One thing we all would like to have more of is time. Am I right? So, when it comes to preparing supper/dinner when you’ve just crashed in through the door after a long day and all you want to do is hold a hot plate of food and veg out in front of the tv, the thought of having to “slave” over the stove is enough to make you crazy. But think of is this way: by the time it takes you to defrost a ready-made meal from the supermarket, or to fix up a sandwich you, could’ve made a fresh, home-made hot meal. I know, believe me I know, you can’t be bothered (we’ve all had the cereal dinners), but trust me, you can thank yourselves later when you sit down to your awesome quick meal.
I almost didn’t want to publish this because it looks way too simple. But that’s the beauty of it. Sometimes all you want is actual food. Not decorated plates and something that requires one-off ingredients.
What did I make? A burger pattie with peas. How simple was that?! I’ve been craving a burger lately, but I could never eat the burger and the bun AND the fries. I would always either have half salad, half fries, or all salad and forget the bun. So having my burger pattie alongside veggies, perfect.
Before I get to the specifics of the recipe, I would like to say this is the quantity for one person for one dinner, so double it or triple it if you like, it’s easy.
Ingredients for the burger pattie:
1/2 cup minced beef (feel free to do any mix of meats you like, pork, beef, turkey, chicken etc)
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 an onion, minced (or even 1/4 depending of the size)
1 (1 1/2) tsp rolled oats
salt & pepper to taste (I know you’re seasoning raw meat & can’t taste it, but I always eye-ball this, sorry)
1/4 tsp sweet red paprika
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
3/4 tsp herbes de Provence (or any other mix of dried herb spices, but please not the Herbes de Provence mix you find with lavender! If you have it, some fresh chopped parsley is really nice too)
1 glug of olive oil, for frying
1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients by hand & form a pattie. (as you can I didn’t use an egg as the biding agent, but it is honestly not necessary)
2. Heat up the olive oil in the frying pan, & fry the pattie couple of minutes per side. (I always lower the heat by a bit, ’cause well you don’t want it to burn, do you now?)
3. Depending how well or medium done you want your pattie, it’s you to you to decide when to remove it from the frying pan. If you are using anything but beef, you should cook it a bit longer than you would normally a beef pattie.
Ingredients for peas:
1 (1 1/2) cup frozen peas
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 onion minced (or even just a 1/4)
salt & pepper to taste
dill, chopped, fresh or frozen (I love dill, so I can’t honestly tell you how much to use, feel free to adjust to your taste)
1/2 bouillon cube dissolved in 1/2 cup (3/4 cup) water (if not using a bouillon cube, then just use some stock, whether chicken, veggie or beef stock, or even just plain old water is fine)
a glug of olive oil
1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan & fry up the onions & garlic.
2. Once softened, add the peas & stir to coat around with the oilve oil.
3. Add the stock & salt & pepper & cover with a lid. Let it come to a boil & lower the heat & let it simmer for a few minutes.
4. It should be getting about done when almost all the liquid has evaporated. If you like to have a little jus left, then cook it until you are happy with what is left in the saucepan. Stir in the dill.
I know someone who would say that it looks like a Mensa meal (that would be the university cafeteria in Germany), but considering how incredibly well we ate there, I am taking that as a compliment!
It seriously took less than 30 minutes to prepare this meal. If you are feeling creative, what you can do is fry up some bacon, in that case reduce the amount of olive oil, remove the bacon, and then in the same sauce pan continue with the recipe & stir in the bacon once you are done. That in itself could be a quick lunch. Or you can add some carrots! Orange & green, what better than some colour in your plate! 🙂
I hope you enjoy your dinner as much as I enjoyed mine, because it was scrumptious!