Friday, March 21, 2014

Recipe Redux: Chickpea Quinoa Patties--Gluten-free, Vegan

 


I am probably the world's worst plant-based eater/cook in that I've never made a homemade veggie burger. Never. They are my restaurant staples (mostly because of fries, let's be real), and I see drool-worthy recipes floating all over the internet. Making a veggie burger is on my 2014 goals.

I took a step in that direction with a falafel-esque chickpea quinoa patty. WHAT HAVE I BEEN HOLDING OUT FOR?? These are seriously good. PLUS they keep for at least a week in your fridge, and pack fantastically. 1 hour on a Sunday and you have lunches for the entire week. That is something I completely support.

Warning: you're going to want to put this dill sauce on everything. I may or may not have eating a spoonful right out of the jar one day. It's out of control. Again, what have I been doing with my life that cashew sauces have not been made more often??? 


Chickpea Quinoa Patties
Makes 10 patties (ie lunch for 2 people for 5 days)
1 cup dry quinoa
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp curry powder
sea salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook quinoa in 2 cups water for 15 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 450
3. In a food processor, puree all ingredients
4. Shape into 10 patties and lay on a parchament paper baking sheet
5. Cook for 15 minutes.
 

Cashew Dill Sauce
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup water
1/2 tsp capers
1 tsp fresh dill
Juice of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic
sea salt and pepper to taste

1. While the patties are cooking, puree cashews and water in a food processor until silky smooth
2. add in additional ingredients and puree some more
Tip: If you can't find fresh dill (i couldn't) these freeze-dried herbs from Litehouse are fantastic!! Nope--they didn't pay me to plug, i'm just newly obsessed. I also love Love Beets. I mean, come on!

Assembly:
Grab a pita, slice up some cucumbers, beets and pickled banana pepper. Put the patty in the pita, and slather it with cashew dill sauce. Add avocado slices to kick it up a notch. Be prepared to have your world rocked!!

Note: They are also delicious unassembled. The possibilites are endless!

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#MindfulMarch


This won't be the last time I say it, but I work with a remarkable group of individuals.  People that inspire me, that push me, that laugh with me, that hold me accountable. So when Bridgette encouraged  me to join the Vega Education Team's March Meditation challenge, I was like yes please!

See, I've gotten quite ADD in the last 5 years (yes, this is a self-diagnosis). Combination of more screens, wayyyyy too much time on said screens/social media, more work and constant multitasking means my brain never shuts up. Even when doing yoga my mind is rattling off to-do/to-text/to-tweet/to-talk lists. It's quite distracting. I've known about, and wanted to reap the benefits of meditation for quite some time. I'm all about mindfulness, especially around food, but I realized I need to practice what I preach by incorporating mindfulness into more areas of my life.
Look I'm even back to Journaling! (that's another post)
The thing I've had to keep front and center this month is that meditation is a practice. You're not going to be able to turn on beach sounds, sit down, and let your mind go blank. Nope, not happening. That takes practice. and it'll never be perfect.

So to help, I've enlisted the aid of two rad apps: Head Space and Stop. Breathe. Think. (there will probably be more apps, but these are the two i've tried and loved so far). 

Head Space 10 minute guided meditation by a wonderful British man. Get some (Head space that is...)

Stop. Breathe. Think. So what if it was created for teenagers. My brain is sometimes like a teenagers. I LOVE that you input your mood, your physical state and then emotions to generate a customized meditation. and the app is FREE!! (adorable cartoons of your brain don't hurt either)
 

11 days in, and I'm loving it. The animals love it too
"What, you're not on the floor just to pet me???"

If you follow me on twitter or instagram, you'll see EVEN MORE #MindfulMarch Madness. Get excited. 
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