We tried Rachel Ray’s Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers last week. Click on the link for the recipe. We like to try Rachel Ray’s recipes because they are accessible and affordable.

As I said here, we like to try a new recipe every week to keep things fresh. Sometimes they are keepers, sometimes not so much.

Apple Cheddar Turkey Burger

This one we’ll make again with a few mods. Firstly, I used freeze dried parsley instead of fresh parsley. As a result, there was too much… we’ll definitely go with fresh next time. Secondly, I didn’t slice the apples thin enough so they didn’t really work with the burgers. We ended up taking them off. We also used regular buns instead of English Muffins because that’s what we had on hand.

Otherwise this was an awesome healthy burger. Jake was apprehensive about the turkey, but it was delicious since it was flavored with herbs. Turkey burgers can be a little bland, so flavoring them up with spices and herbs is a great solution. Also, the cranberry mustard sauce complemented the sharp cheddar perfectly!

The side dish you see there is broccoli slaw. It’s just about the easiest thing to make ever and it is super yummy.


Pre-shredded broccoli slaw mix
Poppy-seed dressing
Sunflower seeds (shelled)


Cover slaw mix with just enough dressing to lightly cover slaw. Sprinkle in a handful of sunflower seeds. Mix together and serve cold.

Some other new things we’ve tried lately:

Coconut Curry Chicken We didn’t have five spice so I mixed a few Indian Spices on hand: cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, and a dash of cayenne pepper. It worked. I also ruined the rice (it happens), so we ended up eating it over fettuccine. Everybody in the family gave this a thumbs up.

Sage Rubbed Pork Chops with Warm Apple Slaw I wish I had seen the tip on the recipe that you can just buy a bag of slaw… it would have saved me a lot of chopping. Jake and E were not fans of the warm apple slaw. Which is odd, because usually E likes everything I like. She’s a better eater than Jake. But I LOVED it. Loved it a lot. So you should like it if you have grown-up taste buds. (link to recipe found on the awesome blog Say Yes to Hoboken.

Happy cooking!