Pictured above is the dinner I prepared tonight. I grew up eating really healthy food, but as an adult I haven’t always been the best food choices, resulting in weight gain and general discontent (really). I’m trying to get back to eating healthy foods, while still enjoying eating at restaurants, and eating some meat. I didn’t eat red meat until I moved to Los Angeles. Well, in Santa Fe I timidly tried a bite or two of a few things, but I didn’t accept eating it until I moved here. Now I like it, but only if it’s really well prepared. But before I get into my red meat lust convo, I’d like to describe what I ate tonight. For this evening’s meal I prepared a filet of salmon, grilled veggies and warm beets. To prepare the salmon I preheated the oven to 350 degrees, put the filet in some tin foil (in a pan), added a little olive oil, fresh squeezed ginger, smushed garlic, soy sauce, and maple syrup. Baked for 25 minutes (half with foil closed, half open). For the veggies (broccolini, portobello mushrooms, brussels sprouts) I doused them in olive oil, salt, pepper and Trader Joe’s 21 herb seasoning. Then I grilled them on my grill pan. For the beets, I will admit, I just opened the package of steamed beets from Trader Joe’s. Got to love that place! My favorite grocery store by far.
Now, to the red meat. I tried a few burgers in LA last fall: In N Out and 5 Guys. They were decent. I liked them. Couldn’t really taste the meat with all the topics on them–which was probably good to start. Then this past semester Max took me to Umami Burger and I feel IN LOVE. I got the Hatch Burger. Having lived in New Mexico for a long time, I felt it was my duty to try a burger claiming to have real Hatch green chiles on them. The burger comes on the most delicious bun I’ve ever tasted–great texture and doesn’t get too soggy. The meat is soft and flavorful and topped with chopped green chiles and home-made white gooey cheese. Melt in your mouth delicious.
If I hadn’t already eaten, I’d be hungry!