Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Two Dinners

My first day back at work yesterday was just as crazy and exhausting as I expected it to be. Luckily, I was graciously welcomed back by my amazing co-workers and it really did feel great to be there. Our pharmacy is insanely busy, but working with them makes everything a lot better and the time flies by.


After work I went straight to Panda North to meet up for dinner with Jenny who happens to be in Traverse for the next few weeks. I was absolutely ravenous when we arrived; it had been almost six hours since my lunch! That’s a long time for this girl to go without food. I started off with the tiniest bowl I have ever seen in my life some wonton soup:


And an egg roll:


The restaurant saved the best for last: a dragon roll that was loaded with lots of avocado!


(I added cream cheese)


Check out all that avocado!! YUM!


I thought I was done with dinner after that, but when I arrived back at my house I found out that my mom had made homemade veggie burgers that I have been absolutely dying to try since she first told me about them. I was just going to try a bite, but then I sort of accidently ate an entire patty.


A ten hour shift is deserving of two dinners, right?


Veggie Burgers
From Better Homes and Gardens magazine

  • 15 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 & 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs (my mom uses homemade breadcrumbs made with sour dough bread; nothing compares to theses!)
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

In a medium bowl, mash beans with a fork or potato masher. Stir in half of the bread crumbs, the carrot, onion, egg, half of the parsley, 1 Tbsp of the olive oil, and the salt and pepper. Combine remaining bread crumbs and parsley in a shallow dish.

Shape bean mixture into 4 patties (mixture will be soft). Dip both sides of patties into crumb mixture to coat. Heat remaining two Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add patties. Cook for 8 minutes per side or until well browned.

To make these patties super easy, my mom makes the bread crumbs ahead of time and freezes them so they are ready to go when she needs them. She also grates the onion and carrot in advance. This makes it so fast and easy to just throw everything together! Do yourself a favor and go make these veggie burgers. They are easy, healthy and delicious :)


Off to Work

This morning I woke up and plopped on the stationary bike for 45 minutes while catching up on blogs on my iPod. Not exactly a killer work-out, but I was feeling super lazy today.

I just gobbled down a bowl of oatmeal with blob of cashew butter for breakfast:


And now me and my tower of food for the day are off to work!


(Banana for morning snack, leftover pizza and salad for lunch just like yesterday, and a veggie burger patty for after work. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment right after and I know I’ll be starving!)


Enjoy your Tuesday!


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