Try Turkish ‘Kofte’ And ‘Piyaz.’ A Healthy Alternative To Burger And Fries

By Elizabeth Taviloglu
Published: Dec 22, 2013 12:51 AM GMT / 
Updated: Apr 28, 2014 10:32 AM GMT

Are you a burger lover that wants to improve your diet? Then Turkish ‘kofte’ (kuf-TAY’) and piyaz (pee-AHZ’) is the perfect combo for you.

‘Kofte’ are meatballs made with beef or a mixture of beef and lamb that are seasoned with Turkish spices and grilled to perfection. Their partner is called ‘piyaz.’

< p>'Piyaz’ is a cold bean salad loaded with onions and packed with flavor. This combo is considered fast food in Turkey and it’s one of the most popular street foods. It’s no wonder.

As a team, these two dishes make the perfect alternative to a burger and fries. You get all the taste of beef without the bun, and instead of high carbs and fat in french fries, you get a side dish that’s high protein and fiber with only a drizzle of olive oil.

What’s more, both these dishes are easy to make and feature inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients. Once you try ‘kofte’ and ‘piyaz’, you’ll understand why they’re practically a Turkish national dish. Go ahead and try this easy recipe for ‘piyaz' and do something healthy for your diet.

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