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On the Grill: Turkey Cheddar Burgers

These turkey cheddar burgers will forever go down in history as the very first thing we ever cooked on our first real grill. I was worried they may not be yummy enough/worthy for this occasion/special event, but it was 4th of July and I wanted a burger. Our all-time favorite burgers (according to my husband the best burger ever, including beef) are these seared spiced turkey burgers, but we wanted to try something new, so we gave these turkey cheddar burgers from Everyday Food a try. Major win! They were delicious. So juicy and flavorful - not quite as amazing as our favorite burger, but very, very good. "Good enough for company," The Mr. will say. The sauteed onions and mustard keep the meat nice and moist, and the melty cheddar is sharp and creamy. I added my favorite toppings - avocado, red onion, tomato, and lettuce - and we had the perfect 4th of July dinner. 

 

Summer Squash Couscous with Golden Raisins, Pistachios, and Mint from Food 52

There are so many random ingredients in this recipe that I'll admit I was a bit skeptical that it would turn out as wonderfully as the Food 52-ers would have me believe. But it did. And it was even BETTER the second day! This summer squash couscous with golden raisins, pistachios, and mint from Food 52 was the winner of their "Best Summer Squash Recipe" contest - and if you make it, you'll see why. My dear friend Emily raved about it on her blog, and she has spectacular taste in food (and friends) so I figured, "It has to be good". Don't let the ingredients throw you off - once everything is mixed together in that serving bowl it's just good times. I made this as a special dinner to celebrate The Mr.'s first day at his new job, and we enjoyed it with a cold glass of sauvignon blanc, which was perfect for a hot summer evening. I highly recommend making this with leftovers in mind - like I said, it was even better the second night. It was good hot, it was good cold, and it was good at room temperature. Meaning it's a GREAT choice for a dinner party, since you can make the entire thing the day before! 

 

Feastie Friday: Frozen Treats

When it's 90+ degrees outside (and, depending on where you live, HUMID!) and you want something sweet, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven. Even if you have central AC, starting up the oven and baking makes your kitchen/house unbearably hot. That's why you need a frozen treat! Ice cream, popsicles, and no-bake fridge pies - there are plenty of yummy ways to enjoy something sweet and cool off at the same time. So we've rounded up the top 5 frozen treats on the web this week to help you satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you cool. All you need to make popsicles is a cup and a stick - no fancy equipment or ice cream machines required. Take a look around Feastie for thousands more frozen treats to enjoy all summer long!

Frozen Raspberry and Peach Pie from Thinly Sliced Cucumber

photo from Thinly Sliced Cucumber

Mini Dark Chocolate Tarts with Graham Cracker Almond Crust {Vegan}

Happy 4th of July everyone!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with fantastic food! We're trying to figure out where to go to see fireworks - for some reason, all of the fireworks displays are either before or after the 4th. Haven't figured that one out yet. Weird! Anyway - back to the mini chocolate tarts. While it can be challenging, I do try to use up all of the food that I buy - meaning that when I buy a 16 oz container of silken tofu and only use 4 oz of it, I'll figure out a way to use up that remaining portion. And if that means making chocolate tarts, all the better. These little chocolate tarts evolved from Chocolate Covered Katie's chocolate bar pie - while the pie filling itself is good, I'm really all about the crust. So I thought I'd try a little vegan graham cracker crust to hold in all that chocolate tart goodness. These tarts are quick and easy to make, set up quickly, and are light and chocolatey - the perfect summer treat. My crust was a bit crumbly, but it tasted amazing, so I'm still calling it a "win". 

 

Crispy Spicy Baked Fish Sandwich

I don't frequent fast food drive-thrus, but on the very seldom occasions that I find myself under the golden arches, it's ALL about the McDonald's Filet-O-Fish. There's something so, so wrong about that perfectly square fried block of fish with the tartar sauce and American cheese slice (Seriously?! American cheese? Who even thought of that?!) on the soggy little white bun - but dang it if it's not delicious. I know fast food is engineered to taste good - and I know how unhealthy it can be (Filet-O-Fish, I'm looking at you) - so I like to recreate or try to adapt those kinds of things at home. Like this crispy baked fish sandwich - the only thing it has in common with the Filet-O-Fish is that it's on a bun - everything else is very different (in the best possible way). I tried to achieve a crispy "oven-fried" fish fillet and add a few fun twists to make these sandwiches spicy - just the way I like it! So if you're craving that ubiquitous square of fried fish with the electric orange American cheese slice, give these a try instead - and top with my favorite tartar sauce for the perfect sandwich. 

 

Feastie Friday: 4th of July Feast(ie)

Ah, 4th of July - fireworks, BBQs, family, friends, FOOD! The 4th of July is a huge holiday for fun gatherings and tons of yummy food. But don't limit yourself to the traditional burgers and hot dogs - try something new this year. If you're looking for a new spin on an old favorite, we've got those, too - fun new takes on pies, chicken, pasta salads, and more. But bring something new to your 4th of July potluck! We've rounded up the top 5 recipes for 4th of July on the web this week, but check out all of the great food on Feastie and have a fun and safe holiday!

