Monday, June 11, 2012

Israeli Burgers, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Spicy Baked Steak Fries

For me, being in the kitchen, cooking dinner is ecstasy. Not today.

Rough afternoon over here at the Hock casa. It started when I picked Prince Hock #1 up from the camp bus stop. Today was the first day of camp, and since he is going into kindergarten he gets to go to big boy camp that goes from 9-4. It's a huge adjustment for him to go for such a long day.

 He stepped off the bus with a smile on his face, but that didn't last for long. Immediately, he started crying that he was thirsty. The hysterics got worse when we got in the car, and he showed me the splinter he got on the playground.

For the next few hours the crying was incessant. All the while, I was trying to cook dinner, give baths, breastfeeding, etc. I wasn't sure what to do about the splinter, so I called King Hock.

Shortly thereafter, Doc Hock (not his dad who really is a doctor and goes by that name) walks in to save the day. He performed a little surgery, which I was not privy to watch.  All I could hear was screams, that made me want to throw up. Ughhhhh.

Thank g-d our little Prince seems to be doing better now with his Scooby Doo bandaid and all.

Good way to start camp. It can only get better.

I managed cook dinner through all of that, and it was delish. We had Israeli Burgers, Quinoa Tabbouleh, and Spicy Baked Steak Fries.

Israeli Burgers

Definitely give this burger recipe a try, it's very tasty. Adapted from the Shiksa blog.

1- 1.5 lbs. ground beef, I used 90/10
1 slice white bread, crust removed, I used Bimbo Wheat
1 1/2 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 T. fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
2 T. onion, minced
1 egg
1 1/2 t. cumin
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper

Heat your grill. Place the bread slice in a bowl and pour on the olive oil. Let the bread soak up the oil, flipping over once. Use your fingers and tear the bread in small pieces. Add the ground beef to the bowl with the cilantro, parsley, onion, egg, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix together until thoroughly combined. Form 6 patties. Grill to your liking.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quiona is pronounced KEEN-WAH, not KAH-NOA, not QWI-NOA. GET IT STRAIGHT! OK?
This salad is healthy, fresh, and a perfect summer side dish.
Adapted from

1 C. quinoa, rinsed until water runs clear
2 C. water
pinch of salt
1/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. lemon juice
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 t. onion powder
1/4 t. garlic powder
2 tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 carrots, grated
1 C. fresh parsley, minced

Cook the quinoa according to the package's directions. My package called to place the quinoa and water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook covered for 15 minutes.

In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Place the cooked quinoa in a large bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, carrots, and parsley. Pour on the olive oil lemon mixture, and mix together.

Chill until ready to serve.

Spicy Baked Steak Fries

You can't have a burger without fries.

1 very large baking potato, cut into 32 wedges
1 T. olive oil
1/2 t. paprika
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. chili powder
1/2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss the wedges with the olive oil and spices. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crisp.


Well, I'm feeling a little bit better now because I just got off the phone with my sister, and she told me her son, who also went to camp today, also had an all afternoon meltdown. Yay, we are not the only ones.

Have a good night!

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