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Resolutions in Motion

19 Feb

The final tally…

Goal 1: Cook at home most nights of the week.

I achieved this goal for 3 out of 6 weeks. 50%? Yikes. But the good news is, now that I’ve started a spring CSA, I’m doing much better.

Goal 2: Have a max of 4 non-water drinks per week.

I achieved this goal 5 out of 6 weeks. Success!

Goal 3: Practice yoga once a week and take a walk at least once a week.

Between not achieving this goal some weeks or doing a walk but not yoga or yoga but not a walk, I’d guess I achieved this goal about 50% of the time. Not so great.

So now what? Resolutions in Motion

Overall, I’m thinking maybe I’m not so much a resolution person. I mean, I’m blogging about this to the world and linking up with other blogs, and the public accountability just didn’t do its job. Maybe the problem is that writing FAIL on my blog is big capital letters just isn’t enough of a deterrent to make me get up off my butt and go to yoga or cook dinner. Sorry, y’all. I just don’t care if you know that I failed at my resolutions.

But I do care that I failed because I set these goals for a reason. So I need to find other strategies that are going to help me stick to my goals.

Goal #1: I need to up my game when it comes to advance prep. I just am not going to plan, shop, and cook for a meal after a long day at work. It’s not going to happen. Our new CSA is really helping so far. Instead of starting from scratch, which is really hard for me, I can start with a list of ingredients I know I need to use and go from there. Then it’s like a fun puzzle. I also need to get back into meal planning and cooking on the weekends.

Goal #2: This one works. I think it’s easier for me to just say no to something for the sake of a resolution. I mean, really, it’s a split-second decision, and I can remind myself that I’ve hit my limit, and that’s it. A little easier than convincing myself to get up and spend an hour exercising or cooking dinner. So I’m just going to stick with this goal from here on out.

Goal #3: As for walking, the biggest issue is the weather. Maybe I can look into a community center during the cold months — I know the gym at UNC had a walking track inside. Otherwise, I know that if I just hold out a few more weeks, I’ll start walking again. I don’t mind blistering heat, so I can make it through the summer, but I can’t stand cold, so I’m just not sure this is ever going to happen in the winter. As for yoga, I just need to remind myself in that moment that as much as I don’t want to get up and go, I’ll be so glad I did when it’s over. A friend said that to me last week, and she was so right. I always enjoy yoga, but I never want to go to it. Weird. So instead of thinking about the next 10 minutes, I’ll think about an hour from now, and how great I’ll feel after finishing practice.

That’s it! Even though I won’t be blogging about these any longer, I’m going to keep my resolutions. Maybe I’ll post a random update on how it’s going. I hope all your resolutions are going well!

I’m joining the final Resolutions in Motion link-up! Check out the link-up and giveaway at any of the host pagesShaping Up to Be a MomCovered in GraceRamblings of a Southern Belle, and Craftbotic

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Blueberry Burgers with Nectarine Salsa

3 Jul

Sounds weird, huh? I thought so. And honestly, they’ve got blueberries in them — of course they taste a little weird. But weird isn’t always bad. Weird can be good. Like keytars. And blueberry burgers. These don’t taste like normal burgers, but they do taste good. I prepared them two ways, so you can take your pick. There’s 3 different recipes in this 1 post — get excited.

 

Blueberry Quinoa Burgers

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is actually a seed, but it’s used more like a grain. It’s also super duper healthy, so hipsters love the stuff. It’s a complete protein source, which is unusual for plants, so it’s a great staple in a vegetarian diet. It’s also high in fiber and amino acids. You cook is basically like rice, and it reminds me a lot of couscous.

I thought a veggie burger would be great with blueberries, and I decided to use quinoa to give it that extra protein that is sometimes lacking in vegetarian meals. I started the burgers by cooking the quinoa: I boiled 3/4 cup water and then added 1/2 cup quinoa. I cooked it until the water was absorbed, about 12-14 minutes, and set it aside.

Quinoa

I set up my food processor and added in the burger ingredients: 1 can great northern beans (drained and rinsed), 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (if you use regular breadcrumbs instead, use about 1/4 cup), 1 egg, 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, 1 T apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp oyster sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic, a dash of salt, and a  dash of pepper

Quinoa Burger IngredientsI pulsed everything until it was combined but still a little chunky. I divided the mixture into four and formed four patties. They were a little soft and mushy, so I put them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and refrigerated them until I was ready to cook them. (At this point, I prepared the other burgers, but I’ll continue with this recipe for the sake of clarity.)

Quinoa Patty

In a large skillet, I heated some olive oil over medium heat. I cooked the blueberry quinoa burgers until browned, about 8-10 minutes per side.

You can dress up your burger however you like, but I added spinach and mozarella to my burger and served it with a side of chips.

Blueberry Quinoa Burger

 

Blueberry Burger

I wiped out my food processor and started over with the meat burgers. I put two slices of bread in the food processor, processed it to crumbs, and set that aside.

Next, I put the ingredients in the food processor: 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, 1 T apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard,  1 tsp oyster sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic, a dash of salt, and a dash of pepper. I processed it until it was pureed and then dumped it all into the bowl with the breadcrumbs. I added 1/2 pound ground meat (I used turkey, but you could use beef or whatever you prefer) and mixed everything together. I didn’t have a potato masher, so I used the mixing attachment from my hand mixer. 

Turkey Burger IngredientsOnce it was all mixed up, I divided it into 4 portions and shaped them into patties. I sent the BF out to the electric grill with them, and he grilled them over medium-low heat until done, about 7-8 minutes per side.

Meat Patty

Again, you can dress up your burgers however you like. I added a scoop of nectarine salsa on this one and served it with tortilla chips and more salsa.

Blueberry Burger with Nectarine Salsa

 

Nectarine Salsa

Honestly, this may have been the best part of the entire meal. I thought it was so good. If peaches are in better shape when you go to the store, by all means, use them instead. I went with nectarines because they were a little more ripe.

First I chopped everything up — not too finely since they go for a stint in the food processor, but just enough for the processor to find them manageable. I used 2 ripe (but firm) nectarines with the skin on, 1 shallot,  and 1 jalapeno (I threw out the stems, seeds, and ribs, which are the spiciest parts).

After I got those chopped up and put in the food processor, I added in the juice of half a lemon, 1 T grated ginger, 1 tsp sugar, a dash of salt, and a dash of pepper. I pulsed it just a couple times to get most of the pieces small, but not liquified. It’s salsa, not soup.

Nectarine Salsa

This was great on a blueberry burger — it really made the whole thing nice and sweet an fruity. It was also good with tortilla chips, both that night and the next day — it didn’t last any longer than that.

 

Notes:

  • If you make the salsa, I suggest doing that first so that the flavors have time to sit and meld while you make the rest of the meal.
  • Feel free to flavor your burgers however you like. You can always substitute other flavors and sauces to get the right burger consistency with a different flavor.
  • These would be so fun to serve with a toppings bar that guests can use to dress their burger themselves. Maybe a red, white, and blue summer cookout?
  • Both of these burgers made great leftovers. The next day, I had the turkey burger with more nectarine salsa, and the day after that, I had the quinoa burger with pita and Greek yogurt.