I realize that I'm posting everything today so there wasn't exactly time to plan if you wanted to get started right away. You don't have to eat this tonight... eat it later or use it as an example of the simple things that everyone is capable of cooking. Check out the week 1 file to see how you can prepare for this meal and the two other meals this week.
Veggie Burger Pitas, french fries, sliced apple
Veggie Burger Pitas
Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:25 min
1 package (12.8 oz) frozen vegetarian burgers (4 burgers)
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium onion, cut into thin slices
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (3 oz)
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 pita breads (6 inches in diameter), cut in half to form pockets
4 leaves red leaf lettuce
2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped cucumber
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
Heat oven to 450°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Place burgers on one side of pan. Place bell pepper, onion and mushrooms on other side of pan. Spray vegetables with cooking spray for about 3 seconds; sprinkle with seasoned salt.
On another pan arrange your french fries. Put both pans in the oven together.
Bake 10 minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan. Turn burgers and vegetables; bake 5 to 8 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender and burgers are hot. The fries may need more or less time; keep an eye on them.
Core and slice your apples while everything is cooking.
In small bowl, mix topping ingredients. Spread topping on insides of pita bread halves. Fill each pita bread half with lettuce, burger and vegetables.
I know what you're thinking. Veggie burgers? Frozen french fries? Aren't those convenience foods? Yes, but we're doing baby steps, remember? As you learn more cooking techniques we'll be adding in more and more fresh food. This menu is an exercise in preparation and juggling three meal components at once.