Spring Has Sprung and the Blog is Back!

It’s only taken me about four months, but I’m thrilled to be back on blog duty!

Spring has arrived in DC and with it, a lot of changes! I started a new job a few weeks ago that I’m really excited about, partially because it will allow me to travel as part of my work, and also because it takes me back to working with a team of people I had worked with previously,  who I really respect and enjoy working with. It’s the perfect combination!

The other benefit of this new job is that it frees up a bit more of my schedule so I have more time to cook new dishes during the week. I used to cook one meal on Sunday that could last me a few days and then keep ingredients for a pretty basic salad on hand in case I wasn’t able to take time to cook during the week. It worked, but now that I have more free time, I’m really enjoying being able to come home, heat up the oven and cook a meal while I unwind from a day at the office.

Which leads us to the part of this post in which I rave about what I made for dinner tonight.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am a girl who loves a good burger. I may not always order them when I go out for a meal, but to me, nothing says “Winter is over, it’s springtime!” like a good burger. Ideally this burger would be grilled, but as I live in a highrise where the condo association frowns upon open flames on my balcony, I’ve settled for making them in a skillet on my stove.

Now that it is officially springtime in DC/Northern Virginia, it seems a fitting time as ever to make a burger, open the windows (once I finally buy patio furniture, I’ll sit outside on my balcony! So excited.), and unwind from a day at the office. I had burger-making materials ready to go in my fridge, but this afternoon I had an idea for something a bit more exciting. Earlier in the week I made a Greek salad with roasted red peppers, red onion, tomatoes, feta and tzatziki and had tons of chopped veggies left over. I’m using a bunch of them in salads and a few sandwiches later this week, but they also seemed like great toppings for a Greek burger!

There isn’t really a recipe for this, it’s mostly just a bunch of toppings on a bun with a burger, but here’s what I put on my burger:

Ashley’s Everyday Greek Burger

– Ground beef patty seasoned with a bit of seasoning salt, garlic powder and pepper (you could use turkey or a veggie burger and I think it would work just as well, and I’m tempted to try this with ground lamb for a “gyro burger”)
– Whole wheat sandwich thin (I didn’t have buns in my pantry, so I used a sandwich thin and it actually worked really well
– Tzatziki Sauce
– Tomatoes (diced)
– Cucumber (diced)
– Red Onion (diced)
– Roasted red pepper (I tossed mine into the skillet with the burger after it cooked, just to warm them up a bit)
– Crumbled Feta Cheese

Pile all toppings on the sandwich thin and enjoy!

Thanks for hanging in there while the blog was offline for a bit! I’m looking forward to sharing so many new and exciting recipes and food adventures with all of you!



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