Quinoa Sweet Potato Burgers

Full of texture and flavor these sweet potato quinoa burgers are an excellent protein-filled dinner…sans meat! Full of texture and flavor these sweet potato quinoa burgers are an excellent protein-filled dinner...sans meat! I can’t tell you how amazing it’s been to have Davida here in Minneapolis for a full week. She fits right in with the Team Fit Foodie weirdness and makes my life whole. Did you know…every morning Vids and I start our day with a Facetime chat? She’s in Toronto and I’m in Minneapolis, but we’ve somehow managed to make our friendship work and grow to extraordinary levels over the past 2 years. We talk about both business and life…making sure we’re staying on track with the blog, side projects, and sanity. We’re 100% raw with one another and it’s amazing. There’s nothing like getting real, honest feedback (the good and the bad) from someone you trust and love. If something looks like complete shit, she’s the first one to tell me. If it looks effing amazing…same thing. What I’m trying to say is that I hope you all have your person like I have mine. Through the good and the bad, they will be there for you. They’re the one who will calm you the eff down when you have a break-up or a broken foot and tell you on repeat that everything is going to be okay. They’re also the one who will fly across the country to surprise you at your businesse’s 5 year celebration. Find your person, yo…and don’t you let them go! Full of texture and flavor these sweet potato quinoa burgers are an excellent protein-filled dinner...sans meat! Guess where I am this weekend? MILWAUKEEEEEE. YAY. I can’t wait to make these burgers for Mark. Oh- and be in the same place as him for 4 days! I’ve been loving getting to know my home city as an adult. The MKE food and bev industry is AMAZING and dats a fact. Want to know some of my favs so far? Bugsy’s, Cafe Benelux, Milwaukee Public Market, and Swig. I’ll have to write a whole separate post on this sometime soon because the coffee scene also rocks. Full of texture and flavor these sweet potato quinoa burgers are an excellent protein-filled dinner...sans meat! Well I’ve gotten a little bit off track, haven’t I? These burgers, though! Nothing like a good ol’ homemade veggie burger, amiright? Ours are made with sweet potato, quinoa, black beans, and a whole bunch of spices! They’re seedy and delicious and really easy to make! Full of texture and flavor these sweet potato quinoa burgers are an excellent protein-filled dinner...sans meat! You can stack em’ or eat em’ on a bun…the choice is yours! We went the bun route and got sassy with our toppings.
  • purple onion
  • avocado
  • purple sprouts
  • Greek yogurt + Franks
Linley came up with my new favorite sauce that might even trump ketchup for me. GREEK YOGURT + FRANKS = THE BEST THING I’VE EVER PUT IN MY MOUTH. Try it. Then tell me you agree. Full of texture and flavor these sweet potato quinoa burgers are an excellent protein-filled dinner...sans meat!
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Quinoa Sweet Potato Burgers
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Author: Lee Hersh Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups roasted sweet potato, mashed (3-4 medium sweet potatoes)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup purple onion, diced
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (~1 cup uncooked)
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeño, finely diced
  • ⅓ cup roasted/unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons oat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. First, preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a baking sheet with coconut oil cooking spray. Then, cut sweet potatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil, poke them with a fork, and stick them in the oven skin-side down for 50-60 minutes.
  2. While your sweet potatoes are roasting, mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Once the sweet potatoes are done, let them cool for about 10 minutes. Then use a spoon to spoon out the flesh. Mash in a bowl. Add 2 cups of mashed sweet potato to your mixture and thoroughly combine.
  4. Preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a baking sheet with coconut oil cooking spray.
  5. To create burger patties, use a ½ cup scoop. Wet your hands to form 1-inch burger patties and place on the pan. Bake at 375ºF for 15 minutes on each side (30 minutes total).
  6. When burgers are done baking, heat about a teaspoon of olive oil on a nonstick skillet over low/medium heat.
  7. Place patties in the fry pan for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  8. When burgers are done, add toppings and enjoy!
Nutrition Information Serving size: 1/12 Calories: 178 Fat: 5 Sugar: 3 Protein: 7
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Roasted Lemon Asparagus with Pecans

Spring has sprung, and so has the asparagus! Asparagus is a member of the lily family and one of the first veggies to pop up in the spring. It’s asparagus season right now here in Ontario, so I’m eating tons of this veggie right now, because not only is it super tasty, but it’s got tons of health benefits:
  • a great source of folate, which is important for red blood cell production and helps prevent neural tube defects in the early stages of pregnancy
  • an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin C, but keep in mind that this nutrient is very heat sensitive, so don’t overcook!
  • very good source of plant-based, blood-building iron
  • tons of fiber to keep your digestive system moving joyously
  • a good source of calcium, which is especially important if you’re avoiding dairy
Most asparagus is green, but you can also find white and purple. White asparagus is more tender, but lacks the nutritious chlorophyll that makes standard asparagus green. Purple asparagus is smaller, but has an extra super-nutritious antioxidant: anthocyanins (the same nutrient that makes dark berries an antioxidiant powerhouse).
There are lots of healthy ways to cook asparagus; you can blanch it, steam it or stir-fry it, but one of my favourite ways is to oven roast it, which helps retain lots of those health-boosting nutrients.
I’m so excited about asparagus season that I’m going to share my asparagus recipe from my book Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting up here on the blog because I want everyone to have it!
You may be surprised to see grapeseed oil rather than olive oil in this recipe. I love extra virgin olive oil for lots of things, but the phytonutrients in this oil are really delicate, and if exposed to too much heat, they can smoke and oxidize. Grapeseed oil is far better at standing up to the heat of roasting, so save the EVOO for salads and use grapeseed oil when you want to turn up the heat!
Roasted Lemon Asparagus with Pecans 2016-05-02 11:14:23
  1. 1 lb (450 g) asparagus (preferably thick spears)
  2. 2 Tbsp (30 mL) balsamic vinegar or juice of one lemon
  3. 1 to 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  4. 2 pinches of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Snap tough ends off asparagus and discard. Place asparagus in a large baking dish or baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and grapeseed oil and roll asparagus around to coat well.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast for 18-20 minutes or until fork-tender. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with pecans.
Joyous Health http://www.joyoushealth.com/
What seasonally spring foods are you excited to start seeing at the farmer’s market? Let me know in the comments below!
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Egg in a Frame

