Clean Eating Day 8

(This post includes recipes for Homemade Crisps/Chips, Homemade Chips/Fries, Homemade Burgers + Buns)

Start of week 2, here we go!  Feeling great, ready to feel even better as the sugar/chocolate cravings slowly go away!

BREAKFAST: Homemade Granola with milk and Strawberries!

The granola recipe is available on Day 1. And we’ve run out of the yoghurt, so there is another batch in the slow cooker at the moment! That recipe is also on Day 1.

LUNCH: Turkey Sandwich and Homemade Crisps/Chips

Just a simple sandwich lunch, but I was feeling I could just really go for something salty and crispy to go with it. I had some potatoes and figured it couldn’t be too difficult to make my own crisps – que google.  Found a recipe and it actually worked quite well! The only thing is that you need to be able to slice your potato really thin. Here’s the quick and easy recipe.

Homemade Crisps/Chips

Ingredients
-1 Large Potato
-1 Tbsp Olive Oil
-Salt (if you want salt)

Directions
1.Slice potatoes VERY thin! Like almost paper thin. Peel on or off is up to personal choice.
2. Put the oil into a plastic bag, add in the sliced potatoes and shake around until potatoes are thinly covered.
3. Place potatoes, single layer, on a microwaveable plate and microwave for about 5 minutes.
4. Add any salt or other seasonings while they are still hot and not quite dry.
5. Allow to cool (this will make them crispy).

Notes
Microwave strengths vary, but the potatoes must have started to brown on the top before they are done. If you don’t let them brown, they won’t go crunchy!

DINNER: Homemade Burgers

Who doesn’t love a good burger? Who doesn’t love a good burger that tastes like a good burger but doesn’t have all the junk in it that store bought burgers do?  I found a very basic recipe for homemade burgers online last summer – unfortunately I can’t remember where, so I apologize for not passing on the credit – but I improvised with it…and still improvise with it every time I make it. But here is the general idea of it.

Homemade Burgers

Burger and Fries

Burger and Fries

Ingredients
-500g Mince (ground) beef
-1 egg
-2 slices of wholewheat bread crumbs (dried or fresh is fine)
-Spinach finely chopped
-salt
-Garlic powder
-seasonings you fancy (chili, smoked paprika, oregano, etc)

Directions
1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Mix until thoroughly combined. Get in there with your hands, it’s messy, but it’ll get the job done!
2. Form a ball in your hand and squish it together a bit. Place on a baking sheet or chopping board and press it down flat with your hand. If it cracks apart a bit, just mush it back together.
3. Heat up your BBQ to medium heat.  Place burger patties on the grill cook each side for approximately 8 minutes (depending on size of burger and desired “doneness”).
5. Put on a bun, top as desired and enjoy your homemade, and healthy burgers!

Notes
-I tend to put my burger patties in the fridge before I put them on the BBQ. I find this tends to help hold them together a bit more for when you put them onto the BBQ. It’s not necessary, but I think helpful. Even 20 minutes does the trick
-this recipe makes about 12-15 burgers that are about 2 and half inches across when raw (the do shrink on cooking).

 

I also made some homemade bun for these burgers since I couldn’t find any wholewheat ones in local shops (although I can’t say that I looked extensively). These buns turns out a bit denser than you would want a burger bun to be, but they tasted fine and did the trick. And I would use this recipe again to make some nice dinner rolls

 

Wholemeal/Wheat Buns

Ingredients
-1 1/4 cup warm water
-2 Tbsp yeast
-1 tsp salt
-1/4 cup brown sugar, or sugar, or honey
-1/3 cup oil
-1 egg, beaten
-3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions
1. In a large bowl combine water, yeast, sugar, oil, and salt. Allow to rest in a warm place for at least 15 minutes
2. Once it has sat, give it another good stir to mix in the yeast that should be frothy on the top. Add in the egg and flour and stir until a dough forms. It will be very sticky!
3. Divide the dough into approximately 12 balls and place these on a greased baking sheet.
4. Put into a preheated over of 250C for approximately 8 minutes.
5. Once done, remove from tray and place on a wire rack to  cool slightly.

Notes
This is the fastest bread I’ve ever made! It only require 15 minutes to sit and the results were fantastic! I would serve these warm as a dinner roll, but I allowed them to complete cook to use as a hamburger bun so that it wouldn’t fall apart when cut in half.

 

I also made some homemade chips/fries to go along with the burgers tonight!  These also were very easy to make! I love finding these easy recipes for things I love!

Homemade Chips/Fries

Ingredients
-2 Potatoes
-olive oil
-salt

Directions
1. Peel potatoes and cut into cm sticks
2. Put the sticks into a pot and allow to boil. Allow the water to boil for a couple minutes (this will help determine the softness of the inside of the fry).
3. Drain and spread out on a lightly greased baking sheet. Drizzle over a little bit of oil and stir around to help evenly coat everything.
4. Put into a 220C preheated oven. Cook for about 20 minutes, making sure you get at least one or two stirs in there.
5. They are done when they reach your desired level of brownness (some people like them soft and fluffy, some people like them crunchy).

Notes
-Don’t over boil the potatoes or they fall apart too easily. This doesn’t effect the taste of them, but they will be easier to work with if they aren’t TOO soft.

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