This Turkey Burger comes from the new cookbook The Fresh 20, by Melissa Lanz. The book is based on the philosophy she developed for her online web service that focuses on a whole foods lifestyle for busy people. The result is a book filled with real food for real families.
Which is why I would describe this book more as a lifestyle guide than traditional cookbook. Although recipes make up the core of the collection, it’s also filled with everything from meal planning suggestions to tips on choosing and assembling ingredients– as well as common sense scheduling advice. All designed to help even the busiest among get a healthful meal on the table five nights a week.
Melissa writes that she was “raised on Swanson TV dinners” but soon developed a keen interest in cooking for herself and her family. Her obvious talents in the kitchen and her love of food however didn’t initially line up in a way that made her “mindful” of the food choices she made. Comfort food and aimless snacking led to poor eating habits. Eventually she made the connection between what she ate and how she felt.
This realization led to a transition from processed food to fresh fare. She wrote this book to convince other people that they can do it too. Her simple plans for bringing tasty meals to the table that are never boring will help you save time, save money and avoid waste.
The book is divided into four seasons. This helps the reader think seasonally and plan accordingly. In fact each chapter starts with a simple list of the best of the seasonal produce. Memorize a few of your favorites and you’re well on your way to success. Delve a little deeper and you’ll see that there are several sample menus for each season. Each highlighting an entire week of delicious family friendly fare. She lays out all the details necessary to get the job done with minimal hassle too. From shopping lists and make ahead tips to equipment and health advice. There’s something for everyone to learn. She proves it with real examples from real families whose biographies and personal stories make this book truly inspirational.
I chose the Fresh 20 Turkey Burger from one of her summer menus. I chose it not so much because I needed a new turkey burger recipe. I chose it because there was a lesson in this recipe for me too. One I hadn’t expected. I’d never considered putting the cheese inside a turkey burger. Her simple tips and easy to follow directions showed me the way. Something for everyone indeed. GREG
Cookbook cover photography © Trent Lanz. All other photos © Greg Henry