December 18, 2010

Say that word 5 times without smiling. Ready?






I’m guessing 99.5% of you failed.

Somehow, the word persnickety got stuck in my head today. While I’m not sure how or why, I don’t think I really care. The word persnickety rocks.

So, I got to thinking about this particular word…

Hmm… how can I use the word persnickety in my post tonight? Can I use it to describe me? Of course I can, but that’s too obvious. My dinner tonight? Well, I don’t even know what I’m having for dinner yet tonight, so I doubt it. My household cleaning? Scratch that — we all know that hasn’t happened for a few weeks.”

I was at a loss. Nowhere in my life could I use the word persnickety. I was a little irate. So, when I was cooking the world’s easiest dinner in the world, a new word was born.


For the easy going and unfussy type (just like me — HA!)

Un-persnickety White Bean Burgers

  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic

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Directions: Take all ingredients and throw into a food processor or blender. There’s no wrong way to do this — un-persnickety, remember? Form into 6 patties (they will be sticky, so feel free to lick your fingers) and bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
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You may not know this, but I like my food really garlicky — so, if you’re not a garlicky person, you may want to scale back on your garlic cloves or the added spices. I’m pretty sure I sweat garlic when I run.

Un-persnickety white bean burgers go best with it’s partner in crime — un-persnickety quinoa pilaf!

Un-persnickety Quinoa Pilaf

  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1/2 carrot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and garlic to taste

Directions: First, you must get over the fact that quinoa looks like fish eggs when cooked. It will never change — and it’s delicious. Close your eyes if you have to. Then, you’ll want to sauté your oil, onions, garlic, and carrots over medium high heat in a small sauce pan for about 5 minutes. This may be an unpersnickety dish, but we don’t want burnt onions and garlic. Stir, stir, stir!

Once translucency has taken over your onions, add your quinoa, liquids, nooch, and spices and cover. Cook until all liquid has been absorbed (or if you’re persnickety, about 20-25 minutes).

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An un-persnickety match in heaven.

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I’m hoping someday I can be an un-persnickety person.

It’s not looking good so far.

Question: Are you persnickety or UN-persnickety?

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