Southwest Veggie Salad from Whipped

photo from Whipped

Quick Healthy Lunch: Tuna Avocado Salad {Mayo-Free}

I love mayonnaise. I know there are a lot of mayo-haters out there, and if you're one of them I apologize for the following: I could literally eat it with a spoon. Not just any mayo - I only like Best Foods full fat mayo or homemade. But it's just so GOOD! Nothing else tastes like that! I will frequently use yogurt in place of mayo for creamy things like tartar sauce and tuna salad, but lately I've been knee-deep in avocados so I decided to try a non-creamy tuna salad without any mayo. And unless I'm making a tuna melt (because you still need mayo for that, in my humble opinion), this is my new preferred way to eat canned tuna. It's fantastically yummy, it's super quick, it's healthy, and it's filling. So if you're looking for a quick, healthy lunch (or dinner), try this tuna avocado salad - try it on a bed of greens, or on a piece of great bread, or even straight outta the bowl. 

Hide Your Veggies: Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

It's summer, and zucchini is abundant - and while I find it utterly delicious (even raw, to be honest), I know that some aren't as enthusiastic about it as I am. I'm looking at you, toddlers with incredibly picky eating habits. And you, too, veggie haters. This zucchini delivery system from Nestle Kitchens is the answer to your prayers. These are brownies. Full of zucchini. But you'd never know it. So if you've got zucchini on hand and want something sweet, these are perfect - but they're also perfect if you need to feed something green and healthy to someone who's not so keen on the greens, because seriously, they'd never know it was in there. Not only does the zucchini up the health factor on these brownies, they keep the brownies incredibly moist without the addition of much fat. The brownies are also made with whole wheat flour, but again, you'd never know it. I mean this isn't a salad baked into a brownie, but considering that most brownies are made with a stick of butter, white flour, and no veggies, this is a big improvement. The Mr. is a hardcore chocolate fiend and he was skeptical about these - but after he ate his first 3 brownies, I figured he was into it. 

 

Feastie Friday: Mini Dessert Bites

If you have a sweet tooth, it can be difficult to practice the whole "everything in moderation" rule when faced with a giant slice of your favorite cake or pie (or favorite cookies, ice cream, brownies, etc.). Unfortunately, this means some people will skip dessert altogether! Quelle horreur! Sometimes adapting a dessert to make it healthier works, but show me healthy low-fat pie crust that actually tastes like the real thing and I'll give you a prize (and a hug) - sometimes you just can't replicate your favorite dessert in low-fat form. Instead of tempting yourself with a huge slice of cherry pie (or depriving yourself altogether), try the mini dessert bite. Mini pies, mini cupcakes, one-bite desserts - there are so many ways to adapt your favorite dessert into a miniature version of itself. Sure, you still have to show some self control because popping a handful of these little guys would be easy, but for some reason it's satisfying to have your very own little pie or cupcake, and if you use a tiny little plate, it feels like a real, plated dessert. Or maybe you don't give a fig about moderation but you want cute little bites for a party - mini dessert bites work perfectly here. And if your poison is cookies, check out my tips on how to freeze cookie dough, so you only bake a few cookies at a time, and always have the frozen dough on hand. We've rounded up the top 5 mini dessert bites on the web this week - everything's cuter in mini form. And just as yummy. 

Blueberry Hand Pie with Spelt Crust from Spinach Tiger

photo from Spinach Tiger

Seared Spiced Turkey Burgers with Pepper Jack, Red Onion-Jalapeno Relish and Avocado with Sweet Potato Fries

I know the title of this blog post is a mouthful, which is fitting, because this burger is a mouthful. I wish I could take credit for this magnificent burger - but I can't - this recipe (as well as the sweet potato fries) is from the awesome Stephanie of Okie Dokie Artichokie. Okay. So. Burgers. It's major burger season, and although the standard beef burger is a classic, sometimes you want something a bit more...snazzy. This burger is snazzy. Like all-around snazzy. It has jazz hands. The turkey meat is perfectly spiced and juicy, the pepperjack is spicy and melty, the avocado creamy and rich, and the red onion-jalapeño relish is a little spicy, a little tart, a little crunchy, and a little sweet. Put everything together and you've got happiness on a bun. I'm serious - I know I get pretty enthusiastic about most of the recipes I post on this blog (can't help it), but this was a special recipe. The Mr. was really distracted when he sat down to dinner and after one bite of the burger he put it down and said, "This is good. Like, really good. Wow. *another bite* Like I'd order this in a restaurant or something. Dang." "Dang" indeed. Oh, and the sweet potato fries? Another triumph. The spice mixture on these fries is ridonk - try it and tell me you're not licking the bowl. 

 

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