The romance of northern Africa infuses these tasty patties.
The rich medley of textures and flavors blend beautifully, adding interest and delight to the ground turkey. Healing herbs and spices enhance turkey’s natural gifts. Turkey is rich in vitamins B3 and B6, as well as the protein, selenium and phosphorus. Turkey provides a fair amount of Omega-3 and works to lower the Omega-6: Omega-3 ratio. Turkey is associated with a decreased risk for pancreatic cancer, and aids in stabilizing insulin level.
Blend in a food processor, or use a knife to finely chop shallots, garlic, thyme, basil and chard. Set aside.
Juice enough lemon for 1 teaspoon and zest enough lemon for ½ teaspoon. Chop mint leaves, chives and green onions. Seed and dice cucumber.
Toss yogurt and salt with cucumber, mint leaves, chives and green onions. Mix well and set aside.
Mix lemon zest, turmeric, pepper and salt with chard mixture. Fold in turkey and mix well. Form patties and roll edges in hemp hearts. Refrigerate patties for one hour.
Fry patties in oil over medium heat, about 8 minutes per side.
2 cups mixed greens
Serve patties over a bed of greens, drizzled with sauce.
Preparation: 30 minutes active, plus 1 hour to set
Marinating is a great way to add interest to chicken.
If you are a fan of dark meat, go ahead and substitute for the chicken breasts. The molasses marinade gives the chicken a lovely, rich sweetness and a beautiful color. This dish pairs well with cooked grains and mixed greens. Blackstrap molasses is rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, manganese, copper, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and selenium. Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Clinical studies have shown that people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis experience reduced pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Growing evidence demonstrates the antioxidant properties of miso.
Combine miso, rice wine, turmeric and water; stir in to molasses mixture. Allow to cool.
Set ½ of the marinade aside. Refrigerate chicken in remaining marinade, 2 hours.
Remove chicken from marinade and discard used marinade.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Prepare grains according to package directions, enough to make four servings of cooked grains.
Bake chicken, covered, in an oiled baking dish, 45 minutes or until cooked through.
Garnish with green onions and cilantro.
Preparation: 20 minutes active, 2 hours to marinate and 45 minutes to bake