Elimination Diet Tips for Kids: Terrific Turkey Burgers
Dinner CAN be easy on this diet… it’s really just a matter of finding and stocking your pantry with the right healthy ingredients that meet the “no additives” criteria, then shopping regularly for the fresh items you’ll need. Once you’re familiar with the brands and food you can buy, trips to the supermarket aren’t as overwhelming. Of course the first few times give yourself extra time to walk around, read labels and determine the best choices for your situation. We discovered the ShopWell app for your smartphone (just search the App Store on your phone) which is helpful, as you can plug in the ingredients you need to avoid, then simply scan the barcode of the product you’re looking at and the app tells you if it fits within your parameters. Pretty cool. However, the database doesn’t contain everything, so label reading is still key. That said, these turkey burgers are SUPER easy to make. Add a side of your favorite roasted veggies and you have a delicious dinner that the whole family (whether they’re on the diet or not) will enjoy.
Read about the background behind our elimination diet journey here.
Terrific Turkey Burgers
1 lb. organic ground turkey meat
1/3 cup organic tomato paste (no additives)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup brown rice
A dash of sea salt
Mix together in a bowl, then mold into burger patties. Cook in frying pan over medium heat. Serve with a little tomato paste on top. Tip: I like to make extras and freeze, as they are super easy to heat up for dinner or pack in school lunches in a hot Thermos.
Side of Veggies: To roast the side of veggies, simply chop up your favs (we usually do a combo of brussels sprouts, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggplant, zucchini — whatever we have on hand). Put them in a large bowl, drizzle with avocado oil and balsamic vinegar, toss well, pour onto a baking sheet greased with avocado oil, and roast at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Note: You can use olive oil too, but you’ll need to lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees as it’s not meant for higher heat.
P.P.S. Do you have any “total elimination” recipes you like? Please share!! Email me at email@example.com.
Editorial Note: Please note that I am a mom — not a doctor, dietician or nutritionist — so am not trying to give advice, but rather just pass on my own learnings in the kitchen. The recipes I’m sharing may not work for everyone or every elimination diet.