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Sometimes it’s hard to resist the appeal of fast food. But we all know that stuff is loaded with calories and questionable ingredients. Put down that takeout menu — I’ve got a perfect recipe for when you’re craving burger satisfaction but don’t want to regret it later.
Imagine a burger crossed with a teriyaki stir-fry. I’ll give you a minute to contemplate, but trust me when I tell you it’s amazing!
Teriyaki Burger Bowl
¼ cup pineapple tidbits packed in juice (not drained)
1½ tbsp. thick teriyaki marinade or sauce
3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
½ cup shredded carrots, roughly chopped
4 oz. raw lean ground turkey (7% fat or less)
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
⅛ tsp. garlic powder
⅛ tsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. canned water chestnuts, drained and roughly chopped
2 tbsp. chopped scallions
Optional topping: sesame seeds
1. To make the sauce, thoroughly drain the juice from the pineapple into a small bowl (reserve pineapple). Add 1 tbsp. teriyaki marinade/sauce and 1 tsp. water. Mix until uniform. Place lettuce and chopped carrots in a medium-large bowl.
2. Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add turkey, onion, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cook and crumble for about 4 minutes, until turkey is fully cooked and onions have softened.
3. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in remaining ½ tbsp. teriyaki marinade/sauce.
Add turkey mixture to the large bowl. Top with drained pineapple, water chestnuts, and scallions.
4. Top with sauce, or serve it on the side.
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Nutritional Information: 319 calories, 8g total fat (3g sat fat), 768mg sodium, 36.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 22.5g sugars, 26.5g protein
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!