Meatless Monday: Smoky Beet Burgers

Today I’m joining Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner for my first Meatless Monday!

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Beet burgers?! Two or three years ago, I don’t think I would’ve gone near something called a beet burger, but oh, how I’m glad that’s changed because the Sprouted Kitchen’s Smoky Beet Burgers* are so, so good. And topped with a feta spread?! I just found myself my newest favorite veggie burger. (There are only so many black bean/quinoa burger patties I can try).

I think this recipe is best tackled as a team to cut down on the time, but the burger is well worth the time spent making the lentils, brown rice, and pulsing the ingredients in a food processer. I also may or may not have gotten a little bright pink beet juice on my kitchen rug, but I was a little more careful handling the recipe the second time round.

For leftovers at work the next day, I stick a whole wheat bun and the patty in the toaster oven, and it’s an easy lunch packed with plant goodness.

Prepping the brown rice + lentils
Prepping the brown rice + lentils
Who knew the combination of golden raisins + walnuts + onions could smell amazing?!
Who knew the combination of golden raisins + walnuts + onions could smell amazing?!
Pink food is actually delicious.
Pink food is actually delicious.

*The cover photo is from a Sprouted Kitchen! Oooh I wish I could take photos like that!

Would you make these beet burgers? Anyone else tired of traditional black bean veggie burgers?

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Friday Five: 5 Favorite Fall Foods

I’m linking-up with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run again today! This week’s theme is Favorite Fall Foods

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  1. Pumpkin zucchini chocolate chip breadI pinned this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen over the weekend and made a grocery trip hours later to grab all the ingredients to make it. Worth it. Also – sign me up for anything with melted chocolate chips out of the oven.
  2. Pumpkin or apple cinnamon donuts. In a perfect world, these are enjoyed on an apple orchard and with….
  3. Apple cider. Served hot or cold – I don’t discriminate.
  4. Chili. This is one of my favorite foods year-round, but it does taste most appropriate on a cool fall evening. Bonus points for cornbread. You know I love this recipe.
  5. Starbucks’s toasted graham latte. I’m not a big fan of the pumpkin spice latte, but I did try this new seasonal beverage, and I’m hooked. 
The aforementioned pumpkin zucchini chocolate chip bread (topped with walnuts). Make. This.
The aforementioned pumpkin zucchini chocolate chip bread (topped with walnuts). Make. This.

What’s your favorite fall food? Have you tried Starbucks’s toasted graham latte?