Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Miss Green Alien" for dinner

Allie has been on a major "Miss" kick lately. If it was just Miss Teacher at the daycare before, now everything and everyone is a Miss. I am a Miss Mama. MJ is a Miss Dada. And this little Green Alien dish that I made last night that I named "Mr.Green Alien" was renamed into a "Miss Green Alien". So here is the Miss Green Alien - a fun little dish for the picky eaters out there! It's packed with good stuff, tastes delicious and makes for a fun presentation!

Miss Green Alien

1 lb ground turkey 
1 slice whole wheat bread
1/2 C milk
1 large carrot
1/2 onion
1/2 green bell pepper
2 cloves of garlic
1 C loosely packed spinach
3/4 C panko bread crumbs (or more if you like a bit tighter consistency)
1 egg
1 tsp salt
a sprinkle of ground black pepper
olive oil for cooking

Start by breaking up a slice of bread into smaller pieces and cover them with milk. Leave to soak.

In the meantime in a food processor, start by chopping up garlic.

In the same bowl, add carrots, peppers and onion and get them chopped too.

Next goes in spinach, once the other veggies are all chopped

Once spinach is incorporated, squeeze all the milk out of your soaking bread (and discard the milk), add it to your processed veggies an pulse a few more times.

Transfer the bread and veggie mixture into a separate bowl, add the ground turkey, salt, pepper and egg. Mix all together well with your hands.

Depending on how juicy the veggies are, you may need to add in the breadcrumbs to make the mixture easier to handle. I ended up adding 3/4 C of panko breadcrumbs. Out of the mixture, form patties of a desired size and place on a heated oiled pan.

Fry for about 4-5 minutes on  each side. When I flip them to the other size, I cover the pan with a lid to make sure the patties cook through well.

They taste delicious, very juicy, tender and so, so, so flavorful!

Make a fun presentation if you are serving a picky eater. I made some hair out of whole-wheat pasta and a raw carrot, a cucumber and 2 capers helped me build eyes, a nose, a mouth and ears.

What you're looking at became a totally empty plate in about 5 minutes. The 2 adults in our household loved it for dinner too (although Allie was the only one to get a special presentation).


  1. What a great recepee for kotleta!) and presentation is great. Thanks! TC

  2. I just love your HEALTHY recipes and your CREATIVE presentation. Allie is a lucky little girl to have you as her mommy. She certainly eats a healthy diet !!!

  3. Aww thank you so much, these comments really mean a lot!

  4. Катюха!!!Как классно! Я теперь буду часто сюда заглядывать! Очень аппетитно!