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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 2, Monday

Giant Stuffed Burger
Quinoa and Lentil Salad

Cooking time: 35 - 55 minutes for menu        Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Kind of like meatloaf from the grill... But not quite.  You can put almost anything in the center, just remember not to make it too thick or you won't be able to seal it.  An inch (2.5cm) is about as much filling as I have managed, still getting the edges to seal.  This works best with a basket, as that helps keep it all nicely together.

Giant Stuffed Burger

Total time: 35 minutes    longer if using oven  
    You could make smaller burgers, but we like this big one.  Cut into wedges, with cheese oozing out of the center.... Serve with or without extra ketchup.

Giant Stuffed Burger Ingredients:

 Instructions:Giant Stuffed Burger, wedge

Quinoa Pilaf and Lentil Salad

Total time: 5 minutes    30 minutes if cooking lentils and quinoa 
    I always try to cook rice, grains, beans etc. ahead in the summer so it's a quick dinner to mix them together and add a bit of vinaigrette for a healthy salad to go with something from the grill.

Quinoa Pilaf and Lentil Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 35 - 55 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, 2 plates, grill basket or pan, barbecue
grill or baking sheet
Light/turn on grill if using
Chop onion, sauté
Thinly slice or shred cheese
Divide beef, make two thin patties
Oil basket or pan
Place 1 patty in basket or pan
Mix crumbs, ketchup, mustard, garlic, soy sauce

Spread on patty
Top with onions
Put cheese on onions
Put second patty on top, seal edges
Start to cook burger
Get the pilaf, lentils from fridge
Snip herbs
Turn the burger
Make vinaigrette
Combine lentils, quinoa pilaf, herbs, vinaigrette,
Remove burger, cut into wedges
Serve