When I’m trying to eat more healthily I often look to Thailand and Vietnam for inspiration. One of my favorite Vietnamese foods is Bahn-mi, the perfect little sandwiches that have soft roasted meat, crunchy veg, fresh herbs and lime and some chili fire. Traditionally these would be served on baguettes but because I was a) trying to cut out white flour and b) too eager to eat them after I made them, I actually ended up serving them on wholegrain English muffins. To be fair, a perfectly crisp baguette would be better but they were still really good. Next time I might just have them with salad or maybe with some rice or noodles.
The burgers can be frozen before cooking.
For the burgers (makes 4)
1lb ground turkey (I used half breast and half thigh)
A handful chopped cilantro (coriander)
A tablespoon low fish sauce
A tablespoon grated ginger (I grated mine on my microplane)
1 clove of garlic, again grated on my microplane
1 chopped Thai chili (i like things hot so left the seeds in)
1. Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl and mix together with your hands then form into 4 balls. Gently press each ball into a burger shape, around 1 inch thick.
2. Heat a frying pan with a spray of oil and cook the burgers for around 5 minutes each side until cooked through
3. Serve with the salad below on bread (with mayo) or over rice or noodles.
Salad (serves 4)
2 cups of finely sliced cucumber (around half a cucumber but size varies!)
3 grated carrots
juice and zest of a lime
A tablespoon sweet chili sauce
A handful chopped mint
A couple of handfuls arugula (rocket) or other green