Time for a recipe.. after all, it is ART of the CULINARY kind.
Now, if you know me, I kind of make up my own recipes. I did one similar to this in the past.. see that HERE… and on the grill HERE. I got the no measuring from my mom. She makes all her middle eastern food with no measuring.. ever. Course, after all these years her recipes are in her files in her brain. Perhaps some of Sito’s (grandmother in Syrian) recipes will find a place on my blog.
This just my take on making a delicious, healthy, pile on the veggies, dish.
I chopped the following vegetables in to about 2″ size pieces: head of cauliflower, 1 large purple onion, carrots, colored peppers and fresh beets. You can see from the picture below.. this is a lot of veggies.
Toss them in a bowl with some extra virgin olive oil, about 1/8 of a cup or until they are lightly coated, add salt, pepper, any spices you wish.
Line large casserole with aluminum foil. Foil is your friend.. repeat after me.. “foil is your friend”.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes.. depending on how you like them. Toss them around gently with tongs 1/2 way through. Sometimes if I’m in a hurry (who me? never), I jack up the heat to 500 degrees.
Look how cute these little peppers are that I found at the market… they are only about 3″ tall.
Here are the veggies after cooking… see.. just the little charring on top.. onions carmelized. Oh my!
I pared it with some sweet potato oven fries. Next time I will lay them on a rack to cook so they won’t be soft.
I also made my famous, well famous in my house, chicken burgers (mix of ground chicken and chicken sausage). You will never miss a beef burger again once you bite into these babies. Again.. I don’t measure much or follow any recipe.. this is just my own creation.
Judy’s Chicken Burgers:
1/2 large sweet onion – chopped fine
1/2 large sweet red pepper – chopped fine
1 package of ground chicken
1 package of mild italian chicken sausages – take out of casings
1 Cup’ish of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 Cup’ish of grated parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, granulated garlic.. all to taste.
First, in small frying pan, add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the chopped onion and peppers.. fry this up until they are carmelized.. about 15 minutes. Put aside to cool down. Once cool or just warm, add to the raw meat mixture. Side note: This is how I make my meatballs too. The carmelized onion and peppers make the meat so creamy, sweet and delicious. You could skip the pepper and use just onion.. but use a whole one. Remember, this is your world.. so do what you like.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl (don’t over mix; will make them tough) and make burger patties. To make it easy to form..rub your hand with a little oil so the meat won’t stick. In addition to burger shapes.. I make sausage shaped burgers. Those are great to put in sub rolls or hot dog rolls. Pile them high with the roasted veggies. See where I’m going with that? Again..your world.
Time to grill those babies … add the cheese the last minute and that’s it.
Here’s the finished healthy plate… (well, real muenster cheese, but you gotta have some real cheese, right? None of that artificial stuff… No fat = No taste. I don’t mind lower-fat, however. Use whole wheat buns also. I didn’t but I usually do.
If you give these a try, let me know how they come out or if you have any questions.
Thanks for stopping by, as always.