Hawaiian Turkey Sliders With Mango-Pineapple Salsa

Hawaiian Turkey Sliders With Mango-Pineapple Salsa

Serves 12. Recipe provided by Epicurious is from Goldie Siegel, 8, the New Jersey winner of the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, who says, “My family has to be creative when it comes to preparing tasty and healthy food. I have celiac disease, and one of my sisters is allergic to eggs, dairy, nuts and more! … Served with a smoothie, this ‘burger and shake’ lunch fits perfectly within the MyPlate guidelines.”

For mango-pineapple salsa:

1 ripe mango, peeled and diced

1 cup diced fresh (or canned in own juice) pineapple

1 to 2 small jalapeƱos, finely diced (optional)

3 tbls. diced Bermuda or Vidalia onion

Juice of 1 medium lime

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

For the Hawaiian turkey sliders:

2 lbs. ground turkey

1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed

3 tbls. ketchup

1 tbl. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbl. gluten-free soy sauce

1 tbl. dried cilantro

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp, dried oregano

Salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

12 romaine or Bibb lettuce leaves

12 gluten-free rolls or whole grain dinner rolls

1. Make the mango-pineapple salsa: In medium, nonmetallic bowl, stir together the mango, pineapple, jalapeƱos, onion, lime juice, salt and pepper. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. (The salsa is best when made several hours to one day in advance.)

2. Make the Hawaiian turkey sliders: In a large bowl, combine the turkey, garlic, ketchup, olive oil, soy sauce, cilantro, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Gently mix the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts and shape each one into a ball that is slightly smaller than a tennis ball. Using the palm of your hand, gently flatten each into a patty.

3. Heat a grill or barbecue to medium-high heat. Grill the turkey sliders until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Place one lettuce leaf on the bottom of each roll. Serve the sliders on the rolls, topped with a dollop of mango-pineapple salsa.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 194 calories, 22 grams protein, 21 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat); 401 milligrams sodium.