Posts tagged ‘dinner’

January 31, 2012

Cilantro Turkey Burger

I usually think that the things I cook sans-recipe (aka my Culinary BS experiments) are good, but. Well. This dinner was phenomenal.

She doesn’t know it, but inspiration for this one comes from my college friend, Emily, who keeps a cooking blog. Recently, Emily posted an amazing recipe for Cilantro Lime Shrimp, which I tried out for a little dinner gathering a few weeks ago now. The shrimp dish was excellent (make it!), and a fortunate side effect was a large amount of leftover fresh cilantro, which I would prefer to use instead of throw out.

Turkey is relatively plain, and uninteresting turkey burgers (read: not flavored or filled with things) can easily be dry & completely tasteless. The trick to make turkey burgers delicious is to fill them with juicy flavor givers. In this case, those things were cilantro, tomatoes, and red onion.

Turkey burgers are a great medium for creativity. Seriously. You can do anything with them. My friend served me mint & feta turkey burgers once. I made Apple Turkey Burgers a while ago. The only way to make a turkey burger not good is to not put anything in it & expect it to have a good flavor. Go crazy with these guys. But first, you really should try this preparation! 

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August 9, 2011

BS Dinner #2: Pasta with “Beef” and Veggies

I just figure that, rather than think hard to come up with real recipes and try to cook interesting & unique things to share with you all, I’ll show you how I cook through more of these BS Dinner posts. Eating in a healthy way is really easy when you have figured out how to get around the kitchen & combine quality ingredients in interesting ways.I’ll be the first to say that this is one of my less creative meals, but not everything can involve a lot of thought. It was delicious, healthy, and relatively easy, so. Worth a try.

The inspiration for this meal? Curiosity lead me to buy this fake ground beef vegan imitation product, and I figured that the easiest way to first try it out was with pasta. I also was in the mood for sauteed mushrooms.

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August 3, 2011

BS Dinner #1: Plantain with Ginger-Garlic-Chili-Lime Marinaded Tofu

At least 92% of all of my cooking is just hungry bullshit artist meets kitchen. The other 8% is oatmeal, which is arguably half-asleep bullshit artist meets kitchen.

It would seem that cooking is art (except unlike art, which can consume a person, a person generally consumes cooking), and having accepted that I have neither the patience nor knowledge to be a Monet-type-cook, I’ve opted for the abstract throw-whatever-you-want-on-canvas-and-decide-it-is-art cooking method, over a methodical recipe-following paint-by-numbers type approach.

Unnecessary art analogy? Probably. I’ll stop now.

Turned off by the word “Tofu” in the post title? I don’t blame you. Tofu has such a horrible reputation, probably because it sounds like “toe-food”. But you can SO very easily sub a meat-protein in this “dish”– this marinade would be awesome with pork, chicken, or fish. Promise. But, it’s good with tofu, too. Tofu’s not that bad, you know.

Sometimes, I just go to the grocery store and buy flavors that I think I might want and objects that I’m curious about eating. Then, when I get home, it’s just a wonderful challenge to figure out what I’m cooking.

In the supermarket, I had big plans for this plantain, but once I got home, I figured that, since I haven’t cooked a plantain before, I should take it easy. Actually, now, this isn’t the weirdest combination of items, is it? Oh well. I’ll still share this dinner with you all. If nothing else, it’ll tell you how to cook a plantain, give a suggestion for a yummy marinade (which, yes, can be used on meat just as successfully as on tofu — this would be great with chicken, pork, or fish), and encourage your culinary bullshit artist to emerge. Healthy food is so fun and more versatile, but it’s easy to get caught up in the steamed veggies, brown rice, and 3oz of chicken breast routine.

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April 19, 2011

Apple Turkey Burger & Squash Fries

I love Hamburger Night. It’s delicious. I just think there’s something satisfying and fun about sitting down to eat a giant burger and pile of fries, especially when they are prepared in a way that is good for you. Being brought down from a Hamburger Night High by a full & uncomfortable stomach is a terrible ending to a potentially glorious meal. Plus, any dinner that one can eat in a socially acceptable manner with zero utensils is an awesome dinner.

This Turkey/Apple/Scallion/Garam Masala Burger accompanied by squash fries is a good, healthy, any-old-day-of-the-week twist on Hamburger Night. Having squash serve as the fry base instead of potatoes allows me to feel no conflict over the double-starch (bun, oven fries) that occasionally falls on my Hamburger Night plate, and the juiciness of the apples in the turkey burger will make you forget that you’re eating a burger without cheese on it. I promise. This is delicious (and I invented it, I think) (well, I’m not the first person to make squash fries).

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