Don’t tell him I told you, but my boyfriend can be a bit of a picky eater at times, or at least he was when we started dating 5 years ago. Nothing too spicy, nothing that sounds too strange or exotic, not too many vegetables or bold spices, nothing creamy white or overly saucey. All my favourite food traits! But I took well to the challenge of cooking dishes that he loved and that I could still make interesting and appealing to my tastes.
Things have changed now and I barely have to consider his previously long list of dislikes anymore, as he tends to eat almost everything I do, but every so often I try to appeal to his tastes and challenge myself with making something simple, delicious and undaunting. I consider it good practice for the day that I might have little ones and don’t want to feed them buttered noodles or chicken fingers for every meal.
The recipe for this kid-friendly burger was something I cooked up for Turkey Farmers of Canada. I love the way the turkey, apple, cinnamon and sage flavours play together (something I picked up from an Apple-Sage sausage we sell at work) and almost mimick a thanksgiving stuffing. Adding some tangy, but not spicy, peanut satay sauce over the top reminded me of apple slices with peanut butter, a snack that brings me back to childhood. The sweet and salty flavours are a great introduction to little ones and they still get lots of nutrition and a filling, satisfying meal. And of course, you’ll want to eat them too! That’s big.
The recipe can be found here on the Tasty Turkey website. Head on over and make up a batch of burgers. They freeze really well and also make great lunches as a patty over rice or on it’s own with tomatoes, cucumber and arugula on top.