Unfortunately I don’t think I fully kicked off the sickness that was threatening last week – I’ve been feeling kind of under the weather all day. It’s nothing major, it’s just a cough and some congestion in my chest, but I picked up some meds and am going to take it easy so that hopefully this doesn’t turn into a full blown anything. Argh.
Also unfortunate, my lunch did not hold me over at all. My stomach was grumbling about an hour later – not sure why because it was a lot of food, but I was able to hold off until 3:30 or so to eat again. My afternoon snack was awesome and different than usual for me.
A flatout wrap with almond butter and a sliced apple. I rolled it up and this was so good and filling. Winning combo in my book.
I was originally planning on doing something low key like walking or elliptical tonight after work, but I was starting to feel a little worse, so decided to just relax and watch TV instead. I did come up with an awesome recipe for homemade veggie burgers on a whim that turned out awesome and helped me feel a bit better. 🙂
Ingredients (for 2 burgers – 1 point each):
- 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 carrot
- ~1 cup kale
- 5-6 basil leaves
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- salt and pepper to taste
I put the carrot, kale, and basil into a food processor and pulsed it a little first, and then added the chickpeas, parmesan, and oats to the mix.
I pulsed that all together for 30 seconds until the consistency was uniform and it looked like this:
I shaped the mixture into two patties:
I cooked one on a pan over low heat for 2 minutes on each side and that was it! These burgers are awesome, and I honestly cannot believe I waited so long to make my own veggie burgers. The fresh basil and parmesan cheese each added such delicious flavor to the mix and the texture was just incredible. I looooove these and am so excited that they are so easy to whip up. It literally took 10 minutes from start to finish for these burgers.
You might be shocked to hear that I topped my burger with cheese… 🙂
Romano cheese to be exact. I served it on a toasted arnold thin with a few basil leaves. I also had some McCain’s Sweet Potato Fries on the side (frozen and cooked according to package directions) and a little reduced-sugar ketchip.
Note: I’m not normally that stingy with ketchup, it was just the end of the bottle.
This was such a simple and awesome dinner, and completely customizable based on what ingredients you have to work with. You could easily sub in a different kind of beans or other veggies, but I think the addition of a fresh herb and the parmesan really make the burger. The texture of these is SO good, I honestly can’t wait to have the other one that’s in my fridge!
I’m going to take it easy, watch TV, drink tea, and scare this sickness away. Let’s hope. 🙂