I am all for warm summer days but this is just ridiculous. And unbearable. And I am down right cranky about it. Enter a temper tantrum of epic proportions.
And a few rules.
No food shalt be cooked in the oven on hot, humid days. I don't have central air and that blasted inferno will only add to the sickening heat. Hell to the no!
So what do you do on a too hot for a home cooked meal kinda day when the heat hasn't done any kind of a number on your appetite (just my luck!)? You "build a healthier burger"....naturally.
Oh Chatelaine, I <3 you!
On another mission to
sneak infuse health into our lives I whipped up a batch of yummy quinoa veggie burgers. Given that dinner was made and placed in front of him, the meat-atarian otherwise known as The Boyfriend, gobbled not one, not two, but three of them right up!
Healthy eating 2, Bad Eating habits 0
The vegetables combined with the grains was a nice light take on a meat-free burger. Adding the spinach, tomato, avocado, mushrooms and Tahini was the icing on the freshness cake if you ask me!
Quinoa Veggie Burger
adopted from Chatelaine magazine recipes
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup chopped carrot and broccoli slaw
1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup flour (or 3tbsp cornstarch)
2 tbsp medium salsa
1/2 tsp salt
- In a pot add quinoa to 1 cup water. Bring to boil. Cover and let simmer until water is fully absorbed (approx. 15 minutes)
- In a large frying pan cook vegetables until soft.
- In large bowl mix cooked vegetables, quinoa, flour, salsa, salt and egg.
- Mix thoroughly
- Form mixture into balls, place in pan and flatten into patty
- Cook on each side until golden brown (5 minutes)
- Place on bun and add toppings according to taste.
Served with a side of spinach and goat cheese salad this was the perfect meal on a sweaty-hot night.
Well for me anyway. Look what a certain "someone" snuck in:
Bacon! Alright, I'll let it slide. No one likes a total rules obsessed tyrant.....
Now will someone get me a fan, a glass of ice water and a ticket to the coldest place in the Northern Hemisphere?? !
So tell me, whats your go-to meal when its too hot to cook?