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beef and beans
Grilled Burgers and Beans

brown rice
Brown Rice

Menu Plan for the week of April 26, 2013: Day 5 Recipes

Grilled Burgers and Beans
Brown Rice

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Wrapped in foil and cooked on the grill, these 'burger packets' make for easy clean-up.  You could do them in the oven, in a baking dish, covered, 400F (200C) for 25 - 30 minutes... Or in the foil packets on a baking tray.

Burgers and Beans                                           Preparation and cooking time:  30 minutes
    When we lived in the U.S. we did these with ground venison.  They would also be good with ground turkey. If your beans have a very watery tomato sauce (like mine) drain them first.  Otherwise use as much of the sauce as you like. 

12oz (350gr) ground beef
1 large onion - preferably red or sweet
15oz (450gr) barbecue or baked beans or 'beans in tomato sauce'
4 tbs ketchup
4 tsp Dijon-style mustard
aluminum foil

Tear off 4 squares of foil (1 1/2 times as long as the box is wide).  Peel onion, cut into 8 thin slices and put one slice in the center of each square  Divide ground beef into fourths, patty and place a patty on top of each onion slice.  Top with another onion slice.   Spoon beans on top of burger patties dividing evenly.  Put mustard and ketchup on top of beans - dividing evenly.
Bring long ends of foil together and fold over.  Fold in sides, loosely. We cook them on the gas grill for about 15 minutes but you can cook them in the oven - 400F for 25 minutes.  When done - unwrap and put on plates. Serve with Brown Rice or quinoa.

Brown Rice              Preparation and cooking time 20 minutes or whatever your package says
     I use 'Uncle Ben's' which is all I can get and it is quick cooking.  It looks like brown Basmati and cooks in 20 minutes.  If you want something faster substitute Basmati.

1/2 cup cup quick-cooking brown rice
1 cup chicken stock or whatever your rice calls for

Cook rice according to package instructions. Fluff and serve.

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
foil, small saucepan with lid
Turn on barbecue or oven (400F, 200C)
Lay out 4 pieces of foil
Slice onion, place on foil
Patty beef, place on onions
Place another onion slice on beef
Open beans, if lots of so-so sauce, drain a bit

Spoon beans onto beef
Add ketchup, mustard
Seal packets
Cook rice
Cook packets
    15 minute break - but mind the burgers
Fluff rice
Remove packets, open and spoon onto plates
Put rice in bowl

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