A Healthy & Delicious Burger Topping
Raise your hand if you like crunchy, salty, fried shoestring potatoes on your burger?
Now keep your hands raised if you’d be willing to try something equally delicious that will help to lower your cholesterol instead of give you an early heart attack.
Alright! Let’s try something new together.
Glee from Ghee
My new obsession is ghee, which is simply clarified butter that I purchase instead of spending time clarifying it myself. My personal favorite is a grass-fed ghee which you can find at any health food grocery store. Remember, if your beef/dairy is grass-fed, you’re getting the benefits of fat-burning CLA and inflammation-reducing omega-3s.
Ghee is free of A1 beta casein, so it’s not an inflammatory food which makes it ideal for frying up fennel. Or anything, really.
Fennel is a new Smith favorite as well (which you might recall from my Confessions of a Fennel Freak post).
According to one of the health gurus I follow, Dr. Mercola, fennel is making its way into our meat-and-potatoes world. So why not replace a potato product with fennel? It provides more flavor, not to mention more nutrition:
The dietary fiber in fennel limits cholesterol build-up, absorbs water in the digestive system, and helps eliminate carcinogens from the colon, possibly preventing colon cancer. Several other nutrients play supportive roles, namely manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.
And while we’re at it, let’s talk about another alternative in the burger-making business: the bun.
Unlike most commercial breads which contain added sugar and refined wheat, Ezekiel bread comprises grains and legumes which are organically grown and allowed to sprout before they are used.
So now that we have all these healthy alternatives to top the perfect burger, let’s get cooking!
Grass-fed Burger with Fried Fennel Recipe
- Grill burgers as you normally would.
- Meanwhile, cut the ends and long stalks off of your fennel and remove the hard core.
- Slice into paper thin slices and add to a medium-hot stainless steel pan with 2 tablespoons of ghee.
- Spread out your fennel pieces so there’s no overlap, sprinkle with some pink himalayan crystal salt, fresh cracked pepper, and garlic powder.
- Cook your skinny fennel pieces for a few minutes, allowing them to brown but not burn.
- Stir your fennel before it begins to burn and allow any brown pieces to get coverage on the other side.
- Mount your english muffins with hot burgers, sharp cheese (we use Beyond Organic raw, green-fed cheddar for the earthy tanginess and the extra CLA and omega-3s), pickles, raw onion, and fennel. Top with some ketchup and mustard for more flavor.
- Serve with veggies to make mom proud. Need ideas? Try candy carrots or fried zucchini.