The whole "30-Minute Meals" thing explains why I think Rachael Ray is a goddess. I know some people think her effervescent cheerfulness is too much. Not me. I don't think there is anything wrong with being fun, and goofy sometimes. Meet me in person, and you'll see what I mean.
I work Sunday - Thursday, and tonight was my free night to cook. I made one of my classics... chicken and spinach burgers (which is a variation on one of Rach's recipes from her "365: No Repeats" book) and sweet potato fries.
Here is what I started with:
- 1 sweet potato
- vegetable oil, to fry in
- sea salt
First up, I cut the sweet potato... well, tried. I have a mandolin slicer, which is awesome for cutting things uniformly, but the sweet potato was too dense for it. Since I am a klutz, I decided I shouldn't tempt fate with the possibility of me cutting a finger off, and I went back to basics: a cutting board and my trusty Furi East-West knife. I threw them into about a 1/2 inch of oil I had heating on the stove, and let the fries cook while I prepared the burgers.
CHICKEN AND SPINACH BURGERS
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 tablespoon onion and herb flavor Mrs. Dash
- handful parsley, chopped
- tomato, sliced
- avocado, sliced
- swiss cheese
- honey mustard
I made the burgers about a half-inch thick and the size of my palm, and on the stove they went. Since I was just cooking for myself, I only made two burgers, and threw some bread crumbs and an egg into the meat mixture and formed some chicken meatballs, which I baked for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
In the mean time, I sliced the tomatoes and avocado. I went in the fridge for the honey mustard... but I was out. I'm a little addicted to the stuff, so it makes sense that I didn't have any. I figured I could throw some together... about 1 tablespoon each of deli style mustard (obvious), honey (also obvious), and mayo (for some creaminess). I toasted the roll, and slathered it with the honey mustard. After a slice of swiss was good and melty on top of the hot burger, I piled it with avocado and tomato. This is the end product:
All in all it took about 30 minutes of cooking, with the bonus meatballs cooking while I ate. I froze them and will have them for another night when I am pressed for time. Also, I Betty Crockered some double chocolate cookies for dessert (you can see the package of mix on the counter in the first photo). I definitely have a sweet tooth, but baking is a little too exact for me, so something I can add oil and eggs to is perfect. And quick. And yummy. : )