Hamburgers on the Grill
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Barbecue hamburgers have already gone on the grill for this Father’s Day weekend. They’re jam-packed with chopped-up yellow and green bell peppers and onion with one egg added to the mix.
adults kids who dislike eating vegetables, sneak in some colorful bell peppers in your meat. Chop them up very fine and put them in the middle of the patty. Nobody will ever know, and you managed to feed your family healthy vegetables without their knowledge.
These veggie-packed hamburgers remind me of the meatloaf my mother used to cook when I was growing up. I loved the way she baked meatloaf. It looked so pretty when she took it out of the oven and set it on top of the stove. The ketchup she had added (I assume toward the end of baking) covered the meatloaf like topping it with a sauce, almost like a dessert icing (more nutritious than the icing, for sure).
Meat Left Out Overnight
One meatloaf memory sticks with me. I had come in from school one day to eat lunch at home before I drove to the technical school for the afternoon. I heated the leftover meatloaf in the microwave. The meat must not have been evenly heated or warmed up enough in the microwave because I got terribly sick. It was years before I would eat meatloaf again.
On the note of leftover meat, what is your opinion about eating leftover grilled hamburgers? What if you put the hamburgers in the oven (not heated up) to keep flies off of the meat and forget that it’s in the oven until the next morning? I’ve done that. My typical response would be to throw it out just to be sure. If it’s in the winter, you don’t have central air and heating, and the temperature in your house is freezing, then I might eat the meat the next day. Do the safe thing.
Food Blog Grilling
Food bloggers, it doesn’t matter if you use the propane kind or a simple small charcoal type, hamburgers cooked on the grill are worth blogging about. So don’t wait ’til you can afford the propane grill you’ve been wanting before you blog about your summer grilling recipes. Go ahead and share the exciting summer recipes you cook on your little inexpensive charcoal grill. Just take a lot of pictures so you’ll get at least one good photo of the grill.
Ready for summer? The heat is kicking in just in time this weekend for the official day of summer on Tuesday. Sounds like time for grilling to me.
Stay Tuned for Summer Grilling Recipes
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Visit your local farmers market and pay attention to all of the beautiful fruits and vegetables. You’ll see fresh produce you’ve never noticed if you’re like me.
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February is filled with dip, snack, and dessert recipes galore for Super Bowl get-togethers and Valentine’s Day. But what about after those two most popular occasions? After all those snacks and sweets, veggies sound very appetizing.
Too many snacks and desserts can pack on the pounds quickly. I’ve been choosing more protein meals, cutting back on meat (although I love it), and increasing vegetable and fruit intake.
Veggies for Breakfast
This morning I started off with a veggie-packed three-egg omelet. Too many eggs? Perhaps not. My husband met a professional truck driver who feeds his pet macaw a four-egg omelet for breakfast. I had the opportunity of speaking with the macaw’s owner. His pet bird, Muggsy, likes veggies and eats them daily. If such a bird can stay healthy with that many eggs included in its diet, I think I can, too.
You can use any vegetables you like for your omelet. I like to try a variety of vegetables when cooking omelets. Spinach, carrots, onions, and cilantro are some of my favorites. When I make the spinach ones, I load the spinach on because it seems to melt away when cooking. I only use a few carrots, and in this recipe, I used two small carrots about the size of this one:
Veggie & Cheese Omelet
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Red Bell Pepper
- 1/4 Sweet Onion
- 2 Small Carrots
- Cilantro (to taste)
- 3 Eggs
- 2 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Chop pepper, onion, and cilantro.
- Slice carrots into thin pieces.
- Melt coconut oil on griddle.
- Add eggs when vegetables have cooked until they are no longer crunchy.
- Stir eggs and vegetables.
- When eggs are done (soft but not runny), add cheese slices on top.
- Fold over one half of egg and vegetable mixture to form the omelet.
Veggie for Dinner
Start your day off with the veggie-omelet recipe and end it with another veggie recipe, Cucumber Sandwich. A friend told me how much she loves cucumber sandwiches. I purchased the cucumber but then found out that cream cheese goes in the recipe.
Back to the store, I bought cream cheese and one more item that looked good – raisin bread. I don’t remember how long it has been since I ate raisin bread. Muggsy likes raisin bread. When I saw the bread at the store, I couldn’t resist. Want to guess what I used it for? A Raisin Bread Cucumber Sandwich.
Raisin Bread Cucumber Sandwich
2 Slices raisin bread
1/3 Block cream cheese
Salt & Pepper
Put cream cheese in a microwave-safe container. Set the microwave on defrost long enough to soften the cream cheese. Mix the cream cheese and cucumber together. Add salt and pepper. Toast the bread, and make add the cucumber mixture (good on Ritz crackers, too) for a very tasty sandwich.
I loved hearing about Muggsy eating veggies, raisin bread, and the other foods he likes. That shows you how we feel cravings just at the mention of food.
I love eggs!
I love eating them scrambled, fried, baked and especially for omelettes. Today’s omelette recipe, Green Veggie Eggs, consisted of:
- three eggs (not counting the cholesterol today, okay?)
- cheddar cheese, grated
- avocado (1/2 of a VERY small avocado)
Breakfast is good anytime of the day, early with the sunrise…
…brunch, lunch, afternoon meal, or at night. Breakfast, or “break fast”, makes the perfect meal after several hours of not eating. Get it? Break fast. You break a fast every morning. If you ate dinner at 6:00 pm yesterday and ate breakfast at 6:00 am this morning, you ended a twelve-hour fast at 6:00 am.
This blog post is not intended to encourage you to go on a fast (though occasional fasts have been known through the centuries to be a helpful thing for our bodies). It is, however, intended to share vegetable varieties you can include in your breakfasts.
Last week I attended a presentation at Hannon Chiropractic about a purification program that promotes purifying, nourishing, and maintaining a healthy body and weight. The program, which I decided to do, starts off with a vegetable and fruit plan. Let me mention that I love to eat veggies with and in my eggs. Not only do I like eggs. I like to eat toast with my eggs. I failed to hear any mention of bread being included in the plan, however. Since I have bread on hand today, I figured it would be a good thing to not waste my groceries. So today’s Green Veggie Eggs was immensely enjoyed with toast – and honey (another of my foodie weaknesses, sweets). Though the purification program doesn’t include eggs at first, it does allow plenty of vegetables. It’s a good thing because I absolutely love vegetables – cooked the southern way.
Well, it looks like I’ll be experiencing sweet, wheat, and egg withdrawals for the first part of the plan for getting on the right track for maintaining a healthy body and weight. But I assure you that I believe in eating eggs for protein and that I plan to include them in my near-future diet maintenance plan.
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