Green Chile Guacamole Burgers

Green Chile Guacamole Burger


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

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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

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

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

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Almond Meal Muffins #vegan #glutenfree

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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Soldier of Steel™ Transformational Workout Plan

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

Have you guys seen the new Superman movie MAN OF STEEL™??? I haven’t gone yet, but I’m actually really looking forward to seeing it. I don’t always love super hero movies, but you know, I made Steve go see Fame in theaters, so sometimes I have to take one for the team and go see a boy movie, and the super hero ones I’ve actually been really enjoying lately!

Not only does the movie look entertaining, but ummm…those men look GOOD. There have been so many times where I’ve looked at celebrities and said things like “Oh I could look that great too if I had a fancy celebrity trainer”, so of course I was so excited when I saw that celebrity trainer Mark Twight was offering a one month training plan! Not only did he train those muscly men of steel, but he has also trained National Guard Citizen-Soldiers!!

I’ve actually been really worried about sticking with my strength training while I’m away for the summer with no gym. I was thrilled to see that 80% of the workouts require absolutely no equipment, and the ones that do are easy to modify. This plan could not have come at a more perfect time! I started off this morning by heading to the park with Mac and Amber to try out day 1.

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I’m tiiiiiired.

But then I decided to climb a tree because I was feeling like a total champ.

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Want to check out the workouts for yourself? Visit the Soldier of Steel™ website! There is an entire month long plan developed by Mark Twight with really great explanations and photo tutorials of all of the movements here. There are even fitness training webisodes! Also, make sure to check out this teaser video to get a sense of what it’s all about.

 

Black Bean Burger Salad

Black Bean Burger Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette #glutenfree

Black Bean Burger Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette #glutenfree

In the summertime, the only things I crave other than burgers (and grilled food in general) are big, delicious, cool and refreshing salads. I’m not talking the kind of “salad” that is some lettuce thrown on a plate and then drowned with ranch dressing. My salads need to be loaded with flavor, and they have to have a little something special to keep me interested.

Black Bean Burger Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette #glutenfree

I also always love a new way to eat one of my favorite foods. I fell head over heels for these black bean burgers at first bite, and since I almost never make the same meal twice, I wanted a new way to enjoy them. I have to say, I like them even better this way!

Black Bean Burger Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette #glutenfree

The bold, spicy burgers balance perfectly with the fresh, crisp lettuce and cucumber, and the sweet tomatoes, peppers, roasted corn and dried cranberries. And that tangy, creamy goat cheese on top? Flavor heaven. Not to mention the sweet and spicy cilantro lime vinaigrette. It is legit the best salad dressing I have ever tasted.

Black Bean Burger Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette #glutenfree

If you don’t do dairy, you could leave the goat cheese off and replace it with avocado. I mean, you should probably just add avocado anyway to all things, but especially if you leave the cheese off. This salad is perfect for summer (or any time), and I even continued to make it with my left over black bean burgers for the entire rest of the week! You can also easily double or triple it if you’re serving a bigger group!

Black Bean Burger Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Black Bean Burger Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 heart of romain, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 black bean burgers*
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • For the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette:
  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Drizzle corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 until golden and tender, about an hour.
  2. Prepare the dressing by adding the zest of 1 lime, and the juice of two with all remaining ingredients in your food processor and pulsing until combined and smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. For the salad, gently toss together roasted corn, lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, and cranberries. Transfer to serving dishes. Crumble 1 black bean burger and 1.5 oz goat cheese on top of each salad. Serve with prepared dressing.

Notes

*Store bought/frozen black bean burgers may be used. Cook per package instructions before adding to your salad.

**To keep vegan, avocado may be subbed for goat cheese and agave may be subbed for honey in the dressing.

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Turkey Pastrami Melt

Turkey Pastrami Melt

Turkey Pastrami Melt

Helllloooo sandwich. Do you guys ever go to Schlotsky’s? When I was in high school, I would always drive over to my best friend’s house and pick up Schlotsky’s sandwiches for us. My staple? White bread, pastrami, swiss and thousand island. Kinda like a rueben, but with only the good parts.

