Lucas: “Babe what are you making for dinner”?”
Me: “Well, um. (kind of whispering) Turkey burgers.”
Me: “Turkey burgers.”
Lucas: “Oh” with a look of disappointment.
Me: “I was walking around the store and just couldn’t think of anything” as I get defensive.
Lucas: “I just like the beef.”
Me: “I don’t know what to tell you.”
Of the two of us, I would have to say I’m the “healthier” one.
I love to trade turkey for beef.
I prefer skim milk over 2%.
I like egg whites instead of eggs.
I’ll put spinach in my smoothies.
Brown rice tortillas are my new favorite thing.
Sometimes I have to play tricks on Lucas.
I feel bad for doing it. I know he’d eat anything I make him. But I still get nervous about admitting my substitutions.
So, I keep them to myself.
And when they come out looking like this, I don’t think I really have anything to feel guilty about.
Amazing grill marks.
Thick, juicy patties.
And the familiar smell of summer burgers on the grill.
To get Lucas a little more excited about my turkey swap out I set up a huge condiments bar.
When I called him to the kitchen to make his plate I pretended like we were at Burger King and I asked him what kind of combo he wanted.
I told him I was having the #7 (7 just sounded like a good number, so that’s what I went with). He told me he wanted the Hook and Ladder. I just stared at him…the Hook and Ladder is one of the most popular subs at our restaurant, Firehouse Subs. Sometimes this guy likes to push my buttons.
I went on building my #7 and while Lucas starting piling on his toppings.
I waited patiently as Lucas took his first bite.
He glanced over at me. Took another bite and smiled.
Lucas: “This is so good! I think this is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had!”
Me: “I wish you would just trust me sometimes and let me cook.”
…10 minutes later, Lucas’ plate is cleared.
Lucas: “Uh, babe, where did you put the buns…I’m gonna have another one.”
(Since Lucas loved these so much…and you will too…I’m entering these burgers in the Get Grillin’ Event with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle,Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans. Fingers crossed that I win!)