Season your burgers in a snap with smashed, dried peas. The BBQ peas added just enough flavor to this burger to not need any other seasonings.
NEWSFLASH! The USA men’s soccer team lost a good fight to Belgium in overtime. Sadness. But that has been completely overshadowed by the birth of my newest nephew last night! I woke up to a phone call from my brother early this morning (or late last night for them being in CA) telling me that little Griffin had arrived 1.5 weeks early and fast. More updates to come once I know more.
And now for your regularly scheduled post.
I have discovered a new way to season burgers in a jiffy – seasoned dried peas. Yes peas in a burger. I took a snack-bag of BBQ seasoned dried peas, smashed them with a rolling pin and mixed it into ground beef. No other seasoning required. Just cook and top with your favorite burger fixings. I went with some bacon-cheddar that I found at Trader Joe’s and a side of homemade onion rings.
What would you make with dried peas? Check out all these flavor varieties from World Peas: Nagano Wasabi, Sichuan Chili, Sicilian Tomato & Garlic, Hungarian Garlic, Bombay Curry, Santa Barbara Ranch, and Texas Barbeque.
One year ago: Avocado Cheese Ball
Two years ago: Red, White & Berry Shortcakes
Everyone loves some good BBQ but most don’t have the time to cook it. With the help of a slow cooker you can have shredded BBQ beef brisket for dinner anytime!
Before I get into this delicious recipe for the Secret Recipe Club, let me first say how incredibly exciting yesterday’s soccer/futbol game between the USA and Portugal was to watch. I was beyond elated when the clock was winding down with a 2-1 USA lead, and then crushed with disbelief when Portugal tied it up at the last minute. Ahhh!! At least I had a fantastic meal in my belly to ease the pain – beef BBQ with coleslaw, baked beans and my dad’s potato salad.
For the Secret Recipe Club this month I perused the recipes on Shockingly Delicious by Dorothy. I came so close to cooking her Spicy Smoky Chicken Kale Stew but when I was planning dinner for the USA-Portugal game I wanted to make something more American. When I saw the recipe for slow cooker BBQ brisket it was the clear winner. I may be living in the heart of pork BBQ for the past 7 years but I still have a sweet spot for beef.
Her recipe did not include the pop (or soda depending on where you are from) but in my experience with slow cookers it is beneficial to have some liquid in which to be cooked. There may have been enough juice from the meat and the onions but either way the beef came out perfectly. I have made slow cooker pulled pork in the past but this was the first time an onion was thrown in the mix and it added such great flavor to the meat. My parents enjoyed it so much that they plan on including it in their normal dinner rotation!
As for the final group matches of USA-Germany and Portugal-Ghana (to determine the fate of the USA in the World Cup), unfortunately I will not be able to watch either of the two games live so I will be disconnecting myself from social media as much as possible until I get home in order to watch the DVR. Go Team USA!
Two years ago: Pesto Chicken Burger
Mix up your burgers with these Spicy 50/50 Burgers made with ground beef and chorizo. Don’t forget the cheese, cilantro and a toasted bun.
This month for Pass the Cookbook Club, Julie (White Lights on Wednesday) picked recipes from Chef Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners. This cookbook is a collection of recipes that can be made from 5 fresh ingredients (along with a few kitchen & pantry staples) in 5 minutes. The italicized items in each recipe are the “5” fresh ingredients.
The moment I saw the recipe for the burgers I knew I had to make them. Not only are they perfect for Memorial Day, they are also made with half beef and half chorizo. With all the flavors already involved in the combination of those two meats there was no need to add anything else to the mixture except for a little salt and pepper. Topped off with a slice of cheese, fresh cilantro, and a toasted bun there’s not much left to be desired – except maybe some avocado slices which I went ahead and put on there as well. Served with Healthier Elote (Mexican street-style corn) and Baked Sweet Potato Fries seasoned with chili powder and brown sugar.
The only other thing I changed to the recipe was the step that said to flatten the burgers once they were on the hot pan. I refused to follow this step as I prefer thicker burgers. Also, I have to point out that while yes it only takes 5 minutes to cook these burgers, it does take slightly longer than that to prepare from start to finish. But still quick and easy!
Did you remember to turn back your clocks yesterday? I changed mine right before I went to bed Saturday night which made me feel like I was going to bed crazy early. Although it will now get darker earlier, at least waking up early is a cinch. I find it difficult to wake up before the sun rises (and sleep when it up) so this will be good for me. But on to the food!
When it comes to comforting soup and sandwich pairings, tomato soup and grilled cheese is my go-to. So that slow cooker tomato-basil soup I shared last week? You better believe there was some grilled cheese action going on there too. But not just any ol’ grilled cheese, grilled cheese stuffed with macaroni and cheese! You can use any leftover (or fresh) macaroni and cheese you have on hand, but I used a spicy version and it was excellent.
