Loco Chipotle Saute and Spicy Broccoli Raabe

I like to eat something green with every meal. In our house we go through a ton of kale, broccoli, and spinach – and we love it all. That being said, every now and then I like to include a little green power into my meal that is different than what we typically eat. Broccoli raab is off-putting to some people because of its bitter flavor.  However, that bitterness is a great counter-balance to spicy flavors which makes it a perfect match for the Loco Chipotle Sunshine Burger.  In this meal the broccoli raab and Sunshine Burger are combined with floral lemon zest, crunchy toasted almonds, and garlic to create a well-balanced, delicious, and very healthy meal.

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This recipe serves 2

½ cup sliced almonds
2 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon
1 bunch of broccoli raabe, bottom ends of stems removed, washed, and chopped
1 tsp salt
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 package Loco Chipotle Sunshine Burgers, cooked per package instructions and crumbled.
lemon wedges for garnish

Place almonds in a frying pan over high heat and toast until almonds are fragrant and slightly brown.  Take care not to burn the almonds, as this step should only take a minute or so. Remove almonds from the heat, stir once, and set aside. Heat the olive oil, garlic, and lemon zest in a frying pan over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant.  Add the broccoli raab to the pan and add the salt and crushed red pepper flakes.  Raise the heat to high and stir continuously until the raab is tender, but still bright green in color. Most (but not all) of the water released by the raab during the cooking process should be evaporated from the pan before moving to the next step.  Once the raabe is ready, turn the heat off and add in the Sunshine Burger crumbles. Continue stirring until the raabe and burger crumbles are well incorporated.  Add about ½ of the toasted almonds to the pan and give the mixture a good stir, then transfer to a serving platter or plates and top with the remaining toasted almonds.


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