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Perfect Picnic Dinner | Soba Noodle Salad
Ali Hedin | Soba Noodle Salad

Every spring I make a salad like this at least once a week. We have three kids on three different baseball teams that each play at least two games a week - sometimes three games a week! It means we don’t eat dinner at home all spring. If we do eat dinner at home, it’s at 4:30pm or at 9pm. None of those options seem great.

A few year ago I started packing a picnic basket with dinner for the family. My Ultimate BLT sandwiches came out of that era - and now another option. We stopped eating bread a few years ago and it can make picnicking really challenging. Most picnic food is sandwiches (because that’s what’s easy) or it’s a “light salad” that doesn’t really hit the spot.

This last year I focused in on creating something that was filling, full of protein, and had enough vegetables to count as “full of vegetables.” This salad has been the perfect solution. I usually make it with the soba noodles but you can swap out rice noodles or just spaghetti if that’s what you have on hand.

Ali Hedin | Soba Noodle Salad
Ali Hedin | Soba Noodle Salad

SOBA NOODLE SALAD

serves 4

STEP 1

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to package instructions

 

STEP 2

Chop the cilantro and green onions and shred the carrot.

 

STEP 3

Drain the noodles – saving some of the water - and reserve them in the strainer.

In the hot pan, combine the tahini, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, sriracha, and ¼ cup of pasta water.  Whisk the sauce then toss the noodles into the pan.  If they appear dry, add more pasta water.

 

STEP 4

Add the vegetables, bean sprouts, and shredded chicken (or tofu) and serve immediately.  

2 bundles soba noodles

¼ cup tahini

2 tbs soy sauce

2 tbs rice vinegar

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 tbs fresh ginger, grated

½ tsp sriracha

1 carrot, shredded

3 green onions, greens & whites chopped

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1 cup bean sprouts

2 cups shredded chicken

Ali Hedin | Soba Noodle Salad
The Ultimate BLT | Baseball season picnic food
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT

I know I’m not the only one who has three kids on three separate baseball teams who all play all week long. IT makes dinner a real task because the kids have to be at the field around 5pm and don’t get home until 8:30pm. When you feed the kids at 4:30 and then they play for three hours, they are starving again. And Mr. Hedin and I watch from the sidelines starving.

A few seasons ago I discovered that if I make this sandwich at 4pm (make extra bacon and the kids can eat bacon and eggs at 4:30 which they LOVE) and pack it in a picnic basket with a bag of chips and a flask of vodka, we all win.

The great part about this sandwich is that it’s super simple to pull together and tastes AMAZING. It also needs to sit a little bit to really taste the best so making it at 4 is actually a good thing.

Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT
Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT

THE ULTIMATE BLT

serves 4

STEP 1

In a medium hot skillet, cook the bacon until crispy.

 

STEP 2

In the blender, whip together the avocado with milk, olive oil, and mayonnaise.  Add herbs and mix one more time.

 

STEP 3

Scoop out the interior of the bread to reveal an open center.  Smear the avocado mixture on both sides of the bread.

 

STEP 4

Layer lettuce on top of the avocado spread.  Top lettuce with tomato, top tomato with 3 strips of bacon.  Repeat the layers starting with lettuce two more times.

 

STEP 5

Smear the remaining avocado spread on the top of the loaf and cap off the sandwich.  Press down with a cutting board and something heavy or just your own pressure for a few minutes.  

 

STEP 6

Slice the loaf and serve.

1 loaf ciabatta bread

12 strips of bacon

6 large tomatoes

1 head butter lettuce

12 slices provolone cheese

 

1 avocados

½ cup mayonnaise

2 tbs milk

2 tbs olive oil

¼ cup basil

1 tbs thyme

Ali Hedin | The Ultimate BLT

 
 
Tequila Steak | Summer Grilling you will live for
Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak + Chimichurri Couscous

I made this recipe and shot the photos for the app last summer, but I kind of kept it a secret. I don’t know why. Possibly it’s because my girlfriend makes an amazing chimichurri that takes her forever and requires a ridiculous amount of chopping. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been eating this chimichurrri on everything and didn’t want to share.

Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak + Chimichurri Couscous
Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak + Chimichurri Couscous

Finally, I decided it was time. Time to share. Time to show you the simplest chimichurri sauce that’s totally a cheater chimichurri. Chimichurri is a an Argentinian Pesto that’s made with herbs and garlic. Everywhere I look on the internets there is a different recipe, a different way to make it, and a different combination of herbs. It always starts with parsley and includes garlic - but I love cilantro and a sauce always seems naked without cilantro. And you can’t make something like this without a little kick! Garlic is great, but how about jalapeño? I only added half in the recipe but I’ve been known to throw the whole thing in. Feeling fancy? Roast the jalapeño first! You really can’t screw up this chimichirri. It’s delightfully simple and delightfully delicious.

Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak

TEQUILA STEAK + CHIMICHURRI COUSCOUS

serves 4

STEP 1

Preheat broiler to 500 degrees and bring 1 ¼ cup water to a boil. 

 

In a zip top bag, pour tequila, two cloves of garlic, and season with salt and pepper.  Score the top of a steak with a knife to create a grid pattern.  Add the steak to the bag and let sit about 10 minutes. 

 

STEP 2

Toss cilantro, parsley, remaining garlic, green onion, lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, and jalapeno in a blender to make the chimichurri.  Blend until smooth.  If it won’t smooth out, add more olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time.

 

STEP 3

When water boils, add couscous, stirring occasionally. 

 

Place the marinated steak on a lined baking sheet and pop in the oven.  Cook about 5 minutes on each side until a thermometer reads 160 internal. Remove from the oven.  Let rest about 10 minutes before slicing.  

 

STEP 4

When the couscous has absorbed most of the liquid, remove from the heat (takes about 3 minutes).  Stir half of the chimichurri into the couscous.  Place the steak on top of the couscous and top with remaining sauce.  

 

 

1.5 lb flank steak

¼ cup tequila

5 cloves garlic

1 cup cilantro

1 cup parsley

½ cup green onion

2 tbs lime juice

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

½ jalapeno

1 cup Israeli couscous

Salt & pepper

Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak

What’s your favorite thing to grill? Have you made a chimichurri before? What do you like in yours? Let me know what you use and when you try mine, please let me know!

Ali Hedin | Tequila Steak + Chimichurri Couscous
 
 
 

Simple Strawberry Cake | Perfect Weeknight Cake
Ali Hedin | Simple Strawberry Cake

I started creating this cake with nectarines last summer and I became obsessed with it. It’s so ridiculously simple and it’s always so good. I made it with nectarines, peaches, blueberries, figs, Italian plums (I don’t recommend that one), apples, strawberries, and raspberries. It’s such a great recipe to have in your back pocket when you need something that’s impressive and you don’t have to think about it.

Also, makes a good breakfast!

Ali Hedin | Simple Strawberry Cake
Ali Hedin | Simple Strawberry Cake
Ali Hedin | Simple Strawberry Cake

SIMPLE STRAWBERRY CAKE

serves 4-6

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9” round pan. Cream together butter and white sugar until light and fluffy.

            ½ cup butter

            1 cup white sugar

 

STEP 2

Whisk in eggs and vanilla until combined.

            2 eggs

            1 teaspoon vanilla

 

STEP 3

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.

            1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

            1 teaspoon baking powder

            ¼ teaspoon salt

 

STEP 4

Alternate adding dry ingredients and sour cream starting and ending with dry ingredients.  Add the flour in two batches with the sour cream added in between.  Gently fold in fruit.  

            ½ cup sour cream

          1 cup strawberries

 

STEP 5

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the turbinado sugar on top.  Bake 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.  

