Healthy and Sane

Summer grilling

July 3rd, 2010 · 11 Comments · breakfast, burgers, Cooking Light, ice cream, man meals, Uncategorized

I love summer. Did I mention that already? hehe. Yeah, I’m a big fan! :mrgreen: Right now I’m sitting by the pool, blogging, and soaking up the sunshine. I hope you are up to something very similar (perhaps also with a laptop on your lap, looking for something to read… just like me? I told you I’m an addict. 😉 ). So here are a few eats to make your mouth water… and a burger recipe that you should try if you’re doing some summer grilling over the next few days (or months :) ).


FFL english muffin with crunchy Barney Butter and fresh local strawberries + coffee (of course)

Mmm, these guys were so sweet! Produce really is so much better during peak season. I’m eating as many strawberries as I can these days because in a few weeks there won’t be much of these berries at the farmers market. PS – english muffin + almond butter + any fruit is a great combo… and I mean ANY. Try it! :)


Abs + spin classes. My abs were on fire (and somehow I did more today – I don’t learn! :) ). I had 2 almond stuffed medjool dates before my workout. Dates are a great pre-workout fuel!


Leftover pasta with roasted tomatoes, garlic and white beans. It was a bit better the next day, I guess the flavors developed. 😀

Since it was July 3rd and our office was looking pretty dead, I left around 3 to hit up the farmers market and do other grocery shopping before the long weekend. Eventually hunger hit…


TJ’s Tuscan Pane with Samira’s Homemade baba ganoush and roasted beets

You know all about my obsession with all of the above ingredients so I won’t bore you. 😎


This was my favorite meal of the day. I just love having a grill and the best part about it is that I still get to cook something special. We don’t just throw premade patties on the grill and call it a day.

On the menu for this Friday night, we had a “man meal” as per Adam’s request. I interpret it as pizza, steak & cheese subs or burgers. Last night it wasn’t just any burger though – we made spicy poblano burgers with chipotle cream (recipe here, I didn’t make the pickled onions for obvious reasons :) ).

I made the patties, Adam did the grilling. The burgers were expertly grilled. He’s becoming good 😀

Instead of pickled onions, I topped my burger with sauerkraut.

Wow, this was one good burger! A little spicy from the roasted poblano peppers, nice and moist from the addition of soft bread and smoky and hot from the chipotle cream. The chipotle cream is $$$, I tell ya.

Corn on the cob, just simply grilled. For some things, simple is best. 😀

Dinner all together. This was an awesome man meal that can be enjoyed by a lady like myself. 😉

After dinner our friends came over for a few drinks on our patio. The weather was gorgeous! I had 2 glasses of the Perducci sustainable white.

This is a great general white – pretty smooth and not very sweet. I’m a fan. :)

Lastly, no day can be complete without dessert. Tiffany requested chocolate mint ice cream which I attempted to lighten up by using 2% milk and half-and-half instead of whole milk and heavy cream, but for some reason it wouldn’t harden. 😕 Does anyone know why? Instead, we had chocolate mint milkshakes with oreo cookie pieces. And yes, we spiked them up with a bit of Bailey’s mint.

It was one good night. 😉

All right, the boys are getting rowdy in the pool so before this post costs me my laptop, I’m going to sigh off. Have a great weekend everyone!!! :mrgreen:

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11 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Burger looks mouth-watering! I love anything chipotle (actually, anything spicy). Enjoy the holiday weekend!

  • #2 - Liz

    love the sound of the chipotle cream on the burger!

  • #3 - Ashley @ thehungryscholar

    Look like a great night!

    I wish I owned a grill!

  • #4 - Chef Dennis

    sounds like you had a great day, that chipotle cream sounded oh so good!

  • #5 - Heather

    I heart grilled corn on the cob! In fact, I hope to have some tomorrow!! :)
    Have a great 4th!

  • #6 - Shannon

    oh, so many wonderful things here, that burger sounds fantastic! and corn, *swoon*, pool… ~sigh~ not sure about the ice cream, your changes shouldn’t have resulted in soup :/

  • #7 -

    i saw that starbucks mug at Value Village.. i was going to get it cuz usually their cups are like 1$ except they wanted 5.99 so i didnt get it. lol random fact i thought id throw in

    that chipotle reminds me of tartar sauce which got me drooling! im sure it would taste just as good, or argueably better! <3

  • #8 - Meghan@traveleatlove

    Mmmm I could go for a burger. . . that looks great! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • #9 - Laura

    you love summer? what? really???? never woulda guessed 😉 hehehe! i love it too although sadly in scotland we don’t get very much sun! when we do though, everyone seems to go CRAZY and out come the white shorts and pale coloured thisrts! i’d love to be able to sit by the pool on a hot summer day!! fab!

    some gorgeous looking eats..and the dessert sounds scurmptious;) shame it didn’t turn out like ice cream…but a milkshake sounds just as nice! xx

  • #10 - Liz

    I just saw that burger posted on Cooking Light’s twitter a couple days ago and thought it looked delicious – glad to hear a good review!

    Since we live in an apartment, we can’t have a grill, but I used to love grilling when I lived with my parents. It’s great to have everything out there – burgers, veggies, etc. We have an indoor/outdoor George Foreman grill that I like, but it’s just not the same :/

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