(Make Your Own) Ground Chicken Breast Patties

It’s easy to stick some chicken breasts in the oven and top ‘em with some spices. However, this week I did something new (to me) and thought it was strange.

I have never been a fan of handling raw meat. (Anyone else immature enough to giggle at ‘raw meat?’) It grosses me out. It feels all slimy and squishy–not cool.

So, ground meat is just weird. —yuck— Especially when you have to mix it around with your bare hands and it’s squishing through your fingers. (I could vomit just typing this..)

Anywho–I decided to make my own ground chicken breasts! In the grocery store, this stuff is usually quite expensive. It is always upwards of $3 a pound (and that’s the cheapest I have seen it–Love ya, Sprouts!)

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BUT, if you make it yourself, if can be as low as $1.80 a pound. Deal? YES!

Before I continue, head over to see the QUEEN of Strange but Good::: Laura!

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Back to how I don’t like raw chicken (or any meat for that matter)–I put the chicken breasts in my food processor to make ground chicken breasts! Why haven’t I done this before? It was so easy and was able to add tons of flavor with herbs and veggies.

Here’s what I did and what you SHOULD do!

Chicken Breast Patties

-2 chicken breasts (mine were medium sized)

-3 T egg whites

-2 green onions, chopped

-1-2 T cilantro, chopped

-half serrano pepper, deseeded & chopped

-1 T chives

-1/2 cup grated carrot

-salt and pepper

  1. Chop green onions, cilantro, serrano, chives and grate carrot. Set aside.
  2. Roughly chop chicken.
  3. Put chicken and egg whites in food processor. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
  4. Process until a paste is made–should be ground up.
  5. Add in herbs and veggies. Pulse until mixed.
  6. Put meat mixture into a covered bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (mine was in for 8 hours).
  7. Form 8 patties with chicken.
  8. Cook in a pan, under a medium broiler, or on the BBQ. Flip a few times until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
  9. Enjoy! – Serve as sliders, on top of a salad–or however you choose!

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Microwave Your Sweet Taters

Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite foods. They are full of fiber and sweet on their own.. No need to add sweetener–although, cinnamon is necessary 😉

Besides being rich in fiber, a one cup serving of sweet potato has over 400% of your daily needed value of vitamin A. (Talk about good peepers!!!) They also have a large amount of the antioxidant, beta-carotene.

Usually starchy foods raise blood sugar, but sweet potatoes actually improve blood sugar regulation–even in persons with type 2 diabetes. Source

Basically–sweet potatoes taste great and do a body good!

I find the easiest way to cook a sweet potato is to microwave it. (Unless you food prep some in the oven…) I prefer the microwave because I cook one at a time. Here’s how I do it:::

Microwaved Sweet Potato

  1. Wash the potato thoroughly under warm water.
  2. Pierce the potato all over with a knife.
  3. Wrap the potato with a damp paper towel and place on a plate.
  4. Microwave for 5 minutes.
  5. Flip and microwave for 4:44 (because I’m crazy for 4s).
  6. Done! Be really careful when removing the potato–it is quite steamy!
  7. Cut in half and do it up!

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*I usually smash with a fork and sprinkle with cinnamon and little salt for a sweet and salty dish.

Heck, I have even microwaved the tater–THEN dipped it in a protein shake! (if you follow me on instagram, you witnessed this!)

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It is very easy and should NOT only be had at Thanksgiving time. 🙂

Need more sweet potato recipe ideas? Here are some…

Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal

Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potato

Women’s Health Magazine Sweet Potato Recipes

Now go eat a sweet potato!

xoxo, Haley

Question: Do you like sweet potatoes?

I LOVE THEM–duh. The BF? Not so thrilled..

WIAW: keepin it green (& basil help)

Time is of the essence this week.. So, this WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY post is short, sweet, and GREEN.

Keeping with March’s WIAW theme of GREEN… I thought I would throw some GREEN eats your way.  You’re welcome, by the way…

Be sure to hop over to Jenn’s corner at www.peasandcrayons.com to see what else is being greenified this week!

Breakfast:: I made my Cake Batter Protein Shake and added SPINACH!

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Check out that GREEN color.. It was quite spectacular.. the green spoon definitely added some flair.

Adding spinach is strange.. but I swear ya can’t taste it.  It is an EASY way to add greens to a meal that would otherwise not have any.

Lunch rollllllllled in… and I had a GREEN PEAR and GREEN CABBAGE with chicken & hummus…

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How about a little CHOBANI for a snacky-poo?  I had the (GREEN-labeled) Apple & Cinnamon flavor.. I loved it!  I even added a little more cinnamon.. be honest, what food blogger doesn’t have a serious relationship with cinnamon?!? We can’t get enough of it..

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For snack.. Sadly, I didn’t have anything green!  I did have some Healthy Bites though 🙂

Dinner was some precooked chicken with a tomato sauce that I doctored up with sauteed mushrooms, red pepper flakes, SPINACH, and BASIL!

Hey, basil is GREEN! .. and adds GREAT flavor.

How-To Chop Basil Leaves:::

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1. Stack ’em up.

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2. Roll ’em together like a sleeping bag..

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3.Slice them down the roll.

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4. You have nice little ribbons.. OR you can run the knife through once more (the other direction) to get smaller pieces.

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**Basil is a great addition to many dishes.  I especially like it with tomato-y things!

For good measure… gotta have a pic of Stanley on the GREEN grass.

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I am such a proud mama 🙂

xoxo, Haley

Question: How have you added more GREEN in your life?

Any plans for St. Patty’s Day?  I’ll be dressed in GREEN… hopefully drinking some GREEN beer 😉