I’m sayin’ it loud and I’m sayin’ it proud – I love burgers! One of the best parts of summer, if you ask me. So, a couple of nights before we left for Vegas, when the weather was warm, and the grill was calling, burgers were the obvious choice. As much as I LOVE portobello burgers, sometimes, you just can’t beat beef. My go-to burger right now is made by PC Blue Menu (surprise, surprise). I wanted to link to the specific product, but couldn’t find it on the website, so hopefully that doesn’t mean they’re discontinued. They’re only about 140 or 150 calories and I think they’re called portion wise. The burger was on a thin bun with ketchup and mustard (never relish for me), sliced onions and pickles (I only discovered how delicious pickles are on sandwiches/burgers within the last couple of years….I can’t believe I missed out for so long, so I’m making up for lost time). There would have been tomato slices too, but at that point, the produce section of the fridge was depleted due to our impending departure.
What were my side dishes? One was a little quirky, the other a little more normal. The quirky dish was a slaw-type salad made with butternut squash and cauliflower (project: use-up-produce-in the fridge however you can continues). I peeled and cubed about 2 cups of butternut squash, and cooked in the microwave for about 6 minutes. To the squash, I added chopped cauliflower; one Empire apple, grated on a box grater and a couple of chopped green onions. My dressing was fat-free Miracle Whip, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, brown sugar twin, just a touch of curry powder, some cinnamon, cumin and salt and pepper. I mixed it all together and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours so the flavours could blend.
My more “normal” side dish was roasted asparagus and broccoli. I tossed some chopped spears and florets with 2 tsp olive oil, fresh ground salt and pepper. I roasted at 450 for about 1/2 an hour, then right at the end, I drizzled with balsamic vinegar and popped the veggies back in the oven for a few minutes.
I sure hope there’s still asparagus at home when I get back….LOVE the stuff! What are your favourite ways to prepare/cook asparagus? And/or, what’s the quirkiest thing you’ve ever come up with to use up food in your fridge?