Everyday Mom's Meals: Adulthood...It's Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

Monday, August 4, 2014

Adulthood...It's Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

I think anyone over the age of 18 would SO agree with the statement above, at least once in a while. We've all been there. When responsibility rears its ugly head and we long for those care-free days when we wished we were older! Oh, how naive we were!

As many of you know, every summer we spend three weeks on the beach in New Smyrna Beach, FL at our family's condo. We enjoy the waves, the sand, the pool...basically we reconnect as a family and come back rested and rejuvenated. It's something we've done every year since little man was 2 1/2.

Well, this year was the first since that we weren't able to make the trip. Starting back in February my car started to have some issues. We got it fixed. Then in March, it had some more issues. You know how it is. One thing goes wrong, and the dominoes start to fall. Anyway, it ended up being a very large repair bill, and to sum it up, our vacation fund is currently sitting under the hood of my car.

Yes, we were very disappointed. Yes, it was especially hard to explain to the 9 year old why we weren't able to go. But my job as Mommy was to make sure he still had a fantastic summer vacation, and we found plenty of fun things to do right here at home.

One of the things we look forward to most in Florida is the fresh seafood we can enjoy, straight from the boats in the morning, to our table that night. And let's face it, it isn't quite that fresh here in the land-locked Hoosier state. So, when the kind folks at Red Gold sent me this recipe, I knew it would be a great substitution.

These tasty, full of flavor, simple to make burgers totally reminded us of something we'd find at one of the local seafood restaurants down in NSB. They are fresh, with just a hint of spice that will make your taste buds sit up and take notice. Perfect for summer grilling, they are a twist on your everyday burger.

Yes, adulthood isn't always what it's cracked up to be. There are times when the stress of every day life can really get you down. But at least we can find great food to sit down with and make memories with those we love the most to ease the pain.

Zesty Tuna Burgers From Red Gold
2 (6 oz.) cans all white albacore tuna, drained and flaked
1 c. panko breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. finely chopped celery
1/4 c. finely chopped white onion
1 (14 oz.) can Red Gold petite diced tomatoes with lime and cilantro, well drained
1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sesame Buns

Cucumber Dill Sauce
1 c. Greek yogurt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c. diced cucumber
1/2 TBS olive oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. dill weed
Salt and Pepper to taste

For sauce, combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix well. Chill until ready to serve. 

Preheat grill to medium. In a large bowl combine all ingredients for burgers. Mix well. Divide into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a patty, 3/4 inch thick. Spray grill well with nonstick spray. Cook burgers for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown, turning once. *NOTE* Be gentle! These will fall apart easily. I suggest using a thin metal spatula to turn, and make sure your grill is sprayed well. 

To assemble, spread sauce on bottom bun. Top with lettuce and then burger. If desired, spread more sauce on top bun. 


Shared on The Country Cook Aug. 8, 2014

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