Monday, March 21, 2005

It all started with a turkey burger . . .

I took a turkey burger out of the freezer for dinner tonight, and then it exploded into happiness and excitement. Here goes:

Ingredients for happiness and excitement for 1:
1 green bell pepper, chopped
a bit of white onion, chopped
a little EV olive oil
1/3 cup couscous
chili powder
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 ripe avocado, diced
1 toy box cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size
3 or so cloves of garlic, minced
few basil leaves, chiffonade
2 green onions, thinly sliced
juice of 1 lime
1 turkey burger

1. Drop a little olive oil in a small saucepot with a tight-fitting lid. Saute the white onion, about 1/4 the green pepper, and 1 clove garlic. Add salt, cumin, and chili powder to taste. Cook a minute or so to toast the spices. Toss in the couscous, and stir to coat with spices and oil. Pour in chicken broth, bring to a boil, cover, and cut the heat. Forget about it just until it's time to eat.
2. Cook the turkey burger. Stovetop, oven, George Forman, toaster oven, whatever. Prep the next thing, but keep an eye on it. If it's finished early, keep it warm under a foil tent.
3. Combine the green onion, remaining garlic, remaining green pepper, tomatoes, avocado, basil, lime juice, and salt to taste. Toss to coat.
4. Plate your couscous and turkey burger. Top the burger with about a half cup of the guacalsa/salsamole. Tuck in.

A few comments . . .

I totally wasn't sure about the basil, but it works in the condiment/salad thing. A lesson in "just try it!"

I forgot to salt my couscous . . . don't do the same!

This dish would probably receive a Jon-O-Meter rating of 2 . . . but if you omit the fresh garlic and only use the green parts of the green onions, I'd give it a .5.

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