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Friday Catch Up + Cilantro Turkey Burgers (Gluten Free)

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Upon request, I’m bringing you the recipe for my delicious Cilantro Turkey Burgers as well as the Friday Catch Up!

We’ll start with the Friday Catch Up, of course!

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Friday Catch Up

1) The Empower Race Weekend starts today! I am heading out this afternoon/evening for San Francisco, and then I get to spend the weekend surrounded by the lovely Sweat Pink ladies and many more friends. Since I missed out on Blogfest this year, I am in withdrawals from those fantastic women. I love the Bay Area, and I am so excited to get to run there! About those hills, though…

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Speaking of, a bit of a change of plans for the race weekend means that I will be running the 10K on Saturday instead of the 5K and then half (Sunday). This is actually perfect for me–I haven’t run further than 5 odd miles since becoming pregnant, and the half would have been doable per my adjusted plan, but it would have been a stretch. Now, I will good as gold!

2) I’m doing this as a separate point, but it is pretty much part C of the first point. I will be available all day Sunday in the Berkeley/San Francisco area! So far, I haven’t heard back from my cousins in the area, and everyone that I know who lives there appears to be out of town or has recently moved (rude). So I am on my own as of now… what should I do?

Things to know: I HAVE been to San Francisco before–Alex and I actually got engaged there! I would love to see Alcatraz, but there is no way that I can get reservations for that. I have never been in the Berkeley area, so I would love to putz around there–any suggestions? Any fave running routes? I will probably do a light run Sunday (because I must!). Would love your suggestions.

3) Before I jet off, I get to have lunch with my girl Sarah, who you may remember hosted Alex and me for brunch in New York! She and her husband are in Chicago for the weekend celebrating their 5 year anniversary, and I just know they are going to have the best time. Upon my recommendation, they going to BOKA for dinner Friday night, so I have no doubt that (along with lunch with me), Friday will be one for the memory banks. Even better? They are staying literally around the corner from me… if only I would be here!

4) So, whether or not you make the burgers below (which I fervently encourage you to do), make the cilantro paste because you can use it for so much more than just burgers. Last night, I added a heaping spoonful to eggs and scrambled them with onion and then folded in pepper jack cheese (for Alex) and tomato (for me) before adding to tortillas for breakfast for dinner tacos! DELICIOUS

5) Recipe Time!

Easy Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers (Gluten Free)

These Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers are a deliciously easy and healthy way to use all the fresh cilantro from your CSA. @suzlyfe

I created this from the scads of cilantro that we received from our first CSA box (another great CSA recipe idea!). I had just had a TON of pico de gallo at work, so I wasn’t in the mood for pico or guac, and though I first thought chimichuri, I didn’t have the parsley to balance everything out. So I decided to devise a burger creation that featured the cilantro and other CSA recipe goodies, and thus these Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers were born (not whipped up lol)

Have I told you how gosh darn EASY these are? You can do them with as few as 5 ingredients, actually. Which you know I am all about. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY. Speaking of, if you don’t feel like going the fresh cilantro route, grab a cilantro spread or that cilantro gel you can get at the grocery store. It won’t be as badass as a CSA (YEAH I SAID IT), but it will still be delicious.

These Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers are a deliciously easy and healthy way to use all the fresh cilantro from your CSA. @suzlyfe

And yes, you need the pretzel bun. Because always a pretzel bun. Der.

Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers (Gluten Free)

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These Asian Inspired Cilantro Turkey Burgers are a deliciously easy and healthy way to use all the fresh cilantro from your CSA.

You'll Need...

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 TBSP-1/4 cup Cilantro Paste
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sliced Red or White Onion
  • Bok Choi (either one baby or 1/2 large)
  • Tamari Ginger Dressing (store bought or combine Tamari or liquid Aminos with powdered ginger)
  • 4 Pretzel buns (or GF bun of choice)
  • Lemon
  • Cilantro Paste:
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro (eyeball however much you think you will need)
  • 1-2 cloves minced fresh garlic OR 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flake OR 1 TBSP Sriracha
  • 1-2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Optional:
  • 1-2 TBSP Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup gluten free crackers, crushed


  1. Make the Cilantro paste in a food processor and process until rough, but not pureed. If desired, add in olive or vegetable oil to make smoother. You do not want it wet!
  2. Combine the first 4 ingredients listed. If not making the Cilantro Paste, also add in garlic and red pepper flake. Form into patties and set aside to let flavors combine.
  3. Slice bok choi into desired sizes: I went with 2x2 inch strips (if large. Fold in half lengthwise, then slice across the stem). Saute bok choi over medium heat with 1-2 TBSP of Tamari Ginger dressing and a spritz of lemon.
  4. Remove bok choi to a bowl off of heat. Return same pan to heat, spray with cooking spray or olive oil, and cook burgers until firm, but not hard, to touch, flipping once.
  5. When burgers are done, remove to a separate plate to rest. Take pretzel buns, slice in half, spray with cooking spray, and place face down on pan. When bun is toasted, build your burger!
  6. Pretzel bun + burger + tamari ginger sauteed bok choi + onion + drizzle of extra sauce. Optional addition of avocado!

See? I told you they were crazy easy!! And what a great use of CSA produce. (more ideas here!). 

I’m off like a prom dress to get Ridley out for her playtime and my walk before Sarah and her hubs arrive! Oh, and if you were wondering, no, I haven’t packed. Probably should do that. Maybe. 

What is your favorite fresh herb?

Pretzel bun: yay or yay?


Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther,), Friday Five 2.0, Meatless Monday (Sarah and Deborah) and another Meatless Monday (Annmarie and Dixya),

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