My California Burger, I guess

My California Burger, I guess

I already express my delight with the official start of Avocado season and in celebration I will try to use avocado in at least one meal a day until the 5 I bought are gone. Anyway last night I had a burger and Lyn took a look at it and said that’s a California burger. I don’t care what you call it, it sure was tasty.



  • 1 ground sirloin patty
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 3 grape cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1 piece of ROMAIN lettuce
  • Some cheese
  • 1 all natural organic bun


Cook the burger to your doneness, melt cheese on top

Arrange the lettuce, tomatoes and avocado on top.

Important note: you can pile up the avocado

You can top with any condiments you want, I choose none.


Shhhhh don’t tell anyone I also took a potato pancake out of the freezer it became my giant tater tot.

avacoda about


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Bahn Mi-Style Turkey Burger

Bahn Mi-Style Turkey Burger

This is a two heads bobbing approval from Lyn and Steve

Lyn says it’s like a Big Mac but good for you. Now remember we have not had a Big Mac in years so can only go by what our memory says they taste like but she was very close in her description. You just have to try this even if you hate the thought of a turkey burger.

Weight Watchers Recipe

Prep time:  15 min

Cook time:  10 min

Serves: 4

A taste of Vietnam in an American favorite. Serve with grilled corn and peppers for a marvelous meal.


  • 2 spray(s) cooking spray


  • 1 cup(s) packaged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)    I used broccoli and carrots coleslaw mix.
  • 1/4 cup(s) English cucumber(s), julienned or sliced super thin
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • Added some seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt


  • 1 pound(s) uncooked 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger root, grated or finely chopped
  • 1-2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), finely chopped
  • 4 tsp. reduced-calorie mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. chili sauce, sweet variety
  • 4 muffin(s) light English muffin, toasted I used a whole wheat organic hamburger bun for mine Lyn likes the English muffins.


Coat a large griddle, outdoor grill rack or stove top grill pan with cooking spray; preheat to medium-high.

I used a Panini grill it cut the cooking time in half

In a medium bowl, combine slaw mix, cucumber, lime juice and salt; toss to coat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, cilantro, soy sauce, ginger and garlic; divide mixture into four balls and then gently press each one into a 4-inch patty.

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and chili sauce.

Grill or broil patties until internal temperature of burgers reaches 165°F, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Spread half of each English muffin with 1 1/4 teaspoon chili-mayonnaise; top with a burger, a scant 1/3 cup slaw mixture and a muffin top.

Yields 1 burger per serving.


The slaw that tops these burgers is quite basic. For added flavor, add some seasoned rice wine vinegar, minced cilantro, hot chili oil or hot sauce

Ingredients  Turkey Burger ready to grill  Turkey Burger slaw and sauce

Cooked Turkey Burgers  Turkey Burger on Whole Wheat bun  Turkey burger plated bun Turkey Burger on English Muffin weight watchers picture

Other recipes from stevesacooking

Turkey burger

Grilled Turkey Salisbury Steaks with Tomatoes and Cheddar Sauce

Grind It Baby Grind It – Fresh home ground beef

Grind It Baby Grind It – Fresh home ground beef

I’ve been busy lately hence the slew of postings but I just have to tell you about my Father’s day present.  I know, I know a little early but we used it on Mother’s day. I am used to all the packages come to our house Lyn’s brother works for the post office and I suppose she is doing her part to support him. So I usually put them on the counter and forget them. Anyway it was one of those rare weekdays that Lyn was home when the mail came and she looked at me with this odd smile, then she blurted out that it was my Father’s day present.  I was happy with that but she was not, she opened the box and pulled it out a meat grinder attachment for our mixer. You see for two years now, maybe longer, we had been toying with the idea of one of these, read all the articles but really could not justify it. Anyway it was just in time for mother’s day so she decided that fresh grilled burgers were called for.

Now what cut of meat….Sirloin Roast too pricy, Chuck roast too fatty for us, the butcher suggested the eye of the round Ok will give it a try.


  • 4 lbs Eye of the Round roast, trim some of the fat off
  • Salt and pepper or rub


This is the fun part

Attached the grinder to the mixer

Cut the roast into chucks that will fit into the grinder tube

Place of baking sheet and into the freezer for about 20 minutes – do not freeze

Turn the mixer on and feed the meat into the tube until all meat has been ground, a second grinding really makes it tender.

Form patties, indent the center slightly, sprinkle and rub with favorite rub let sit for a few minutes

Grill about 4 minutes per side depending on size.

The meat had very little shrinkage and cooked faster than I thought, it was tender, very tender, I thought too dry but no one else found it that way.

Best early present I ever got.

Side note: Lyn found sirloin steaks on sale and we ground up for lunch today very tasty and tender especially after double grinding. I cooked about 4 minutes per side and they came out very tender, juicy and medium. Like grass feed beef it looked more well down than it was.



Meatloaf with a hint of Mexican – well Texmex

My wife used to make this for our son and it was the only meatloaf besides Martha Stewart’s mothers she would let me make. I used to use the recipe on the Quaker oats oatmeal box when I was uneducated I guess. It worked for me when I was single and lasted a few meals. He like this so much we bit the bullet and planned buying a BJ’s club size package of taco seasoning, he stopped eating it a few months later, go figure.

Meatloaf with a hint of Mexican – well Texmex

Preptime: 30 minutes

Cook: 45 to 50 let stand for 15 minutes


  • 2 Lbs. of ground chuck
  • 1 envelope of taco seasoning – 1 ¼ ounce
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 can of Mexican style tomatoes and chilies about 8 to 10 oz.


Mix the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Shape the mixture into a 10 x 6 loaf and place in a lightly greased 13×9 inch pan. Yep no meatloaf pan. Cover and refrigerate for 8ish hours. Good thing to mix in the morning and make at night. Top the meatloaf with the tomatoes and chilies.

Bake at 425° for 45 to 50 minutes until meat is no longer pink. Pour off juices. Sprinkle meatloaf with cheese and let stand for 15 minutes.  You can top with catsup or salsa.

Serve: With mash potatoes and a green vegetable.

You can use the leftovers and make quick tacos the next day.

Sloppy Joes (light)

Sloppy Joes (light)

I remember bringing this to work one day and the owner told me we had a lunch meeting one of our hard drive vendors. I offered it to one of my sales people who I knew would eat anything and keep on going. When I returned he attacked me and asked me who made it…My Wife…he was ready to propose to her then and there who cared about me.

Sloppy Joes (light)



  • 1 pound of ground round
  • ¾ cup minced onion
  • ½ cup diced green pepper
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup low calorie organic catsup
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. fresh cracked pepper
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, or sandwich thins

Combine first 5 ingredients in a non-stick skillet. Cook over medium heat until beef is browned, stirring to crumble.

combine and brown                    brown

Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Wipe the skillet clean with paper towel.  Return beef mixture to the skillet and add water and the next 7 ingredients stir to mix well.

Add remianing ingredients bring to boil and simmer

Reduce heat and cook uncovered about 15 minutes occasionally stirring. Spoon about ½ cup of mixture onto a bun and serve. Sides your choice I prefer a salad or in this case Kale with Smoked Paprika by Lyn.

sloppy joe with kale and potatoe

or try this Sloppy Joe Salad