Nothing screams warm weather eating like a juicy burger off the grill – served with a side of crunchy coleslaw of course!! Cabbage is a great veg to have on hand: it holds up well (stored in a cool dark place), is economical and packed with nutrients!! DYK? Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin K, packed with Vitamin C and contains only 22 calories per cup (250 mL) – bring on bikini season…haha!!

Char’s Juicy Beef Burgers and Crunchy Lime Slaw

Char’s Cheddar Stuffed Beef Burgers

2.5 lbs. medium ground Canadian beef 

3 tbsp (45 mL) roughly chopped fresh rosemary

2 tbsp (30 mL) dried parsley leaves

2 tbsp (30 mL) grainy Dijon mustard

2 tsp (10 mL) minced garlic *or to taste

3/4 tsp (3 mL) salt

1/2 tsp (2 mL) fresh pepper

6 cubes of Canadian cheddar cheese (approx 1 oz each)

Pre-heat grill to medium-high. Using clean hands – combine all ingredients in a large bowl and form form into 6 even size patties. Using your thumb, make a well in middle of each burger. Place one piece of cheese in each burger and press meat back over to cover cheese. Place burgers on clean, pre-heated grill. Turn heat down to medium and grill for about 5 minutes per side (or until internal temperature reads:160°F (71°C)). Remove from grill. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Place burgers on bun and garnish. Makes 6 patties.

Char’s Crunchy Creamy Lime Slaw

1 medium head of red cabbage, core removed and very thinly sliced (*or 8 cups (approx) prepared shredded cabbage

1 apple, well washed and chopped (*leave skin on) 

1 carrot, grated (*approx 1 cup (250 mL) grated)

½ cup (125 mL) roughly chopped green onion

⅓ cup (75 mL) roughly chopped fresh mint

⅓ cup (75 mL) dried cranberries 

3 tbsp (45 mL) each; green pumpkin seeds and shelled sunflower seeds  

Dressing

¾ cup (175 mL) prepared mayonnaise (*or vegan mayonnaise)

1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar

1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar

zest and juice of one lime

½ tsp (2 mL) each; salt and pepper 

Place slaw ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients and toss with slaw. Cover and refrigerate for one hour – or up to two days. Toss well before serving. Makes about 8 cups (2 L). 

In Char's Kitchen returns with new episodes

Chef Charmaine is back! And, like you, she's stuck at home, but has plenty of new recipes to keep you entertained while you wait to get out of self-isolation. Catch an all new episode of 'In Char's Kitchen: Quarantine Edition' this Sunday at 7pm, only on #YourTV! #TrulyLocal #TrulyTasty

Posted by Yourtv Muskoka on Saturday, 2 May 2020

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

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