Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week!In coming up with recipes lately, my focus has been on recreating things I find myself buying constantly. Every time I go to the grocery store, I pick up some frozen veggie burgers. And every time I tell myself I should just make my own. The first attempt resulted in patties of baby food mush. Yummy baby food, but…baby food. It’s funny how with cooking, sometimes the tiniest ingredient or technique tweak can make a world of difference—I made a couple tiny changes for round two and BOOM. Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week! Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week!

I’m so in love with these. I make a batch at the start of the week and pop ‘em in the freezer to have on hand. They can be served as a burger (duh), on top of a salad (my favorite way to eat them!) or mashed up with some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Talk about a food prepper’s dream! Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week!

I’m not vegan or gluten-intolerant, but it was so easy to make these without eggs or gluten that I went for it.

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Yield: 10-12 patties

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweet potato, coarsely mashed
  • 1 can black beans (15oz)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ½ of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (I used gluten free), ground
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I probably used ½ tsp salt and a little less pepper)

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to the package (bring water to a boil, add rice, simmer 35-40 mins); roughly ½ cup dry with make enough for the 1 cup of cooked rice you need.
  2. While the rice is cooking, peel your potato/s (one huge potato or two medium sized will probably be enough) and chop into small pieces. Toss them lightly in extra virgin olive oil before spreading on a baking sheet and placing in the oven for 20 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping halfway through. When they’re done, use a fork to coarsely mash them up (you want them to be chunky; not like a puree).
  3. Grind the oats into a flour using your food processor. Next add the beans, rice and onion into the food processor and pulse a few times. You want them to retain some structure and “chunk”. Because I am severely challenged in the cutting-cilantro-and-garlic department, I also tossed those in the food processor with the previous ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the food processor contents, the sweet potato and all the remaining spices. I found it was most efficient to use my hands to do this.
  5. If the potatoes were still hot when you mixed everything together, you may want to stick the mixture in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Otherwise, get right to the patty-making. Grabbing a small handful of the mixture, roll it into a ball in your hands and then gently press it into a patty shape.
  6. To serve, heat a splash of olive oil on medium-high heat on the stove top and cook the veggie burger for 3-4 minutes, flipping midway.
  7. To store, wrap in a piece of parchment paper (so they don’t stick to each other), place into a plastic Ziploc or Tupperware container, and freeze.
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Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week! Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week!If you do Sunday food prepping for the week, add these to your list! I wrap each patty in a small piece of parchment paper and then stack 3-4 into a ziploc bag and slide ‘em in the freezer. Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Mini Won Ton Cup Omelets

Mini Won Ton Cup OmeletsBut seriously, is it ever not time for breakfast? Pancakes for dinner, cereal for…every meal, and now mini omelets for your next party. I came up with these mini won ton cup omelets as part of my project with Nasoya, and they’re easy to make and delicious. Eat them as a snack or serve them at your next gathering—the won ton cups make them the perfect finger food!

Mini Won Ton Cup Omelets Mini Won Ton Cup Omelets

Mini Won Ton Cup Omelets

Yield: 12

Mini Won Ton Cup Omelets

Ingredients

  • 12 Nasoya Won Ton Wraps
  • 4 eggs (2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites)
  • 2 scallions, green parts chopped (discard white part)
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Optional:
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 package of Nasoya Organic Firm Tofu (2-3oz)

Instructions

  1. If you're adding in the optional tofu, cut away 1/4 of the block of tofu and sandwich it between two paper towels. Apply pressure by topping it with a plate and then something heavy (a can of tomato sauce, for example). Let the liquid drain from it for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add a bit of extra virgin olive oil and the garlic to a skillet over medium heat. When garlic begins to turn golden, add in the mushrooms, chives and tomatoes and sauté until cooked (about 5 minutes). Add in the basil right at the end and stir until it has wilted.
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl and stir in the sautéed vegetables (and mozzarella if you’re adding cheese). If you're adding tofu, cut your block into tiny cubes and stir those in as well.
  5. Line a lightly greased mini cupcake tin with the won ton wraps. Press a wrap in each hole, gently folding the sides to fit around the perimeter.
  6. Using a spoon, carefully dump the egg-veggie mixture into the won ton cups.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Tips of won ton wraps should be golden brown, and egg should be fully cooked.
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Mini Won Ton Cup Omelets mini-won-ton-cup-omelets-2Sorry for the photo overload–these were almost as fun to take pictures of as they were to eat. And speaking of which, I ate all 12 myself in two sittings if that says anything about how yummy they are. I try to only make big batches of things when I know my boyfriend is around to eat the majority of it, but he was cutting weight for his MMA fight when I concocted these little morsels DAMNIT. I ate more than half the batch for brinner (breakfast + dinner = brinner?), stored them in a tupperware container in the fridge overnight, and then popped them in the toaster oven for a few minutes the next day to snack on them throughout the morning. I thought they still tasted great after being reheated, so all you food preppers might want to add this recipe to your weekly plan!

Mini Won Ton Cup Omelets Mini Won Ton Cup Omelets

This post was sponsored by Nasoya. I was given full creative control over the content and, as always, all opinions are my own.

What’s your favorite way to eat breakfast…not at breakfast?

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Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats with Tofu

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats (perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving dish!)As the country becomes collectively more health-conscious, holiday meals have gotten a little more difficult. Your aunt is vegan; your cousin doesn’t eat gluten; Grandma is lactose-intolerant; your sister doesn’t eat meat; Dad invited Michael Pollan to dinner—sh*t just got complicated and that Stop & Shop turkey ain’t gonna cut it.

While that scenario is a little dramatized (Me? Exaggerate?? Never…), we probably all have a person coming to dinner this Thanksgiving who doesn’t want to eat turkey. In my family, it’s my mom and I. Luckily, there are countless ways to incorporate holiday flavors into a main course without meat. As part of my collaboration with Nasoya, I experimented around with tons of vegetarian recipes in the kitchen, and these spaghetti squash boats were a home run. They’re filling, use seasonal flavors, and make for a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. If you’re vegan, just leave out the goat cheese!

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats (perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving dish!)

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats with Tofu

Yield: 2

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats with Tofu

Ingredients

  • ½ container Nasoya lite firm tofu (about 7oz), crumbled using a fork
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • ½-3/4 lb Brussels sprouts, halved
  • ½ cup cranberry sauce (I used whole fruit sauce because I love the chunks!)
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper for seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise; scrape out the seeds and stringy guts; brush with olive oil, salt and pepper; place face-side down in a pan; and bake for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. If you’re unfamiliar with spaghetti squash, use THIS TUTORIAL as a reference—it’ll walk you through the baking process using pictures.
  2. When the squash is cooked, flip the halves over and partially scrape out the inside with a fork. You want to leave at least a ½-inch of the meat attached to the skin so that your boats hold their structure. Add the squash you’ve scraped out to a bowl with the Brussels sprouts, crumbled tofu, cranberry sauce, and pecans. Stir it all together.
  3. Fill the two spaghetti squash halves with the mixture and sprinkle the top with the goat cheese.
  4. Reduce your oven’s temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Enjoy! Make sure to scrape out the sides of your bowl as you eat so you don’t let any delicious spaghetti squash go to waste.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/11/19/stuffed-spaghetti-squash-boats-with-tofu/

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats (perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving dish!)Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats (perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving dish!)This post was sponsored by Nasoya. I was giving full creative control over the content and all opinions, as always, are my own.

Do you have any vegetarians coming to Thanksgiving dinner this year? What are you planning on serving?

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