Friday, January 29, 2010

CEiMB and HBi5

Normally I'm supposed to post Craving Ellie in My Belly on Thursdays, but yesterday my brain was only functioning at 50%. The night before I thought I'd act like a college student and stay out half the night with some girlfriends, great times, but I'm left braindead the next day! So, it wasn't until noon today that it hit me "I never posted CEiMB!" My apologies to the folks in the group, but hopefully my "two-in-one" post will make up for it.


This week for CEiMB we made Emerald Stir Fry with Beef, hosted by Alyssa's Two Bites. Now, I enjoy a good stir fry, but I do have to be careful not to make them too often because my husband tends to think that they all taste the same, and he's just not that crazy about them.

I made quite a few changes with this stir fry. I used green beans and a frozen veggie mix in place of the sugar snap peas and asparagus. I also added a little sugar to the sauce to sweeten it a bit. It was good, everyone was pleased, but I do think I have to side with Glenn and agree that it did taste about the same as every other stir fry I make. A delicious dish, just not that exciting. Maybe we'll do shrimp or scallops next time? That might mix it up a bit. You can find the recipe here.

And now for HBi5. The starter this week was a bit different, calling for more things like honey and eggs and I liked it! I made the loaf of bread, which got eaten very fast. It was sweet, soft and great with sandwiches, especially my all time favorite one.



And I made the hamburger buns. The tops were brushed with a bit of butter and sprinkled with a bit of garlic salt, my favorite condiment! To fill them we made our favorite burgers ever. The recipe comes from one of my Weight Watcher cookbooks and they are fantastic. Ground beef mixed with a whole variety of veggies and seasonings, then we just grill them on our Foreman. They have a ton of flavor and would satisfy anyone, whether they're dieting or not!



Mushroom BurgersWeight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced carrot
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon steak sauce
salt and pepper

Directions

1. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Saute the bell pepper, onion, carrot, celery and garlic until the onion is translucent, 8-10 minutes. Add the mushrooms; saute until the mushrooms brown and the liquid evaporates, about 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

2. Spray the broiler racl with nonstick cooking spray; preheat the broiler. In a medium bowl, combine the mushroom mixture, beef, steak sauce, salt and pepper. Form into 4 hamburgers. Broil the burgers 3-4 inches from heat, 5-7 minutes each side, or grill in Foreman Grill.

Serves 4

Per Serving: 153 cal, 8g fat, 3g sat fat, 44mg sod, 1g fiber

Points per Serving: 4

Unfortunately I waited too long to do my apple strudel bread, and the starter wasn't good anymore, drat! I will definitely try it another time though! I'm excited to see how the rest of you clubbers did and have a fantastic weekend ya'll!

31 comments:

ARLENE said...

I like stir fry, but would have to agree with your DH that they do all taste pretty much the same. I've made that hamburger from the WW cookbook. I'm sure it was far, far better on your yummy rolls!

Joanne said...

Wasn't this bread super fantastic! I loved the subtle sweetness of the dough. I can see myself making this as sandwich bread many many years down the line.

I love the sound of that burger...all the better because it's stuffed with delicious veggies.

Barbara said...

That hamburger in the WW cookbook (which I agree is excellent) wouldn't be half as good without your homemade rolls!

biz319 said...

My husband thinks the same thing - and my daughter and I could have stir fry every night and never get sick of it!

Love the buns!
Enjoy your weekend too!

figtree said...

Oh my stir fry or burgers how can a girl choose?? Both look great!

thenotsoskinnykitchen said...

I wouldn't have thought to use green beans even though I love them - thanks for the idea!

Pam said...

The burger looks amazing - especially the bun.

theUngourmet said...

I want to make buns!! Your burger can come on over and visit me anytime. I promise to eat it quickly so it doesn't feel too much pain! :D

kanishk said...

love the sound of that burger.

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Velva said...

I enjoy stir fry but, I tend to think of it as a "what do I have on hand, to make dinner?" Stiry fry usually comes to mind as I am peering in the refrigerator at leftovers.
Your bread looks really, really good. Served up with those WW hamburgers is a nice weeknight dinner. I have saved that recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Erica said...

hahah- I totally can't hang any more either ;) Glad you had fun with the ladies though. Stir fry does have a tendency to taste the same...I try to only make it once a month so Josh doesn't get super bored ;). You should try the beef and broccoli recipe I have posted- I bet your husband would enjoy that. It makes typical stir fry a bit different with the addition of the beef broth. The hamburger buns look rocking! Love the HBi5!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Great looking bread - and that burger is calling to me...

Julie said...

Your stir fry looks super! I love them because they are so adaptable...I would have left out the asparagus too.

Kim said...

Your bread looks like it turned out perfectly! Good for you:D I bet it was delicious with the tomato and avocado sammies, but the burger sounds great too!
Glad to hear you tried Ellie's stir fry. I've been wanting to try that recipe, but I hadn't got around to it yet. Sorry to hear it was only so-so. At least it was a healty recipe and you didn't have to waste any calories on it :D

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow your mushroom burgers look fab and a great stir fry as well pleased you had fun with your college friends Rebecca

Burp and Slurp~! said...

I keep procrastinating buying flour because I'm afraid I won't use it ever, but that close-up short of the mushroom burger and the wholesome bread...I really, really, really need to get some flour so I can get some baking done myself!

Kathleen said...

Everthing sounds sooo great! I think the first thing I'm going to try is the bread!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I need all the recipes in here...Have a sweet day!

Carmen Rosa said...

I saw that you visited "Mi cocina".
Welcome and thank you, so much.
You make all your recipes so delicious.

Katherine Aucoin said...

The bread and buns really has my attention. The burger looks great. Sorry you weren't that impressed with the stir-fry. I find Ellie Krieger's recipes are pretty much hit and miss.

Michelle said...

Great looking burger...my all time favorite food!

But your hamburger buns and bread turned out so nice with gorgeous color and crumb!

Bonnie said...

Your sandwich bread is beautiful.

Heather B said...

Your bread looks delicious! Great job!

Cristie said...

The burger really got my attention-- everything about it sounds wonderful. Thanks for joining your two posts! Your bread loaf looked perfect, just lovely.

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Your bread and buns look delicious! That burger looks fabulous! Yummy!

Elwood said...

The bread and buns looked great. The mushroom burger sounds fantastic.

Judy's Bakery & Test Kitchen said...

Great looking recipes! I felt rushed to use up the dough, too. It just doesn't keep as long as the other ones.

Pamela said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it. Your CEiMB stir fry looks like it turned out well. Next time around, I'm trying it with shrimp, too.

I've been living on those little pizzas we had a few weeks ago. I eat them now every Tuesday, right after my WW weigh in. :o)

Oh, and those WW mushroom burgers look so good!

jor said...

I have always wanted to try making hamburger buns and these ones look really really good!

Danielle said...

everything looks really good...but that mushroom burger? YUM!!

Alissa said...

How in the world did I miss this post? Hmm, total mystery! I loved those burgers & I'm Sooooo making them on a regular basis from now on! Thanks for the recipe!!!! IS it worth buying that cookbook? are there other great recipes in there that I should try?

Ps. Nice buns.