Monday, December 19, 2011

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These nutrient rich, crispy potatoes are the perfect side dish in any meal. They are particulary delicious with my Gyro Style Burgers because they taste delicious dipped in the tzatziki sauce. I also like to top them with poached or over-easy eggs for a tasty breakfast.

3 medium Sweet Potatoes (cleaned with a damp paper towel)
1 small Yellow Onion (peeled)
1 tablespoon Honey
2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the sweet potatoes into 2 inch chunks by cutting each twice length-wise and 4 to 5 times width-wise. Add to medium sized mixing bowl. Chop the onion into smiliar sized and add to bowl. Add salt, honey, and olive oil to potato and onion mixture and mix well with hands. Spread mixture onto baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, tossing once during baking.

Servings: 4, around 165 calories per serving
Additional Suggestions: try using different types of potatoes, and instead of honey add fresh herbs or spices in order to change up the flavors and feel of the dish.

Gyro Style Lamb and Beef Burgers

This burger recipe is one of my all time favorites because it's a total crowd pleaser. I call them Gyro Burgers because they are packed with spinach and feta and topped with my simple tzatziki sauce. A little grated onion keeps them super moist and the mixture of lamb and beef makes them rich and hearty. This is a great dish for a casual Saturday night dinner with friends or for a simple weeknight supper.

1/2 lb Ground Lamb
1/2 lb Ground Beef (96% lean)
3/4 cup reduced fat Feta Cheese
2 cups frozen Spinach, microwaved for 2 minutes (cooks down to one cup)
2 tablespoons Grated Onion
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
4 100% whole wheat Sandwich Thins

Preheat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add all ingredients to a medium size mixing bowl. Mix with hands until all ingredients are well incorporated (don't over mix because the meat will become tough and dry). Divide the mixture into four evenly sized balls and form each into a patty. Place patties in pan and cook 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place each patty on to the bottom half of sandwich thin. Top with tzatziki sauce and top half of sandwich thin.

Servings: 4, around 300 calories per serving (1 serving is 1 patty, 1 sandwich thin, and a quarter cup tzatziki sauce)