Meatless Monday {On Friday}

The BOY took his last final on Monday and immediately hit the city with his law school friends in celebration!  Although he asked me to join him, I had had a busy day of personal training and acupuncture (along with laundry and all of the other things that didn’t get done while I was in class Saturday and Sunday).  Since I knew that I was on my own for dinner, I was psyched for a meatless Monday.  When I got back from my appointments, I was starving and although I didn’t have a specific recipe for dinner, I had lots of fresh produce and grains that I knew I could turn into a filling dinner.  I drew inspiration from the Whole Foods sweet potato quinoa burgers when ‘creating’ this meal.

 

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I shredded up a whole bunch of veggies and stirred them into cooked quinoa topped with dried cranberries.

 

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I wasn’t sure what to do regarding spices, so I went with the basics (basil and sea salt) and added in a few of my new Spice House finds.

 

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To hold the mixture together, I stirred in egg whites and formed 6 patties.

 

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I baked them in the oven for ~ 15 minutes, flipping one time.

 

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Even after 15 minutes, a few of my patties still broke apart a bit when I removed them.  I figured this was okay because it happens even with my Whole Foods burgers sometimes : )

 

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Meanwhile, I roasted up some veggies as a side.

 

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Not all of my burgers fell apart, but even the ones that did, tasted great!

 

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Everything came together to make an incredibly tasty and filling dinner.  The burgers have a strong veggie flavor and the basil is the perfect compliment.

 

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And the leftover burgers (although not in true burger form) were just as tasty for lunch the next day!

 

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Vegetable and Quinoa Burgers

Makes 6 burgers

 

1 1/2 cups shredded veggies (I used zucchini, carrots, and mushrooms)

1 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 tsp sea salt

pinch of white pepper

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp basil

2 egg whites

 

Stir together your veggies, quinoa, and spices.  Stir in 2 egg whites.  Form into 6 burgers and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, flipping once, until starting to brown on the top.

 

***This recipe is a work in progress and forgiving!  Get creative and have fun! 

PS I would definitely add in some sweet potato next time too!

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3 thoughts on “Meatless Monday {On Friday}

    • I am just getting into brussel sprouts, but we have been making them on the grill and they are so good. I just learned the trick of cutting them in half so that they cook more evenly. Yum!

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