Wednesday, April 22, 2009

it’s getting hot in here . . .

100_2732 We signed papers on Monday!  Woo-hoo!  We are still waiting for final arrangements from the bank, but it should be official by the end of this week.  Just crazy to think we could own a house, well townhouse that is, but it’s still ownership!  We are really into crunch time right now, and the other half and I are wondering what we got ourselves into trying to get situated in a house and take on projects at the end of the semester along with work???  We may have to hold back on some things.

I put some paint up on the walls from the colors we thought we would like and. . .whoa, they are so different!  Some of them turned out to be winners, but how anyone can tell what a color will look like on an entire wall from a tiny square I will never know.  Pretty soon our walls will look like all the colors of the rainbow before we can decide on a dang color! 

I wanted to make meatloaf for dinner, but being that it’s been in the 90s here in Vegas already, I’ve been trying to avoid that inefficient oven like the plague.  So I decided to make a quick alternative . . . stuffed meatloaf burgers!  I just had to mix the meat, form the patties, turn on the stove and sauté for a fraction of the time.  I served it with a fresh green salad on the side, although I really wanted some sweet potato fries!

Stuffed Meatloaf Burgers 

Yield:  About 6 patties


  • A little over 1 pound of extra lean ground beef (96% lean)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 jar TJ’s bruschetta mix (this makes them so moist!)
  • 1 tbsp crushed Italian herbs
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • cubed mozzarella for stuffing
  • whole wheat buns and all your favorite burger toppings


100_2736 Place the first 7 ingredients (through shallot) in a large bowl and incorporate.  Place a handful of meat in the palm of your hand and form half a patty.  Place about 2 cubes of cheese on top and cover with another handful of meat.  Form a tight seal.

Repeat with remaining meat and cheese.  Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat.  Cook patties until 160 degrees or until desired doneness, about 5-6 minutes per side.  Place on a 100_2725clean plate and cover with foil until all batches are done.   Serve with buns and your favorite toppings! 

I also used these burgers crumbled on top of some leftover pesto pasta for a quick dinner . . . yum!

For 6 servings (analyzed with 95% lean beef), one patty has about 180-200 kcals, 8g of fat, 23g of protein, 10% calcium and 15% iron, along with good doses of zinc, riboflavin, B6 and B12.      


Gotta love that ooeey, gooey cheese!  We put a little more bruschetta mix on top.


Any painting dilemma stories?  I’d love to hear that I’m not alone!


Anonymous said...

First of all, congrats on signing the papers. That is very exciting! Second, I am craving a burger now!!!

Sweta said...

Your painting adventure sounds like fun-do post pics of the rooms once you're done painting:)
The meatloaf burgers idea sound good-should try it(but with ground turkey instead).Hubby will definitely like it.

kristen :) said...

Thank you! I will post pictures once the painting is done. We will probably just try to get the downstairs done first.
Sweta - lean ground turkey is also good! I usually buy lean ground beef for the extra iron.

Gina said...

I wish I would have read your blog earlier, I just got back from Trader Joes and that bruschetta mix would have been a great purchase! I guess I'll try it next time :)

Emily said...

Love the stuffed meatloaf burgers..what a great idea to beat the heat. It's been pretty cold here, so I'm a little jealous of your weather, but 90 is super hot!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the house! And the dinner looks great! I know what you mean about the paint-on the wall, it never looks like I expect...I wish I had some advice, but I'm not good at choosing paints! Good luck!

Thinspired said...

I know there is exciting news in this post somehwere but I am a little busy drooling over the idea of a meatloaf burger. YUM.
Congrats on the house :) I'm so glad it is all coming together for you.

Apples and Butter said...

Congrats on the purchase! I'm very jealous of people who own property. One day! Los Angeles is not a very friendly place for people trying to enter the market. Prices are off the charts!

Sweta said...

W.r.t the ingredients for the mango dosa-you'll find them all at your local Indian store.
Alternatively,you could put the 'aamras' into your regular pancakes and try out Mango pancakes instead.It won't taste the same,but it'll definitely be a different breakfast recipe :)

Anonymous said...

I feel like you stuffed it with cheese JUST to make me drool~ ooh lala~ It'd be awesome with bleu cheese, too!
oh, yeah, and congrats on the house! I almost forgot to congratulate you because I was too distracted by these crazy delicious pics!