I’m a big fan of Skinnytaste and her healthy/yummy/do-able recipes for busy Mommas like me. A staple in our house are a version of her turkey burgers.  I like making these in huge batches about once a month and putting them in the freezer to be eaten later.

The best thing about these burgers? They have zucchini & carrot in the patty and your family will still gobble them up!  When J saw me grating zucchini and pulverizing carrots in the food processor he raised an eyebrow but these burgers still have his stamp of approval.

(recipe adapted from here and here)

Turkey Burgers with Sneaky Veggies

(makes around 30 burgers)

Ingredients:

  • 5 lb lean ground turkey (I buy the Jennie-O Turkey at Sams)
  • 2-3 good sized zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup carrots, grated (chop in food processor)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, grated (throw in with carrots in food processor)
  • 3-4 tbsp onion, you guessed it, grated.
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt n peppa
  • Cheese of choice (optional)
  • Burger toppings – mustard, mayo, etc.

Directions for freezing:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Get your hands in there. It’s icky but it’s the only way to make sure everything is mixed well.
  • Tear off around 30 sheets of aluminum foil
  • Make patties, place in center of foil sheet. Fold sheet in a little packet around the patty, be sure to seal the edges!
  • Place burger patties (in foil) in a large freezer-safe baggie. Label the bag with the contents & the date.
  • Pat yourself on the back. You just assembled enough turkey burgers for at least 7 meals!

Directions for cooking:

  1. Remove burger patties from plastic bag and thaw completely
  2. Heat a skillet on high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Add burgers to skillet and reduce heat.
  4. Brown burgers on both sides and flip, flip, flip every few minutes until cooked through.
  5. When burgers are cooked add cheese (I like shredded mozzarella) and melt over the top

To serve:

Okay, here’s where I hate myself a little bit. I eat this wrapped in spinach leaves. Now, hear me out, fellow carb-lovers: I have bought burger buns to serve these on before and, while delicious, I have a total George Banks attitude about it.  You have to buy too many buns!  We were always throwing out buns and I quit. Superfluous buns!

Plus the spinach is healthier and blah blah blah but really I do it because I am cheap and we always have spinach on hand for salads anyway.  And also? I really don’t miss the bun because the burger is pretty darn tasty & satisfying in and of itself.

Balance.

Isn’t that the struggle? Where do we find this elusive thing, balance?

As a woman, I feel like I sometimes carry ALL THE BURDENS. I’m pulled in all directions. I wear too many hats. Mother. Wife. Employee.

And there are, of course, sub categories in there too. Chef, boo-boo kisser, diaper changer, daycare coordinator, house manager, life partner, business runner. It’s all too easy to feel like I’m attempting to do too much and am falling short in all areas. But how do you prioritize when doing things for the people you love and managing a successful career? How do you find time to do anything when there are dinners to make and clothes to fold and meetings to attend, and oh yeah, that pesky sleep thing is good, too.

I’m only a year into this whole “working mom” deal. When I first went back to my job after taking 3 months for maternity leave I was SURE that I would, and could, be one of those women who “has it all”. I would show up to work impossibly fresh, then come home with the energy to play with my daughter and cook a healthy meal and go to sleep with a clean house at the end of the day.

Bless. My. Heart.

What I’ve learned instead: I don’t want to worry about having it all. For in seeking that – I lose track of what I have in this moment. Which is a husband whom I adore. A daughter who I love more than life. And a fulfilling career.

I have a lot. And that is enough.

My goal here with this blogging venture is to share ways that I have found balance in this tightrope act of working motherhood. Because when I get home in the evening, there are games to be played, dinner to be made, and a baby to be bathed. And all of those things have to happen in a narrow window.

(Oh and fine, the occasional load of laundry happens, too.)

(But it usually lives on the couch aka “my other closet”)

(No judging.)