Burger and Fries: Healthified

I owe the tastiness of tonight’s dinner to my favorite grill master:

Grillin' Machine

After work and an hour-long walk with Sadie, Ryan headed out to the backyard to grill up some chicken breasts for him and a big portobello mushroom cap for me.

That man is a grillin’ machine! He always gets it just right.

The Side

Before we left on our walk with Sadie, I prepared our yummy side.

Preppin' the Side

Turnip fries!

While we were on our walk, we let the fries bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, after spraying them with cooking spray and sprinkling them with salt, pepper and chili powder.

Turnip Fries

Of course we enjoyed a squirt of ketchup on the side because fries aren’t complete without it!

Burger ‘n’ Fries

Once my portobello “burger” was ready, I placed it on a honey wheat sandwich thin and topped it with lettuce and light Miracle whip.

Burger 'n' Fries


This was quite the healthy take on a typical burger and fries, huh?

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Post That Nutritional Info!

Hooray for HoneyBaked Ham!

Ryan’s mom sent us home with a large bag of leftover HoneyBaked Ham from yesterday’s big Easter lunch. Ryan enjoyed a big ham and cheese sandwich for dinner last night which inspired my lunch today.

I wanted a ham sandwich!

Monday's Lunch

I enjoyed my sandwich with a side of roasted turnip fries and ketchup.

Turnip Fries + Ham Sandwich

For dessert I dug into my Easter candy and enjoyed two Dove dark chocolate eggs.

Dark Chocolate Eggs

So smooth and so creamy!

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Posting Nutritional Information

How did I miss this!?

Apparently a couple weeks ago, a new health law was passed that will require chain restaurants with more than 20 locations, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s, to post calorie information on their menus and drive through signs.

Additionally, nutritional information must be displayed for foods sold in vending machines.

This information should be available as soon as 2011.

How do you feel about restaurants posting nutritional information?

I think this is awesome. With the growing rate of obesity in the United States, I think it is so important for people to have adequate nutritional information to make educated decisions about what they choose to put into their bodies. Whether they choose to ignore the information is up to them, but at least it’s out there and visible.

Tackling Turnips

(Side note: I love alliteration and I apologize that so many of my post titles reflect my abnormal love for it since I know it’s totally cheesy! 🙂 ) 

Tonight I tackled turnips! 

I purchased a bunch of turnips at the grocery store at the beginning of the week and put off making them until tonight because I was highly intimidated! What does a turnip even taste like!? 

I read about different preparation techniques and decided I’d try roasting them since I typically like any veggie roasted. 

Since the weather was once again beyond gorgeous, I took the opportunity to peel and chop the turnips in the backyard while psycho dog ran around with her various stuffed pig toys. 


Got the Pig!

I always knew Sadie was a veggie lover (broccoli is her favorite), but she shocked me once again by loving the turnip peels! She couldn’t get enough! 

Before long, I had a big Tupperware container full of turnip “fries.” 

*Note the Turnip Mooch at the Bottom Right*

I then tossed the turnip fries in olive oil, salt, pepper and chili powder and cooked them in the oven at 415 degrees for 20 minutes before flipping them and cooking them for an additional 15 minutes. 

Turnip Fries

I served the turnip fries along with a big squirt of ketchup. 

Ready for Dippin'

With Ketchup

The fries were pretty darn good! They reminded me a bit of potatoes but with the texture of butternut squash fries. When I dipped them in ketchup they reminded me of the extra-greasy, flimsy French fries. Mmm! 

Of course the fries weren’t substantial enough for a dinner, so I prepped my third bowl of spaghetti squash in two days. 

Dinner Bowl

Veggie Overload

As good as the turnip fries and spaghetti squash bowl were, dessert was even better! 

Reese's Egg

Reese’s eggs are even better than Reese’s peanut butter cups. I think they have extra peanut butter and that’s always a good thing. 😀

Time to pack for Easter weekend at my parents’ and Ryan’s family’s house!