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What I Ate Wednesday!

WOW, is it already Wednesday?

The last week has been crazy with work commitments and personal commitments so I haven’t had a non-cereal breakfast. While I’m normally not a cereal person, I have to say, I have found one brand that I love and that’s Mom’s Best! They have a version of the most common cereals and they’re free of artificial colors, flavorings, and weird preservatives.

Yep, toasty O’s and juice have been my mornings lately. But I have since found a new amazing juice! Grape juice! Yes, for my juicing challenge I have been making homemade grape juice from red grapes!

The only bad thing about this juice is that for a whole bag of grapes, that’s all you get! It’s pretty strong though, so I could add water for more volume if I wanted to. I absolutely love it though! So glad grapes are on sale at my local grocery store or I’d go broke because I’ve been drinking two of these a day!

For lunch today I had a true “southern” meal of some things my grandmother brought to me this past weekend including pinto beans, okra salad, and corn bread. I’m working on a post coming soon on making a traditional southern meal like this healthier! The okra salad is already amazingly healthy (okra, zucchini, tomatoes, and vinegar based) and with some tweaking, the cornbread is coming along. The beans are full of flavors and spices and so easy to prepare! I’m so excited to share this post with you!!

For dinner I had Aloo Gobi! If you’ve never had it, it’s pretty much the gateway to Indian food. It’s definitely one of my favorites! It’s based on onions, potatoes, and cauliflower and is made up similar to a stir fry dish. This post is coming tomorrow (Posted now, click here!!!). I promise you that you will love this dish! Even if you’ve never had Indian food before, this dish is easy to make and easy to love! It’s spiced well in flavor, not heat so no need to worry about it being too spicy.

And since this month is all about sensible snacking, I’ve been snacking on chocolate quinoa! Yes, chocolate and toasted quinoa. It’s wonderful and healthy. How did I ever go without this healthy snack?

What have you been eating lately? 


Dressed up Burgers and Fries

Even though I had to work on Memorial Day, J and I didn’t want to miss celebrating with an all-American meal- burgers and fries! Of course, I really mean a veggie burger and baked fries, but none the less, we were two of the many people out grilling yesterday. We dressed up these burgers and fries to make them special for Memorial Day!

It seems like many people are making veggie burgers from black beans and rice or quinoa lately. Even one of my favorite burger restaurants has a veggie burger with black beans, rice, and sweet potato. So of course, I had to make sure I could re-create these burgers at home. I prefer the quinoa to rice for two reasons. First, the texture is more like a burger. Second, the added protein of quinoa.

As good as this burger looks, it’s even better when you here how easy it is to make!

Black Bean Burgers

  • 1 can black beans rinsed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup oats (can use gluten free)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbs ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 2 Tbs worcestershire sauce

Roast the quinoa in olive oil over medium heat. A friend taught me to do this before cooking quinoa and it adds a nuttier flavor to the quinoa and keeps it from getting mushy I think. When it’s slightly roasted (you’re just doing this as the bottom of the pot heats up), add one cup of water and turn back to low heat. The quinoa should be finished in 15-20 minutes. IE- it will have absorbed the water and be light and fluffy.

Combine the cooked quinoa and all other ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix with your hands. You should be able to make 6-8 burgers depending on the size.

At this point you can cook them on the stove top or grill them. When cooking on the stove top I had enough olive oil to very lightly cover the bottom of the pan and cook them on medium to medium high heat. When the burger is lightly browned, I flip and let the other side reach a lightly brown and toasty color too. We however decided to cook ours on the grill. J grilled ours on aluminum foil over our charcoal grill till both sides looked crispy.

 Place them on a bun and top them with your favorite toppings and Wa Lah! You have a great and healthy burger! We chose rolls from Against the Grain and blue cheese for our burgers.

What goes with a burger better than french fries? I mean really, was there ever a more perfect pair? I absolutely hate knowing that when I eat french fries, I’m eating mostly grease though! Yucky! These fries are simple, fast, and flavorful!

Baked French Fries

  • Golden Yukon Potatoes peeled cut into french fry size
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Multi-color peppercorn
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

Once potatoes are cut into fry shapes, toss them till they are LIGHTLY coated in olive oil. We used freshly ground garlic and peppercorns  and dried thyme and oregano to lightly season the fries.

Place on a baking sheet at 425F and bake for roughly 30 minutes, flipping once through the heating process.

Yummy! When fries are golden on both sides, remove from oven and let cool for a 5 minutes before removing from pan. Next step, ENJOY!!!

I worked from 8am till 7pm today, wow! Since I’m not a morning person so I was already running late for work, I decided to juice this evening. I took advice from your comments yesterday and decided to try apple, blueberry, and lemon!

I juiced the apples first, followed by the blueberries, and then hand squeezed the lemons. The juice didn’t mix initially and made a gorgeous glass.

The juice had a wonderful flavor! A bit sour, but very natural- almost like a thick fruit lemonade! I loved it!!!

Thanks for the great juice today! Any ideas for tomorrow? I’m thinking something with mango!