Sunday, April 29, 2012

BURGERS TO BOAST ABOUT + MINT QUINOA SALAD


Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a huge meat eater. It's not that I'm against meat or anything I just don't crave it very often. Good meat can be very good for you and bad meat can be very bad for you. I know there is a lot written on the meat industry these days and I will not go into details (because personally I find the whole debate a little over the top when it should be very simple) but rather leave you with a very simple rule that I have: try to make sure the animals you consume are treated nicely and fed well. Organic meat can be super duper expensive and sometimes it is hard to know what to look for in good quality meat. Things to look for; hormone free, antibiotic free, grain fed, free range......all of these signs probably indicate better quality meat. I was talking to my big brother earlier today and he had some good advice to help one's budget. He suggests buying the tougher cuts of meat like the shoulder which tend to be cheaper and use a slow cooker for best results. Do not limit yourself to trying to find organically labelled meats - often farmers can't afford to be certified even though their meat meets organic requirements. A good place to check is your local farmers market, talk to the people selling to you and ask them about where their meat is coming from: just don't become like these people.......

THIS VIDEO IS SO FUNNY - WORTH A FEW MINUTES
It was first shown to me by Simon's sister Jess and I laughed for a good half an hour about it.

video

So in continuing with our simplicity theme this weekend....here are two recipes that don't take long to make and go great together! Try them out.

SUN-DRIED TOMATOE BURGERS
Ingredients:
-1 pound ground beef (happy meat is always best)
-1/4 to 1/2 cup sun - dried tomatoes chopped
-2 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
-1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
-3 tbsp dried basil
-1 clove garlic chopped
-1 small onion finely chopped
-2 tsp mustard
-1 tsp salt
-pepper to taste

Directions:
1) Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.
2) Form small patties by rolling the meat into balls and pressing it down flat.
3) Cook the patties in a frying pan on medium heat until cooked on both sides and in the middle :)
4) Serve and Enjoy. *I eat them without a bun - but if you crave the real deal try a sprouted grain bun that you can find at a health food store, most often in the freezer section.


MINT QUINOA SALAD      *adapted from "Quinoa the Everyday Superfood 365"
Ingredients:
-1 cup cooked quinoa
-1 diced cucumber
-1/4 cup chopped baby spinach
-1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
-2 cloves chopped/pressed garlic
-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-4 tbsp cold pressed flax oil
-1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-1 tsp salt
-pepper to taste

Instructions:
1) Cook the Quinoa.
2) Chop all the Vegetables
3) Mix the quinoa, vegetables and remaining ingredients in a bowl and serve warm or chilled.

 FUN FACTS ABOUT QUINOA!!!
-first used by the Ancient Inca's: *ancient peoples seem to have been really smart.....especially when it comes to diet!
-quinoa is the only grain that is a complete protein :) A very good choice for those of us who don't eat a ton of meat.
-rich in fiber, source of iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and b vitamins
-gluten free!! this grain makes a great flour to bake with.

Lots of Love,
Malakai


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