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Healthy Saint Patrick's Day Dinner
On Friday’s, BurgerFit CEO Alane Boyd gets creative with BurgerFit burgers and Koops’ Mustard! Alane uses ingredients from her home to create deliciously, Healthy Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner recipes with Koops’ Organic Dijon mustard!
The perfect excuse to serve a green dinner
The perfect healthy Saint Patrick’s Day dinner recipes to get your kids eating greens! This Braised Collard Greens side dish and BurgerFit burger recipe are dairy-free, paleo, sugar-free, and gluten-free! Take full advantage of this green holiday as the perfect excuse to serve a green (and healthy!) dinner. It can also be the start of an epic sword fight with your kids using the stem of the collard greens!
Food play is a fun and important part of learning to eat new foods. Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be a struggle and when you feel like you’re not winning the battle, you have to get creative! Finding ways to engage them with healthy eating is key and it doesn’t always have to start with eating the new foods at first. I know we were always taught to not play with our food but for kids, it is a way to understand and familiarize themselves with something that isn’t at the top of their list of foods to eat. If you don’t have collards on hand for this recipe, kale works great too! Save those stems and have a good sword fight.
Collard greens are packed with nutrients and vitamins and can often be found in any season of the year. Although your kids may not instantly love braised collard greens, I encourage you to at least make them try one bite. At mealtime, I always put a small bite of food that I know my 5-year-old doesn’t like but he has to at least one bite. My rule is: You don’t have to like it but you have to at least try it. If you or your kid never tries something, then you will never know if you like it. Just make sure their plate has other foods that they know and love alongside the new food they are trying!
In the recipe, I used olive oil but you could use any cooking fat that you prefer to cook with: coconut oil, avocado oil, rendered lard, tallow, etc. You could even cook a little bacon first and use the grease from it to cook the collard greens in! Yum!
I love using the Koops’ Organic Dijon Mustard in the Collard Greens recipe but you can experiment with any of the Koops’ Mustards! Some other ones that I think would be great in this recipe are:
- Spicy Brown Koops’ Mustard
- Arizona Heat Koops’ Mustard
- Stone Ground Koops’ Mustard
- Honey Dijon Koops’ Mustard
Start playing with your food and have a sword fight with your kids using those collard green stems! -Alane
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Braised Collard Greens
- Heat a skillet on medium and add the olive oil.
- Add the onions and cook until fragrant and caramelized.
- While the onions are cooking, chop up the collard greens.
- Add the collard greens to the onions and cook until the greens start to wilt.
- Add the apple cider vinegar, curry powder, Organic Koops' Mustard, and honey and stir until thoroughly combined. Add in the water 1 tbsp at a time if it starts to stick to the pan.
- Turn down the heat to medium-low and continue cooking.
- Sprinkle in a pinch of the BurgerFit Smoked Salt.
- Move the collard greens to one side of the pan and add your BurgerFit burgers to cook.
- Replace collard greens with other hardy greens or a combination of greens such as swiss chard, kale, and spinach.
- Olive oil with any cooking fat that you prefer to cook with: coconut oil, avocado oil, rendered lard, tallow, etc. You could even cook a little bacon first and use the grease from it to cook the collard greens in! Yum!
- Cook up some bacon with it for added deliciousness
Green Beans, Collard Greens & Balsamic Vinegar Burger
- Heat a skillet on medium heat with 1 tablespoon cooking fat. Remove stems and rough chop the collard greens. Sauté the greens and green beans with ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Once the greens and green beans are cooked, add the greens, green beans, and garlic to the food processor (or finely chop). Let the mixture cool completely.
- In a large bowl, add the ground meat, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar. Gradually incorporate vegetable mixture into the ground meat. Add as much as you can while still being able to form your burgers as normal.*If you end up adding too much vegetable mixture, don’t worry! Just form your burgers and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cook burgers on medium heat on the stove for 3-5 minutes each side or to your preference. Cooking times can vary.
- Optional: Serve with a side of green beans over collard greens.
Replace collard greens with other hardy greens or a combination of greens such as swiss chard, kale, and spinach.
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Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!
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