Good morning friends! Hope your day is off to a good start! Last night I got almost 10 hours of sleep (~11 pm – 9 am), and I finally woke up feeling refreshed and excited to get out of bed to start the day! It’s amazing what an hour extra of sleep can do to your mindset :).
Today I’ve got a vegan recipe lined up which I think, even the most carnivorous of people would enjoy. Thanks to the quinoa and chick peas, it packs a punch of protein, and combined with the sweet potatoes, makes for quite a filling meal!
There are a few other things besides Pam (that’s a compliment, Pam!) that made this dish so unique…
Yep. Award-winning! A few days ago, Pam’s mother sent her a package containing a random assortment of things, one of which was this avocado! Pam was kind enough to share it for the recipe, and I’m sure glad that she did, because it was the best avocado I’ve had in months!
When I arrived at Pam’s place, she had already started the cooking process, by chopping vegetables up and adding them to the food processor.
Once all of the ingredients were blended, the mixture was very similar to a sweet potato coloured hummus.
We then added the hummus mixture to the lightly crushed chick peas to give the burgers a little more texture.
And finally, mixed the chickpea concoction with the cooked quinoa, and formed some vegan patties!
Our batch formed 6 “burgers”, and I am happy to report that they held together very well. No crumbly patties here! (ps. I hate the word patties- I need to find another word to use as a substitute).
We topped our vegan burgers with sautéed onions, lettuce, avocado, tomato, and some homemade lemon tahini sauce.
Don’t let the bland colour of the sauce fool you- its taste was out of this world! It reminded me an awful lot of the dressing I had on my black rice bowl at Agno last weekend.
Claire (not photographed) and Pam each enjoyed a burger alongside an English muffin, and I had two burgers sans English muffin (I have an aversion to English muffins).
If you’re looking for a filling, healthy, and vegan/vegetarian meal for either lunch or dinner, I highly recommend trying this recipe! I’m not usually a veggie burger fanatic (mostly because I don’t like how the manufactured kinds include all sorts of crazy preservatives and ingredients), but this one rocked. Way to go, Pam!
Sweet Potato Chick Pea Quinoa Burgers with Lemon Tahini Sauce
- 1 small handful cilantro
- 2 sweet potatoes, baked
- 2 cups quinoa, cooked
- 1/2 can chickpeas, divided (1/4 of can will go in food processor, other half will be crushed by hand)
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 3 scallions
- 1 Tbsp tahini
- salt and pepper to taste
- a pinch of garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
Lemon Tahini Sauce
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 2 Tbsp tahini
- 1/2 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon chill powder
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 6 lettuce leaves
- 1/2 onion, sautéed in oil (we used coconut oil, but olive oil also works)
Optional: English muffins, burger buns, sandwich thins
- Bake sweet potatoes at 350 until soft (can puncture easily with a fork)
- Place dry quinoa in boiling water on stovetop until fully cooked
- In food processor, combine cilantro, sweet potatoes, cilantro, lime juice, 1/4 can chickpeas, scallions, 1 Tbsp tahini, salt/pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.
- Process until a hummus-like texture is formed. If chunks remain, that’s okay! It will give the burgers some more texture.
- Combine hummus mixture with quinoa, and form into patties.
- Transfer patties to a hot pan, and cook until the outsides become crispy (roughy 3-4 minutes each side, maybe less)
- Remove from heat and top with sauce and other extras!
For Lemon Tahini Sauce
- Combine all ingredients and stir until well mixed.
- Feel free to add a little more salt, pepper, or other spices based on your desired taste.
Alrighty, time for me to head out. I’ve got a doctors appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon (hoping he’ll have a little more insight in so far as my knee injury goes), and then I’m off to Philly with the team to watch the US Open squash championships! It’s always so inspiring to watch such amazing talent, and let’s be honest, I’m also stoked to go back to Philly! 🙂
Have a great rest of your Thursday!
Have you ever made or tried vegan burgers?
If you’re a fan of vegan foods, what do you add to your dishes to make them more fillings?
Have you ever eaten an award-winning vegetable?!?!