Green Chile Guacamole Burgers


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Recipe and all opinions are my own.
Green Chile Guacamole Burger

You guys, it is hot. I’m in Portland and it’s supposed to be perfect weather all summer long, but instead there is a heat wave, and it’s in the 90s which wouldn’t even be bad except for the fact that we live upstairs and there is no ac. It is gross. I want to be swimming in a pool with a margarita in hand eating burgers for dinner. Can we make that happen?

Green Chile Guacamole Burger

Before I left for Portland, I’m pretty sure we ate at least 2 hamburgers a week for about a month. I wish I was kidding. I never got sick of them because there are 5 billion combinations so it always feels like something new!

Green Chile Guacamole Burger

I’m pretty bad about waiting to decide what to make until the last minute, then I have to bat my eyelashes and beg Steve to go to the store and pick up whatever we need. Luckily, there is a Fresh & Easy right around the corner that we can get to in no time, and makes it incredibly easy to pick up last minute items. Their store brand fresh&easy is all natural ingredients, and super affordable, so it’s a win, win. With the last minute idea to make the burgers, I sent Steve to the store to get fresh&easy buns and guacamole.

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The burgers came out AWESOME! Bold and spicy, and the fresh&easy guacamole was AWESOME!! The roasted green chiles and so much flavor and also help the burgers not to dry out (which can easily happen when using lower fat meat), and the grilled onions on top are like the icing on the cake!

Green Chile Guacamole Burger

Fresh & Easy has tons of options for summer grilling, and really is insanely easy to get in and out of quickly (think the oposite of going through Walmart, but still with great prices), and I even have a coupon for you! Click here to receive a $5 off coupon (expires 7/7/13).

Green Chile Guacamole Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

Green Chile Guacamole Burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 green chiles, roasted, seeds removed
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic, finely minced
  • generous pinch cumin
  • pinch each salt and pepper
  • 4 fresh&easy whole wheat buns (gluten-free may be substituted)
  • Approximately 1 cup fresh&easy guacamole
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced

Instructions

  1. Half roasted green chiles. Finely chop 1/2 of one of your chiles and slice the rest.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine finely chopped green chile, ground beef, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper until ingredients are just incorporated. Form into 4 equal-sized patties. Press your thumb down into the center of each patty to create a small indent.
  3. Grill over medium heat until burgers have reached desired doneness, about 5 minutes each side. Simultaneously grill the onion slices until browned. This will also take about 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Top buns with guacamole, cooked burgers and onions, reserved green chile slices and tomato. Serve immediately.
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I’m Officially Obsessed with Gummy Vitamins

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Vitafusion. All opinions are my own.

I’m going to tell you a story about gummy vitamins and theatre camp.

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First off, I have to tell you that I 100% suck at taking my vitamins. It’s so silly. I know I feel better when I take them. I know they’re important, and I actually really care about those types of things. I am soooo good at coming up with excuses and, to be fair, it can be a little challenging because I have a certain window of time that I can take them, and if I miss it, then that’s it (it’s a not interesting story about thyroid meds and absorption–I’ll save you the long explanation). Anyway, the only way that I will actually be responsible about this sort of thing is when it becomes fun and enjoyable.

This is why I am over the moon for these Vitafusion MultiVites. Being a good friend, I decided to share the love around with some of my co-workers, and we’re all ridiculous theatre people so we now have official gummy vitamin time. I ring one of those desk bells, and we all get ridiculously goofy excited and take our vitamins together.

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We are the funnest people to live with. I promise.

In fact, we all are a little bummed that this is only able to happen once a day. We’ve been considering buying fruit snacks (because these vitamins are delicious like fruit snacks!) just so that we can ring the bell and pretend more often. But I guess the unhealthy fruit snack would kinda defeat the purpose right?

(When my friends miss gummy vitamin time because they’re actually working, I send them videos…)

Even though they taste like candy, the MultiVites are filled with vitamins A, C, D (especially important for me since I have a deficiency!!) and many more. They are also flavored naturally so you’re not getting a bunch of nasty fake stuff with your healthy vitamins.

These babies are the perfect solution to my lack of desire to take vitamins–they make me feel like a little kid again, and they make taking better care of myself something I look forward to doing. There is no question I feel better as a whole, and you never get too old to want to feel like a kid again!

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dogs

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dogs

I’ve developed this kind of ridiculous hot dog obsession. Kinda like the hamburger one, but ya know, with hot dogs. A couple of weeks ago after the 3rd consecutive hot dog recipe, Hermano asked when the heck I decided I liked hot dogs so much.

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dogs

The truth is, I’ve always been a fan, but unless it was an enormous Cost Co hot dog, it just never seemed like a full meal to me, and I always wanted a hamburger to go with it. BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dogs

So I decided to make a hot dog that sounds sinful and over the top, but is really healthy enough to eat 2, or eat 1 with a big ol’ side of veggies which is more my style these days.

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dogs

The low fat beef hot dogs combined with the center cut bacon add healthy meat options that are full of flavor. The  sweet barbecue sauce and roasted corn pair perfectly with the salty dog, and then everything is better with cheddar cheese. It’s like a fact. These babies are perfect for 4th of July, any summer cookout, or any time you feel like firing up the grill!

