Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers with Sweet n’ Spicy Slaw

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There have been many times at restaurants where due to lack of a better option, I was left ordering the veggie burger. I say this in a disappointed tone because of some seriously bad experiences. Chunks of corn, dryness or weird seasonings are just some of the many points I have on my veggie burger sh*t list. Ultimately it has been the taste of freezer burn that has really turned me off from the patty all together. And if you are think you are doing your body good by having that veggie burger… most of the time those few veggies hidden in that burger are coated in white flour and butter. Often, it might even be better to just have that ol’ hamburger if you truly enjoy that more!

This isn’t my first time making veggie burgers. I have done it before by following a few recipes that were… ok. Some recipes actually required so much work that by the time the patties were finished, I was too tired to even make them. So this week I hit my kitchen to create my own veggie burger with flavours that I love! The result was a tasty, nutritious and easy to make patty that I’ll be making time and again. Sweet potatoes, lentils, sunflower seeds and brown rice add protein, fiber, healthy fats and a whole load of vitamins leaving you satisfied and glowing!

The sweet potato will leave this burger more on the softer side so I don’t recommend eating these with a bun. Plus, you really have all the carbohydrates you need from the patty alone. Pairing it with a crunchy lettuce wrap or in my case cabbage cup, is the perfect contrast to the soft texture of the burger. Plus, the sweet and spicy slaw is detox friendly and adds the perfect amount of heat and crunch to the wrap. Skip the mayo and add avocado or even tomato, pickles and onion. Yum! If you want the burger to be more solid, then adding more brown, chickpea or all purpose gluten free flour will do the trick! Just slowly add until you have reached the desired consistency!
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Serves 6

Veggie Burger Ingredients:

• 2 sweet potatoes (peeled)
• 2 cups brown rice
• 1 cup chickpea flour (or brown rice, quinoa, all purpose gluten free)
• 1 yellow onion (chopped)
• 3 clove garlic (chopped)
• 1 can or 2 cups green lentils (drained and rinsed)
• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1 tbsp montreal steak spice
• few dashes hot sauce
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
• 1 tsp pepper
• 1 head purple cabbage (for serving)
• 1 avocado (sliced..for serving)

Slaw Ingredients:

• 1 head green cabbage (shredded)
• 3 carrots (shredded)
• 1/2 cup purple cabbage (shredded)
• 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
• 3 tbsp honey
• squeeze of lemon juice
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tsp sriracha (or to taste)
• pinch of salt and pepper

Directions for Slaw:

1. In a large bowl whisk vinegar, honey, sriracha, lemon, salt and pepper until combined. Then slowly add olive oil. Stir in cabbage and place in the fridge until you serve.

Directions for Burgers:

1. Start by getting your rice cooking according to the directions on the bag.

2. While rice is cooking, begin peeling your sweet potatoes and steaming or boiling until you can easily pierce them with a fork.

3. Begin sautéing onions in the 1 tbsp olive oil until tender. Add chopped garlic. Stir for 2 minutes and then put aside.

4. Cook lentils according to directions or drain and rinse from a can. Please wash very well!

5. Once everything is cooked, mash the sweet potato in a bowl until smooth. Let the mixture cool.

6. Add lentils, sunflower seeds, onion/garlic mixture, and rice. Slowly add flour until you reach desired consistency. It should not be overly mushy and should hold together as a burger. Add more or less as needed. **The burger will still not be too stiff!

7. Then add the steak spice, cumin, salt, pepper and hot sauce.

8. If the mixture is still hot, it will not form well into patties. You can put it in the fridge to cool down for an hour.

9. Remove mixture and form into patties. You can put them in the fridge or freezer to use at a later date.

10. Coat a skillet or pan with olive oil on medium heat. Cook burgers for 5 minutes on each side to form a crust. (You can skip this step if you want as everything in the burger is cooked, but the crusty outside gives a delicious flavour!)

11. Peel the purple cabbage apart very carefully to keep their cup form. Place burgers inside the cabbage cup and top with slices of avocado and sweet n’ spicy slaw! Serve with some kale chips! Bon appetit!
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Snap Pea and Pistachio Salad

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This salad is a perfect light appetizer or lunch for those hot summery days that are around the corner. Simple to put together and packed with healthy ingredients, this salad is easy on the eyes and tastes delicious. Although I often throw everything that is in my fridge into my salads, it is nice to have a planned meal where the ingredients really compliment one another. The crunchy radish, pistachio and peas go great with the soft spinach and creamy avocado. The fresh basil and garlicky apple cider vinagraitte make the salad fragrant without leaving you feeling heavy. Perfect combination!

