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Guacamole BLT on Sourdough

12 Nov


This is one of the best lunches I’ve had at home in a while!  I had a sourdough loaf from Bountiful Baskets in my freezer that I thawed, sliced, and toasted.  Then, I had green leaf lettuce from Sunizona Family Farms and tomatoes from Grammy’s at our Farmer’s Market.  The bacon was from my recent Zaycon Foods bacon event, yum!  The guacamole was made with $.83 avocados and $.20 limes from my Safeway just for U personalized deals (plus a little garlic salt!).  Finally, I added some swiss cheese, which was also a just for U personalized deal at Safeway, $1.68 for an 8oz package of slices.  So, not only delicious, but cheap for me to make too!

Gyros Burgers

10 Nov


I love, love, love gyros, but lamb can be rather expensive and difficult to find.  So, I usually just use ground beef instead, and it still tastes great.  I shape the meat into patties and grill them.  Since I didn’t get them as thin as I wanted, I cut the burgers in half lengthwise to be thinner in the pita and to better simulate the gyros meat at restaurants.  Now, my brother and his wife did this a little different.  Instead of making patties to grill, they put it in a loaf pan and cooked it in the oven, I think at 325 F for about an hour.  Then, the sliced the loaf thinly, again, like gyros meat is in the restaurants.  Some day, I will figure out how to make my own pita, but for now, I buy it.  I added lettuce, tomato, and red onion, and I was wishing I had made tzatziki to go with it, but I didn’t have Greek yogurt to make it.  So, we used ranch dressing instead.  This was a great dinner, and I hope that I think to make it again soon since it was a long time in between the last times I made it!


Gyros Burger
Based on recipe here

What you need:

1 pound lean ground lamb, or 1 pound lamb, or 1/2 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound ground lamb
1/2 onion, grated, or 2 tablespoons dried chopped onions
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried savory
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 dash ground cumin

How to make it:

Preheat grill to medium-high heat, and spray the grate with non-stick spray.

In large bowl, combine ground beef/lamb, onion, and bread crumbs.  Add savory, allspice, garlic salt, pepper, and cumin. Combine well and shape into 4 very thin patties.

Cook patties for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

Serve with pita bread, lettuce, red onion, tomato, and tzatziki.

Greek Salsa Chicken Salad

21 Oct


For tonight’s dinner, I made Lemon Herb Chicken and Greek Salsa, minus the olives, and put both over some Romaine lettuce, with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Yum!

Guacamole Turkey and Roast Beef Wrap

9 Feb

This afternoon, I finally got around to making Guacamole using all the ingredients from my guacamole pack.  The avocados were beautiful, and the guacamole turned out amazing!  I ended up with about 5 cups of guacamole.

So, I needed to find a use for some of the guacamole, besides just eating it.  I ended up not having a lot of time for dinner prep tonight, so I decided to make some wraps.  I had recently gotten some large flour tortillas out of the freezer, so they were thawed and ready to go.  I briefly heated up each side of the tortilla, spread some guacamole at one end, laid down turkey and roast beef deli meat, then some sliced swiss cheese, and some lettuce.  I rolled it up, cut it in half, and had a very delicious dinner that my husband and kids were very pleased with!

Club Melt on Sourdough

28 Jan

I know I have talked a lot about the bread available through Bountiful Baskets, but I just can’t say enough good things about it!  I have had this in my freezer for a few months, and while it probably wouldn’t have tasted great alone, it was perfect buttered and toasted to make club melts for lunch today.  Roast beef and turkey, with swiss cheese, pickles, and lettuce, tomato, and onion from Bountiful Baskets this week.

BLTs on Ciabatta

26 Sep

Each week, Bountiful Baskets usually offers some kind of bread.  9 grain bread is available pretty much every week, then sometimes other weeks there are various other types of bread that have been available, honey whole wheat, organic multi-grain, organic whole wheat, Italian olive oil, sourdough, rye, foccacia, and ciabatta.  I have bought every kind and have never been disappointed.  Best part, they freeze great.  In fact, in my freezer right now, I have 4 9 grain loaves, 1 sourdough loaf, and 2 ciabatta loaves.  Since I got iceberg lettuce and tomatoes in Bountiful Baskets over the weekend, plus turkey bacon was on sale at the commissary ($1.37 package!), so I decided it was time to use a ciabatta bread from the freezer.  BLTs.  Perfect lunch for Sunday!

What I used:

1 package turkey bacon, cooked according to package directions
1 loaf ciabatta bread, cut into 3 sections, each section cut in half lengthwise
Garlic powder
1 tomato, sliced
3 sections of iceberg lettuce, sandwich sized
Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast deli meat
Miracle Whip

First, I started cooking the bacon.  While that was going, I buttered the ciabatta bread and sprinkled garlic powder on it. I placed it butter sides down on a griddle on medium-low heat to toast it.  Once it was toasted, I put it on a plate, then put the chicken deli meat, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and Miracle Whip on, making the perfect sandwich.  If I’d had it, I would have put sliced swiss cheese on as well, but it was still good as it was.

Fish Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

26 Sep

This is a great recipe I got from Lori over at My Kinda Rain.  Since I get tortillas and the Mexican themed veggie pack regularly from Bountiful Baskets, this has become a regular in our house when avocados are available and cheap.  I have played around with this recipe a bit, I don’t think I’ve made it the same way twice, but every time it has turned out great.  So, I will go through the recipe and talk about some of the alternatives I have done.

First, you make an avocado cream sauce.  For this you need:

1 avocado
1/2 cup sour cream
Lime juice
Onion (I’ve used yellow, red, or green, I think my favorite is red onion)

I now also on occasion add:

Garlic, minced or garlic salt, usually 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
Tomato, diced

This time, I used all of the above when making the sauce because I had cilantro and tomato on hand that needed to be used before it went bad.

Next, you cook the fish.  You need 1 lb of white fish, I use either cod or tilapia, depending on what I can get on sale.  You add 1-2 Tbsp of oil, I use olive oil, to a skillet.  Season the fish with lemon pepper seasoning and pan fry fish.

Cook until fish is no longer translucent and easily flakes with a fork.  Flake fish apart with a fork.

Next, you put together the tacos.  I usually use small flour tortillas, but have used small corn tortillas as well.  I add a tortilla to a small skillet, then put the fish, avocado cream sauce, and cabbage or lettuce.

I fold the tortilla over the topping, cook it for a few minutes, then flip and cook for a few minutes, until both sides are just starting to brown.

I usually serve this with Spanish rice and black beans.  I was worried that my girls wouldn’t eat these because it has fish, but they both eat these up!

How to Freshen up Wilted Lettuce

5 Sep

Between it being in the hot sun at Bountiful Baskets and me leaving it out on my counter to long, I often have wilted lettuce.  Instead of throwing it out, I now try a little trick I learned recently – give it an ice bath.

Here is my rather dry, wilty lettuce

So, I cleaned out one side of my sink, plugged it, filled with cold water, and added ice.

You just need to leave it in there for a few minutes, drain the sink, shake off some excess water and the end result isn’t always perfect lettuce again, but much perkier and in better shape for eating.  You can try leaving it even longer to help perk it up more.

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