Friday, March 16, 2007

Old Favourite

I rediscoverd an old favourite recently more specifically Gardenburgers. I first discovered these at Earl's actually, long time back. I loved their veggie burger and then found out these were the patties they used. I would buy them all the time and then sort of fell out of the habit. Well it was more packing my freezer so full of stuff that I wouldn't know it was in there and by the time I found it freezer burn had set in. I always do that with frozen stuff, which is really stupid. You can get some great WW friendly stuff like Gardenburgers and Healthy Baked Fish and I buy this stuff (it's typically pricey) then ignore it until too much time has past and I have to toss it.

Hopefully the tide will turn on this bad behaviour. I had to clean out my freezers (yes there's two- one on top of the fridge and a bar fridge size one in the basement - both contained long forgotton items) when I went to make or take meals. I love the meal stuff but alot of it takes a while to cook (ie must be defrosted) so I find it's good for weekend projects. The Gardenburger is fabulous for quick weeknight dinners. It's takes not time at all to cook in a frying pan, spritzed with a wee bit of olive oil. Then I had it on a whole wheat kaiser bun with some red onions, a bit of low fat miracle whip and dijon mustard. It was awesome! I might have it again tonight. I had some steamed green beans on the side spritzed with becel spray. I was in heaven.

My new plan is to keep my freezer organized so I know what's in there beyond the frozen veggies and McCain's fries. I might pick up a box of Heatlhy Bake this weekend.

My major plan for this weekend is to meal plan. I've had yet another rollercoaster week OP wise because I didn't have a plan, part of the reason was the week before TOM and the snack attacks. It's not like this will stop happening so I best get in the habit of preparing for it.

I need to get on the wagon and strap myself in. I am the only person who can make this WW thing work for me and it's time I accept the responsibility.

Yee Haw!


duenneschen said...

gosh...i have a gazillion boxes of these and am never in the mood for them!!

maybe because a few years ago...i totally overdid it!

have a great weekend!!!

The Glitterati said...

Mmmm, that dinner sounds so yum! I totally do the same thing with my freezer -- I'm either not home enough to cook it, or b/c I'm too tired to bother when I am home. And then I feel bad about all the waste... what would my Mom say???

BLEACK to APA formatting! It's sort of 2nd nature by now, but it doesn't make it less annoying. If you ever want a hand or a 2nd pair of eyes with it, feel free to send it on over!

Cowgirl Warrior said...

Glitterati - Thanks for the offer, I'll definitely take you up on that especially with the last paper that I must do all by myself

Sonya said...

Those look yummy! Do they have a lot of protein? I usually buy soy-based ones, because the garden burgers don't have enough protein for me.

AND - you could bake some yummy sweet potato fries in the oven to have on the side. Sweet potatoes are oh-so-good for you, and oh-so-delicious! I have a very easy and quick recipe if you want it!

I hope you had a good weekend.

CaRoLyN said...

I don't think I've EVER tried a veggie burger!?! Where have I been? I'm just so apprehensive I guess because I'm not a huge burger fan to start with but I think I'll look these up next time I'm in the market. thanks for the tip.
Good luck this week, you're right, only you are in charge, no one else will do it for you!!

Sonya said...

Take a sweet potato or two (if you want leftovers), and slice them up into wedges with the skin. Place them into a bowl. Drizzle about 2-3 tbspoons of extra virgin olive oil over them, and add some salt and pepper. If you'd like a bit of spice, you can also add some chili powder, coriander powder, and cumin powder (about 1/4 tsp of chili, and 1/2 tsp of the other two - for two potaotes). Mix it all up. Spread them on a baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Flip them. Bake for another 10 minutes or so, until they are crispy.

So easy, and so yummy, and SOOO good for you.

The Glitterati said...

CW, definitely send it over when time comes!

Sonya, you are so on the money with those fries, so yum! I did them with chili powder, and cut them a bit too thinly (more fry-like than wedges) so some of them charred a teensy bit. But they were crispy and so good!