Hi, friends! Week one of summer work/class insanity is officially over, and another is about to start. Phew! It’s hectic, but so far, so good. It was a joy to come home a little earlier than expected on Friday, and have time to throw together a freshly made, nutrient-dense salad of the week:
That would be leftover quinoa, chopped raw veggies (celery, carrots, corn) and leftover roast beets over massaged kale, all topped with some avocado chunks. How refreshing, too, to eat a meal that wasn’t sitting in tupperware.
It’s Sunday now, and as I gear up for another long week, portable and packable meals are at the forefront of my mind. There are plenty of packaged foods that I rely on when I’m super busy. One happens to be sunshine burgers, which are an incredibly tasty and allergen-free vegan burger. Made from rice and sunflower seeds, they’re rich in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs, so they’re satiating and excellent for life on the go.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about making a similar burger at home, with a rice and sunflower seed base and a few personalized touches. This weekend, I finally did it, and I’m happy to say that they turned out really nicely! Of course I’ll still invest in store-bought burgers when times are hectic; sometimes, the DIY approach isn’t worth it if it means having less time to rest or see friends or do nourishing activities that don’t transpire in the kitchen. But I’m happy to have made, and frozen, a bunch of these for on-the-go meals this week. Here’s the recipe.
I love to serve these on a toasted, sprouted english muffin or hamburger bun, topped with ketchup or hummus! Caramelized onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles are lovely garnishes, too. Same with a bit of melted vegan cheese.
Best thing about these burgers, at least if you dwell solo? They’re easy to freeze. In fact, in true planning mode, I put two patties aside for the week ahead, and froze the rest. They should keep in the freezer for about 6 weeks. I’ll be eating mine sooner 😉
Today is going to be another long one. It’s also my birthday! 🙂 I’ve got to work late, so I don’t have any celebration plans to speak of. But I did take the time to celebrate over the weekend in the form of dinner and juice dates with dear friends, and last night, I celebrated with a vegan dinner at Josie’s and some blissfully lazy snuggling on my mother’s sofa. Which is my kinda celebration. 28 years–crazy!