I am a big believer in nourishing whole foods to create changes to and nourish the body. You simply do not get the best results in the gym or on a diet without the right food. When I used to work in the retail nutritional supplement industry, customers would come in to the store looking for the next big supplement or weight loss pill to help them lose weight. And I’d be happy to break it to them straight, “Save your money” I’d say, “Go buy some grass-fed meat and organic vegetables, and only eat foods from those two categories for a week and see what happens.” Most of the time, I’d never see them again. Did they take my advice or did they run away because they were again faced with the challenge and reality that they would simply have to change the way they ate to get any results at all!
Anyways, let’s get cooking!
What is to follow is a spur of the moment creation that I can only partially take credit for! Twas the last night of a long weekend and Jennifer and I decided to do something different with some organic ground chicken. Often times we would look for a recipe, but tonight was different, we were just going to throw it all together. “I’ll get the sun dried tomatoes” she said, to which my reply was “How about some grated zucchini?” Together, we both said a resounding “YES!” It looked promising as we combined all the ingredients together and formed the mixture into chicken burger patties. But it wasn’t until we actually had the burgers on the frying pan did we begin to suspect that we would have a winner. We both sat down, burgers on plate and I took the first bite. Silence at first, I turned to Jennifer and asked her, “Have you tried the burgers yet?” “No” “Try them” “Oh my god” We both looked up and immediately issued each other a high five. Success!
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…
Paleo Chow Chicken Burgers
1lb ground chicken organic or free range
1 small red onion chopped
1/2 zucchini grated
1/3 to 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
1/3 cup tomato sauce or 2 tbsp tomato paste
2/3 cup almond meal
1 tbsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp coconut oil
Combine chicken, onion, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes and garlic together in a mixing bowl. Make sure to thoroughly distribute the vegetables amongst the meat. Add almond meal, tomato sauce, oregano and sea salt and mix well. Heat a frying pan to medium heat and melt coconut oil. Once the frying pan is heated, form patties from the ground meat mixture and cook at medium heat for about 6 – 10 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Serve and enjoy!
They are truly delicious and I hope you enjoy these burgers as much as we did!!!