Tuesday, July 3, 2007

On My (Holiday) Hearth

I'm not sure how many people we're having for dinner tomorrow night, kids haven't confirmed plans yet, but I'm planning to do the traditional bbq with burgers, etc. and am going to add some new dishes as well. Both of these from Cooking Light sound interesting and tasty and will appeal to the vegetarians in the house.

Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Cucumber and Red Pepper Relish

The cucumber releases some liquid while chilling, so serve relish with a slotted spoon. Shape the patties, and wrap them in wax paper to transport them from the kitchen to the patio grill. Serve with baked potato chips and dill pickle spears.

2/3 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon finely chopped dill
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash of ground red pepper

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg
Cooking spray
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
Dill sprigs (optional)

To prepare relish, combine first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill 2 hours.

To prepare burgers, place beans in a large bowl; partially mash with a fork. Stir in breadcrumbs and next 5 ingredients (breadcrumbs through egg). Divide bean mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Prepare grill.

Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until thoroughly heated. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on the bottom half of each bun; top each with a patty, 1/4 cup relish, and top half of bun. Garnish with dill sprigs, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 burger)

CALORIES 375 (23% from fat); FAT 9.5g (sat 1.9g,mono 2.4g,poly 3.7g); PROTEIN 14.6g; CHOLESTEROL 60mg; CALCIUM 136mg; SODIUM 767mg; FIBER 5.7g; IRON 4.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 59.2g

Cooking Light, JUNE 2001

Corn Fritter Casserole

This moist, sweet & savory side dish is a cross between corn bread and corn pudding. You can use 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels in place of the canned corn, if you prefer.

3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 large egg whites
1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8 1/2-ounce) package corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir in onion, bell pepper, whole-kernel corn, and cream-style corn; mix well. Add muffin mix and black pepper, stirring until well combined. Pour into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

CALORIES 247 (31% from fat); FAT 8.4g (sat 3.7g,mono 2.7g,poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 8.6g; CHOLESTEROL 31mg; CALCIUM 72mg; SODIUM 629mg; FIBER 1.9g; IRON 1.3mg; CARBOHYDRATE 36.7g

Cooking Light, SEPTEMBER 2004

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