Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Greek Spinach and Feta Burger

I love burgers and since becoming a vegetarian, I have tried my share of veggie-based alternatives.  The biggest hurdle for me was realizing that I was not going to re-create a beef burger.  I had to open my eyes and see it as a new meal entirely.  This particular recipe has been a favorite for a long time.  I love that it is packed with iron-rich spinach!  You can also make small patties and cut them up for toddler finger food.  My little one just loved it!  This is a great meal year round, but is especially delicious with fresh local spinach.  I hope you give it a try!  :)

for the patty
1/3 C olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp dillweed
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 C herb stuffing mix
2 eggs
16oz fresh chopped spinach, cooked (or 10oz frozen spinach)
2/3 C feta, crumbled

for the burger
hamburger buns
red onion
crumbled feta
greek yogurt or spicy mayo

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, oregano, dill, and pepper.  Add the stuffing mix and stir to coat thoroughly.  Add in eggs, spinach, and feta and mix well.  
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Shape the mixture into patties.  Cook the patties until golden brown and heated through, about 4 minutes on each side.  
  3. Serve on buns and top with red onion, crumbled feta, and greek yogurt or spicy mayo.  Enjoy!

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekly Menu

Happy Monday!  We just had a great weekend of fabulous weather!  Sunny and 80 degrees in March is why I love Southern California.  It was a great glimpse of the spring and summer to come.  But it will be short lived.  It's going to be cooling down this week, so I have some yummy comfort food planned.  I may have gone a little crazy at the farm this week - everything looked so good!  But it did take forever to prep everything.  We picked up some spinach, romaine, kale, carrots, celery, beets, tangerines, and strawberries.  We will be making the the following meals this week:

  • Greek Spinach and Feta Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries with Spicy Mayo Dip
    • using the spinach

  • Spaghetti with Chunky Marinara and Olive Garden Salad
    • using the celery and romaine

  • Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
    • using the celery and romaine

  • Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Panini with Sauteed Beet Greens
    • using the beats

  • I will be having Kale-slaw for lunch.  The strawberries and tangerines are for dessert.  :)