Sunday, January 3, 2010

Introduction, Recipe: Veggie Burger Pitas

Recipe: Veggie Burger Pitas (Master File 1)

Check out Master File 1 to see how you can prepare for this meal and the two other meals this week.

Veggie Burger Pitas, french fries, sliced apple

Veggie Burger Pitas

Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:25 min
makes:4 sandwiches

1 package (12.8 oz) frozen vegetarian burgers (4 burgers)
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium onion, cut into thin slices
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (3 oz)
Cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 pita breads (6 inches in diameter), cut in half to form pockets
4 leaves red leaf lettuce

2 tablespoons fat-free (or regular) mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tablespoons fat-free (or regular) sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped cucumber
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

Heat oven to 450°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Place burgers on one side of pan. Place bell pepper, onion and mushrooms on other side of pan. Spray vegetables with cooking spray for about 3 seconds; sprinkle with seasoned salt.

On another pan arrange your french fries.  Put both pans in the oven together.

Bake 10 minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan. Turn burgers and vegetables; bake 5 to 8 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender and burgers are hot.  The fries may need more or less time; keep an eye on them.

Core and slice your apples while everything is cooking.

In small bowl, mix topping ingredients. Spread topping on insides of pita bread halves. Fill each pita bread half with lettuce, burger and vegetables.

I know what you're thinking.  Veggie burgers?  Frozen french fries?  Aren't those convenience foods?  Yes, but we're doing baby steps, remember?  As you learn more cooking techniques we'll be adding in more and more fresh food. 

The Takeaway
This menu is an exercise in preparation and juggling three meal components at once.  We also learned how to roast vegetables, which is a great way to squeeze a lot of flavor out of your veggies.  How did it feel to cut up those veggies?  If you're not comfortable with a knife yet, do your best for now and hang in there.  We'll be discussing knife skills later.

Your Homework
Prepare for the rest of the week if you haven't already by referencing the "Plan of Attack" tab of Master File 1.

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