Project: Turkey Variations v. Hamburger

9 Dec

After a week of cheating on my daughter’s protein choices, I defrosted a pound of ground turkey (Makinajian’s!) and decided to squeeze whatever creativity I had in my system to think of creative things to make.

I made a basic turkey mix of ground turkey and added – all minced well via food processor – onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, celery, and flax seeds, steel-cut oatmeal.  I mixed everything well by hand until the ingredients were incorporated, and preheated the oven to 350 degrees.  I then started making various shapes, and dropping them onto lightly greased (canola oil) Corningware dishes.

I made tiny mini meatballs, mini hamburgers (or hambagu without all the lovely brown sauce), as well as meatballs with frozen peas pressed around them to create a cute pattern.  These were put into the Corningware dishes, covered, for about 35 minutes, and then set out to cool.  I tried to get creative with the hamburgers, pressing frozen veggies into funky patterns along the surface.  I’m planning on freezing many of these so I can use in future lunches.

Today’s lunch consisted of:

Turkey hamburger with a funny moustached face (mouth is ketchup) on a bed of frozen vegetables, seasoned with a little soy sauce and ginger vinaigrette.  Almost looks like Mr. Bobinsky from “Coraline“, but the mustache doesn’t twirl up!

Whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce – sauce has sliced sautéed red onion, maitake, white button mushrooms (conventional) and Trader Joe’s 21 Spice Seasoning

Boiled egg – yes, I just pressed it into a round shape with my hands while it was warm so it would fit in the bento box.  It was pretty nifty!  A light sprinkling of sea salt on the surface

Carrot sticks

Hopefully she liked her lunch!

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