April 15th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Depending on where you live, grilling season may already be in full swing.
To reduce your consumption of red meat, substitute lower-fat ground turkey in burger recipes. (Click here for a basic recipe.)
Today’s dish gets a flavorful boost from freshly chopped organic rosemary and 100% pure maple syrup. You can grill the burgers outdoors or indoors, as weather permits, and serve them with a side of roasted vegetables or a crunchy green salad.
All of the ingredients should be available at your local natural and organic food store.
Maple Rosemary Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 servings
1¼ pounds ground turkey
1 beaten egg
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls
Your favorite condiments
- Preheat outdoor grill or indoor grill (medium heat).
- In bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, rosemary, maple syrup, bread crumbs and seasonings.
- Divide meat into 4 equal parts, and form into patties. Baste with olive oil, and grill on low heat for 4 minutes on each side, until fully cooked through.
- Serve on hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls with your favorite condiments.
Recipe and photo courtesy of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers
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February 11th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Roasted chicken. Mashed potatoes. A side of peas.
These dishes may make regular appearances at your dinner table.
But what happens when they become a bit boring?
You can use herbs like organic rosemary to take them from bland to brilliant.
Here are some easy culinary tips from the herb and spice experts at McCormick:
- Make a succulent Mediterranean roasted chicken. Before roasting, brush chicken with olive oil. Sprinkle all over with 2 teaspoons crushed rosemary leaves, 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, sea salt and ground black pepper. Serve with lemon wedges.
- Sprinkle vegetables like asparagus, spinach and tomatoes with crushed rosemary leaves.
- Add crushed rosemary leaves and garlic salt (1/4 teaspoon each) to hot cooked peas or green beans.
- Stir crushed rosemary leaves and garlic powder (1/2 teaspoon each) and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper into 4 cups of hot cooked mashed potatoes.
- Dress up dinner rolls. Just before baking homemade, frozen or ready-to-bake dinner rolls, brush the tops with olive oil, and sprinkle with crushed rosemary leaves and sea salt.
- A hearty vegetable omelet is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sprinkle the vegetable filling with crushed rosemary leaves before adding it to the pan.
- Perk up homemade or store-bought chicken salad with crushed rosemary leaves. Serve as a sandwich filling or on a bed of greens.
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February 10th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
As a perennial herb, rosemary is a mainstay in Mediterranean cuisines—from Spanish and French to Italian, Greek and Moroccan.
It has long been associated with health benefits like memory enhancement. In fact, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says: “There’s rosemary. That’s for remembrance.”
A growing body of research links the antioxidants and phytonutrients found in rosemary “with an array of promising health benefits,” says K. Dun Gifford, founder and president of Oldways, a Boston-based food think tank. Known as carnosic and rosmarinic acids, these antioxidants may protect us against free radicals and fight cancer.
In Remedies magazine, Contributing Editor Annie Graves explains:
“A remarkable antioxidant, rosemary may help prevent arteriosclerosis. It stimulates blood circulation and enlivens the nervous system, serving as a natural restorative.”
Rosemary, she notes, also helps relieve gas and promotes a healthy appetite.
Seasoning foods with organic rosemary can reduce the need for salt at the dinner table. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends adding it to fish, salad dressings, bread dough, mushrooms, roasted potatoes and tomato dishes.
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