It’s crazy-busy season around here. As in, I don’t stop moving unless I’m sleeping, which isn’t nearly long enough lately. There’s work stuff, particularly the fast-paced, quick turn-around, did-I-even-eat-lunch-today kind, and then there’s everything else – house stuff, dog stuff, family stuff, oh and this little business project that Howard’s undertaking that’s consuming every nuggest of spare time he has and has had and – it feels like – ever will have. So, yeah, I’m kind of tired tonight.
Times like these make it tough to make good meals. I’ve tried to keep the basics on hand, especially the fresh produce I need to make a decent, filling salad that accompanies pasta or homemade pizza dishes. A full head of red leaf lettuce from the farmer’s market is a good start, topped with backyard tomatoes and cucumbers and maybe a handful of walnuts and dried cherries. I went on that little baking bender last week and wound up with loads of season-friendly goodies. I stocked the kitchen yesterday with fresh, simple fare – Cortland apples, cheddar cheese, Chobani yogurt, multi-grain bread – to feed us during our long days.
I came across lean ground chicken during one of my recent grocery runs and I knew immediately that I would make some kind of burger. Alas, the birth of the red pepper chicken burger. This, my friends, is easy fare for busy nights. The ingredient list is short, but heavy on diced red peppers, something that’s growing (still and with great fervor) in my backyard garden. Plus, if you can score a bottle of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que sauce, any kind will do, you’ll be ever the more delighted with this burger. I promise.
You may want to add more ingredients to this burger, maybe a bit of onion or stewed tomatoes. I didn’t need an egg – the mixture sticks together just fine – but I suppose, if you add more bread crumbs, you may need to crack open an egg to keep the burger in one piece. Additionally, try to flip the burger ONE TIME only, about five minutes in. Obviously, you’ll need to adjust the time if your burger is extra-thick.
Check it out. Easy. Delicious. Like a real meal on those days when a cup of chai equals lunch and you can’t remember where you parked your car or which project is due when and what you’re working on next.
Jeez. I need a vacation.
Red Pepper Chicken Burger