week 2

FRIDAY: date night!
SATURDAY: rebar almond burgers & roasted cauliflower
SUNDAY: salmon & green beans
MONDAY: carnitas
TUESDAY: crab po’ boys
WEDNESDAY: gazpacho & vegiterranean sandwich
THURSDAY: fish tacos

so there’s this amazing vegetarian restaurant in victoria that we visited a few years ago now — so amazing, we ate there twice in three days!  we’re not vegetarians but have found we really enjoy vegetarian/vegan/raw food restaurants.  anyway, my husband ordered their almond burger and it was so good he got it again the next day!  i knew i wanted to make my own version at home – i mean how often are we in victoria??

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my daughter bought me their cookbook but guess what?  it’s not in there!  there’s even a blurb about how popular this burger is but that they’re not giving up the recipe.  luckily i’m not the only one desperate to make this burger at home.  one lovely lady created her own version and it’s spectacular!!  a fair amount of work to be sure, but so worth it!  plus it makes like nine patties so, leftovers!  in fact, i’d made these earlier in the summer and froze the rest.  just had to pull a couple out for dinner on saturday and voila! #yayforleftovers

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made the easiest salmon dish on sunday.  literally, whisk together a four-ingredient sauce; pour over salmon to marinate for 15 minutes.  blanch some beans while waiting, then toss in oil and than plop everything on the same baking tray.  bang it in under the broiler for less than ten minutes.  done.  maybe make a salad.

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carnitas!!  these are from the chevy’s cookbook — i make a bunch of things out of this book so would def recommend the purchase.  their carnitas are dead easy to make.  it’s a few recipes within the book combined together.  i made the spice mix and just keep a jar in my cupboard. marinate the night before and then cook in the dutch oven all next day (this could prob be done in a crock pot too). fyi: i use pork roast instead of pork butt.  i can’t get on that train.  too much fat and it doesn’t seem to melt away like everyone says.  my way is tasty as heck so I’m gonna stick with it. topped with some quick pickled onions, some queso fresco and an easy avocado sauce and you’re good to go!  for days, if you make tons like i did…

…which is why i didn’t make the po’ boys 😬

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so there’s this other restaurant we like and they too have a cookbook. and, luckily for me, they’ve included my favourite dishes! the sandwich i pretty much always get when we visit burgoo is the vegiterranean.  it’s hummus and roasted red peppers and roasted artichokes and fresh cucumber, tomato and spinach and grated feta all on a toasted baguette.  yummo!  started with my mother’s recipe for easy gazpacho

gazpacho

1-28oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped chives
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
dash tabasco

mix all ingredients together. chill in the fridge to let the flavours meld.

and then yeah, no fish tacos cos we still had carnitas to finish – sooo good!

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