Veggie Burgers – even better than Costco’s Kirkland brand!

As barbecue season is fast approaching (or if you are crazy like me, you barbecue all year round), you are probably thinking about healthy options to throw on your grill. You might be grilling up some meat with a little bit of this amazing BBQ sauce or roasting vegetable disks with a simple Dijon lemon dressing. Sometimes, you just want an alternative to the meat burger that still tastes delicious. For me, I am always looking for a veggie burger that is not packed full of soy, gluten or a crazy form of MSG (often hidden in the ingredients as yeast extract or some other sneaky word to make you think it’s OK). Guess what people? I have yet to find a pre-packaged veggie burger that does not contain these things. Have you?

The other day, I asked my husband to pick up some veggie burgers from Costco. I love Costco as it is a great place to find clean eats (as long as you’re smart) and many local, sustainable brands are sold there.  Check out Angela’s recent post of how to shop smart at Costco on Eat Spin Run Repeat. So, normally my husband is very good at checking out ingredients and making sure they are “Suzanne approved”. I love him for it. I told him that the Kirkland brand is usually pretty good, so he picked it up. We go about getting dinner ready and I casually look at the ingredient list. WOWZA! Over 25 ingredients including textured soy protein, bulgur wheat and autolyzed yeast extract…damn it! Why can’t picking up convenience foods that are not crazy with ingredients just be easy for once!?!? Here’s the thing with eating clean – you have to make most foods from scratch or you pay a hefty price tag to get exactly what you are looking for. I took another gander at the ingredients and thought “I can recreate this and make it work for our food sensitivities”.

And that is exactly what I did.

 

Enter the awesome homemade veggie burger…

I packed these with the superpower of sweet potato, kale and chia seeds to really up the nutritional value. To save time, I did have the brown rice and sweet potato cooked the previous night for dinner, making a little extra knowing I would be creating this recipe the next day. Try a high quality mustard on these like this brand paired with some dill pickle, my Million Dollar Relish  on a gluten-free bun with some crunchy Romain lettuce and we have a vegetarian winner people! If you are looking for a vegan option, eliminate the cheese and sub for nutritional yeast. Simple and delicious! Now pull out the tongs and let’s get grillin’!

 

Veggie Burgers
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato cooked
  • 1-14oz can of butter beans (I used Eden organics)
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 small onion, chunked
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 leaves of kale, destemmed
  • 2-3 leaves of fresh basil
  • small handful of parsley
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds soaked in ¼cup water until thick & gel-like
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • ½ cup gluten-free oats
  • 2 oz feta cheese
  • 3 oz white old cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large food processor, place all ingredients. Blend until completely mixed and a burger like texture.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. With damp hands, form mixture into 8 patties.
  4. Bake for 12mins on one side and 15mins on the other. Place on barbecue for 2-3mins for finishing touch.
  5. Eat right away topped with favourite condiments or wrap and freeze for a later date.

 

Clean-Me-Up Super Bowls!

My husband reminded me a couple of weeks ago that Super Bowl was coming up and that I better start thinking of our menu for the day. My husband absolutely LOVES football. I detest it. I do, however, LOVE Super Bowl. Why? You may ask. Because it means the end of the football season….can I get a HALLELUIAH!?!

So, on I hopped to the internet to search for some ideas. I googled ‘Super Bowl Food’ and clicked images.

Hmpft!

Why must all the food be deep-fried, oozing fat, make you wanna pop your button kind of food?!?! I tried searching ‘Healthy Super Bowl Food’ and did not have much more success. Seems veggie trays are about all people think to serve as a healthy option….So, I thought I would go through my archive of recipes and present you all with options that I would serve at a Super Bowl Party that are healthier, clean options than say…a deep-fried jalapeño popper or a triple cheese spinach dip (C’mon! You are not fooling anyone by throwing spinach in there…).

 

 

Guacamole Never Tasted So Good!

Homemade guacamole is the way to go! This is one of the healthiest dips you can serve. Use organic corn chips or fresh veggies and enjoy this creamy goodness!

Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian.

 

 

 

 

Goat Cheese Dip

This dip is full of tang without the fat! Best paired with a veggie platter!

 

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Soy-Free, Nut-Free.

 

 

 

 

March of the Penguins

Want an appetizer that is sure to please anyone? Try these olive stuffed penguins made with the goat cheese dip above.  You could even make mini footballs from the smaller olives!

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Soy-Free, Nut-Free.

 

 

 

 

BBQ Sauce

Avoid the nitrates from store-bought BBQ sauces and use this on your wings or over some root vegetables instead! I’m salivating thinking of this sauce right now…

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Nitrate-Free, Dairy-Free

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Chili Tacos with Purple Cabbage Salad

This chili will satisfy any hungry football fan! Full of plant-based protein, enjoy it in a bowl or served in some corn tortillas. Hot sauce optional!

Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free.

 

 

 

 

Nanaimo Bars

For dessert, try this vegan gluten-free version of Nanaimo Bars. Mint. Chocolate. Creamy. Need I say more…?

 

Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free.

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Brownies

Yup – I even put vegetables in my desserts. These brownies are great served on their own or with a scoop of non-dairy ice cream. Guaranteed to satisfy (and surprise) all your guests with how good they are!

Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free.

 

 

I hope I’ve given you all some ideas for the up-coming game. We are definitely going to do the wings in the BBQ sauce, the Chili and dessert is still up for debate. I might make both. Seriously. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

What dishes are you planning to make for the big game?