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Hamburger Patties

Since Hubby needs to be out the door soon after I get home, quick meals are important.

Hamburgers are one meal that can be put on the table quickly.  Cook up some fries with it or serve some potato chips to serve with the hamburgers.  Add some raw veggies and you have a complete meal.

Hint about the hamburgers – Shape the patty and then put an indentation in the middle.  This will allow the patty to retain it’s shape as it cooks.

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Hamburger Patties

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Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1 to 2 lbs of ground beef (80% or 85%) – The more fat the juicer they will be
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  •  2 Tbsp. dried minced onion or grated fresh onion
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. of your favorite seasoning

Steps:

  1. Heat up a skillet to med. high heat or preheat your indoor grill.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the meat, Worcestershire sauce, onion, and seasoning.
  3. Mix together but don’t over mix.
  4. Form into patties and make sure to make an indentation in the middle.  (My patties are the size of my hand cupped. )
  5. Cooked until cooked through.  If on griddle, turn after about 3 to 5 minutes. Allow to cook for 3 to 5 more minutes.
    Hamburger is cooked thoroughly when its internal temperature is 160 degrees.
  6. Enjoy either on a bun or without a bun.  Top with your favorite toppings.  We had thousand island sandwich spread and cheddar cheese on our burgers.

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Homemade Thousand Island Sandwich Spread

When I was in college back in the 1990’s, I worked at McDonald’s.  I usually worked at the front counter, front drive-thru, or back drive through.  Hubby knew I was someone special because I would take an order, take money, and be eating my dinner in the office next to the drive-thru all at the same time.  He couldn’t believe I could multi-task like that.

One of the great benefits of working at McDonald’s was the free food.  As a poor college student, it was greatly appreciated.  I loved Big Macs and chicken nuggets with hot mustard sauce and sweet and sour sauce.  Yes, I know chicken nuggets from McDonald’s are not real chicken nuggets.

The special sauce on the Big Mac’s was one of my favorite parts of the sandwich.  I’ve made a homemade version of the special sauce.  It’s absolutely delicious.

Homemade Thousand Island Sandwich Spread

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp. mayo
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. pickle relish
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (not pictured above)

Steps:

  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Mix together until well combined.
  3. Serve on your favorite hamburger or sandwich.
  4. Enjoy!

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One Pan Pork Chop Dinner

This is an easy meal to impress your guests with.

On Sundays, we usually eat dinner with my mother-in-law.  It’s a tradition that started when Hubby and I were just married.  My father-in-law usually made the dinner.  When he died, we continued the tradition.  Sometimes I make the dinner.  Other times my mother-in-law makes the dinner.  Then there are times we eat out for Sunday dinner.

This is one dinner that I made for our Sunday dinner.  It was easy to put together.  It’s important to make sure the pork chops are thin cut so they bake in the same amount of time as the veggies.  Serve bread on the side to make a whole meal.

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Prior to going into the oven

One Pan Pork Chop Dinner

adapted from Eat at Home

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 4 to 6 thin cut pork chops
  • 1 lb. fingerling potatoes or red or yellow potatoes cut into either halves or quarters depending on their size
  • 3 – 4 c. cut veggies (I used broccoli and zucchini)
  • your favorite seasoning mix
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brush Extra Virgin Olive Oil on a big baking sheet.
  3. Toss the potatoes in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and coat with salt and pepper.  Place on the cookie sheet
  4. Toss the veggies in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and coat with salt and pepper.  Place on the cookie sheet next to the potatoes.
  5. Place the pork chops in the remaining space on the sheet or on another baking sheet.  Coat with your favorite seasoning.
  6. Bake at 425 for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pork chops are fully cooked (145 degrees Fahrenheit) and potatoes are tender.
  7. Enjoy with a salad and/or favorite bread.

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