Sunday, May 17, 2009

Turkey Kibbi w/ Sweet Potato Fries

So what happens when Kimi and Lulu are in the same house? One very busy kitchen! Second night of Kimi's visit to Savannah, the two of us were inspired to make healthy variations to our favourite items after vegetating on the floor while staring at the tv when "Cook Yourself Thin" was on. Hey! We can make our food healthy too ... and if we actually needed it, we could lose a dress size - but we'll take just being healthy and not clogging our arteries.
SO: I love kibbi and she loves fries. I don't eat beef and potatoes are very starchy which, if not burned, gets converted into sugars in your body and stored as FAT! There's no need for that. So we bought one package of ground turkey and a sweet potato. Ground turkey is almost fat free (better to use 95% fat free than 99% because the meat is a lil' more moist) and sweet potatoes are a complex carb that's high in fibre.
AIIGHT! So this is what we did.

1 package o ground turkey meat
1 cup of bulgar wheat
whatever seasonings you like (we did salt, pepper, dried herbs, and a lil' cumin)

Preheat oven at 350.
Pour the bulgar wheat in a bowl and add water just to barely cover the bulgar and let it soak until the water is absorbed. IT usually doesn't take more than 30 minutes, but its just easier to do it in the morning, through it in the fridge, and take it out when you feel like cooking kibbi.
Divide the ground meat and put half in a hot pan w/ oil. Cook the meat adding whatever seasons you want. Make sure the meat is thoroughly cooked. Add the other half to the bulgar and mix well. Then form into balls- I make mine somewhat large-say round enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Deeply indent a ball and spoon in a teaspoon of cooked meat filling into it. Close up the ball and roll in your hands to make sure there are no cracks and its smooth. line on a baking sheet. Keep on doing it with all the balls you made. Once they're lined up on a baking sheet, coat with olive oil and throw them into the oven. Ours took about 45 minutes, but every oven is different o periodically check and remember it is ground turkey so it can dry up if kept too long in the oven.
As for the sweet potato fries- just cut a sweet potato into slim sticks and season anyway you like, coat in olive oil, spread evenly on a baking sheet and throw in the oven. keep an eye on them again, but I'd say about 30 minutes.

What to eat with kibbi? Hummus of course!

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