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Weeknight Chicken Parmesan Burgers

weeknight chicken parm burgers

So I have been grilling a super ton this summer. So many burgers.

And burgers, fresh corn, and tomatoes are probably one of my favorite  meals- but it feels like it’s been a long summer of burgers and to be honest, I am getting a bit sick of them. My other favorite food is Chicken Parmesan. But it feels heavy for a summer night. Making it into a sandwich though…Is just perfect.

weeknight chicken parm burgers

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Yep. You know you’d love this. Your favorite Italian food made into a healthy chicken burger for any ol’ weeknight! Boom!! You are welcome.


Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Makes 4 burgers
1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg white
1/4 each of dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh basil
marinara sauce
mozzarela cheese slices
buns

Directions: Mix the chicken, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, and spices together. Form into 4 patties. Grill or pan-fry over medium heat until no longer pink and totally cooked in the center. Top each burger with marinara sauce, fresh basil and cheese. Place back on the turned off grill or if you are pan-frying, leave them in the pan, and cover. Burgers are done when the cheese is melted completely.


See?! Aren’t these easy?! Perfect for a weeknight dinner that is different enough to make it interesting and not the same old grill night, but easy enough to make in a pinch. If your kids don’t love this idea, just give them pasta. Again. This one is for you too, my friends. Enjoy it!

weeknight chicken parm burgers

My pictures just don’t do this justice! These were a new recipe that I created and now we LOVE them and this will definitely be in my rotation on the grill (or grill pan- this is the one that I use) year-round!

Happy Weeknight!

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Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs #SundaySupper

Healthier baked italian meatballsFitting with the theme of this week’s Sunday Supper, as “Cowboy Cooking” I am making Healthier Baked Italian Meatballs. So what is Cowboy Cooking you ask? (and I’m glad you did) According to Cowboy Kent Rollins (THE modern day authority on Cowboy cooking)  it’s hearty food, not fancy! You can see him on CBS Sunday Morning to get his gist!   Kent and his wife Shannon carry on the tradition of cooking on a Chuck wagon as they make their way across the country feeling hungry cowboys and cowgirls with recipes like Chicken Fried Steak, Sparkly Taters (add beef!), and Green Pepper Frito Pie.

So why “healthier” meatballs for me? Well I love all kinds of meat, but I am not paleo. I am not totally veggie either. I just wanted a healthier meatball but still had plenty of flavor...So I made one. Click To TweetWith  only egg-whites, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, and no cheese, I consider it “clean” and also Advocare compliant (you can read more about that here). In the recipe I note that the breadcrumbs are optional- and guess what?! They are! I like the texture better with the added crumbs, but if you are following a paleo diet, take them out and these are still delicious!  If you are just wanting to eat healthy foods, but still want a really tasty meatball…here you are:


meatball ingredientsHealthier Baked Italian Meatballs

Makes 20

1 and 1/2 pounds ground Certified Angus Beef® brand beef
4 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine
1/4 cup egg white liquid
1/3 cup onion, chopped (either green or white)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
*Optional: 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (and I opt)

Preheat the oven to 375*. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Form into 20 meatballs. The best way to do this is to wet your hands and scoop a large heaping tablespoon amount into your palm. Roll and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until no longer pink in the middle. Serve with your favorite sauce.Healthier Italian Meatballs


To get more great Cowboy Cooking ideas check out Kent and Shannon’s blog recipes HERE. You can also find inspiration on Certified Angus Beef® brand’s website HERE. Look for this label:

certified angus beef brand

This is the pre-made patties label too, but you need to look for that little cow and the “Certified Angus Beef” brand!

The recipes do not have to be made over a campfire (but they can be)! They have some amazing recipes for using beef and their burger recipes look perfect for summer grilling. And don’t forget, for the best recipes using Certified Angus Beef® brand check out our Sunday Supper Bloggers here, thanks to the host today, Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

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Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

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Healthier Italian Meatballs

 

Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce #SundaySupper

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballsMy new favorite appetizer. Yep. This one is a winner.

Tzatziki is a sauce made from yogurt, garlic, lemon, cucumber and spices. It can get changed up by leaving out the cucumber, like for my Cheese & Sprout samis- yum! Or you can add lots of lemon and use it for a salad dressing. This version is a basic one that you can work with as a dip and go from there- I am a huge fan of Tzatziki sauce in all variations, so finding some way to have it as an appetizer just makes sense.Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

Gyros are such an awesome sandwich that converts well to an appetizer. The chicken just makes the traditional gyro that much healthier, and I prefer the taste. Adding in feta keeps them soft and adds a lot of flavor. I hope you try this- I know it’s a repeater in my house!

Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. dried dill
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed (or minced)
1 small container full or 2% plain greek yogurt (8oz)
1/2 of a small cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced

Directions: Mix all in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 ounces crumbled feta
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 lb. of ground chicken

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients first. Add the egg, feta, onion and chicken and mix thoroughly until combined. Form into tiny meatballs, 1-inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 350* oven for 18-20 minutes until cooked through. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving. Serve with fresh tomatoes and cucumber and the Tzatziki sauce on the side.

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs