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Gonna Kick It Root Down: Recipes From The Marilyn Denis Show


Soooo? Did you see the show? And?

The theme of the show was detox- kicking our bods into high gear post holidays and when it came to the cooking- we wanted to focus on what goodies were going to help us to shake a little of that junk from the trunk but still keep to the season, keep it whole, nourishing, warming, filling and of course my faves- beautiful and delicious.

And yes, if you saw the show, you saw me stick my hands into a bowl of raw ground turkey. Did you catch the gag suppression? I practiced touching raw meat- something I was never good at doing even when I ate meat. But did you notice how I made that turkey burger and just loaded it like mad with amazing veggies, herbs and good oils? I did!

I sent this recipe in during one of my initial interviews. I realized that all my recipes were completely vegetarian and thought that for a show that goes far and wide across the country, I should add in a meat recipe or two to suggest that I might be of interest to more than just my veggie loving comrades. I needed to get out there into the lands of Moosejaw and The Pas and other Canadian cities where vegetarianism may not be as common as it is in my urban hippie little Parkdale neighbourhood.

Well the plan worked when they hired me but wasn't the joke on me when I was asked to cook meat on nationwide television. Jen and I rolled up our sleeves (literally) and dug into the meat just to make sure the recipe was amazing. And I will be honest. It really was. As a non-meat eater, I ate the burger and found it really amazingly delicious. And that right there is why I hate when people label themselves according to their dietary choice.

Anywhoozles, here are the goods. No pics of the buger but here is the recipe we used on the show (and keep your knickers out of a knot- the veggie option is below)


Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

4 Tbs toasted sesame oil (or 2 Tbs oil, 2-3 Tbs water, as needed to avoid sticking)
1 tsp sea salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh ginger root, grated (or 1 tsp dry)
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
2 Tbs tamari
4 leaves of kale, chopped (alternately, can use 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli)
1 lb or 1/2 kilo lean ground turkey (chicken/beef also an option)
2 large sweet potatoes, grated
1/4 cup almonds, ground in a coffee grinder (or flour of choice)

Preheat oven to 350

  • In a large pan heat oil and salt. Saute onion, garlic and ginger in oil over medium heat until softened
  • Add in celery, carrots and tamari.
  • Turn heat to low and add kale once other veggies are just about ready and allow kale to soften in heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, fold vegetable mixture into meet. Add ground almonds and shredded sweet potato.
  • Keeping hands moist, form into patties and place on parchment lined or lightly oiled cookie sheet.
  • Bake burgers for 15 minutes on one side, remove from oven and turn over. Bake for another 5-7 minutes until lightly browned.

Recipe makes 12 patties. Freeze whatever you don’t cook for a quick meal later in the week. You can make this burger entirely vegetarian by using 1.5 cups of your grain of choice instead of meat. Just follow the cooking directions on the package.



Asian Flared Sweet Potato Burgers

1 cup dry buckwheat (or grain of choice)
2 cups water
2 Tbs tamari
2-3 Tbs sesame oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 inch fresh ginger root, grated
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2-3 leaves of kale
2  carrots, grated
1 large sweet potato, grated
1/2 cup almond flour or ground nuts/seeds of choice

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Dry-roast the buckwheat in a pot for 5 minutes, stirring now and again.
  • Add the water and salt and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • While grains are cooking, saute onion, garlic and ginger in sesame oil and tamari over medium heat until softened then add celery and carrots.
  • Once grains are cooked, mix in grated sweet potato and finely chopped raw kale.
  • Add almond flour (may need more depending on consistency, you want the mix dry enough to form patties with)
  • Keeping hands moist, form into patties and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake burgers for 20 minutes on one side, remove from oven and turn over. Bake for another 20 minutes until lightly browned and slightly firm.
  • If you really want to, I suppose you can fry them up, but just know that I’ll be giving you the evil nutrition eye.





Sweet Beet Citrus Salad

2 Beets, outer peel scrubbed clean or peeled
4 carrots, scrubbed or peeled
sesame seeds for garnish

  • Using a manual grater or the grater attachment for your food processor, grate together the beets and carrots
  • Toss with Sweet Citrus Dressing or salad dressing of choice.
  • Sprinkle with raw or lightly toasted sesame seeds.

Sweet Citrus Dressing
3 Tbs fresh orange juice
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1Tbs olive oil
sea salt to taste


Now this gem of a mash recipe didn't make the cut to put on the show because it was too white to look pretty on TV. But it isn't too white to taste amazing and totally be worth making.



Better Than Mashed Potato Turnips

1/2 head of cauliflower, broken or cut into pieces
2 medium sized turnips, peeled and cubed
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

  • Steam cauliflower and cubed turnips with garlic for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are slightly soft, but not mushy
  • Allow to cool for five minutes
  • Place vegetables, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper into food processor or use a hand held blender or an old school potato masher and mash away.


Question Of The Day: How are you cooking your root veggies these days?

41 Responses to “Gonna Kick It Root Down: Recipes From The Marilyn Denis Show”

  1. I saw it and you are too cute! You did an awesome job. The first thing I thought when I saw those burgers were, "those would be great with chickpeas instead of turkey!" but kasha sounds amazing too!! I think I need to try it out :) xo
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Chickpeas would be great! Like half mashed but still with some texture to them.
  2. you did such a great job on the show! You are always so smiley and positive, it totally made my day... and I loved your outfit (so nice to see someone on tv in nice bright colours ;)). I am excited to try out the recipe. I think I will try both the meat and meat free version. We are about a 50/50 mix in our home (the husband protests anytime I try to go 100% meat free)... luckily I have a great local farmer I buy any meat we do eat from :).
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Thanks! But I didn't realize how chunky monkey that dress makes me- my grandma pointed it out. Grandma's will do that.
  3. Erica said…
    Well, Lady, you've gotta do what you've gotta do! And power to that! I've been veg for 6 years now (or fishatarian at times, whateves) and I've been craving chicken for 9 months now. (Deficiency? TCM imbalance? I don't know yet!) and I agree with not labeling ourselves because it's so ridiculous, I almost feel labeled by others and that if I were to dig in I'd be hassled about it. At this point I don't personally care and I quote Ferris Bueller: a person shouldn't believe in an ism, a person should believe in himself. Or herself. So Kudos!
  4. melissa said…
    You were great on the show!! Congratulations. I'm going to keep this recipe to make when I have non-veg visitors!! So thank you for getting your hands dirty and coming up with this recipe:)
  5. Jayme said…
    This is why I love your blog soo much! Cuz your not afraid to admit that what we eat does not define who we are!! Good on yah for going on TV and sticking your hands in raw turkey! Not gonna lie, that is not my idea of a good time! But I fully agree with what your saying and doing! Thanks for making me feel normal about being a Healthy Whole Good Food-a-tarian!
  6. Karen said…
    Um, is it just me, or why can't I find turkey listed anywhere in either one of the recipes? And, I've made your sweet potato buckwheat burgers before and I agree, they're amazing:-) I made them so often for a while that my family begged me to find a new burger recipe! I'm still waiting to watch the show...I'm sure you'll be amazing!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      It's just you I'm afraid. Turkey is in the first recipe- near the bottom.
  7. Erin said…
    I watched and you were great! I liked the part when you added in "...if you eat meat..." it made me laugh out loud. The burgers look so delicious but since my husband will not eat meat, I'll try your veggy version (which I have seen listed in your recipe file but haven't gotten to that one yet). Let us know when your next show is.
  8. Alex said…
    I just watched the show! You did great! The recipe was colourful and veggie-filled and still distinctly "Meghan", but a bit more mainstream with the turkey. And you looked gorgeous! Good job, sista! :)
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Thanks! My grandma told me I looked fat. 90 year old ladies say the darndest things.
  9. michelle said…
    I totally caught your segment by chance, and was really impressed how you busted it out in such a short amount of time, while remaining SO calm. Fingers crossed that guests, who shall remain nameless (Jann Arden!), will stick to their time so we can watch more Meghan! :)
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Ha ha! Thanks so much. I heard that from my mom and dad, nice to know someone who isn't my parents agrees!
  10. [...] when it was really cold and I was bogged down with root vegetables as I was prepping for my spot on The Marilyn Denis Show, I got creative with some sweet potatoes and gnocchi’d it up. I even topped it with an [...]

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