Month: March 2014

Do you dabble with Veggie Burgers?

Are burgers one of your favorite meals? They are definitely one of mine! I grew up eating BBQ and burgers, layered with lettuce, tomato, ketchup and maybe a little bit of mayo. Or actually, maybe a lot of mayo. 🙂 Since my pallet has changed, I have not enjoyed so many  burgers with all the fixings. Over the last few months I have tried a few recipes for veggie burgers that A- can be made at home, B – are made of whole foods and C- can be grilled and covered with cheese (for those non vegans). Here are three recipes I’ve had the best luck with and why!

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1. http://ohsheglows.com/2011/07/13/our-perfect-veggie-burger/ — These turned out awesome and would have stayed my favorite but I found that I had to stick to the recipe pretty close for it to turn out as beautiful as hers. And let’s face it, I have a hard time following any recipe. Could that be why my baking items never turn out quite right? 🙂 They are SUPER filling and freeze nicely. Also, they are nice when grilled.

2. http://ohsheglows.com/2013/10/28/thai-sweet-potato-veggie-burgers-with-spicy-peanut-sauce/ — WOW. I think I even gave some away for people to try and they were blown away too. I substituted some ingredients and they still turned out great. Again, a little time consuming but worth it completely!

3. http://www.veganricha.com/2013/05/bbq-lentil-veggie-burger-with-mango.html — AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!! These would be my favorite so far! They extremely easy to make, the lentils are the bind (so no egg or flax egg needed) and you can definitely change the ingredients for what you have. I made these on Sunday and they were kind of “Leftover Veggie Burgers.” I only had a little bit of cauliflower, 1 huge carrot, 2 cloves garlic, bundle of cilantro and more like 3 inch nob of ginger. I also added WAY more oat flour (I didn’t have chickpea flour or flaxmeal) than I needed but it complimented it nicely! I wish I had homemade BBQ sauce but I didn’t so I made these “Indian-esqe Veggie Burgers” — tumeric, cardamon pods and curry powder were my seasonings. The whole process took under 1 hour and I was left with 13 nicely round, full and scrumptious burgers for my lunch. ** Note: I think I tripled the recipe**

I think the best part about veggie burgers is once you find a recipe that you feel comfortable with you can make a variety of burgers just by changing the ingredients. The base can always stay the same or you can try a different bean or lentil. You can add carrot or get wild and add carrot and onion! You can add cilantro or sub that fragrant herb for another such as parsley. These can also become Italian style “beanballs.” The possibilities are endless and this a great way to get creative with your food! Have fun and give one of these recipes a try! If you know of a good homemade Veggie Burger creation be sure to share it for all us food creators!

Love & Light & Food Happiness

Abby & Zig, my partner in the kitchen.

 

 

Do you have a game plan for this week?

Ever feel like you make a bunch of lists and “to-dos” for your week and then each day passes and all the sudden it’s Friday and you can’t even remember what you have done or eaten? My way of slowing down and making sure my ducks are in a row so I can actually enjoy my week is to have a game plan for each day. While lurking online on the weekends, I bookmark recipes that seem appetizing and also scope out my favorite food blogs to find new ideas. On Sunday, I make a list that looks something like this:

1. Lunches — I make two different ones that will last 2 days each. I should also say that I have a lovely best friend in Taiwan (s/o Josie!) and we swap lunches. I cook lunches for us for two days and she creates lunches for the next two days. This is also a great idea if you have someone at work that eats similar to you and is willing to swap some food around!

2. Sean’s Lunch — What is my lovely husband going to eat? Most weeks this consist of beef or tuna fried rice/ tuna or ham sandwiches or some type of chicken and rice concoction. Do you think he likes tuna? A little?

3. 3 Dinners — I try to make 2 meals that will last 2 nights each and one meal that is a one nighter type of thang. We generally eat out once or twice a week.

4.  Snack! — Most days at 4 o’clock I am desperately in need of a mid afternoon snack. Sometimes we have muffins, granola, energy balls, hummus, etc.

5. Breakfast! — Juices, granola, fruit, bread with cashew nut butter? Our options are unlimited. Well slightly limited,  seeing as how I can not find sprouted Ezekiel bread. 🙂

So on Sunday when I go shopping all my bases are covered. This sets me up for my week. Not only does it keep me more organized and free up my mornings so I can leisurely practice my yoga, but it ensures that I am able to eat healthy food made with love…ALL WEEK LONG! Everyone is different and having a plan that works for you just kind of makes life easier in general.

Today, I actually stayed out of the kitchen (besides Sean’s lunch and my Red Sauce creation) and our roomie, Mackenzie, spent the afternoon in the kitchen! She really took care of it all and hooked us up allllllll week long 🙂 THANKS MACCA!

This is what my week this week looks like:

  • Lunches: Spinach & Apple Salad / Greek Inspired Quinoa Salad + Josie’s awesome swap lunches!
  • Sean’s Lunch: Tuna Sandwiches and Vegetable Fried Rice (homemade of course!)
  • Dinners: Ginger Sesame Salmon/ Green Thai Curry/ Vegetable Korma/ Homemade Red Sauce with Soba Noodles  — Sean’s best friend is coming and bringing his LARGE appetite with him.
  • Snack: Granola Bars
  • Breakfast: Cardamom Maple Granola

Check out this link for lunch ideas:

http://food52.com/blog/9804-lunches-that-pack-in-5-minutes-or-less

http://ohsheglows.com/2013/07/19/cumin-lime-black-bean-quinoa-salad-quick-easy/ — made this last week for lunch. WOW! That’s all I can actually say. Especially the dressing (which would be a fabulous marinade!)

http://ohsheglows.com/2010/09/13/power-house-glonola/ — I base ALL my granola creations off this one! Just use what you have and when you feel stable with your granola baking branch out and explore. Today’s granola creation only included: almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds + cardamom seeds. YUM.

http://ohsheglows.com/2014/02/27/one-bowl-double-chocolate-chunk-cookies/ — I made a cookie based off this recipe tonight. I used whole wheat flour, added craisans and cashews. I also only had a little chocolate so some cookies had chocolate and some did not! I used 2 eggs, no sugar and no sunflower butter.

While writing this I managed to listen to music throwbacks from 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s — including baby got back, brickhouse, no diggity and respect! YEEEEEE. I might be excited to dance at our wedding in August. Maybe a little.

Share what works for you during the week!

Love & Light always and in ALL ways. Especially in your food.