Hey everyone! My name is Tara Gaede, and I’ll be providing healthy recipes weekly for you here at Lion’s Den U. I’ve always known the importance of healthy eating and love to cook, so I make sure that both myself, my husband and two boys are eating healthy as well. Recently, I was approached by the Lion’s Den to start a column, and feel grateful to have been given a platform to pass on my recipes to a larger group of people.
Hopefully you enjoy them, and remember to check back weekly!
I love making burgers, and I am always looking for new ideas. I’m a master at black bean, beef and ground turkey, so I decided to try ground chicken. Boy am I glad I did, because the recipe I created is to die for! I just made them on Friday night, and I already want to make them again.
I usually use a slice or two of whole grain bread, pulsed in the food processor as a binding agent, but this time I used oats. I added the almonds just to experiment, and gladly, it worked out very well. The texture of these burgers is amazing. Also, you may think adding white wine vinegar to your burger is strange, but it’s my secret(well, not so secret anymore) ingredient for adding just a little zip.
- 1/2 cup quick cooking whole grain oats
- 1/4 cup whole almonds
- 1/2 a medium sized white onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- one package of ground chicken
Whirl oats and almonds in the food processor. Add garlic and onion, pulse until it looks like a chunky paste. Scoop into a bowl, add ground chicken, vinegar, salt/pepper and mix very well with your hands.
Form into patties (this recipe makes about 6) and cook them in a lightly oiled cast iron pan, or grill of course! Serve on a whole grain bun with cherry tomatoes, spinach and whole grain dijon mustard.
About the Author: Hi, I’m Tara Gaede, and I’ve been cooking and eating with a whole foods approach since my first pregnancy in 2009. Up until then, I never gave a second thought as to the crap I was putting in my body; fast food, pre-packaged snacks, ready-made sauces and dressings, etc. One day, it hit me; I’m building my baby on added sugars, sodium, chemicals and trans fats. So, after discovering the clean eating concept, I emptied my fridge and cupboards, and started fresh…literally. I’ve now built a lifestyle based on the perimeter of the grocery store; produce, proteins and whole grains. As a result of wanting what was best for my unborn baby, I ended up losing all of my baby weight and more. Not to mention, the whites of my eyes are brighter, my hair is healthier, and I just feel better in general. I’m a firm believer that if you make the switch to whole foods, your life will change without having to ‘diet’, count calories or live with the guilt of “cheating” when you decide to have that once-in-a-while treat.