This year, I came across a fun recipe contest that I just had to enter. It’s hosted by Healthy Solutions Spice Blends. What’s really cool about this contest, is that when you register to enter, they send you a free package of your choice of spice blend to use in your recipe. The contest also focuses on delicious healthy recipes which is something I am always working on, especially since I committed to a low sugar diet.
I chose the “Italian Meatballs” spice blends because it contains no sugar and I anticipated it would work beautifully with the Italian meat dish I had in mind. It certainly did not disappoint! The flavors of this blend are so robust and vibrant. Though the mixture has no added salt, it seasoned the meat in my recipe so well, that I didn’t have to add any salt at all.
I created a Bunless Buffalo Caprese Burger for this contest:
Let me tell you, it was as tasty as it was beautiful.
It certainly fits this years contest theme of “no salt/no sugar” and “blending healthy with great taste”.
I love the flavors of a caprese salad. It’s a beautiful mix of Italian flavors-sweet tomato, mozzarella, and fragrant basil. My healthy eating plan calls for a substantial amount of organic, grass-fed meat, which is why I love to use buffalo in place of beef. It’s rich and satisfying, and goes so beautifully with the components of this recipe. You could certainly use grass-fed beef in place of the buffalo if you can’t find it in your store. Either way, it will be delicious, thanks to the help of Healthy Solutions Spice Blends!
The burger is stuffed with an ounce of creamy, fresh mozzarella cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar that has been reduced to a thick syrup. A sprinkling of fruity olive oil finishes the dish, for a plate full of heart-healthy fats and muscle building protein.
I had to step a little bit outside my comfort zone and step in front of the camera for this contest. I had to produce a short video of myself prepping the recipe. Yikes! I much prefer to be behind the camera which is where I feel I really shine, but I was willing to just take a deep breath and get it done since I really wanted to share this great recipe with Health Spice Solutions.
You can see my video at this link:
They will also post it to their own YouTube Channel once they approve my contest entry.
The minute I finished the video, my husband Chad said, “what are you doing with that burger?” I almost didn’t get a photograph of it before he devoured it. He also had no idea that it could even be considered “healthy” which says a lot for the bold flavors in this dish.
I’ve included the recipe for you in the handy printable below. This is a quick and easy weeknight meal, but is so impressive it could be served to company too. Be sure to give it a try and let me know what you think!
Here’s to healthy, delicious, and creative cooking!