I always say I have 3 criteria for a weeknight meal. It has to be delicious, nutritious and easy to make. But recently, I realized there really is a 4th must-have. It has to be easy enough to make to talk on the phone with at least one of my family members at the same time. I talk to my mom, dad, and brother pretty much every day. But whenever I have a tough day, I call Sean first. Yesterday was a rough day. I feel like I’m in Kindergarten writing this but..yesterday someone was mean to me. And just like I did when I actually was in Kindergarten, I went straight to Sean. Back then Sean would take care of things pretty directly. I remember mentioning to Sean that one of the boys in my class was making fun of my height. The very next day, he gave the kid a good firm talking to, and that boy never bothered me again. Just last year, one of my best friends from grade school admitted to still being a little afraid of my brother thanks to that incident. Nowadays, he can’t exactly yell at anyone who hurts my feelings. So instead, he gives me great advice. He told me not to let things that happen during the work day bother me so much. Because at the end of the day, I get to come home to a wonderful husband, great friends, and the best family on earth. And in the end, people can only make you feel bad if you let them. And just like that, I was back to my happy, perky self. Every girl should have a brother like mine.
And now back to dinner. These chicken burgers have already become a favorite in our household. All you need is ground chicken and a few seasonings and you have an incredibly delicious dinner. The use of dry Ranch seasoning adds a great kick to the chicken, and pairs really well with the barbeque sauce of your choice
Ingredients: Makes 4 burgers
1 pound ground chicken
3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons dry Ranch dressing (unprepared)
1 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
barbeque sauce to taste
Place first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly until well combined. (I found it was easiest to use my hands to mix everything together)
Form 4 even patties
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and cook each patty for 1 minute per side, just until the patty has slightly browned
Take the browned patties out of the pan and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, or until done
Place on a bun, adding barbeque sauce or any topping you’d like
Once the last present has been unwrapped and the last Christmas cookie has been eaten, I can’t help but feel a little sad. I look forward to Christmas all year, so once the season comes to a close I’m usually hit with a dose of post Holiday blues. But it always helps getting over the blues when you have something to look forward to. And 4 years ago, I had something pretty exciting to look forward to on December 26th. A first date. And not just any first date, but a first date with my good friend Eric. He came out to my hometown to see me and didn’t even ask for directions. I found this very impressive. And when he arrived at my house, he didn’t call or text me from his car, but he actually came to the door to pick me up. My dad and brother found this very impressive. I was so excited to be going out with Eric that I really didn’t put much thought into where we should go to dinner. So when he asked me where I would like to go, I picked the closest restaurant to my house. And the food was terrible. But Eric didn’t mind and we had a great time anyway. In fact, at the end of the night I had a feeling that it would be my last “first date.” And I was right. And this year, my post Christmas blues has been appeased by the fact that in a few short months I get to marry my best friend. So on this Friday after Christmas I thought I would share a meal that I recently made for Eric which far surpassed the crappy burgers we ate on our first date. I found this recipe for Chicken Parmesan Burgers on Courtney’s blog Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. And I gotta say, it is probably the best dinner recipe I have ever found on the blog world. The burgers are full of flavor and will definitely be a repeat meal for us. And they are also incredibly easy to whip up. Enjoy!