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This is one of those great ways to get your family eating their veggies. My family is pretty good with veggies but anytime I can get more into them it’s a good thing. You can also add in chopped roasted red peppers or kalamata olives.  You could also substitute lamb for beef.

Greek Feta Burgers

1 lb – lean ground beef
1/2 – 3/4 cup – dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup – chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup – chopped red onion
3 clove – garlic, minced
1/2 pkg – frozen spinach, chopped, thawed and squeezed dry
1 – egg
1-2 tsp – dried oregano
1/4 tsp – seasoning salt
1/4 tsp – pepper
2 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled

Combine ingredients and shape into patties. Grill over medium heat until completely cooked. Build your burger and enjoy!

Buns and condiments.  (I grilled yellow pepper rings, thick slices of red onion and added lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.)

Also try the Feta Aioli – even hubs loved it. 

Feta Aioli

In food processor mix 1/2 cup shredded dry pack feta cheese, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1-2 cloves crushed garlic and 1/4 tsp ground pepper until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until serving.

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Nice combination of flavours – not overpowering.

Oriental Turkey Burgers

1 lb – ground turkey
1/4 cup – finely chopped green onion
1/4 cup – dry bread crumbs
2 tbsp – oyster sauce
1 tsp – soy sauce
1/4 tsp – garlic powder
1/4 tsp – salt
pinch cayenne pepper

Lettuce & thinly sliced cucumber pair nicely with this burger.

Combine ingredients and shape into patties. Grill over medium heat until completely cooked. Build your burger and enjoy!

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We’ve tried many burger recipes out this past summer and as in all my recipes I only post the ones that we give a Baker stamp of approval (or four thumbs up). As usual I’m behind in posting recipes….hopefully soon.

When it comes to burgers pretty much anything goes. It’s fun to experiment with flavour combinations and find ones that your family loves. Here’s another keeper:

Dried Tomato Beef Burgers

1 lb – lean ground beef
1-2 tbsp – finely chopped oil-packed dried tomatoes + 1 tbsp of the oil
1/2 tsp – salt
1/4 tsp – dried basil
1/4 tsp – dried thyme
1/4 tsp – pepper
1/4 cup – parmesan cheese, grated

Your favourite buns and condiments to go with the burger.

Combine ingredients and shape into patties (we usually get 6 because we don’t like jumbo burger patties). Grill over medium heat until completely cooked. Build your burger and enjoy!

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Incredible. This one is a keeper. I loved it but the real surprise is that Husband enjoyed it as well. As for the kids…well we’ll get there! Couscous is a healthy alternative to pasta, rice and potatoes and while I’ve had it many ways…..it always tastes better when it has lots of flavour enhancers added to it.

Green Harvest Couscous

1 1/4 cup – couscous
Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
1 zucchini – quartered lengthwise and chopped (med. size)
1 cup – baby arugula, chopped (chiffinade)
1/2 – english cucumber, quartered lengthwise and chopped
1 – green onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup – toasted pecans, chopped
8 oz – goat cheese (approx) crumbled
salt & pepper
olive oil

In medium saucepan bring two cups water to a boil (or you can use stock). Remove from heat and stir in couscous and a drizzle of olive oil. (easy peasy) Cover and let stand for 5 minutes and then sprinkle with lemon peel, lemon juice and fluff. Set aside.

Heat more olive oil in a pan and add zucchini cooking until golden – about 5 minutes. Season with S&P. (This is a sneaky flavour enhancer because you don’t even taste the zucchini- but get all the nutritional benefits!)

Finally throw everything into a large bowl (I sprinkle the cheese on top). Season with more S&P and serve.

This side dish goes with just about any grilled meat. Once you get the family eating and liking couscous – you could even go crazy and put it into lettuce wraps for a different kind of meal. Or if you are not a meat eater….make it your main meal!

As Martha would say…it’s a good thing!

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