½ cup butter, room temperature

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup sour cream

1 cup chopped strawberries

¼ cup turbinado sugar

Ali Hedin | Simple Strawberry Cake

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Ali Hedin | Simple Strawberry Cake

fun & funky Pacific Coast Highway road {round} trip
Ali Hedin | PCH Roadtrip to San Francisco

So here's the deal.  I don't camp.  I love the idea.  I love the woods.  I love spending that time in nature with the children.  But I do not love sleeping in a tent.  I do not love awkward bathroom situations.  So we haven't camped as a family until last summer when we decided it was time to do something fun with our children before the oldest entered middle school and was way too cool to be with us.  

Since we had access to an Airstream trailer, it now actually seemed possible for our family to camp.  To camp and enjoy it.  Words I never thought I would say.  

I have wanted to travel the Pacific Coast Highway for a long time.  Ideally down to the end and back, but since we are starting at the top in Seattle and taking three young children, that seemed possible but not for a summer vacation.  So we settled on traveling the PCH from Tillamook, Oregon to San Francisco.  It was gorgeous and perfect and really fun.  

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

First stop after leaving Tillamook, Oregon was in Newport.  Newport is known for their oyster beds.  In fact, it was the naturally occurring oyster beds that first attracted settlers to the area in 1862.  By 1866 the first tourist destination resort was built by the man who had actually named the town after his favorite town on the east coast - Newport, Rhode Island.  

The early 1900's were hot in Newport.  Luckily, the seafood industry still is and we found amazing oysters and halibut to grill up for lunch.  

Ali Hedin | PCH Roadtrip to San Francisco
Ali Hedin | PCH Roadtrip to San Francisco
Ali Hedin | PCH Roadtrip to San Francisco

HOT TIP #1

Time your first stop to be around 10 or 11am.  It's the perfect time to buy something for lunch.  Then make another stop an hour or so after you leave for lunch.  It breaks up the day and gives you something to look forward too every hour instead of in four (or more!) hours.

Lunch at Cape Perpetua outside of Newport featuring fresh grilled (it's summer!) oysters and pasta tossed with lemon and parsley.  Also, we split a beer because we're old.  

Lunch at Cape Perpetua outside of Newport featuring fresh grilled (it's summer!) oysters and pasta tossed with lemon and parsley.  Also, we split a beer because we're old.  

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

Our second night was spent in Bandon, Oregon.  In hind sight, we were clearly racing to get to the Redwoods and didn't pay a ton of attention to where we were staying before we got there.  We chose an in-town RV Park which was lovely but we learned quickly that we are not RV Park people, we are Parks people.  National or State, it doesn't matter, but a Park.  There's a big difference.  

We also made the mistake of being in Bandon on a Sunday.  When you are city people, you don't think of things like "town closes on Sunday."  We were planning on shopping in town on the cute boardwalk.  Nothing but a darling little tavern was open on a Sunday.  In an effort to be good parents, we did not go in the tavern.  We bought fish & chips from the stand in town and came back to the RV Park.  

HOT TIP #2

Always buy the fish & chips.  This isn't the time to 'watch what you eat.'

The best part of an RV Park is the signs they have up for 'residents'

The best part of an RV Park is the signs they have up for 'residents'

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

I remembered going to the Trees of Mystery when I was a little girl.  I remember loving it.  I remembered it being so cool.  It still is.  Trees of Mystery is the kind road side attraction that every road trip needs.  It's kitchy, touristy, vintage sight seeing spot that is well worth the stop.

While we were there the children became enamored with Paul Bunyan.  There are little recordings you can listen to as you walk through the park that give glimpses into the stories of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox.  By the time we got to the gift shop, we knew we needed a book with the stories of Paul Bunyan, which - of course - we found.  We had chosen to have a 'screen free' trip which meant that we needed to keep the kids occupied while we drove.  Or at least not arguing.  I made little books with games and coloring for them, but those were not always the biggest hit.  Reading a chapter or two of the book each morning while we drove kept everyone happy and we could then talk about the book as we continued on our drive.

HOT TIP #3

Find something your kids are into and cling to it.  Make it a theme of the trip.

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

You literally can't go on a road trip without having an argument at some point.  Samoa Cookhouse was ours.  From where we were on our trip, Samoa Cookhouse was a healthy 30 minute drive out of the way.  I had read about it online and really really wanted to go. REALLY.

