Thursday, February 21, 2013

Six New Ingredients?


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For some reason, we've had a hard time working out our weird schedule lately. (My husband works very early, so he needs an early dinner and early bedtime.) That has meant not eating dinner together. If we're not eating together, I don't usually make a big meal.

One thing I've started making recently is burgers! In the past, I'd buy a stack of store-brand flat frozen patties. Throw them in a skillet, sprinkle with seasoning salt, call it good. I'm not sure how many ingredients might have been in those patties... I should hope it wasn't many. Still, as part of my effort to use less (and trusted) ingredients, I've started making burgers from scratch.

There was a time when I would have needed very specific instructions with measurements to tackle something like this. I've gotten some general advice from friends that has helped me. I mix a pound of ground beef with about half a cup oats (run through the coffee grinder), an egg, and seasoning. Now if I could just get my family to eat "good for you" burger buns...

I've also been trying to perfect my own chicken marinade and falling quite flat! My friend made me these to help:


Once they're empty, I'll know how to make more!

Do you make your own marinade?
Are you having trouble replacing any items in your family's diet?

2 comments:

  1. What a cool idea for passing on a marinade! Love it. That would make a great Christmas or housewarming gift, too, if you made the label all fancy.

    Sam's been experimenting a lot with different rubs and marinades, and today he tackled Caesar dressing and mayo. It's always an adventure, right?

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  2. I love that idea for the marinades, too! That's perfect for people like me (who don't like to measure).

    Glad to hear you're having luck with the burgers! I know whenever our schedule is off, it makes meal prep and planning that much harder. I'm sure you all will get the hang of it!

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