All of my friends and family know I’m a self-proclaimed disaster in the kitchen. Once, in an attempt to make rice, I cooked it with the lid off to “speed things along”. My biggest excuse for me being such a kitchen klutz is that before the mister became a web designer, he spent many years working in the restaurant biz. He made every dinner. My thinking has always been, why bother because how can my cooking even compare? Well, with some help from him, a cookbook or two and some fabulous food blogs, I’m no longer a disaster! I highly recommend the two recipes below. They are easy for sure and super tasty.
Black Bean-Mango Salad
via Maria Menounos’s EveryGirl’s Guide To Life
* 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
* 1/2 cup Italian dressing
* Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
* 1/2 cup chopped red onion
* 1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
* 1 small red pepper, seeded and chopped
* Salt and pepper, to taste
In a food processor or blender, take 1/4 cup of the mango with the Italian dressing until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the remaining mango with the beans, red onion, and peppers. To the bean mixture, add the mango puree. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and chill until ready to serve.
Turkey Burgers with Zucchini
* 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
* 1 small zucchini, grated
* 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
* 1 clove garlic, grated
* 1 tbsp red onion, grated
* salt and fresh pepper
* oil spray
In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Make 5 equal patties. Heat a large skillet on high heat. When hot, lightly spray oil. Add burgers to the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook on one side until browned, then flip. Flip over a few times to prevent burning and to make sure the burgers are cooked all the way through.