Looking for a fun way to eat eggs and toast? This egg in a Frame recipe made with Dave’s Killer Bread White Bread Done Right will only take you 10 minutes AND is the coolest breakfast around! Looking for a fun way to eat eggs and toast? This egg in a Frame recipe will only take you 10 minutes AND is the coolest breakfast around! I am verrrrry excited to introduce a new FFF partnership with Dave’s Killer Bread! I am a BIG fan of amped up bread made with real ingredients and that’s exactly what Dave’s is. Today’s recipe features their White Bread Done Right, which has the most whole grains out of any white bread on the market! WHATTTTT. It’s a blend of whole grain flours and doesn’t include any bleached flour OR high fructose corn syrup. Yes please. Really though, that is HUGE! Parents- you could totally get away with telling your picky kids that this is “real white bread,” when it’s really white bread done right 😛 Check it out : 3g protein | 2g fiber | 120mg omega-3 | 10g whole grains. Looking for a fun way to eat eggs and toast? This egg in a Frame recipe will only take you 10 minutes AND is the coolest breakfast around! I think this may be the most controversial blog post I will ever write. A few weeks ago I asked my Instagram what they call “egg in a frame” and I couldn’t believe the diversity in answers AND how passionate people are about this recipe.
  • Egg in a frame (what I call it!)
  • Egg in a basket
  • Hen in a nest
  • Egg in a nest
  • Egg in a hat
  • Eggs in a blanket
  • Frog in a hole
  • Twin sun toast
  • Surprise egg
  • Popeye
  • Eggie in the middle
  • Bullseye
  • Buca mi buca di
  • Ships egg
  • Caprese
  • Campfire egg
  • Miami egg
I have never seen a single dish that has so many name for it! NUTS. My favorite answer was Buca mi buca di. Apparently it’s Italian and there is no direct translation in English. I also really liked Eggie in the Middle and think I might just start calling it that 😛 Really though- this recipe is so much fun and a great way to get the whole family involved with breakfast. Want to know something else? It’s an AMAZING meal prep breakfast recipe because you can make these in bulk and freeze them in sandwich bags and then reheat them in the oven! Looking for a fun way to eat eggs and toast? This egg in a Frame recipe will only take you 10 minutes AND is the coolest breakfast around! When Team Fit Foodie made this recipe, we served it with bacon and garlicky kale. NOM NOM NOM. Of course a side of orange juice was included as well as copious amounts of coffee. Want to know something else I did? You know the little round piece of bread you cut out to make the frame? I put peanut butter on mine :) Then I put a slice of banana and 2 blueberries on top of that to make a smiley face. I DON’T EVER WANNA GROW UP. Looking for a fun way to eat eggs and toast? This egg in a Frame recipe will only take you 10 minutes AND is the coolest breakfast around!
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Egg in a Frame
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Author: Lee Hersh Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 slices of Dave's Killer Bread White Bread Done Right
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rub boths sides of the bread with olive oil.
  2. Use a small round object (mason jar cover, round cookie cutter, the top of a glass) to cut a round circle out of the middle of each piece of bread.
  3. Heat a large skillet over low/medium heat and add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
  4. When the olive oil is fragrant, add the bread and circle cut outs to the pan.
  5. Toast on the pan for for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Flip.
  6. Crack an egg in the center of each bread square.
  7. Cover pan for 3 to 5 minutes until a white film develops over the egg yolk, (cook time will vary on the heat of your pan and your desired runniness of the yolk).
  8. When your Egg in a Frame is toasted and your egg is ready, remove from heat and plate.
  9. Sprinkle on fresh thyme and salt and pepper, to taste.
Nutrition Information Serving size: ½ Calories: 321 Fat: 22 Carbohydrates: 22 Sugar: 2 Sodium: 431 Fiber: 2 Protein: 9
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Looking for a fun way to eat eggs and toast? This egg in a Frame recipe will only take you 10 minutes AND is the coolest breakfast around! If you’re looking to find Dave’s Killer Bread near you…use their product finder HERE. This post is sponsored by Dave’s Killer Bread, my favorite bread company! I was compensated an all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Fit Foodie Finds. Let's block ads! (Why?) Read More
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