We returned home last night from a wonderful visit with Shane’s family in Ireland. I’ll post all about our meals there soon, but for tonight, we’re back to dinner!

All of the veggies came from my csa box this evening, except the mint. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m excited to be home, but I thought everything was really delicious. And Rose even ate a slice of pepper, hallelujah!

Thanks to a generous neighbor, my csa box was waiting in the fridge for me when we returned. I was thrilled about the eggplant and tomatoes and found the perfect recipe for both, Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint, over at Smitten Kitchen. I skipped the red onion and instead let a smashed clove of garlic sit in with the tomato & cheese mixture while the eggplant cooked, and then removed the clove before serving. Also, my neighborhood was out of ricotta salata today, so I used Halloumi cheese, which turned out to be a great alternative. I could have used feta instead of ricotta salata, but I plan to use it tomorrow.

One of my favorite simple side dishes is roasted peppers. They become so rich and juicy when cooked this way.

• Quick and Easy Turkey Burgers •
1lb lean ground turkey
1/2 c bread crumbs
1 egg lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
cheese optional (I use cheddar or gouda, usually)

Mix (with your hands) the first four ingredients in a bowl, try not to mix too much or else the burgers will get really dense. Form into 4-5 patties and salt and pepper each side. Cook in olive oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Flip burgers and add thinly sliced cheese. Cover and cook for another 4-5 minutes, until not pink on the inside. Serve with or without buns and condiments.