There’s something so…so…so summer, about barbecuing isn’t there? Regardless of the actual season, lighting that grill outside (sometimes in very sub-zero temperatures – but nevertheless with a blue sky around here!) just brings something different to supper prep.
Last week burgers hit the menu. They’re a fave around here but they needed a little something extra…something new…something…green. It’s common in our home to hear the phrase “stop eating all the veggies and save room for supper“. The plate of (go-to) peppers, cucumber, and carrots adorns the table every night. Every. Night. They kids love ’em and they’re a quick way to ensure they eat a ton of roughage while hitting the daily recommended intake of many nutritional requirements.
However, did you know that eating a veggie high in iron while eating a meat high in the same will dramatically increase the absorption of said mineral?
So, last week spinach (which we buy in abundance!) was included in the burger patties. A slight fuss was kicked up by a certain five year old but once he took a bite, realized I was in fact speaking the truth when I said “you won’t even taste it“, he gobbled it up. That, an egg, some pepper, and salt were all it took to create a yummy, family, budget, healthy wholesome meal. (Some wrapped their burgers in lettuce instead of a bun which has become commonplace here.)
Oh, that tower in the background? Those rounds hit the grill too…seasoned with a little Club House la Grille Chicken Seasoning…eggplant (aubergine, if you will) was on the table too. It is so good for you – high in stuff like potassium, folate, and dietary fibre and low in stuff like calories, fat, and cholesterol. And, it’s delicious with that wee bit of grill char flavour. Just throw ’em on the BBQ for a couple minutes on each side and you’re good to go. They can easily re-grill to perfection if you can’t eat the whole thing in one sitting.
Oh? And our (other) side? Carrots, potatoes, and onions. Chopped and chunky, tossed with just a bit of EVOO and sprinkled with salt and coarsely ground pepper. The natural sugars released by the carrots are enough to leave the whole family coming back for more. (If you are strictly Paleo or Wheat Belly/grain free as some of us here are, of course the potatoes are optional!)