Since February was American Heart Month and March is National Nutrition Month, I wanted to share another healthy, and delicious recipe. My kids love these Chicken Veggie Burgers from Chef Anthony Stewart from the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Miami, Florida. They have hidden vegetbales in them including onion, carrot, celery and a hint of jalapeno. Serve them on pita bread with slaw or on a bed of slaw or mixed greens on a weekend or weeknight.
Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa is a 650-acre fully renovated private wellness spa and weight loss health program. Complete with exceptional fitness trainers, award winning chefs, nutritionists and renowned spa treatments. The center boosts tons of experts from health to nutrition and fitness to spa and wellness. People from all over the world travel to Pritikin to get their health back on track and get their bodies back in shape.
Chef Anthony Stewart has won accolades worldwide, including five gold medals in top culinary competitions, for his masterful use of foodstuffs like fresh seafood and tropical fruit from his native Jamaica. When not in the kitchen, he’s in the classroom, and has inspired thousands of Pritikin guests “to have some fun!”
Chicken Veggie Burgers
1 pound free-range, skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped and seeds removed
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning*
3 tablespoons ground whole-wheat pita bread (optional)
*Make your own Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning by blending granulated onion, granulated garlic, salt-free lemon pepper, and paprika.
1. In a food processor, chop chicken until ground.
2. In a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat, sauté onions, celery, and carrots till translucent, about three minutes. Let cool.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, sautéed vegetables, and Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning. Mix until fully incorporated. If desired, mix in bread crumbs.
4. Combine chicken and vegetable mixture into 8 (4-ounce) patties.
5. On a hot nonstick skillet or grill, sear patties on each side to your desired doneness. Serve on pita bread, if desired.