So, I started this whole "clean eating" thing back in February 2011, after being really intrigued about a plan called the Whole30 . I decided to give it a go, but quickly realized that I needed to make it more adaptable to the way that our family eats and lives. I like my glass of wine at night. I don't think a piece of gum is going to sabotage me. I think that a DQ Blizzard is a good thing every once in a while. If my friend makes the most awesome jalapeno poppers you've ever had, you know I'm going to have one. But I also know that I feel pretty darn good when I'm eating quality proteins, fats, veggies, fruits and nuts, while leaving out dairy, grains, legumes (including soy and peanuts) and the big one, sugar, at least most of the time.
Here are some of the ways to do just that....

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Basil Burgers and Carrot "Fries"

This was our first attempt at a cleaner burger....and very delicious, although more of a fork and knife kinda meal.

Basil Burgers

1 lb ground beef
2 TBS chopped basil
onion and garlic powders

4 Portobello mushroom caps, brushed with olive oil and seasoned with S&P (we used pretty large caps and found them to be too big, so either use smaller ones, or else perhaps just one.

Mix and form into 4 patties.  Grill burgers and portobellos to your liking.  Place burger between 2 mushroom caps.  We served ours with leftover tomato and onion salsa and fresh spinach.

For the Carrot "Fries"

1lb peeled carrots.
Garlic and onion powders
1 TBS balsamic vinegar

Peel 1 lb carrots and toss with EVOO, S&P, and garlic and onion powders.  Roast in a shallow pan for 20 minutes and then drizzle balsamic vinegar over them.  Toss and roast for 3 minutes more.

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