Sliding through 9.5 miles with an Italian-inspired turkey burger slider!

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Good afternoon, friends! Because I’m running a 15K next weekend (9.3 miles, baby!), I had to start my Saturday with a training run. I was all set to do 9 miles on Thursday morning, but when I woke up at 5:45 am, it was pouring, complete with thunder and lightning. So, I did something I never do — I went back to bed!  I ended up running a 6 miler later that night, but knew I still needed to fit in a good long run before my race next Sunday, so today was the day!

I slept in a little bit, got up and had a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and flaxseed (mmm!), and was off to run right after 9 a.m. I was feeling great and ran sub 8:00 miles until the final mile where I lost some steam and dropped back to 8:05. However, after completing 9.5 in 1:16, I feel confident that I can reach my goal of running under 75 minutes next weekend!!

After coming back home, eating a real breakfast of steel cut oats with almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, and peanut butter (I’m obsessed!), I hung out, cleaned, and finished up some emails and such that I needed to get to. Then, after a trial run of this recipe last night, I put together the real thing to share with you. It’s super flavorful, VERY easy to make, and has lots of protein to keep you full for hours!

Balsamic Mozzarella Turkey Burger Sliders

(Serves 6)

Mmmm…balsamic mozzarella turkey slider with some steamed broccoli!

  • 1 lb. Lean ground turkey (I used 93% lean)
  • Spices to taste: Oregano, basil, pepper, fresh garlic, onion
  • 6 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh spinach
  • 6 slices of tomato (I used roma)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 6 whole wheat rolls, sandwich thins, or slices of bread
  1. In a large bowl, mix 1 lb. lean ground turkey with assorted Italian spices. I recommend about 1 TB each of oregano, basil, pepper, and dried onion (I used Tastefully Simple Onion Onion). Add 1 clove of fresh garlic, or equivalent minced garlic.
  2. Divide meat into six portions; form into patties.
  3. Grill patties until cooked. (I used a George Foreman, but you could also use an actual grill, grill pan, or even your stovetop.)
  4. While burgers are cooking, slice your tomato. Place sliced tomato, cheese, and spinach on bread.
  5. When burgers are cooked, place on bread/roll. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!

I wanted more of a melt, so once I put everything together, I actually put it in a pan on low and waited for the cheese to melt. It was incredible!

How to level up this recipe:

  • Use leaner meat, like 99% lean ground turkey.
  • Add chopped spinach (frozen would likely work best) in with your meat mixture. This won’t alter the flavor and help get some added veggies into your meal!

How to level down this recipe:

  • If you’re not a fan of ground turkey, try ground beef (lean is still best).
  • Omit anything you don’t like! Remember, make everything your own. Not a fan of spinach? Swap it for regular lettuce, or no lettuce at all. Hate tomato? Take it off! Cooking for someone who hates vegetables? Just make the actual slider and melt the cheese on top — boom, a veggie-free meal!

Additional tips:

  • If you’re cooking for one, I suggest that you don’t add the cheese, vegetables, bread, etc. until you’re ready to actually eat it. Cook up your sliders and store them in an airtight container to enjoy throughout the week!
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