Bison Burgers & Cucumber Salad

Last week, Nate offered to make his signature dish: cucumber salad. This salad is packed with veggies, water, fiber, and antioxidants. Perfect for hot summer evenings!

Nate makes cucumber salad


  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • Splash of rice vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • Splash of EVOO
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Combine all veggies in bowl
  • Add vinegar, olive oil, S&P
  • Toss to coat

Summer Salad

We enjoyed the salad with bison burgers on sesame seed buns and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. To make the bison burgers, I took 1 lb of lean bison meat and mixed it with 1/3 cup diced onion and a splash of Worchestire sauce. Next I divided the meat into 4 oz portions and placed them on the George Foreman grill. They cooked super fast!

Nate's Bison Burger

Bison Burger

The next day, in an attempt to use leftovers, I scrambled an egg, added some feta cheese and ketchup, and served it on a toasted sesame seed bun. With veggie salad on the side!

Egg sandwich

Lara bar give-a-way!!!!

Look what I found last night:

Lara bars

A new Whole Foods location opened up on the Upper West Side (swoon) and they were fully stocked with lara bars, including the new flavors! Ahh, I’ve been searching for these guys for weeks! Inspired by the lovely Holly, I will be sending one lucky reader a stash of lara bars (including pb&j!) as well as some other surprise goodies. To enter, leave a comment telling me what you do to cheer yourself up. I’ve been having a rough week and could use some good advice 🙂 You have until Sunday at 11:59pm to leave a comment/enter the contest.

  • Catherine

    My favorite thing to do when I’m feeling a little down and need to cheer myself up is go for a long walk or run. Then, after I’ve sweated it out for a bit, I return home, take a shower, make a nice cup of hot tea with a side plate of cookies and settle down on the sofa to watch a movie or tv show. I always feel like the exercising clears my head… and then the comfort of the tea, cookies and movie just lifts my spirits.

  • yay larabars! What I do to cheer myself up: chocolate (never fails), go for a run (also never fails), chocolate ice cream after a run (perfect) or snuggle with the boyf (he always knows what to say). Watching funny YouTube works great as well 🙂

  • I’m sorry you’re having a rough week. Mine has felt sooo long. To cheer myself up I like to do two things: call up/meet up with a friend to vent, or watch a movie. I think they both provide some sort of escapism.

  • Ashlee

    I’m right there with you on having a rough week. I feel like the weekend has taken way too long to get here. Lately, to lift my spirits I have been taking walks/run with my pup (dogs can always lift the spirit, they are just so happy all the time), baking, and watching a great chick flick with a glass of wine. I hope you have a great weekend.

  • Liz


    When I’m down I take one of three routes to feel better – 1. Bake something just because it sounds good. The mindless of baking and a house smelling good is enough to make me smile. 2. If I’m in the middle of a stressful time I’ll gather up what I need to work on and head to a coffee shop – the first couple hours are for work and then I’m in the perfect place to enjoy a magazine, comfy chair, and the smell of coffee. 3. Draw a bath, pour your alcohol of choice, light some candles, and disappear.

    Hope your mood gets better for the weekend!

  • Sarah

    I’ve been having a bit of a rough week too. I’m sorry you have been – never fun. Today, to cheer myself up I went and did a few things by myself that I really enjoy doing – worked out at the gym, hit up an amazing salad bar and topped it with my favorite ingredients, wandered around World Market, listened to music loudly in the car, bought a big flavored unsweet iced tea. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • I am sorry you are having a rough week. Hope it gets better. To cheer myself up I do several things, I will go for a run, or purchase new workout clothes, or I will go to barnes and nobel even if I don’t buy anything just browsing and having a good cup of coffee works everytime.

    I have been searching for the pbj flavor. Hope you have a good weekend.

  • Jennifer

    To cheer myself up, I go for a walk and try to observe all of the things I might normally not notice.

    I enjoy your blog!

  • Karen

    When I’m down, I just think about my awesome job. It always make me smile.

  • talking with best friend on the phone. just letting things out to close ppl cheer me up. I also love to read! or listen to music.

    I also play violin when i’m down. It doesn’t let me down ever!

  • Kelly

    I always enjoy an iced latte and good conversation with my best friend, reading a good book and being able to escape reality for a while, going for a run or watching a good movie.

  • I fix a cup of tea and sit out by my backyard pond and just watch the goldfish. They don’t have a worry in the world! Would give anything for a Whole Foods in our neck of the woods!

  • seems like a lot of bloggers have had hard weeks… I like to sit in a coffee shop and just people watch, or meet a friend and sit in Starbucks for hours catching up/laughing at random things 🙂

  • Sorry to hear about the tough week! If a run fails to cheer me up, there’s nothing dark chocolate and red wine can’t cure!

  • j

    Run!!! (though I’m sure you’ve considered that option:-))
    Also for some reason taking myself out to dinner alone is always extremely relaxing for me; ideally I hit up the Barnes and Nobles afterward to just read, browse, and relax in the comfy chairs.

  • Mallory

    i’m sorry to hear that you’re having a rough week girl!
    usually what helps me out is going to my favorite little coffee shop with a good book to get my mind off of things for awhile…

    or if i’m needing another person i usually call up a friend and we cook/talk at one of our apartments 🙂

    i’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to try the PB&J larabar, awesome giveaway 🙂

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)

    To cheer myself up, I like to take some time to myself and do something I enjoy, whether it’s exercising, enjoying a nice cup of coffee, or doing a little shopping.

    Hope you perk up soon!

  • Corinna H.

    For me it’s been a crazy busy week, no time to myself. :/ I always try to talk to my best friend to try and cheer myself up, or look up something special I can make for myself for dinner!

  • Katherine

    Oooh I have been dying to try a PB&J Larabar!
    To make myself feel better, I like to:
    1. Listen to good music
    2. Read it makes me laugh and reminds me that no matter what I’m going going through, there is always someone else worse off!
    3. Take a bubble bath with a fun magazine
    4. See a movie/go to dinner with a friend
    5. Bake cupcakes!
    Hope that you have a better weekend!

  • That’s an awesome giveaway!!!! Some things I like to do to cheer myself up – read a magazine, go for a walk, yoga, bake, dance around the apartment. 😀 Oh and read blogs.

  • Ah, sorry abt the rough week…things get like this, but it’s because of them we appreciate the good times! That’s what I do…I remind myself that there WILL be good times ahead, and to just bear with it, to look at the positive side of things and the hard times will pass!
    And more physical-wise, I’ll give my daddy or mommy a call and have a good time just talking and enjoying their evident love! 😀

  • Sana

    I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for those! To cheer myself up I usually watch a really good comedy (one that I know I’ll enjoy) or talk to my mom which always helps me to feel better and take things into perspective.

  • courtney

    ahhhh the uws whole foods is open???!?!

    to cheer myself up, i’ll always call my best friend. she’s the most logical, level-headed person on the planet and the only person on earth who will be totally honest with me but also ALWAYS find the silver lining in the situation. if she’s not around…a little shopping or chocolate (or both) don’t hurt 🙂

  • Beth

    So, I actually go to whole foods to cheer myself up! Walking through the produce aisle, and past the make your own trail mix bar always cheers me up! I have to make sure to only bring $10 with me and no credit cards though, or cheering myself up this way becomes an expensive habit! It’s about a mile walk to WF for me, and between the walk and the store, I always come back happier!

    thanks for the giveaway!

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