But the thing we learned while dragging a trailer on the small and winding roads of the PCH was that everything takes much longer than any maps app says it will.  We cannot drive as fast as a regular car and it took multiple stops at little beaches and coffee shops to keep everyone happy.  So a 30 minute "detour" for a "funky" lunch was really pushing the limit at this point.  

Ironically, Mr. Hedin was a forestry major in college.  Part of the School of Forestry is competing in forest related games which are evidently really fun and they travel for competitions to other forest type places.  One of the places they traveled was to Humboldt.  You know, like where the redwoods are.  Like where we were on this trip.  And one of the places he ate was at this "funky" restaurant that he really wanted to go to.  But he couldn't remember the name.  

UGG.  We literally spent two days debating going to this restaurant before we realized we were talking about the SAME DAMN RESTAURANT!  If anything was worth an argument, it was Samoa Cookhouse.  It is epic.  It's old school epic.  It's the kind of restaurant where you order breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I don't mean you look at a menu and order.  I mean, you say "We'll have breakfast" as long as you are there before 10am, that will happen.  And they bring you what they are serving.  There are no choices, no edits, and no one leaves hungry.  It's an obscene amount of food.  

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
RV Park Camping is not as glamorous as the trees, but when you're just outside of San Francisco, your options are limited. 

RV Park Camping is not as glamorous as the trees, but when you're just outside of San Francisco, your options are limited. 

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

San Francisco was our "final destination" mostly because I am a city girl and I knew I would be craving 'big city' at this point.  And I was.  But no one else was.  Lesson learned that we probably don't need to make a 'big city' a part of this kind of trip. 

But I do love San Fran.  It's changed a lot over the years but it was fun to take my children to places I remember from my childhood and places that Mr. Hedin and I have gone when we've visited.  We got to go to Chinatown and get fortune cookies from the factory, Chinese food at Mr. Hedin and my favorite spot, went to Gumps where my mother used to love to shop, we saw Lombard street and had a milkshake a Ghiradelli.  I wouldn't change our trip for anything, but next time, we'll fly.

Perhaps the most strategic part of our trip was the 'round trip' situation.  We live in Seattle, we were returning to Seattle and most 'road trips' that I saw online started in one city and landed in a totally separate city and didn't have a route for the way home.  San Francisco marked the 'turn around' for us.  

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

Our first stop on the return trip was at Point Reyes.  I was so stinking excited about Point Reyes.  I wanted all of the blue cheese and I had read about the Farmer's Market in town.  I love a good Farmer's Market.  It was just as fabulous as expected.  Not only is there the cutest little general store in town, but on the weekend there's a market in front of the general store with darling crafts, flowers, fruit and vegetables, fresh cheese, everything you could want.  BONUS there was a children's crafting station at the market where the children were totally entertained while Mr. Hedin and I shopped around.  It was my favorite stop.  It was darling and lovely and a perfect respite from our two days in a cement jungle of the San Francisco RV Park.  

HOT TIP #4

Make sure you have something scheduled that everyone is excited for.  For me, it was the Farmer's Market.  The wear of daily driving and 'managing' the situation can be weary if you don't have something to look forward to.  

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

The best part of this trip was seeing the kids climb and explore and do things that city kids just aren't used to doing.  We don't live in an apartment and we do have a yard and places for the kids to ride bikes, etc.  But in large part, our life is in the city.  

I don't know that we realized that's why we were taking this trip when we started.  We saw this as a fun family trip to make memories and have an adventure together.  It was that, but the connection to nature that occurred was a surprising bonus.  It's greatly influenced how we will spend our 2018 road trip. 

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

On the way down the coast we basically skipped it.  We skipped the sand dunes, etc. knowing that we would come back to them on the round trip side of things.  It also gave us something to still look forward too since I think we all agreed the redwoods were our favorite thing.   

HOT TIP #5

Schedule fun stops the entire trip, not just on the way down.  A round trip can seem boring on the way back since "you've been there" so have something to look forward too for the entire time.

