Tools For Success

As I have mentioned, getting fit this year is one of my top goals.  A few finds that have been my key tools for success are Jennie-O extra lean turkey and sandwich thins.  They are both tasty, filling. and low in calories.
The sandwich thins are great for breakfast as toast or to complete an egg beater sandwich.  They help me eat a hearty low-fat breakfast.  In terms of Weight Watchers points, I rarely go over 3 points for my breakfast, yet I don’t feel hungry.  For lunch I use the thins as a bun on my black bean burgertopped with a low-fat Laughing Cow Cheese wedge and fresh salsa.  Great hearty lunch and I rarely go over 4 points.  Somewhere in the day I will likely have a snack, maybe an apple or hummus and veggies.  On a good day I have generally have more than half my points to use for dinner and maybe dessert.  This allows me to plan dinner for the family, rather then making myself a separate meal.  Including myself in the meal this way goes a long way in avoiding the feeling that I am depriving myself.  In turn, my family eats healthy too.A recent favorite dinner recipe of ours is Turkey Cheddar BBQ Burgers.  I double the recipe and freeze the uncooked extras.  Having prepared healthy food on-hand is another key tool for success.  It avoids choosing the chocolate cake over the fruit.

Turkey Cheddar BBQ Burger

1 lb Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey
1 small zucchini, grated
1/4 cup red onion, grated
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. ground pepper
4 slices low-fat cheddar cheese
4 lettuce leaves
4 tomato slices
BBQ Sauce
4 sandwich thin (Arnold’s or Pepperidge Farm)
1.  Combine turkey, zucchini, red onion, and salt and pepper
2.  Form into 4 burger patties, make similar size to bun
3.  Form indentation in center of patty with thumb on both sides*
4.  Spray grill pan with Pam
5.  Grill until cooked, about 9 minutes per side
6.  Top each burger with slice of cheese, melt
7.  Assemble burger on bun with lettuce, tomato, and BBQ sauce
Enjoy!
Serve these up with sweet potato fries and a vegetable for a delicious and filling meal.  These burgers are so juicy and tasty and they leave plenty of points for a nice cold beer or glass of wine, not to mention dessert!  The kids love it too which is a bonus for getting some more vegetables into their meals.Submitted to What’s Cooking Wednesday 

*  This helps the meat cook all the way through quicker.
** By my calculation this recipe has a total of 5 WW points, add appropriate points if you top it with ketchup or BBQ sauce

2 comments

  1. jilly says:

    I love the sandwich thins. Scott and I only brought those up to the lake last summer and used them for both hamburger buns and sandwiches. I will have some special sandwich thins swag for you when you come up I think because I am hosting a Sandwich Thins House Party.

  2. Shan says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe with us this week. Please remember to link your post back to the home of What's Cooking Wednesday.

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