have been much more than 20 calories worth), 24 grams of protein, 17 grams of carbs, and 20 grams of fat (mostly from the guacamole— which is gooood fat.) It’s also reasonable on the sodium with 595 mg.