Mexican Turkey Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Typical Turkey Burgers have never really been my thing, despite my mom’s best efforts to get me to enjoy them.  Save for the rare exception, they usually seem dry and unbelievably boring.  I’ll just have a hamburger, thanks.

But I’ve been trying to eat a bit less red meat lately (I’d been downing blue cheese burgers with a vengeance for a few weeks before that), so I decided to give turkey burgers another shot.

Mexican Turkey Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Pesto. These are the tastiest turkey burgers out there! | hostthetoast.com

With the help of the right spices, jalapenos, and a wonderful condiment I call Cilantro-Lime Pesto, I came up with a recipe that was not just delicious for a turkey burger, but a delicious burger without any qualifiers.

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Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Pull-Apart Garlic Knots

It’s 2015, so I finally decided I should start using that personal twitter account I created 4 years ago.  Now I’m sucked in– I think it was the Foodie Band Name hashtag that sealed my fate.  I used to tell everyone that I didn’t use twitter because I just didn’t get it, but I’m starting to catch on, guys.  I’m finally catching on.

Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Pull-Apart Garlic Knots.  Frozen bread dough makes them easy to prepare.  The toppings make them easy to devour. | hostthetoast.com

In the spirit of keeping up with the times, I decided that my social media presence wasn’t the only thing that needed an update.  Some of my favorite recipes could use a fresh change as well.  For example, I’d been making super simple Garlic Knots for years, to the point that they were beginning to get boring.  Garlic Knots!  Boring!  I know, it’s crazy!

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Avocado, Chickpea, and Feta Fritters

At 1 AM last night, my world came crashing down.  No, that’s not right.  At 1 AM last night, my closet came crashing down.  The shelves that had held my belongings for over a decade just gave up and gave out, and gave me a near-heart attack in the process.

Those shelves were where I stored my favorite cookbooks, as well as bottles of alcohol that remained after using them for cocktail recipes.  After collapsing, most of the bottles broke, which in turn meant my cookbooks and most of my clothes were ruined as well.  My whole room reeks of creme de menthe.  Happy Monday, right?

Avocado, Chickpea, and Feta Fritters.  Creamy, buttery, almost nutty patties, livened up with spices and tangy feta cheese.  These are great on their own or in pitas with tahini sauce! | hostthetoast.com

Just in case you’ve also had a rough start to your week, I’ve decided to put off the last bits of the clean-up process to share a recipe with you that’ll cure a bad case of the Mondays: Avocado, Chickpea, and Feta Fritters.

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One Pot Creamy Jalapeno Popper Chicken and Rice

A lot of my recipes are born out of laziness.  Laziness or resourcefulness, depending on how you look at it.

When I made this recipe, I was too resourceful to wash a ton of dishes.

I was also too resourceful to drag myself out to the grocery store.

One Pot Creamy Jalapeno Popper Chicken and Rice.  I could eat this forever. | hostthetoast.com

I had a serious craving for One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice last week, but I found myself without most of the ingredients.  Rather than go out, I decided to majorly improvise.

What I thought would wind up as a sad attempt at Taco Rice actually wound up being a killer, creamy, cheesy chicken and rice dish all on its own that I couldn’t wait to share with you.  I dinner-ified Jalapeno Poppers!

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Butter Chicken Pot Pie with Naan Crust

It never fails– when there’s snow on the ground and a grumbling in my stomach, I always crave comfort food in the form of Chicken Pot Pie.

Juicy chicken, tender vegetables, and creamy sauce all nestled beneath crisp, golden crust; that’s my idea of cold weather consolation.  Everything about Chicken Pot Pie screams “All-American classic”… but does it have to?  What if we got crazy and creative with it?

Butter Chicken Pot Pie with Naan Crust.  An Indian spin on an All-American classic!  | hostthetoast.com

I decided to indulge my curiosity (and my love of Indian food) by making a Butter Chicken Pot Pie with Naan Crust and, you guys, I’m telling you: IT. WAS. SO. GOOD.  I’m talking the Go get these ingredients and try it out now kind of good.  The How on Earth did I not think of this sooner? kind of good.

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