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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Thinking Out Loud: Thursday Brain Dump

I’m linking up with Running with Spoons again for Thinking Out Loud. Thanks for hosting, Amanda!

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In true, Thinking Out Loud fashion, I’m just going to spurt out what’s on my mind this Thursday evening.

  1. First and foremost, make this Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar Soup. It’s chowder-like, the perfect amount of cheesy, and the cauliflower makes it pretty hearty. I can already tell it’s going to be a fall/winter staple.
  2. I have a bum knee! Maybe not a bum knee, but it’s not very happy with me. I noticed a little discomfort on Sunday’s treadmill 5K, but as soon as I got off of it, I knew something was wrong. The discomfort has eased up every day since, I waited until today to try a mile, and I can still feel that it’s off.
  3. Waaaaaaaaaaah.
  4. It’s laughable that this is the exact same knee pain my fiancé has had since late August.
  5. I want to go on a run so bad I feel a little crazy.
  6. An April marathon looks a little bleak. Does this knee thing need a week off? 4? 6? Would I have enough time to safely increase mileage by January?
  7. What if I ran a spring half and a late summer or fall marathon?!
  8. (Enter more race/running/injury/knee over thinking here).
  9. Lastly, my friend e-mailed me this article from the New York Time: What We Think About When We Run. I shared my favorite part below, about the runner’s great article of faith, and I agree completely.

“Confronted with difficulty of any kind—a throbbing ankle, a stitch in the side, cold, hunger, headwinds, loneliness, despair, boredom, grief—runners will inevitably talk about “running through it.” In its more modest connotation, the phrase simply means to keep going. But the grander meaning is that “through it” means “past it.” That is the runner’s great article of faith: that a better mood will supplant a worse one, pain will ease up, joy will kick in. “That sucked,” one of the participants in Samson’s study declared into his microphone, “but it’s going to be an awesome run on the way back.””

Did you read that article too? What do you need to vent about?