Turkey Pastrami Melt

I have missed that sandwich. These days, I’m much more of a hummus, veggies and goat cheese sandwich girl, but every once in a while I crave that salty pastrami, melty cheese, and sweet and creamy thousand island. It’s like sandwich heaven.

Turkey Pastrami Melt

It’s one of those things that I just can’t seem to justify at a restaurant when I know I can make it 10x healthier myself. Not to mention, it takes about 15 minutes, including the time it took to make the dressing.

Turkey Pastrami Melt

I definitely don’t have the patience for anything time consuming around lunch time. I just want the quickest and most delicious way to get a sandwich to my face, and this baby tastes like the real deal–just like that big, juicy sandwich I remember, but with a list of healthy, protein-packed ingredients that will keep you full until dinner time!

Turkey Pastrami Melt

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 sandwich

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Turkey Pastrami Melt

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole grain bread (whole wheat, Ezekiel, brown rice, etc.)
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fat free thousand island
  • 3 oz sliced turkey pastrami (I used Boar's Head found at Fry's/Kroger)
  • 1 slice reduced fat swiss cheese
  • 1/2 roma tomato, sliced
  • small handful mixed greens

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium grill pan (or regular sautee pan) over medium-low. Spray with nonstick spray.
  2. While your grill pan heats, spread dijon mustard on one slice of bread. Spread your thousand island on the other. Top the dijon side with turkey pastrami, followed by tomato. Top the thousand island side with cheese.
  3. Cook sandwich open faced until bread cheese begins to melt and bread is golden brown on the bottom. Add mixed greens on top of tomato and place your other slice of bread on top, cheese side down. Grill for an additional 1-2 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.
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Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

Does anyone actually eat thousand island on a salad? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I find it delicious, and I absolutely love it on sandwiches, burgers, and as a dipping sauce, but on a salad? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone eat it like that.

Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

I told Hermano I made my own thousand island, and he told me I needed to recreate the big mac. I had totally forgotten that thing even exists, but I feel like now I have to tackle it. Especially since I’m apparently obsessed with burgers lately.

Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

I used to get thousand island on my sandwiches all the time, but I kicked the habit to the curb when I started my weight loss journey. There aren’t a lot of options at the store if you want a healthier version, and most of them are filled with ingredients I don’t want to go anywhere near, so I figured I’d try my hand at my own version.

Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

You guys…making your own salad dressing (or sandwich dressing, or dipping sauce) is SO EASY. Seriously. There is no reason to buy this stuff. It only requires a handful of ingredients, and about 5 minutes of your time.

Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

Nonfat plain Greek yogurt is the secret to making it thick and creamy without any fat. From there, I just added a little bit of reduced sugar ketchup (available at most grocery stores), some sweet relish, honey for added sweetness, vinegar, and some seasonings. Aside from the relish, I had all of the ingredients in my house already! And with hardly any added time, I had a delicious sandwich with sweet and creamy thousand island in minutes *hint hint*.

Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3/4 cup

Serving Size: 2 tbsp

Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp reduced sugar ketchup
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp honey (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 2 tsp sweet pickle relish1 teaspoon white onion, finely minced
  • pinch onion powder
  • dash each salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for 7-10 days. Serve completely chilled.
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Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

You can take a moment and judge my insanely long title, per usual. Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I’m sure you think I’ve gone off the deep end. When I told my husband what I was making for dinner last week, he raised an eyebrow, and gave me a look that can only be described as “WTF”, then he said “You’re really on a burger kick, aren’t you?”

Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

Guilty. And I guess after making countless burgers, you have to do something a little weird and put fruit inside. Or at least I do.

Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

I’m pretty much obsessed with anything sweet and savory. I used to think it was weird, but ever since people starting salting things (I soooo judged that salted caramel hot chocolate at the bux for a good 2 weeks), I haven’t tired of the depth of flavor adding an unexpected taste or ingredient can bring to your dish.

Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

Did anyone watch that season of Top Chef with the watermelon gorgonzola salad? I don’t remember who made it, but I remember that he tried something unique, something most people would never do. I remember Tom Colicchio hated it, and said it was totally wrong, but Chef Tom ain’t got nothin’ on these burgers. ;)

Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

I’ve always loved the fig/gorgonzola combo, so I stuffed them inside my burger, then I wrapped that sucker in center cut bacon to add smokiness and some extra bold, salty flavor–wrapped around where it can stand out and be an attention whore, not tucked inside with the lesser-known ingredients. Then to bring it all together, and add an extra hint of sweetness, I reduced some balsamic vinegar on the stove until it was thick, syrupy and sweet. Careful, the fumes are INTENSE (think vinegar straight up your nose), but the end result is totally worth it. A unique burger that you won’t find at you local burger joint, with rich depth of flavor, yet still deceptively simple and easy to put together. There is nothing like it.

Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Fig Burgers with Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients

    For the burgers:
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (96% preferred)
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried mission figs
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • pinch each salt and pepper
  • 4 slices center cut bacon
  • For the balsamic glaze:
  • 1/2 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
  • To assemble:
  • 4 whole grain buns (whole wheat, brown rice, etc)
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • lettuce of choice

Instructions

  1. Begin with the balsamic glaze by pouring balsamic vinegar into a small sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium-medium high to simmer. Stir occasionally until sauce has reached desired thickness. This took me about 30 minutes for a very syrupy glaze. 20-30 minutes should be all you need. Once desired consistency is reached, remove from heat immediately.
  2. In a large bowl, gently combine ground beef, figs, gorgonzola cheese, 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. Wrap each burger with a slice of bacon.
  3. Grill over medium heat beginning with the edge of the bacon side facing down until burgers have reached desired doneness, about 5 minutes each side. Transfer to buns and add lettuce and tomato. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
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Looking for some other burger recipes for summer? Like I said, I’ve been on a bit of a kick…

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburgers

Thai Peanut Turkey Burgers

BBQ Bacon Ranch Burgers

 

Or if you don’t eat meat, I have a few veggie options too!

Sun-dried Tomato & Basil White Bean Burgers (vegan + gluten-free)

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (vegan + gluten-free)

Weekend Ramblings

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1. I am 90% sure I haven’t told you this already (if I’m wrong, I’m sorry and it won’t be the last time it happens…), but I am thrilled to announce I will be speaking at Healthy Living Summit with my fellow D&D host Nicole on video content! I am over the moon. I applied thinking it was a long shot, and I was shocked when I found out we were chosen! It’s going to be my first blogging conference, and I am stoked. Are you going? You should be!

2. So you know how cilantro and goat cheese are my favorite foods? Well, the other day, I tried to make a cilantro goat cheese pesto. It was disgusting. I kept trying to add and change things, but it was just gross, and the texture was, like…butter. Not in a good way. Ew. I can’t even explain it. Then I tried to make rosemary pesto which was also a horrific failure. I guess I should have just made this.

3. I’m on a break from teaching right now, so I’ve been home a lot more which makes Winston super happy. Clementine couldn’t care less, but Winston follows my every step. Every single day when I’ve gotten out of the shower, he’s been laying on the tile in front of the door waiting for me. Then he gets excited and acts like we haven’t seen each other in years. I wonder what it’s like to be a dog.

4. I made a press page! I don’t have any idea if I did it “right”. In fact, I had no idea what I was doing, so I looked at Sally’s and Nicole’s. I figured they did it right. Also, do people really keep track of all of their features and things like that? Am I just super disorganized?? It was cool to see a list of the things I’ve done and the places that thought I was cool enough to share. Seriously, every time someone shares one of my recipes, whether it’s a big publication or an other blogger, it makes my heart so happy. I never actually thought anyone would read this thing.

5. This video. I can’t stop watching it. I may even love it as much as Beauty and the Beat? I always drag my heels about watching youtube videos that people tell me are funny, because most of them….aren’t. But this. Just watch it. Actually, watch like the first minute of Taylor Swift’s 22 video, then watch it. You’re welcome.

