Friday, April 20, 2012

Veggie Burgers with Baked Fries

At our housewe enjoy a variety of veggie burgers in place of traditional beef burgers. Frozen black bean burgers by Morningstar Farms are a good, easy stand-by for a quick weeknight meal. But when we have more time, we like to make homemade veggie burgers, which are hands-down better in taste. We've made spicy black bean burgers, chickpea burgers, lentil-walnut burgers and now these pinto bean burgers. In addition to pinto beans, they are made with bulgur, shredded carrot, scallion, breadcrumbs, egg and a little cayenne pepper. They are topped with tahini mayonnaise and some fresh spinach on whole wheat buns.

My husband made the baked fries, above, from white and sweet potatoes, which were the perfect accompaniment. He sliced the potatoes and tossed them with canola oil, salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar. He baked them in a 450-degree oven for 35 minutes, turning once. Then he broiled them for an additional 5 minutes to make them crispy (keep your eye on them so they don't burn). 

You can watch a great video on how to make these yummy, slightly spicy veggie burgers here. Enjoy!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tequila Sunrise

A tequila sunrise is a pretty drink, isn't it? And it's simple to make. 

For two drinks, combine 1-1/4 cups orange juice (freshly squeezed, if possible) and 1/2 cup tequila in a small pitcher. In each glass, put 3 tablespoons of pomegranate juice, then fill glass with ice. Add the tequila/orange juice mixture, dividing evenly. Stir just before drinking. Cheers!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

One-Pot Meal: Shrimp with Couscous

Shrimp with couscous: this meal couldn't be simpler or tastier. It's also light, healthy and perfect for a weekday supper. This recipe is from the May 2007 issue of my favorite food magazine: Everyday Food.

The original recipe called for whole-wheat couscous, which I didn't have, so I used regular couscous. Otherwise, I followed the recipe, except that I cut the amounts in half since I was cooking for two rather than four. It yielded enough for me and my husband, plus one nice leftover serving, above, which I had cold for lunch the next day. It was as yummy right out of the fridge as it was warm the night before. If you're feeding four people, double the following amounts.

Shrimp with Couscous 

1/2 lb. green beans, ends trimmed and halved crosswise
1/2 of a 10 oz. package of frozen corn kernels, thawed
A little over 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled
1/2 cup couscous (or whole-wheat couscous, which has more fiber)
1/4 cup (or less) fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces (I didn't want the basil to overwhelm, so I used less than 1/4 cup, but didn't measure. The basil added a great flavor!)
1-1/2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1) In a large saucepan with a lid, bring 1/2 cup salted water to a boil, add green beans and immediately cover with lid. Cook over medium-high head until crisp-tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add corn and shrimp and stir to combine. Cover and cook until shrimp are opaque throughout (recipe stated this would take 2 minutes, but mine took at least 4 minutes). Stir as needed and recover until done.
2) Add couscous and stir to combine. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes (couscous will absorb the extra water). Stir in the basil, vinegar and olive oil; season with course salt and freshly ground pepper. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Summer Robe

I had been looking for a lightweight summer robe since last year. I just couldn't find what I wanted. Then a couple of months ago, I saw some robes at Pottery Barn, of all places. They are floral, very soft and super lightweight, with kimono-style sleeves. I thought they were pretty, but the price was more than I wanted to spend.

Then the other day I came across a card for 15% off at Pottery Barn, and it was about to expire. So I made a run to the store to see if the robes were still there. They were -- and they were on sale! I chose this one with its blues and greens. And I received an extra 15% off the sale price. Sweet! I think this robe will fit the bill perfectly this summer.

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