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

As our family gets bigger (size wise, not adding people) it will be more challenging for everyone to sleep in the 19' trailer.  We could always add a tent or a sleeping spot in the car, but we don't really have those children.  We have the children who would be totally into a family bed if Mr. Hedin and I would allow it.  And they do attempt it at 3am when we are not awake enough to protest.  Until the day when we just simply can't make it happen, we'll continue to take our little adventures as a family staying in parks (but not RV parks).  

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip
Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

Are you traveling somewhere this summer?  Would you travel in a trailer with your children? 

Pin this for later and take your own Seattle to San Fran trip.

Ali Hedin | Pacific Coast Highway Trip

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pineapple party + teriyaki chicken burger recipe
Ali Hedin | Pineapple Graduation Party

Happy Summer!  Are you celebrating something?  You should be, there's lots to celebrate.  Celebrate the kids who have graduated from school; celebrate the parents who made it through another school year; celebrate the baseball teams/soccer teams/volleyball teams that had a great season.  

You did it!  

We made it to another summer.  

Ali Hedin | Pineapple Graduation Party

To celebrate, I leaned into the pineapple trend that everyone is loving and turned it into an edible trend.  If pineapples are cute, then eating them has to be freaking adorable.  Right?  I made a simple little menu with teriyaki chicken burgers that can cook on the grill while everyone sips delicious coconut pineapple cocktails that can be spiked or un-spiked for the younger celebrators.  

Ali Hedin | Pineapple Graduation Party

TERIYAKI CHICKEN BURGER

serves 4

STEP 1

In a microwave safe bowl, combine soy, pineapple juice, ginger, garlic, and sugar.  Set aside.  If you’re making rice, start it now. 

 

STEP 2

Pour half of the pineapple mixture over the chicken.  Let rest 5 minutes, but no longer or the pineapple with begin to ‘cook’ the chicken.

 

STEP 3

Grill chicken about 3 minutes on each side until cooked through.  

 

STEP 4

Whisk cornstarch in the pineapple mixture and microwave at one-minute increments whisking between each minute.  Continue until slightly thick.  

 

STEP 5

Whisk together mayonnaise and sriracha.  Spread mixture on one side of the Hawaiian buns.

 

STEP 6

Layer chicken, pineapple, and lettuce on top of each burger.  Serve with rice.

4 chicken breasts, sliced into cutlets

1 can sliced pineapple rings

¼ cup soy sauce

Pineapple juice from the can

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tbs corn starch

8 Hawaiian hamburger buns

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 tbs. sriracha

Iceberg lettuce

 

 

Ali Hedin | Pineapple Graduation Party
Ali Hedin | Pineapple Graduation Party

PINA COLADA SPARKLERS

In a tall glass scoop two to three scoops of coconut sorbet.  Top with Pineapple Dry Sparkling until the glass is full.  Float 2 oz. of dark rum on top for the adults in the group.

Ali Hedin | Pineapple Graduation Party
Ali Hedin Pineapple Party

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Ali Hedin | Pineapple Graduation Party

weeknight cocktail | double watermelon daiquiri
Ali Hedin | Watermelon Cocktail with DRY Sparkling Watermelon

HAPPY SUMMER!  Is it summer where you are?  Seattle is full on starting summer.  The weather has creeped up into the 80's (!!) and the sun is out.  It's glorious.  My tan from Palm Springs hasn't faded so I'm really relishing this weather.  Which means we need a cocktail.

This cocktail is great for a party because you can make it boozy, new-mom-friendly, or in a punch bowl so you don't have to serve anyone.  I highly recommend having these made ahead of time so when your ladies arrive, you can hand them a cocktail immediately and they can get into the mood.  

Ali Hedin | Watermelon Cocktail with DRY Sparkling Watermelon

DOUBLE WATERMELON DAIQUIRI

STEP 1

Blend watermelon, lime juice, and rum (if you're using it) in a blender until fully combined and the watermelon is liquified.

STEP 2

Fill cups half way with watermelon puree or pour all of it in a punch bowl.  Top with Watermelon DRY Sparkling.  