Heres some added benefits you’ll get from the ingredients!

Avocado: Amazing source of monounsaturated fat, vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin E, lutein, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and fiber. Put away that multivitamin people. Plus it hydrates your skin from the inside out!

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Kind of like lemons, it may seem odd to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. There are other claims that apple cider vinegar detoxes the body and can help with diabetes, weight loss and arthritis! It can also work as a great hair mask and face toner. Mix 1 tbsp of ACV in 1 cup water and see for yourself.

Pistachio: Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and healthy fats these nutritional powerhouses will keep you feeling full and have shown to lower cholesterol.

Garlic: Research has shown that this tasty herb is responsible for helping with many heart conditions,cancer prevention, diabetes and to fight infections.

Tastes good. Good for you!

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 3 cups spinach
• 2 cups snap peas (chopped in chunks)
• 4 tbsp pistachio (roughly chop)
• 4 radish (thinly sliced)
• 1/2 avocado (chopped)

Dressing Ingredients:

• 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
• 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 tsp honey
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
• 1 tbsp shallot (finely chopped)
• 1-2 tbsp fresh basil (finely chopped)
• pinch salt
• 1 tsp pepper

Directions:

1. Prep all ingredients and place in a bowl.

2. Whisk vinegars, honey, salt, pepper, garlic, shallot in a bowl until combined. Slowly add olive oil. Then add basil. Toss salad with dressing and serve.

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Cornmeal Berry Cake

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Happy Mothers Day! In honor of my amazing mom, I will be sharing my recipe for her favourite cornmeal berry cake. I have been making this scrumptious cake for her for years. I have even poured the same batter into muffin tins! It is not overly sweet and is a perfect light end to a meal (or start to a day…). I am actually going to be sharing not one but TWO versions of this recipe.. one that is lower on the carb scale, and the other a more simple approach for all you new gluten free folks out there. I make both versions of this cake depending on what I have in my pantry, but both are equally as good.

Corn has become a very controversial ingredient with all the GMO talk swinging around. As always, buy good quality ingredients and do some research. I use Bob’s Red Mill medium grind cornmeal which leave the germ and bran right inside where it belongs. Although not advertised on their bags, Bob’s Red Mill products originate from identity-preserved, non-GMO seeds. If the bags don’t say anything about the GMO’s look up the product on the internet. Most reliable brands will have all your questions covered with a click of a button! Yay for technology! Back to the cake…

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This cake can be turned upside for that cool psychedelic berry look, but I prefer to leave mine right side up! I really think it is most beautiful left with that warm berry stained cake bottom with fresh berries contrasting nicely on the crisp top.  This cake is fantastic with some coconut milk ice cream but it would also go great with some coconut whipped cream or drizzled with pure maple syrup(yum)! Personally, I enjoy the cake as is. Remember that if you are not dairy free, gluten free etc… feel free to replace with your own flours, sugars, milk etc… Likewise if you are vegan, replace the eggs with 1 tbsp of chia/flax to 3 tbsp almond milk for each egg. As always, my recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Hope you all enjoy, and show your mom how much you appreciate everything she does!

XX
Jen
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**The low carb version will have a more solid batter. It will look more like cookie dough, don’t be alarmed!

Low Carb Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 cups fresh berries (divided)
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1/2 cup medium grind cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill)
• 3/4 cup almond flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
• 1 tsp cinammon
• 1/2 cup xyltiol
• pinch of salt
• 2 eggs lightly beaten
• 2/3 cup almond milk
• 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

or for the regular version….

Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 cups fresh berries (divided)
• 1 1/3 cup brown rice flour or all purpose gluten free flour
• 1/2 cup medium grind cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill)
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 cup xyltiol
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
• 1 tsp cinammon
• pinch of salt
• 2 eggs lightly beaten
• 2/3 cup almond milk
• 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Line springform or 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper and then grease with coconut oil.

3. Arrange half of the berries on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

4.In a medium sized bowl stir together flours, cornmeal,xylitol, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

5.In another bowl whisk together eggs, almond milk, vanilla and coconut oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir until combined; spread evenly over prepared pan of berries. ** the low carb version will have a thicker batter. Use your hands to spread the mixture across the pan to cover berries.

6.Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until pick inserted near center comes out clean and top is golden. Cool for 5 minutes. Run knife around edge of the pan to loosen sides and remove from pan. Let the cake finish cooling on a wire rack. Top with berries and serve plain or with recommended toppings!
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