Avert Your Eyes

November 14th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time

Children with Granny, the man off with some friends, I had the joy of making lunch in total peace and quiet this afternoon.

And I had a hankering for a veggie burger.

Veggie Burger Mash

1 can of black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed
1/4 c ground flax seed
3 Tbsp bone suckin’ bbq sauce

When I was getting out veggies for burger toppings, I spotted some mushrooms hiding in the back of the fridge. Into the burger mix they went.

Oh Looky Looky! Mushrooms!

Shhhhh, listen? Do you hear that? Just a quiet burger sizzle and a gentle bubble of my veggies steaming.


I had a little lunch date with a certain boyfriend, we had a few things to go over.

Lunch is Served

Brendan approves. Mostly. The Bone Suckin’ Sauce is pretty innocent but with his glasses on I can’t tell if he’s giving me the evil eye over that one or not.

Brendan Approves

On an Ezekiel roll with mustard, sliced dill pickle, red leaf lettuce and a side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower drizzled with another tablespoon or so of bbq sauce, just because.

Lunch Date

The veggie burger mix make 3 nice sized patties, about 170 calories per patty.

My quiet afternoon wore on and soon we had to run off and fetch our children from my mom’s house. And eat dinner there too. How convenient.

Some yummy appetizers – mushroom and artichoke bruchetta on rice crackers.

Mushroom Artichoke Bruchetta

Food Should Taste Good jalapeno chips,

Food Should Taste Good Jalapeno

to go with pink bean and salsa dip.

Salsa and Pink Bean Dip

Tossed salad

With Salad

and Moong Dahl with spinach for dinner. Served with naan.

Moong Dahl

Why is everything your mother makes so good?

After dinner, there was trouble brewing. Ultimate White Cake from the Wegmans bakery kind of trouble.

Ultimate White Cake

Oh uh – big trouble. Big, thick, delicious, vanilla trouble.

Don't Look Brendan

Don’t look Brendan.

Blind Fold Brendan

Trust me, it got ugly. I must spare you. It burns! It buuuuurns!

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15 Responses

  • Bernadette says:

    Wow that was a delicious looking dinner your mom made! Did she make that cake?? I can never get my frosting to look nice and tidy like that! Sounds like you had a nice peaceful day with no kiddos and no hubs… it’s always nice to have those. You don’t realize how much noise comes along with kids until they’re not there!

    Have a great evening!!

  • Cindy says:

    you covered his eyes! Way to go!

    I am addicted to those food should taste good chips…The Works and the sweet potato one. I think I have to stop buying them!

    WHITE CAKE IS THE BEST. I even like cake batter ice cream at Cold Stone.
    (have those in NY)?
    Nice Mama time Mama!
    I worked my butt off today!
    Brendan says SIT…and I am not.
    okay…off to go SIT and do nothing!

  • Mama Pea says:

    Brenden is everywhere. He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so send me the rest of the the cake.

  • Tay says:

    bahahah I can’t tell you how hard I laughed when I got to the picture of Brendan with his magenetic eyes. Laughed so hard it brought my cough back – dang you 😉

  • Erica says:

    hahahhaha hilarious. I really want to read Thrive. Its on my list of things to pickup. Glad you enjoyed your peaceful day.

  • Julie says:

    Wow, that dinner looks delish. You mom is so gourmet.

    You veggie burgers look good and easy to make…did you cook the other 2 patties, then freeze them, or freeze them uncooked? I have made veggie burgers before and cooked them then froze them and when I went to eat the last one it was stale and hard as a rock. I had to chuck it.

    • Alison says:

      I keep the left over burger mash in the fridge and then shape them into patties right before eating. I said it made three patties but I only made one, and I know there’s enough left to make two more.

  • Jennifer says:

    What a yummy looking dinner. I’ve never heard of Moong Dahl before. Is it a type of pasta? I would have definitely found a home for that cake,too. (haha) Sounds like the perfect day!:)

  • Lizzy says:

    i need to learn to make my own veggie burgers like yours, i love them so much but seem to be one of those lazy kinds and always just buys them! i’m going to write down this recipe and just do it! :)

  • Erin says:

    Oooo I love dahl! I really need to make it soon. I think I’m also going to try to make some homemade almond butter today – will let you know how it turns out!

    That cake looks divine. I especially love how Ava is chillin out, maxin, relaxing at the table, eating her cake. No bigs.

  • Wonderful eats! And it sounds like you had a nice, quiet afternoon… I don’t really remember what that sounds like… Oh, that’s right, there is no sound…

  • Libby says:

    Too funny Alison. I don’t know how you come up with this stuff – covering Brendan’s eyes! But man does that cake look good….
    The burger looks fab too. I’ve yet to try making my own veggie burger but even this sounds like something I could easily make.