Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Gym Rats: Zesty Pesto & Tomato Burger

We had one heck of a weekend.  April is less busy workwise but our weekends are full.  Birthday season is in full swing. 

Saturday we went to K3's birthday party.  Which was held in one of those kid-gym places.  The boys had a fantastic time.

Thatkid  ran, jumped, and rode whatever that thing is.

And he even got a chance to fly.

I wasn't sure how Thatbaby would do.  It was his first experience with something like this.  I should have known better.  He loved being able to crawl, climb and explore.  We had tried him on a small slide a little bit ago, but he did not love it.  Now that he's older and wiser he loved the slide!

The gym employees set up a couple of these swings for the little siblings of the birthday boy's friends.

He even had his first corn dog.  Which was the perfect food for him.  He could easily hold it and bite off chunks.  Plus, this kid loves hot dogs.

We all filled up on corn dogs and weren't very hungry when we got home.   But of course, that meant that I didn't make dinner until late, and then I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it.  This was a fantastic and easy use of the pesto my neighbor had brought over late this summer.  We keep it in the freezer for just such an occasion.  Thatkid loves pesto, or "green sauce" as he calls it.  He also loves feta.  And tomato.  Really this is the perfect burger for him.  Thatbaby loves hamburger and although he seems to really enjoy tomato, the red splotches on his face after eating it has made us hold off for giving him any tomato for the past few months.  One of the nice things about baby led weaning is that it's easy to modify his meals.  It's fairly easy to serve this without the tomato.  In fact, for the next few weeks it might be preferable - but just you wait until the end of the summer!  Fresh pesto and juicy tomatoes will make this the perfect burger for all your cookouts.

Zesty Pesto & Tomato Burger (From Cooking Light)
1 lb lean ground sirloin
4 Tbsp pesto
2 heirloom tomato slices
1 Tbsp crumbled feta
4 whole grain hamburger buns
  1. Divide sirloin into 4 patties.  Grill the burgers for 3 minutes on each side, or until desired doneness.
  2. Place burger on bun and tom with pesto, tomato, and feta.


  1. That gym looks so cool - we didn't have anything like this growing up! Kinds have no idea how lucky they are. Annnnnd I'm officially old for saying that. :)

  2. I really need to make a veg version of this because I love all these flavors!