If you follow Steph’s Bite by Bite you know that she is hosting Fit-Ober and a 24 day AdvoCare challenge. Although I am not participating in those specific challenges, I did purchase the AdvoCare 10 day herbal cleanse after being lured in by the amazing results Steph has already been seeing. My day one belly looks similar to Steph’s (we’re the same weight too) so we shall see how it goes! Although I have to admit, reading the guidelines about eating 8 cups of veggies/fruit a day, at least 8 cups of water, only whole grains, little to no fat, and no processed sugar makes me wonder how much the cleanse is doing versus the healthy eating. I eat pretty healthy already but need to work on eating more veggies, less fat and no sugar (goodbye cookies fort 10 days = sadness). Either way, if I am a bit leaner in time for being a bridesmaid in Amber’s wedding this weekend I’ll be a happy camper.
Speaking of healthier eating, how about a veggie burger? When it comes to meatless burgers, black bean is typically the first kind people think of. Yet, for some reason I shied away from this version and tried every other kind first. I have no legitimate reason for this other than it simply did not appeal to me. But that all changed when this burger came into my life. It should come as no surprise that part of the reason this burger was so appealing to me was the addition of avocado slices on top. But I also liked that jalapeno and corn were mixed into the patty as well.
I made these burgers before the cleanse began, but to meet the guidelines given by AdvoCare I should have substituted the oil with broth, the bun for whole wheat (although I normally do), and the fries for veggies. Next time ;-).
I know most of you are enjoying pleasant fall weather, but here in Memphis it’s still highs in the 80s and 90s. I cannot really complain though because we had a very moderate summer (for Memphis), with only a couple days over 100 degrees instead of entire months. As a result my electricity bill was never over $85 all summer! Normally I average around $140 because I live on the third floor and everyone’s heat comes to me (while during winter I barely turn my heat on). Add all my baking and cooking and it’s a never ending battle to keep the temperature under 80 inside.
Even though the battle against the heat isn’t very prevalent anymore, I still like to make no-cook meals or desserts from time to time. This meal is legit no cook because it doesn’t even require a stove top or a microwave – absolutely no heat involved. Well, except for some spicy heat from the cashew sauce!
Secret Recipe Clubbing time! This month I was assigned to Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen and it is cozy indeed! With recipe like redneck eggs benedict and shrimp with tomatoes and feta cheese (except I would made it with chicken) my eyes were even comforted by the sheer appearance and thought of eating them. From the awesome list of recipes I decided upon her Sloppy Joses with Avocado Cream. I can never turn down avocado!
In case you haven’t figured it out, the Sloppy Jose is a Mexican version of a homemade Sloppy Joe. Not only is this baby topped with an avocado cream sauce, but it’s made with bacon, jalapeno, and even beer. I even sprinkled some cotija cheese on top for fun since I had some handy. My favorite part was actually mixing the bits the dropped out from my sandwich into the potato salad I served it with. (Potato salad compliments of my dad, who gave it to me when he visited for my defense a week ago.)
After drooling over Devon’s guest post on Wednesday, I decided to dig out her balsamic chicken recipe I made and the pictures that I’ve been sitting on since July. Hectic times result is forgotten recipes evidently. Luckily these forgotten gems come in handy now that I have less time and motivation to cook. I barely even have time to work out most days, which combined with my constant urge to survive on boxed mac and cheese is a terrible thing for my health. Especially since I would eat the entire box in one sitting. Thankfully, I still mange to fight that urge most days but I fear my self control won’t be able to hold out for the remaining 2.5 weeks. I will have to remind myself that recipes such as this one are just as easy to prepare!
One year ago: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats
It’s Monday. My brain was already fried on Friday and I proceeded to fry it further over the weekend with lots more writing. My mission to have everything written by the end of August at first seemed completely reasonable but now is much more daunting. If I do manage to pull it off, I’ll get to take a break and celebrate with wedding #2 of 3 for the year. Motivation comes in many forms and if someone wants to cook me dinner in the meantime that’d be awesome.
Does this look familiar? It was in the background of a milkshake recipe posted last week, although I think I got a better shot of it in the background of that picture than in the spotlight here. Oh well, it shouldn’t take much to convince you to make a burger that has cheese in it as well as on top of it, finished off with another topping of guacamole. If you need more, go ahead and serve it with fries and a milkshake cause I know you want to anyway. This flavor explosion of a meal is a quick one to prepare too.
It is a rare day to find flights for under $300, even more so under $200, but yesterday was one of those days and I snatched it up as fast as I could confirm the time and place of events for that weekend. This flight purchase was for my friend Amber’s wedding in October, another of which I am a bridesmaid! The flight actually ended up being free because I had accrued enough miles to do so. I should have signed up for the Amex Delta Skymiles CC a long time ago. Imagine all the free flights, free 1st checked bag, and group 1 seating I could have been enjoying all these years!
But anywho, to go along with the theme of frugality, here is a pizza taco recipe that I was able to make almost without a trip to the grocery store. Lately I have been trying to cook more with the items I already have stocked, and surprisingly for this meal I had every ingredient on hand except for the ricotta. That goes to show how well stocked my kitchen is for a girl living with no one else besides her cat. Sometimes I try to estimate how long I could survive without leaving my home, and appreciate that I do not need to test it for real because I covet fresh fruit far too much.
P.S. This recipe is a great, quick weeknight meal!
One year ago: Easy S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches