Turkey Sliders with Sweet Potato Buns *submitted by Desralynn Cole


 2 large sweet potatoes or yams

1 tbsp of Cinnamon

1 tbsp of Brown Sugar

1 tsp of Nutmeg

Pinch of coarse sea salt

1 tsp of Cumin

Olive oil

3 tbsp of Butter ( melted)

1-lb of Ground Turkey

½ Red Onion finely chopped

2 Garlic gloves finely chopped

Old Bay Season (to taste)

*Tomato, Cheese and Spinach for garnish

Preheat Oven at 400 degrees

Sweet Potatoes 

In a separate bowl mix cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, cumin and sea salt set aside

Wash 2 large sweet potatoes horizontally cut into 1 inch thick slices. Be sure to cut an even number these slices will serve as the ‘buns’ for your turkey sliders. You  have 24 slices as this recipe will yield 12 sliders. (You can reduce the amount of slices for example if you only want 3 sliders only cut 6 slices.)

Drizzle olive oil on parchment paper, place slices down and sprinkle with mixture flip and repeat. Be sure to use your sight and taste to ensure that the sweet potatoes are seasoned to your liking. Once the slices are coated set aside

On a baking tray arrange your sweet potato slices, brush on a little more olive oil to the baking pan place in oven. Cook until soft, remove baking tray. For color and texture I ‘grilled’ the slices by placing them on the baking rack until they reached my desired color and softness. **You can also use a George Forman grill (in my the George Foreman grill would work better) Cook them until they are soft appear ‘grilled’  **

Turkey Patty Sliders

In a separate bowl (and while wearing gloves) mix ground turkey with onion, garlic and old bay (feel free to substitute or add any other seasoning you use for turkey meat. Please keep in mind that turkey meat NEEDS seasoning so don’t play yourself and skip out.  On parchment paper you are going to 1.5-2 inch ‘slider’ patties set aside.

Fry patties on medium high heat and once they are cooked thoroughly place the cheese on patties and set aside.

Assemble Sliders

Using the sweet potatoes as ‘buns’ assemble sliders with spinach, tomato on the bottom, add the turkey patty. Insert a pick to hold everything together. Brush the tops of sliders with melted butter and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt for garnish. 

Do It For The After Photo 90 Day Challenge

after.jpgJanuary 1, 2016 begins a brand new Challenge for me and some of my closest friends. We have affectionately named it Do It For The After Photo 90 Day Challenge because we want to see the benefits (after photo) from our hard work and dedication. Currently we have over 100 Challengers who will participate!

The picture you see is when I thought I was the finest I have ever been! LBVVS. If you have not already hit 40, you have NO idea what I am talking about. There is just something about turning 40. Your metabolism slows down, you have less energy, the things you once cared about are obsolete and your knees start hurting.

It is far more challenging to get fit in your 40’s than your 20’s or 30’s. Am I right? Of course I am. Well in 98 days, I will celebrate my 45th birthday and I want to be in the best shape of my life.

One of the things that I am giving up until April 7th is …… Granny aka Grandma aka Grand Marnier! LAWWWWWWWWWWWWD yes I just said that out loud. So yes you can hold me accountable.

Share a thing or two that you would like to give up in order to reach your goals?