Avocado & Chicken Burgers

jalapeno chicken burger

Oh how I love Monday lunch.  It’s the day of the week that my sister comes over to share a meal with me during her lunch break.  It’s just the two of us.  No husbands, no kids, no mom…just sister time.  Lately we have been watching the HBO series, Big, Little Lies.  It’s sooooo good!  We both read the book a few years ago and neither of us are disappointed with the writers of this series.  The cast is amazing.  Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgard and Adam Scott are all in this wonderfully addictive drama.  Wow!  Today, I made burgers for us to eat while we indulged in our latest obsession.  Healthy. Yummy. Gluten-free burgers.  Try them out.  They are deliciously guilt-free-kind of.  🙂

Makes 4-5 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large or 2 small avocados
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cilantro-chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large jalapeno-seeds and ribs removed
  • 1 large clove garlic-minced
  • 1 tbsp raw agave nectar (do not use if you are following  a paleo or Whole30 diet)
  • 4 ounces goats cheese

Preheat oven to 375º and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil

Cut avocado/s in half and remove the seed.  Use a tablespoon to remove the avocado flesh and chop into 1″ pieces.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the avocado and ground chicken.  Mince garlic clove and add to the bowl.  Chop cilantro finely and add to the mix.  Add salt and pepper to your liking and gently mix together.  Form patties with your hands and place on sheet pan.  Once oven has heated to 375º, place pan on lower-middle rack in oven.  Bake for 15 minutes and then flip burgers over.  Bake for another 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

While burgers are baking, dice the jalapeno pepper and place in a small bowl or ramekin.  Add the agave nectar, salt and pepper to taste, and stir.  Stir occasionally while burgers are baking.

To Serve:

Place burgers on a plate.  Top with a round of goats cheese and dress with sweetened jalapenos.

 

Intrigue at Lunch

Intrigue at Lunch
I am in the midst of another juice cleanse. Yesterday during my lunch break I went home and sat on my screened-in porch with Mr. Sugarbears and started a new book. It’s fantastic and is full of mystery and intrigue. I try to mix up the types of books I read. I can easily be drawn into a series and never want to leave the story. In fact I already know that it is going to be hard to finish this book without wanting more. Maybe the author will have more for me in the future. His writing enchants me. The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett has totally captured my attention. This is extremely important right now. My mind is easily distracted by the thought of eating solid food. In fact one of the parts in the book talked about eating out at an Indian restaurant and just the mention of the curry completely distracted me. Anyway, it’s a great book and I am only 72 pages in.
Today is the last day of a three-day detox cleanse and I am ready for it to be over. I really do love the after effects of the cleanse. My skin is healthier, my mind is clearer and usually I lose a pound or two. Unfortunately during the cleanse my mind seems fuzzy. This time I don’t have the caffeine withdrawal headaches, since I gave caffeine up after the last cleanse. Last time I did this I took time off from work and spent some time at a spa at the beach. It was a lot more glorious than sitting at a desk each day with a cooler of juice while co-workers eat all kinds of yummy things around you. Nevertheless, tomorrow I will be extra happy and my body and mind will thank me. In the meantime I will remember to stay calm and not think at all about all of the yummy food in the world. Happy and healthy thoughts only allowed. 🙂 Live life healthy and happy everyone!