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dogs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 hot dogs

Serving Size: 1 hot dog

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dogs

Ingredients

  • 2 low fat beef or turkey dogs (I used Hebrew National 45 calorie beef)
  • 2 whole grain hot dog buns (use gluten-free if applicable)
  • 1 slice center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tbsp low sugar barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbsp roasted corn kernels
  • 2 tbsp roasted corn kernels
  • 2 generous pinches grated reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 pinches finely chopped scallions

Instructions

  1. Grill hot dogs over medium heat until warmed throughout, about 5 minutes.
  2. Place hot dogs inside buns and top each dog with ½ slice cooked bacon, 1 tbsp barbecue sauce, 1 tbsp roasted corn, a generous pinch of cheddar cheese and a pinch of chopped scallions. Serve immediately.
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Drink & Dish: Red, White & Blue Grilled Cheese

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It’s almost the 4th of July!!!

Red, White & Blue Grilled Cheese

One of my very favorite holidays because I am obsessed with fireworks. I’m sure this is totally surprising information given that I am never a sucker for bright, sparkly things, but I can ooohh and ahhh for the entire fireworks show, and always get a little sad when they start going all crazy for the grand finale because that means it’s over.

Red, White & Blue Grilled Cheese

Maybe it’s because for years I never got to watch the fireworks? I’ve spent almost every summer since I was 15 years old at theatre camp. First as a student, then as a counselor, and the last few years as a teacher/director/choreographer. For most of those years, the camp was located at the top of this hill in the middle of nowhere White Salmon, WA. We were always in rehearsals at night, so I never got to get into town (a good 40 minute drive) to watch the fireworks. Now camp is in Portland, and we light little sparklers and the kids get really into it which is fun in an entirely different way.

Red, White & Blue Grilled Cheese

You know what else I love about the 4th of July? RED WHITE AND BLUE FOOD!!! Last year, I made red, white and blue cookies, and they still stand as some of my all time favorite cookies. This year, I decided to go with something you could eat for lunch or dinner while celebrating America (you have to pronounce it Ah-murrr-kah).

Red, White & Blue Grilled Cheese

This sandwich….I just…I’m not sure I even have the words? I made it 3 times in 1 week. The brie cheese is so melty and dreamy, and then the goat cheese provides the perfect creaminess. Both of these cheeses pair perfectly with fruit, and the raspberry jam adds a bright sweetness the compliments the slightly tart bursting blueberries. It sounds crazy, but it just works. It works so well that you want to eat it every day for the rest of your life. You know I’m not usually a meal repeater, but I can’t get enough of this sandwich, and I can see it making a comeback all year long.

Check out the latest episode of Drink & Dish to learn the secret to making a perfectly melty grilled cheese, and make sure to also check out Nicole’s super fun 4th of July Citrus Splash. I mean, it has poprocks and it’s BLUE!

Drink & Dish: Red, White & Blue Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Drink & Dish: Red, White & Blue Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 slices whole grain bread (use gluten-free if applicable)
  • 2 tbsp reduced sugar raspberry jam (or jam or choice)
  • 1 1/2 oz goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 small handfuls fresh blueberries (preferably organic)
  • 2 oz light brie cheese, sliced, rinds removed

Instructions

  1. Heat a large grill pan, griddle or nonstick pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread 2 slices of bread with 1 tbsp each of jam. Spread remaining two pieces with softened goat cheese (evenly divide the 1 1/2 oz between the two slices). Place a handful of blueberries on each goat cheese slice and lightly press the berries into the cheese. Top each with 1 oz sliced brie. Place the jam side on top.
  3. Grill until the bottom is browned, about 5-7 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until both sides are browned and cheese is fully melted, about an other 5-7 minutes. Serve immediately.
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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Almond Meal Muffins

Soft & fluffy zucchini muffins stuffed with dark chocolate chips. Grain-free, refined sugar-free, vegan & paleo!Chocolate Chip Zucchini Almond Meal Muffins #vegan #glutenfree

Did I ever tell you about the time I ate 3 zucchinis in one sitting because I wanted a snack and was trying to be healthy? I called up one of my best friends and said “I think I just over ate zucchinis. Is that even a thing?” I love them. Sauteed, roasted, grilled, BAKED!

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Okay, these muffins taste nothing like zucchinis. Just like carrot cake doesn’t actually taste like carrots. But the zucchinis add some extra veggie goodness, and also produce some of the softest, (insert gross word) and tender muffins I have ever tasted.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Almond Meal Muffins #vegan #glutenfree

As soon as I decided I wanted to make zucchini almond meal muffins, I hit up my girl Gina’s blog for some inspiration. She has the best paleo recipes, and although I don’t eat paleo, I love baking with nut flours, and her blog is always a great place to start. She made some ridiculously good looking zucchini bread that I used as a guideline, but ended up with muffins with chocolate chips inside. Shocking, right?

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Almond Meal Muffins #vegan #glutenfree

The muffins tasted EXACTLY like I wanted–lightly sweet, hearty and filling without being heavy. They didn’t last long, and whether you normally use grain-free flours or not, you will absolutely love them!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Almond Meal Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 dozen

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Almond Meal Muffins

Soft & fluffy zucchini muffins stuffed with dark chocolate chips. Grain-free, refined sugar-free, vegan & paleo!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • dash salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 tbsp natural liquid sweetener of choice (honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini, squeezed dry
  • heaping 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Measure milk in your measuring cup. Add apple cider vinegar and whisk lightly. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together almond meal, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add almond milk mixture, banana, sweetener, coconut oil, and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
  4. Evenly divide batter between between 12 prepared muffin molds.
  5. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes.

Notes

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