Happy Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

This recipe is a sure-fire way to celebrate the harvest season while defeating the doom of the impending winter blues. Turkey, kidney beans and whole grains all have boosting effects on our body’s happy molecule, serotonin.

Ingredients: 1 egg white, lightly beaten 1/3 cup low-fat cheese (Cheddar, Monterey jack or Havarti), diced 12 oz lean ground turkey (organic, if possible) 1 cup kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs 2/3 cup chopped white or red onion 1/3 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce (a little extra to top bun) 1 tbsp canola oil 4 leaves leaf lettuce 4 slices tomato 4 whole grain buns, split and toasted Low fat mayonnaise (to taste).

Directions: In a large bowl, combine egg white, cheese, turkey, salt, kidney beans, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, and cranberry sauce and mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture and form into 4 patties. Tuck any pieces of cheese into the burgers with your fingertip to prevent scorching. Heat oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add burgers and cook 6 to 7 minutes per side or until cooked through. Serve on whole grain buns, top with lettuce and tomato and a small amount of low fat mayonnaise and cranberry sauce (to taste).

Recipe inspired by: www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/printerfriendly/Southwestern-Turkey-Burger-230175#ixzz28AR7IlX5