Cookout Remix!

Quick note before getting into today’s post… remember that time I totally chickened out of going to Mike’s running club’s track workout? Well last night… I went! I completed the workout and even made a friend! More on that soon.

So hopefully you all enjoyed your wonderful Memorial Day Weekends! After having just spent a weekend at the beach in North Carolina, I opted to stay in the city for the holiday and decided to seek out an urban oasis. Monday morning started with a run (I did 5 miles, Mike did 6, we both died afterwards from the sweltering heat at 9:30 am… hello DC summer). Then we headed over to my brother’s apartment building to hang out for the day. The afternoon was spent laying out by the rooftop pool and reading (and by laying out I mean I laid out and Mike spent the entire afternoon moving the umbrella around to prevent all sun exposure and asking if I needed to reapply my sunscreen hehe).

Note: these pictures were taken at about 1pm when the crowd was still pretty small / tame. By 4 pm it was like Spring Break in Daytona Beach up there!

After spending the afternoon by the pool we headed back downstairs  to have a little cookout! My brother’s apartment building has community grills in one of the courtyards and I was anxious to use them. I decided to take a gamble and cook up some veggie / turkey burgers for myself and the boys. I saw this recipe on SkinnyTaste a while ago and was really intrigued by the idea of including veggies in with the meat of a burger. I had to improvise a little because I wasn’t at my home kitchen… but luckily my brother is a great cook and his kitchen is amazing. Here is what I came up with:

I started with that basic turkey burger recipe of 99% lean ground turkey, two eggs, some Italian breadcrumbs, ketchup, barbecue sauce, salt, pepper, and parsley

Then instead of adding a grated zucchini, I chopped up some broccoli slaw and carrot chips into small pieces.

I was already feeling pretty good about these before we went down to the grills

Then Doug (that’s my brother… hey bro!) threw them on the grill (because he is the Grill Master General) and they were so juicy! Veggie success!!

We returned to the apartment (now with Doug’s friend Dan in the mix) to enjoy a delicious dinner of healthy veggie/turkey burgers (with cheese… obviously) and a big salad with Doug’s homemade mustard balsamic vinegarette dressing. Annndddd of course a cold glass of white wine.

It was the perfect end to an amazing weekend. Summer is officially here!!

3 responses

  1. Paulette Zimmerman | Reply

    Wow does that look GREAT. Interesting how healthy food can look so good! Next time we are together, you need to cook for us and teach us some of your best recipes.

    1. Doug and I are already in planning for Father’s Day Dinner don’t you worry!!! 🙂

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