Yesterday was so rainy and nasty, but I still managed to have a productive day. And yes, I count a 3 hour mid-afternoon nap and several hours of the Oprah Winfrey Network to be productive. I love Oprah. Right now she has a life class series where she will reach back through her show’s 25-year history to teach the lessons that matter most to her. She shares her most personal revelations, and what she thinks now about those iconic show moments and guests. One of the topics she discussed yesterday was how important it is to get rid of toxic relationships, to rid yourself of energy suckers. You can’t move forward in your life if you have people bring you down. I’m sensitive and negativity rests heavily on me. So in my adult life I’ve made a concerted effort to step away from relationships like that. Which is tough. But I have found that I’d rather have a smaller group of supportive friends and I’m so grateful for the impact this change has had in my life.
As a thank you to Oprah for the impact she has had on so many, I made her favorite turkey burger recipe. It’s been a family favorite for years and it never disappoints. Make it for the positive forces in your life. They deserve it and so do you!
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
3 Granny Smith apples , peeled and diced
Grape seed oil
4 pounds ground turkey breast
2 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
2 tsp. Tabasco® chipotle pepper sauce
1 lemon , juiced and grated zest
1/2 bunch parsley , finely chopped
1/4 cup Major Grey’s Chutney (this is sold at most grocery stores, just ask for it)
2. Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add sautéed items and the remaining ingredients. Shape into eight 8-ounce burgers. Refrigerate for 2 hours ( I did 1 hr – it was fine).
3. Season the turkey burgers with salt and pepper. Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked. Let sit for 5 minutes.
4. Serve with a side of Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney and your favorite toasted bread, pita or hamburger roll.
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 cups Major Grey’s Chutney
1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
Toss the diced pears with the cinnamon and salt. Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
Cool and mix with the chutney and currants or raisins.