6. Last weekend I played Rockband at Nicole’s house. The only song I actually knew the words to? Wannabe. I sang the crap out of that song. I got a 95% which in case you didn’t know is a solid A. Except, did you know they say “slam your body down and wind it all around”? I’ve been singing “slam your body down and party all around” since about 1996.

7. I really hate that stupid eagle pose in yoga. BTW, I love yoga now. Like, actually love, and I want to do a real post explaining my change in tune, but right now I just want to complain about stupid eagle pose because I SUCK at it. The only good thing about it is getting to go into star pose after. That one’s fun. Also, I’m working on my headstands. I can get to it, but then it’s so hard to get my legs in the air. I tried today and they made it up for about .5 seconds. HOW DO YOU GET THEM TO STAY???

8. I recently (I know so late to the party) started watching Dexter. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. Like, I can’t go to sleep because I want to watch “just 1 more” episode. About 7 times. I’m really into anything psychological, and I have a huge fascination with mental illness (freak?) and all of the psychology of a serial killer, and the backstory along with ideas of why we become “what we are” is totally up my alley. I’m only at the beginning of season 2, so if you give me any spoilers, I swear our friendship will be over. I’m already too good at guessing and I hate it.

9. I spent all this time cleaning out my office so that I could actually use it to do work from home, but I can’t seem to make myself work anywhere other than my couch, standing at the kitchen counter (weirdo…not comfortable) or my dining room table. I think it’s the idea of a smaller room getting me down? I don’t know. I’m a freak.

10. Please tell me I’m not the only one with powdered sugar all over my DLSR? This is a common issue, right? My photographer husband doesn’t seem to find it common. Or cute. Or endearing. Or amusing.

11. I discovered the countdown app. I’d been meaning to get it for a while, but now I think I may have a problem…

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What’s on your mind? Tell me awesome things.

Drink & Dish: Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Bold and spicy buffalo turkey burgers topped with a creamy buffalo sauce and crumbled blue cheese. A simple, easy weeknight meal that everyone in your family will enjoy!

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Growing up, I always wondered “Why is my dad SO weird????” He wore two different color socks, he was never on time, he listened to weird music, and he didn’t dress like any of the other dads.

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

But let’s be honest here…I am totally weird, and nothing like other humans, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My dad taught me to be myself, the importance of birthdays, and how to be the most sentimental human on the planet. I’m not entirely sure I’m grateful for that last one…

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

My dad doesn’t eat meat, so he would actually hate this recipe (sorry dad…), but I figured I’d pick a Father’s Day dish that most dads would appreciate, and most guys I know love a good burger. Maybe I was a man in a former life?

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Anyway, these would be perfect for (almost) any man in your life, and ummm you MUST go immediately over to Nicole’s blog to check out her BACON BROWN SUGAR OLD FASHIONED. Yes, I DID just say that. Best.Drink.Ever. Check out the latest episode of Drink & Dish to see the secret to making a perfectly cooked burger, and how Nicole makes the world’s best drink!


Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

    For the buffalo ranch dressing:
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp buffalo sauce (more or less depending on desired spiciness)
  • 1/2 tsp ranch seasoning
  • For the burgers:
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (93-96%)
  • 2 tbsp buffalo sauce
  • Extras:
  • 4 whole grain buns (whole wheat, brown rice, whatever you like)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • Mixed greens (about a small handful per burger)

Instructions

  1. To make the buffalo ranch sauce, combine yogurt, buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey with 2 tbsp buffalo sauce. 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 completely cooked throughout, about 5-7 minutes each side.
  4. Transfer burgers to buns, and top each burger with about 2 tbsp buffalo ranch sauce, a handful of greens, and a tablespoon each of bleu cheese and celery. Serve immediately. Leftover burgers and sauce can be stored in separate airtight containers in the fridge for 5-7 days.

Notes

Taste the sauce before serving--if it is too spicy, add more yogurt. If it is not spicy enough add more buffalo sauce.

Extra lean ground beef may be substituted for ground turkey.

Buns may be omitted, and burgers may be served salad style if desired.

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