It is a sad, sad day. I mentioned a couple weeks ago, that I had realized that beef kinda doesn’t like me. Totally makes my body’s inflammatory response kick in. Which, hey, kinda sucks, but I’m willing to tolerate a temporary weight gain of a couple of days to have a good steak or burger.
This morning I’m sitting here feeling about like I’ve been hit by a truck after last night’s beef stir fry (which wasn’t even GOOD…I screwed up the sauce). This is not merely feeling uncomfortably bloated, I feel BAD. Like too tired to get up and exercise this morning. Which makes me want to cry, y’all, because I cannot tell you how much I really love beef. Burgers are practically a sacred event in our house. But my body doesn’t lie, and I really need to limit my beef consumption.
:eyes weekend which begins with steak dinner for MIL’s birthday tonight, cookout with burgers on Saturday, and carne asada for a Cinco de Mayo party on Sunday:
We’d make good Texans.
Sunday’s easy enough. I’ll just prepare some chicken in the same kind of marinade as the carne asada and we’ll have both. And I can pick up a pack of non-beef hot dogs for tomorrow. Tonight I’ll eat steak. And maybe I’ll have enough self restraint (or lingering blah) not to eat the whole damn thing.
At some point, I want to pick up some organic beef to try, to see if it’s truly the beef or if it’s something IN the beef (NOT thinking about Food, Inc. right now…). But moving forward, I’m going to have to come up with some alternatives. As Susan (who went pretty much vegetarian some time ago) put it, the trick to alterna-burgers is to appreciate them for what they are, not what you want them to be–non beef that tastes like beef. Which is true.
But I want to find some kind of burger that will satisfy a CRAVING for a BURGER. I’m not talking veggie patties (although I do have a great recipe for black bean burgers). I’m thinking, turkey, chicken, maybe pork. My few forays into this arena in the past have not gone particularly well. No doubt because hubby and I wanted beef, damn it. Turkey burgers have tended to be flavorless and DRY, and I haven’t sorted out any kind of recipe or level of seasoning for something like that.
So HIT ME with your best alterna-burger recipes. I’m not fool enough to think I’ll be able to put this past hubby (although, honestly, when you use that much A1, do you still actually taste the meat underneath?), so it’ll probably be mostly for me, something I cook alongside burgers for the normal people.