Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Can't-Get-Easier-Than-This-Burgers

Oh yes, I bet it can't get easier than these burgers! It was all devoted towards not wanting to put in any effort and still produce a nice healthy meal. These days I'm all about eating healthy. 

Well, not counting those 2 chocolate truffles I had yesterday or the delicious fried chicken the day before or some fritters I had a couple days back! But hey, atleast my intent to eat healthy is omnipresent. So what if I can't follow through with it all the time! We have only one life to live, so I do indulge. 

So to try to break away from that pattern, I give you these flavourful and yet relatively healthy burgers! 

If you are wanting to amp up the health quotient on the bread, use a multi grain bun or better still, make it a wrap, a whole wheat tortilla wrap! You can do quite a lot with the same ingredients. Just try to keep it fun, with a burst of bold flavours and colourful! 



Did you know that the more colourful the food in your diet, the more nutritious it tends to be?! Consider eating foods ranging from violets to blues to reds, greens, oranges, yellows till whites and then you see the difference in your health, stamina and appearance! 

And no, artificially coloured food doesn't count!

So lets see how we make these yummy burgers and a fat free salad to accompany it! 

Serves: 4

Time taken: 30 mins

Complexity: **


You'll need

For the Burger

4 Burger buns, halved horizontally
Butter to brush on the buns
1 medium head of lettuce
1 tomato, thinly sliced horizontally
1 red onion, sliced into half moons
1 green capsicum, thinly sliced horizontally
4 Medium sized chicken breasts
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
A Pinch of love

For the Salad

Lettuce left over from the burgers
1 tomato
1 red onion
1 cucumber
1 yellow capsicum
1 red capsicum
any left over green capsicum
2 oranges
3 scallions/ spring onions

Salad Dressing

Juice of one lemon
10-15 mint leaves
1"piece of ginger, grated
Pinch of rock salt (optional)

Method

First even out the chicken breasts by pounding them. Pierce with fork all over so that the marinade makes its way inside. 



Season with salt and pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano and garlic powder. Give it a good rub. Cover and rest aside for 20 minutes until you cut your vegetables. 

For the burgers, I used pickled onions. Simply chop the onions in half moons and squeeze juice of one lime and a pinch of salt over them. Rest aside for 10-15 mins till their colour turns a little pinkish. 

Heat your grill and brush it lightly with some olive oil. If you have a spray, use that instead. Grill the pieces of chicken breast on it. Make sure to collect all flavourful juices that accumulate in the dripping tray. Cook each side for about 3 mins depending on the size of the breast. Don't let it over cook and dry out. We want the chicken to be moist and juicy. 

Grill your burger buns as well. Just brush them with a little butter before placing them on the grill. This is just a cheat's way to omit any spreads on the burger.



Layer first with lettuce, tomatoes, green capsicum, then place the grilled chicken, drizzle a little bit of juice that you saved while you were grilling the chicken and top it up with the pickled red onions. Cover with the other half of the bun, blow a kiss and your burger's ready! 



As for the salad, when the chicken is marinating, cut the vegetables and combine everything in a bowl. 

Squeeze the lemon juice in a small jar, add the grated ginger, rock salt and the mint leaves to it for a couple minutes. Let the flavours blend together. Pour this dressing over the salad and toss well. Let it sit for about 10 minutes so that the dressing marinates the fruits and veggies. 



By the time your burger gets ready, your salad will be ready too. 

Plate up the burgers, take a large-ish serving of the salad and Indulge in the bright, colourful and zesty flavours, not to mention healthy too! :) 









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