I'm a huge Mark Bittman fan, and my plan for getting back to Weekend Cooking was actually a review of his new book, VB6, which outlines the eating plan he described in his previous book, Food Matters. But then I read the reviews of the book, and many noted there wasn't much in there except a more persuasive case for his vegan-during-the-day-omnivore-at-night concept, and some very easy recipes based on it. And since I've been making an attempt -- sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much -- to incorporate VB6 into our lives since I read the previous book, I didn't think I could justify the cost of (yet another) book. So instead, I thought I'd share where I took one of his ultra-flexible Meat and Grain Burger recipe from Food Matters. Both my carnivorous husband and omnivorous daughter LOVED these, and they'll definitely be finding their way to the grill throughout the summer!
Greek Chicken and Grain Burgers 1 6 oz. bag baby spinach 2 tbsp. olive oil 12 oz ground chicken thighs 1 cup rolled oats 2 ounce block feta, diced finely ¼ cup minced red onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1 egg 2 tbsp. ketchup 1 tbsp. Greek seasoning Salt and pepper, to taste 8 small whole wheat rolls Tzatziki for serving
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Don't dry spinach -- just toss in hot pan, and cook until the spinach is wilted. Set aside to cool, then wrap in a clean kitchen cloth and twist to release as much water as possible. Chop the little spinach block that remains finely, and toss with all ingredients through salt and pepper. Refrigerate for an hour, then form eight small patties. Grill until cooked through (165 degrees), and serve on whole wheat buns with tzatziki sauce -- or ketchup, if you're my daughter!
These make small burgers, so they don't dry out during cooking -- kids will likely eat one, but my husband eats 2.
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