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For your perusal—five fascinating (well, to me) articles about food, eating, and dieting.

What’s your will-power quotient? As we all know, dieting takes will-power. But why isn’t it more steadfast? Why does your will-power desert you when you need it the most? This is Your Brain on No Self-Control” is the latest brain science that shows why your will-power is so willful.

Get the skinny on sugar—substitutes, that is. Start with consumer issues such as taste, choice, safety, chemical concerns, and so on and then find out the challenges that artificial sweeteners pose for manufacturers. These two articles cover the current landscape of pros and cons about sugar substitutes.

A scary fact: the typical household wastes one quarter of all perishable edibles that come into the kitchen. If you’ve ever had something go rotten in the fridge, it’s okay to ‘fess up now. It’s happened to us all, and apparently does so on a regular basis! “How to Prevent Food Waste: A Primer for Home Cooks” provides tips to help you “waste not, want not.”

Did you know that  the world’s most expensive hamburger sells for $295.00. It looks like a pretty ordinary beef patty and roll, but the list of ingredients defies sanity, in my opinion. What do you think? Oh yeah, and the price doesn’t include the tip.

Turkey Burgers with Dried Cranberry

The grilling season is back with lots of good things that my husband gets to cook (for a change)!  Tonight’s meal was turkey burgers with asparagus (the local crop is in) and a salad.

The challenge: How to make turkey burgers that weren’t bland facsimiles of beef burgers.  I wanted to make the meat so tasty that we wouldn’t need ketchup, mustard, and pickles—condiments that enhance beef but would drown the more delicate taste of turkey—and buns that are just designed to hold in all the burger dressings and add way too many carbs. 

The solution: Spice the meat with rosemary, highlight it with green onions, and add the occasional sweet surprise of dried cranberries.  These burgers have a delicious, delicate flavour and don’t require anything beyond themselves to satisfy the palate.

Printer-friendly recipe

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs, gluten-free (If you don’t have any, you can substitute with a mild alternative flour.)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt (This was sufficient for me, but you may want more.  See Directions.)
  • ¼ tsp. worcestershire sauce

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Mix with hands until ingredients are well combined.
  3. Taste mixture to see if it requires additional salt.  Add by ¼ tsps., if necessary.
  4. Make into 4 burger patties. 
  5. Cook on heated grill for 5-7 minutes.

For Weight Watchers: Eat patty is 5 points on the Points plan and 5.5 points on the PointsPlus plan.