STEP 3

Serve with lime wedges

1/2 watermelon, pureed (4 cups watermelon juice)

2 cups light rum

1/2 cup lime juice + wedges

2 cups Watermelon DRY Sparkling

Ali Hedin | Watermelon Cocktail with DRY Sparkling Watermelon
Ali Hedin | Watermelon Cocktail with DRY Sparkling Watermelon
Ali Hedin | Watermelon Cocktail with DRY Sparkling Watermelon

weeknight cocktail | coconut crush
Ali Hedin | Coconut Crush Cocktail

Every Friday night needs a good cocktail!  Pair this one with my Hawaiian Burger and you're in for a fabulous little dinner - it's a perfect menu for hosting a few friends and celebrating summer, spring break, or a wish to be somewhere warm.  

Ali Hedin | Coconut Crush
Ali Hedin | Coconut Crush Cocktail

Pair the cocktail with my Hawaiian Burger for a perfect dinner!  Also, friends love this too.  So invite friends over.


tropics on a bun | hawaiian burger
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Sometimes all it takes to feel like you're on vacation is the right dinner.  That's where a Hawaiian Burger come in.  It's a vacation on a bun.  The combination of fresh pineapple + teriyaki sauce + a little spice is a perfect tribute to the Hawaiian islands.  

Also, because it's done in 20 minutes, you can kick back and relax with a little tropical cocktail to really sell the whole vacation thing.  

Ali Hedin | Hawaiian Burger
Ali Hedin | Hawaiian Burger

HAWAIIAN BURGER

serves 4

STEP 1

In a saucepan over low heat, cook together ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 cup reserved pineapple juice (drained from the can), 1 tsp grated ginger, 1 clove grated garlic, and 2 tbs brown sugar until bubbling.  In a small bowl whisk together 2 tbs corn starch and ¼ cup water – quickly whisk into the bubbling pan and cook one minute until thick.

 

STEP 2

In a bowl, combine ground beef, 1 tsp grated ginger, and ¼ cup teriyaki sauce that you just made.  Mix until well combined.  Form into patties. 

 

STEP 3

Chop pineapple slices and combine them in a bowl with jalapeno and red onion.  Set aside.

 

STEP 4

Cook hamburger patties in a grill pan on the stove or on the barbecue until a meat thermometer reads 135 degrees.  Butter the buns and grill them along side the burgers. 

 

STEP 5

Spread mayonnaise on one side of the buns and top with hamburger patty, pineapple salsa, lettuce, a slice of swiss cheese, and a spoonful of teriyaki sauce. 

 

1.5 lb ground beef

2 tsp ginger, grated

1 can pineapple slices

¼ cup soy sauce

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons corn starch

1 egg, beaten

1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

½ red onion, chopped

4 ounces swiss cheese, sliced

1 head romaine lettuce

2 tbs Mayonnaise

4 Hamburger Buns

Ali Hedin | Hawaiian Burger
weeknight cocktail | tropical skinny margarita
Tropical Skinny Margarita | Ali Hedin

Usually I would say "This time of year I'm trying to eat healthier" but the reality is, I should probably cut out extra calories on the regular.  Alcohol is a pretty good place to start.  Do you know how many calories are in a margarita?!? It's like a zillion.  I wondered if I could combine tequila + a little juice + coconut water to make a cocktail that's not too heavy in the calories but is actually delicious.  

Nailed it.  

It turns out this is fantastic.  Because it isn't filled with the margarita syrup stuff, it actually needs less salt on the rim than usual.  But it's so much more fun with  a salted rim.

Tropical Skinny Margarita | Ali Hedin

Tropical Skinny Margarita

makes 2 drinks

STEP 1

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients.  Shake vigorously.  

STEP 2

Run the edge of a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and tip into margarita salt.  Fill the glass with ice

STEP 3

Strain the cocktail into the prepared glasses and garnish with a lime.  Cheers.

 

80mL coconut water

80mL tequila

40mL pineapple juice

Tropical Skinny Margarita | Ali Hedin