Yep, I won prize for best/scarriest costume at my office party – I give you . . . Guy Fieri!

Pretty much everyone knew who I was – except one person wanted to know if I was Jimmy Buffet!  It was a fun day – hey, any time I can grill at work I am a happy camper!

We recently hired another attorney at our office (who came dressed as Dexter – it was great!).  So someone dressed up as a combination of all the people that didn’t get the job, a total of six people – you kinda had to be there, but one of the things on her costume killed:

Not joking, two candidates lied about their education – really??!!

One of my co-workers is the best baker – I had a small slice of her pumpkin coffee cake – holy smokes this was good – just imagine a pumpkin pie stuffed into a coffee cake. I am calling this piece 6 points.

I made Thai burgers, regular burgers and hot dogs, and it was pot luck after that.  So.Much.Food!  I think I did pretty good – I ate one Thai burger, salad, about 1/2 a cup of cheezy crock pot potatoes, and I had to go back for 1/2 a cup of buffalo chicken dip and 10 Fritos.  I am calling my lunch 19 points just to be on the safe side.

It was about 52 degrees, sunny and breezy – not too cool to grill!  My feet did get a bit nippy though!

I wanted to do an alternative burger, and took my inspiration from this recipe – it won $50,000 in a Build A Better burger contest in 2007.  Can you imagine winning 50k for a burger??!!  I did modify it though – I ditched the cilantro mayo and I couldn’t find Thai sweet chili sauce – all the Thai chili sauces I found were just spicy, so I added hoisin sauce to the burgers to get the balance.

Biz’s Thai Beef Burgers – Makes 6, 4 ounce patties with slaw – 320 calories, 22 fat, 7 carbs, 1 fiber and 20 protein – or 8 WW points – you need to add the points for the bun you choose – our buns were 3 points so my burger comes in at 11 points.  Not bad!

For the burgers:

  • 1.5 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons Thai chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Mix together the burgers and grill to desired temp.

For the “salad” topping:

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon peanut sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup of bean sprouts

Toss salad mixture well.  Divide salad mixture evenly over the Thai burgers.

I really loved these burgers – the contrast was great – spicy burger with crunchy flavorful slaw on top.  I’d definitely make these again.  (for me Tony – don’t worry!)

And we had so many desserts:  apple pie, red velvet cheesecake, butterscotch rice krispie treats – and this truffle – pudding, crushed Halloween oreos, whipped cream – how I didn’t stick a spoon in this I’ll never know!

The afternoon went by fast – I wish I could say that I was looking forward to getting home to give out candy – but we hardly get any trick or treaters – the houses are too far apart so the kids walk up to the neighborhoods so they can score more loot.  I miss that!

When I got home I waited by the front door for 45 minutes waiting for a trick or treater.  Tony and I went back and forth on what to have for dinner, finally settling on cheezy beefs.  It’s great with leftover beef – just thinly slice the leftovers and simmer it in beef broth with 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning.

I only had half an open face sandwich and 1/2 a cup of rosemary potatoes – 9 points.

The final picture didn’t turn out, but dinner was good!  And at 8:45, after having lost all hope of any trick or treaters – I got two!  Who were lucky enough to split 3 bags of candy – I let them take it all!  šŸ˜€

Stats for Monday:

  • 38 points
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar 134

Okay, go ahead and make me jealous – how many trick or treaters did you get?