EATS!: Friday Night’s Dinner — Stuffed burgers, sweet potato fries, salad

Friday was a semi-busy day!

Friday is my day off, so essentially, Friday is my Saturday.

Thus, there was lots to do! And it was still in the 90s with dewpoints in the 70s. Hot and sticky for the fourth or fifth day!

I was looking forward to the storms that were expected to roll through and cool us off, but alas, they did not come to be 😦

Friday started with laundry at the laundromat. Thankfully, only four loads, versus NINE last weekend.

I woke up, threw the laundry in the washer at the laundromat, and then came home and showered — which was relieving in this heat!

Then, I finished getting ready, and headed back to the laundromat to throw the laundry into the dryer.

Finally, it was time to run errands — including a stop at Trader Joe’s to pick up ingredients for Friday Night’s Dinner!

http://www.traderjoes.com/

This is not an endorsement or anything, BUT — If you have one near you, go!

I enjoyed this stop at Trader Joe’s because I may avoid the store for the next few weeks, as the intersection that allows me to connect with Trader Joe’s (what is, as I’ve learned, the second largest intersection in the state) is closing down due to construction. Yikes!

On the menu for Friday night: Stuffed cheeseburgers, sweet potato fries and salad.

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When the errands were finished, I picked up Hatchet and took him for a short car ride, and then picked up a McDonald’s vanilla cone for him — since it was hotter than Hades out AGAIN!

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He DOWNED the cone. We ate it outside, as it melted within seconds.

Sadly, his mommy (me) let him eat it too fast and really enjoy it. When we got inside, he barfed 😦

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So no treats for Hatchet for the rest of the afternoon!

Dinner was prepped later Friday night.

First up, baking the bacon in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. I employed the boyfriend to monitor this while I showered, as I was sticky from the summer weather today!

The bacon turned out PERFECT!

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Next up, stuffing the burgers.

We each had 4oz. of grass-fed beef (85% lean) to work with (from Trader Joe’s), and some onion steakhouse burger seasoning from Pick ‘N Save.

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I decided to stuff my burger with avocado. I ended up splitting my 4oz. of beef into four patties — 2 patties per burger.

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I formed the base patty, sliced 1/4 of an avocado that I piled on top, and then formed another patty that I squeezed over the avocado.

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The boyfriend got a little more creative, stuffing his burger with bacon and block cheddar cheese. He also made his burger thicker, using about 3/4 of the beef for his stuffed burger.

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On the side, was some frozen sweet potato fries from Trader Joe’s. Paleo? Not if you’re the Paleo police — but we oven-baked them, and in my book it’s better than regular fries!

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A second side dish was a spinach salad-in-a-bag from Trader Joe’s. This salad came with a packet that included pecans, bleu cheese, raisins, and a raspberry vinagrette.

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I added sun dried tomatoes I happened to have on hand — also from Trader Joe’s.

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Yes, I injured myself again. Sliced my (burnt) thumb while slicing an avocado 😦

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While parusing Trader Joe’s, I came upon a “Hummus” salad dressing.

Is it Paleo? Again, not if you’re the Paleo police.

However, I felt it was healthier than other salad dressings, and decided to give it a try. Is this something I’ll eat every day? No. It’s more like my version of a “treat.”

Hummus Salad Dressing is my new addiction. Haha! So, so, SO good. I definitely cannot buy it again for AWHILE.

This dinner was a bit involved, but that’s what weekend dinners are all about!

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Everything turned out great — though if I could change one thing — I would have pulled the burgers from the oven sooner. They got a little more cooked than I would have liked, and the boyfriend echoed that sentiment.

Here’s the boyfriend’s dinner!

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