Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Meal Planning

The longer I have been cooking for my family, the easier it has become to throw a meal together without having to head to the grocery store.  It feels like a victory when I look in the refrigerator and come up with something from the veggies I have on hand.  This recipe was born on a Friday night when I felt panicked as the dinner hour approached and I still didn't know what's for dinner?!  I had ground beef and suggested tacos, but Justin reminded me we had just had tacos.  I thought about meatloaf, but meatloaf seems like a weeknight meal to me.  Then I opened the veggie drawer in my refrigerator and saw that I had zucchini.  And it was zucchini burgers for the win!  Healthy and yummy.

But, the real delicious part came when I wanted to reheat the leftover veggie burgers two nights later without drying them out.  I remembered my mom wrapping burgers in bacon to reheat them while keeping them juicy, so I shot her a text to get her steps on the reheating process.  And they turned out beautifully.  Not dry at all, still full of flavor, and get this.  All three of my boys ate them!  Hooray for me!  Going into the weekly rotation, those burgers are.

So, here's my recipe (adapted from Deceptively Delicious, by Jessica Seinfeld)

1 pound ground beef (I use organic from Costco)
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped zucchini
1 Tbsp Worcestershire
2 Tbsp ketchup
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
nonstick cooking spray
1 Tbsp olive oil
hamburger buns, for serving

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Mix meat, breadcrumbs, zucchini, Worcestershire, salt and pepper until well combined. Form into patties.  Coat a large nonstick ovenproof skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat.  We love our Williams Sonoma Signature Fry Pan.  When the skillet is hot, add olive oil and then burgers.  Cook burgers for 4-5 minutes until brown, then slide skillet into oven and cook for another 4-5 minutes until no longer pink in the center.  Serve on buns.

Then comes the fun part!  To reheat burgers, wrap them in bacon, tucking bacon under burgers.  Place on baking sheet and heat in a 375 degree oven to desired doneness, about 10 minutes.

Sweet Potato Puffs--so easy!
Peel sweet potatoes and cut into bite-size pieces.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cook in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time.

And here's our plan for the week...

Chicken Enchiladas

Coach Debbie's Garlic Shrimp (Harris Teeter has shrimp on sale through Wednesday!)

Sweet Potato Puffs


Leftover Zucchini Burgers, wrapped in bacon
apples slices and carrot sticks

What's your meal plan for the week?

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