This evening, I lugged out the good ole’ George Foreman to grill up some burger deliciousness. I also added a side of sautéed red cabbage for some veggie action. Does anyone else think cabbage can be pretty or is it just me?
Then things started getting real crazy and I tossed on a peach too. The day I discovered the grill is not just for meat was a good day. I love grilled fruit! Pineapples, peaches, bananas, and watermelon (bet you didn’t see that one coming) are my favorites.
Hope your Monday was a fantastic kickoff to your week! The first day of Autumn is TOMORROW!
Get grilling while you still can. Or you can rely on George…
Spinach is not only my favorite vegetable, but it is also a powerhouse of nutrients! Check out this nutritional profile: Vitamin A, C, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron and more! Not to mention the Vitamin K, which aids in building strong bones! But if leafy green things make you squirm, it can be hard to chow down on a bunch of Spinach leaves all by their lonesome. So if you, your spouse, child, mother, or cousin’s-friend’s-brother aren’t as big a fan as I, here are some ways you can add spinach to your diet!
Basically it’s Spinach in STEALTH MODE. You won’t even notice it’s there.
1. Burgers – Your favorite burger recipe may already have some chopped onions, garlic, and herbs, but does it have spinach!? Spinach is easy to finely chop and throw in to add an extra layer of nutrition to your patties. Plus, it looks very similar to chopped fresh parsley, cilantro, or basil. Even the smartest of veggie detectives in your life will be fooled!
2. Sauces – More specifically your homemade tomato sauce or pesto. Pesto is easy; the basil already gives it that bright green color. Adding some spinach won’t even tamper with the flavor or color. As for your tomato sauce, consider making it with more of a “chunky style” and add in fresh basil and spinach to the mix. Again, it’s an easy way to make spinach delectable.
3. Smoothies – This one may take a little more convincing, but once you try it (or whoever else you’re trying to get to drink it) you will be HOOKED. The beauty of spinach, aside from its nutritional stats, is its subtle flavor. The fruit will overpower the spinach. I challenge you to make your favorite strawberry bananaconcoction and add a big handful of spinach. You won’t taste a thing different. Sure it may look bright green, but if you can convince yourself that you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day early, you’re golden.
My smoothie above includes:
1 banana, 7 frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 tbsp coconut milk & a hefty handful of SPINACH. BOOM.
What other ways do you enjoy this green goodness? Any other vegetables you try to sneak into your (or someone else’s) diet?
Here’s a fun fact about Victoria… ILOVEcooking. Not just cooking, but the entire creative process that takes place from the moment you stare into the fridge & pantry to creating something delicious that makes your taste buds shout for joy. Or if you’re like me, there is also an audible shout for joy that comes shortly afterwards. Now, if I could just get myself into the habit of actually writing down the recipes so that others could re-create these mouth-watering morsels I’d be set. Only, I haven’t found a way to exactly measure “some of this, with a splash of that, and just a pinch of this“.
But guess what… today I did it. I wrote down the recipe. Not only that, but I used actual measurements. And not only that, but this is the first time in my history of making Tuna Burgers (which isn’t super long, but hey, I’m trying) that the burgers did not, I repeat, did not fall apart while cooking! Hurray!!
Check out those patties of golden delicious goodness.
Tuna Burgers (makes 4 patties)
2 – 5oz cans White Albacore Tuna (in water – then drained)
2 – eggs
2 scallions (chopped)
2 small garlic cloves (minced)
1/2 cup fresh spinach (roughly chopped & steamed)
2 tbsp arrowroot flour*
2 tsp coconut flour*
1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
Fresh squeezed lemon juice (optional)
*I used arrowroot & coconut flour, but these could be interchanged or coconut flour alone.
1. Preheat grill to low-medium heat
2. Mix together all ingredients, except lemon juice, in a mixing bowl and combine
3. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes (go enjoy a book or some cat videos while you wait…)
4. Form into four patties
5. Grill on aluminum foil with 7 minutes on each side
6. Top it all off with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice (Or a splash of hot sauce, or some tomato, lettuce, and onion, or whatever else your heart may desire)
I hope you love this recipe as much as I did today! I kept telling the Grill Master (hello, Austin!) how much I loved these after every bite. Enjoy! 🙂