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Sun Dried Tomato Basil Lentil Burgers

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Mine was (not surprisingly) busy, but this time it was filled with outings rather than mounds of homework… and that’s just how I like it. However, being out so much didn’t leave much time for food preparation for the week. When this happens, I usually try to make the simplest recipe that I know will keep me adequately fueled.

It’s times like these that I revert to old favorites that I can practically make in my sleep. Don’t let the time simplicity fool you; these sun-dried tomato basil lentil burgers are full of flavor! I love eating them on a big romaine lettuce salad filled to the brim with fresh veggies and topped with a drizzle of dijon mustard. Yum!

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Lentil Burgers 

Makes 4 burgers 

  • 8 oz precooked lentils (i.e. from Trader Joe’s; you can make your own if you have more time, but the flavor will be different)
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce/tamari)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  1. In a food processor, pulse all ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to process too much or the mixture will become paste-like. Leave a little texture instead!
  2. Divide mixture into 4 equal pieces. Shape into patties/burgers using your hands.
  3. Cook on a medium high heat in a non-stick skilled for ~3 minutes on each side, or until a gold-brown crust is achieved.
  4. Enjoy on a bun, salad, or as is! They’re even lovely cold.
Do you make your own homemade veggie burgers? What’s your favorite flavor combination? 
Have a lovely day!
Mandiee
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WIAW #18: Cake For Breakfast Edition

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Today is pretty chill around here after an exciting Monday. Yesterday I spent most of the day working on a new recipe, vegan + gluten-free cookie dough cake with creamy chocolate avocado frosting. Because of that, my eats were pretty out of the ordinary, so today’s What I Ate Wednesday is going to be a little…different.

I stayed up pretty late Monday night reading a new book, The Help, and exploring every nook and cranny of one of my colleges’ websites. I’m pretty convinced it’s perfect; if I don’t get accepted anywhere else, I know I’d be happy going there. ❤

Anyway, because of my late night, I woke up pretty late yesterday. I’m definitely taking full advantage of spring break by listening to my body’s natural queues. However, sometimes that means not eating right after waking up. SInce I wasn’t very hungry, I proceeded to bake a celebration cake. I certainly had enough cake to qualify as a meal, though. I had to try it to make sure the photos were worth snapping.

(Oh, and they were. They most certainly were.)

I think that since this cake involves whole grains (buckwheat + oats), healthy fats (coconut + avocado), veggies (pumpkin), fruit (banana + avocado), and a good amount of protein, it qualifies as a meal. So that means I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Am I right?

I continued my dessert-y day by eating a chocolate protein smoothie (pumped up with spinach!) and a steamed veggie salad for “lunch.” I wasn’t very hungry after all the cake taste-testing, but I did have a serious hankering for some sort of protein and greens. Problem solved.

I snacked on some fruit, nuts, and a little more cake before going to yoga… you know, just to make sure it was okay. (And yes, it most definitely was.) After yoga, though, I couldn’t imagine eating anything more sweet. Savory for dinner it was!

Stir-fried veggies (kale, red cabbage, asparagus, red bell peppers, purple sweet potatoes) were really the only thing that sounded good, but I decided to add a block of tofu to pump it up.

However, despite my efforts, my hunger randomly appeared with a vengeance. Many snacks followed, as well as some more cake. What can I say, I’m in love with this cake (and it’s so healthy, it’s crazy!).

What kinds of delicious food are you enjoying today? And what’s the best dessert you’ve had lately?

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee