Sunday, March 04, 2012

portabello burgers and a new breakfast

It's Sunday Funday! Mine is not so much fun because I just finished working on a lab report for my one food course AND did the accompanied quiz for it. I never thought someone (ie: my prof) could make food so unappealing - readings, reports and quizzes...blah!

To take a little break, I thought I'd recap about my new dinner from last night and new breakfast this morning - you must understand how big of an accomplishment a new breakfast is, coming from a girl who eats toast with PB & J for breakfast I'm pretty much addicted...what can I say!

Let's just say 'new' is the theme here today...and it's a good thing I did make some new things. They were worth it.

New portabello burgers:

I feel like I've been rebellious lately; coming up with new recipe ideas without having a backup in case they flop! Lucky for me, this wasn't the case with these burgs.

For the marinade:

  • 4 tbsp tamari
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • a nice chunk of ginger, peeled and minced

You can also add some water to thin it out/reduce the tamari flavouring. Otherwise, whisk, baby, whisk!

Now take those mushrooms.

I tried to pick out the big ones since they do shrink a bit!

And dip them in your marinade.

Next, let them marinade in the fridge for at least 30 mins. This was just enough time for Tyler and I to make a run to Starbucks, and go bug my mom...I mean, visit! Ours marinated for well over an hour and a half, but 30 minutes is enough!

Then in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add the mushrooms with their marinade to the frying pan. They take virtually no time cook (a few minutes a side), or until desired tenderness is achieved.

Tyler had a good idea of putting them over kale (just raw), instead of on buns, and I poured some of the mushroom marinade to season the kale. It worked really nice, plus a way to get more greens in is a-okay with me ;)

Eat up because these are good! Definitely can't wait til it's summer and we can try them out on the BBQ! I couldn't even think about summer last night snowed all night. I seriously cannot wait for spring.

Then, it was another newbie for breakfast - tofu scramble. Such an awesome change, and honestly, the only breakfast food we had in the house. I was out of bread (tragedy) and no cereal in sight! Scramble was pretty much second best!

And I'll end on that food note because I don't wanna jinx it with the next thing I make ;)

I just got done a ridiculously hard BodyRock, so now it's time to go eat a ridiculous amount of popcorn smothered in buttery Earth Balance-y goodness...

and watch some Modern Family that we need to get caught up on (read: last aired episode was 17, and we're only on 8).

Have a good night!