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teriyaki burgers
Grilled Teriyaki Burgers

sweet potatoes
Grilled Spicy Sweet Potatoes

zucchini with feta
Sautéed Zucchini (Courgette) with Feta and Olives

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

Teriyaki Burgers
Grilled Spicy Sweet Potatoes
Sautéed Zucchini (Courgette) with Feta and Olives

Cooking time:  35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Burgers and Fries - sort of.  The sweet potatoes I had were white on the inside, rather then yellow or orange, which was a first for me.  They had the texture and sweetness I expected, though.... Delicious!

Grilled Teriyaki Burgers                                    Preparation and cooking time:  25 minutes
   These could be made with ground turkey or chicken as well.  The addition of the onions, bread crumbs, ketchup and Teriyaki keeps them moist and flavorful.  I normally make 3 patties and serve 1 1/2 each. 

12oz ground beef (360gr mince)
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 rib celery - about 1/4 cup 
1/4 large onion - about 1/4 cup
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tbs breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tbs Teriyaki sauce or Soy sauce
1 tbs ketchup

Finely chop onion, celery and mince garlic.  Heat oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat.   Add garlic, celery, onion and sauté until onion is transparent. Remove from heat and put into a large bowl.  Add Teriyaki or soy, ketchup, breadcrumbs and ginger.  Mix well.  Add beef and mix, hands work best.  Shape into 3 or 4 patties.  Oil hinged basket.  Place patties in basket and cook on barbecue grill over direct heat for 4 - 5 minutes per side.  Or cook directly on barbecue grill.  Or sauté in nonstick skillet for same amount of time.   Remove and serve.   

Spicy Sweet Potatoes                                     Preparation and cooking time:   35 minutes
   These get a bit crusty on the outside and incredibly soft and creamy on the inside.  These had white interiors, but were most definitely sweet potatoes.  The heat went well with the sweet.

2 small sweet potatoes
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp course black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground ginger
red pepper flakes   if you use them, too hot for me

Slice potatoes in half the long way, then in half the long way again.  Then cut into chunks 1 - 1 1/2" (4cm) wide. 
Put remaining ingredients into large bowl and mix well.  Add potatoes and toss, coating thoroughly. 
Oven: Arrange potatoes on baking sheet with rim (I use my trusty, round pizza pan) Bake at 400F for 30 minutes.  You can turn once if you like to fuss but I usually don't bother. Remove from oven and serve. 
Barbecue Grill: Put them into an old metal pie plate or cake tin or foil barbecue container.  Cook on barbecue (grill) for 30 minutes or until done... and you will need to stir them with a long-handled wooden spoon occasionally as they tend to develop 'hot spots' and can get a little crispy.

Sautéed Zucchini (Courgette) with Feta, Olives   Preparation, cooking time: 20 minutes
    Use a smaller zucchini (courgette) for this dish, and a yellow or red pepper.  Add the feta and olives at the end so they only start to get warm.

1 zucchini (courgette), about 7" (17cm) long
1/2 yellow or green bell pepper  
1/3 cup dry, Greek olives, about 12
1 1/2 oz (45gr) feta
1 tbs dried oregano
1 tsp Worcestershire
2 tsp olive oil

Cut zucchini into sticks about 1 1/2" (4cm) long.  Roughly chop pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add pepper, zucchini and sauté until zucchini is tender, 7 - 10 minutes. Add oregano, Worcestershire and stir to combine.
Pit olives if needed and cut into thirds. Crumble feta.  Stir olives and feta into zucchini, remove from heat and serve.

Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, 2 medium - large bowls, medium skillet
(used 2X), barbecue grill, grill pan, basket

Turn on/light barbecue grill
Finely chop celery, onion
Mince garlic
Sauté onion, celery, garlic for burgers
Mix all ingredients for sweet potatoes
Cut potatoes, add to oil mixture, stir to coat
Start to cook potatoes

Remove onion/celery to bowl for burgers
Cut zucchini
Chop pepper
Make burgers, patty, put in basket if using, set aside
Mind the potatoes
Sauté zucchini, peppers
Cook burgers
Turn burgers
Pit olives, crumble feta
Remove burgers, potatoes
Finish zucchini

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