Happy Monday! Waking up this morning, I decided that I want to try adding a new series of weekly posts. Each week, I would like to post a list of delicious recipes and restaurants that I find over the weekend or the previous week. By posting Monday morning, my hope is that it gives you time to check the recipes or restaurants out yourself and then either include the ingredients in your next weekly grocery trip or pencil the restaurant into your next family outing.
I hope you find this helpful! Posts should be short and sweet but I wanted to make sure I shared my quick, simple and tasty finds with you!
THIS WEEKEND’S RECIPE & RESTAURANT FINDS
SPINACH & FETA STUFFED TURKEY BURGERS
This is a recipe from Ellie Krieger’s new cookbook, You Have It Made. I will say that the entire process of prepping, making and stuffing the burgers, making the tzatziki sauce, and grilling the burgers is a little lengthy. However, you can prep any part of these burgers ahead of time and then have them ready to grill up whichever night you want to serve them. Same goes for the tzatziki sauce. Make the sauce ahead and store it in the refrigerator for when you grill up the burgers. This weekend I made 4 burgers. Kyle and I ate 2 for dinner and there are 2 being stored in the fridge that I plan to have for lunch one day and then dinner or lunch in a pinch another. I’ve found that I actually love cooking at home on the weekends because I’m not exhausted from the weekday and I don’t feel pressed for time like on a weeknight. Plus, we typically have leftovers and I can use those for lunches and dinners in a pinch throughout the week!
COCONUT - FLAX OAT CRISPS
This is a recipe I found in my Better Homes & Gardens magazine (purchased for our long plane ride to France). I always like adding a little crunch to my yogurt and fruit in the morning and this recipe looked pretty straight forward with nutritious ingredients and not bundles of sugar. So I tore out the page to give the recipe a try. It was so incredibly easy to make and I had all but one ingredient already in my pantry! I definitely recommend throwing a batch together. Kyle took one bite while it was cooling and asked if we could go ahead and make a second batch, ha. I hope you are able to incorporate this into your breakfasts and snacks. If you have questions, I’ll be over here whipping up a second batch!
I’ve included the recipe for this Coconut - Flax Oat Crisp Below
1 cup regular rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsp. almond or peanut butter (I used Sun Butter)
1 tbsp. honey
1/8 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. chia seeds or flaxseed meal (I used flaxseeds)
Prepare oven to 325 degrees F.
Coat a 15 x 10 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a food processor, combine oats, oat bran, coconut, brown sugar, and flour.
Process until finely ground.
Add nut butter, 2 tbsp. water, the honey, baking soda, and 1/8 tsp. salt. Process until combined.
Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in the chia or flax seeds (mixture will be crumbly)
Press oat mixture firmly into prepared pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool in pan on a wire rack. (Mixture crisps as it cools)
Release oat mixtue from pan. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition Info, per serving (analysis from Better Homes & Gardens magazine):
169 calories, 7 g fat, 75 mg sodium, 25 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 5 g pro
I went to brunch here this weekend to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The restaurant is tucked back in the shopping center off of Oak Lawn where the Zoe’s, East Hampton and Haystacks are. The restaurant is full of light from all the windows. The area where we sat felt like we were dining in a tree house. I loved it! There menu isn’t huge but they do have a variety of options. I got the divorciados, which is basically two tacos with two different salsas served over beans and rice. Friends around me also got the migas and tacos and those looked delicious as well. I loved that the ingredients tasted fresh and portions were not out of control huge. Kyle and I are always looking for Sunday brunch spots so I’m sure I’ll be back!
These were my favorite weekend finds! If you have questions about any of these recipes or the restaurant, please comment below and I’ll be sure to get back with you!