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  • Best Quinoa Veggie Burgers & Pumpkin Seed-Onion Cream

    If you're looking for a recipe for easy to prepare, protein packed veggie burgers that will knock your socks off everytime, then look no further. These fit the bill, and to top it off I've included a recipe for a pumpkin seed-onion cream spread that really is to die for. One of the easiet things you will ever make, and it will become a staple in your fridge for sure. The burgers are packed with high quality plant based protein from the lentils and quinoa, fiber from the veggies, and super anti-inflammatory power from the turmeric. The pumpkin seed spread is full of needed iron and zinc, and provides a healthy dose of healthy fats and protein. It's also completely raw, so it maintains all of it vital nutrients and enzymes. If you don't like the taste of a tiny bit of sweet raw onion, then feel free to leave it out, but i think it adds a wonderful flavor. The spread will keep for about a week in the fridge (if it lasts that long), and is wonderful on crackers or toast, or as a dip for sliced veggies. The possibilities go on and on. Give these a shot!


    Best Quinoa Veggie Burgers

    1/2 c quinoa, rinsed
    1/2 c red lentils, rinsed
    2 cups water
    1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    4 crimini mushrooms, chopped
    1 yellow summer squash (or zucchini), chopped
    1/2 cup corn kernels (optional)
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    2 Tbsp ketchup
    1 Tbsp mustard
    1/4 cup coarse cornmeal
    1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    1/3 cup rice flour (or slightly more as needed)
    1 tsp turmeric
    1 tsp paprika
    1 tsp salt
    freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Pumpkin Seed-Onion Cream Spread (Raw)

    1 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds (will be green)
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
    juice from 1 lemon
    1 Tbsp raw onion (red or sweet onion work well), chopped finely (optional, if desired)
    1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    water, as needed (1/4-1/2 cup)


    1. Prehat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil metal baking sheet with neutral oil like grapeseed, avocado, or canola.

    2. Place quinoa, lentils, and water together in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then cover pot and reduce to a simmer. Let cook undisturbed for 10-15 minutes until water has been absorbed.

    3. While quinoa-lentil mixture is cooking, saute onions, mushrooms, squash, and corn over medium heat in a bit of olive oil until tender. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.

    4. When quinoa is done, add to veggies in bowl. Stir to help it cool and add rest of the ingredients. Use your hands, or a large spoon to mix it well.

    5. The mixture should hold together well when you form it into patties. If too moist or sticky add a bit of rice flour a little at a time. Gently form into palm-sized (or smaller) patties, and place on baking sheet evenly spaced apart.

    6. Bake for 7-10 minutes, then flip them over, and bake for another 7 minutes or so. They should be golden brown and crispy. (If you prefer to grill them, bake in the oven for 2-3 minutes each side, to firm them up a bit, then transfer to grill to finish cooking).

    7.For the pumpkin seed-onion cream. In a food processor, process pumpkin seeds, salt, and  nutritional yeast into very fine crumbs/powder. Add lemon juice, chopped onion, and black pepper  and process again for 10-20 seconds. Slowly drizzle in water until spread-like consistency has been reached and continue processing for another 30 seconds to 1 minute until super creamy. Store in glass jar in fridge, use anyway you like.

    8. Assemble your burgers- spreading your bun, bread, or lettuce with pumpkin seed cream, topping with a burger, and adding avocado, tomato, and fresh greens. Sprinkle with sea salt and you're done!

  • Red Lentil and Amaranth Protein Patties with Spicy Avocado Mayo

    These little patties are so simple to whip up, amazingly versatile, and almost fool-proof. They come together in no time, and you can change up the ingredients based on what you have in the fridge. They are great on top of a salad, as an appetizer with a nice dipping sauce, or make them slightly larger and serve on a bun as a tempting veggie burger. The possibilities are endless. To boot, they are extremely nutritious, filled with lentils and amaranth which are packed with plant protein, and both of which are great for metabolism and heart health. A good dose of parsley adds a punch of Vitamin K (77% of your daily needs in 1 tablespoon!) Feel free to play with the veggies which are added, though I find the russet potato works wonders as both a binder and a starchy crisp agent. Don't bother to peel it, leave the skin on for extra nutrition, just grate it up. Amaranth is carried in most natural food stores with a bulk section, near the quinoa. It is very similar to quinoa nutritionally with a complete profile of all amino acids, but it's about half the price and easy to digest. If you can't find it, quinoa will work in these as well. Give it a try!


    Red Lentil & Amaranth Protein Patties

    1/2 cup amaranth, (uncooked)

    1/2 cup red lentils (uncooked)

    2 cups water

    1 medium russet potato, grated

    1 small onion, chopped

    2 garlic cloves, chopped

    1/2 cup parsley, chopped

    1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

    1 Tbsp mustard

    2 Tbsp ketchup

    2 Tbsp rice flour

    2 Tbsp coarse cornmeal (or regular)

    1/2 tsp cumin

    1 tsp paprika

    1 tsp sea salt

    1/2 tsp black pepper

    Spicy Avocado Mayo

    1 ripe avocado, mashed

    2 Tbsp Vegenaise (or any vegan mayo)

    1 tsp balsamic vinegar

    1 tsp olive oil

    pinch sea salt

    good pinch cayenne pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place 1-2 Tbsp of high heat oil (avocado, organic canola, grape seed) on a baking sheet and spread evenly.

    2. In a medium pot, place amaranth, lentils and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover pot, and reduce to a simmer. Let cook undisturbed for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed and amaranth and lentils are cooked. It will be porridgey, let it cool.

    3. While amaranth is cooking, grate the potato into a large mixing bowl. With your hands squeeze the shredded potato over sink to release excess water. Return to bowl and add chopped onion, garlic, and parsley. Add cooked amaranth/lentil mixture and mix well with your hands. Add mustard, ketchup, spices, cornmeal and rice flour. Mix well.

    4. Form into small patties, then place them on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.

    5. While cooking, make avocado mayo. Simply mash avocado in a small bowl with the back of a fork. Add rest of ingredients and stir well. Serve atop the patties, or on the side as a dipping sauce. Enjoy!

  • Coconut Bean Sprout Curry

    This was one of those dishes that came together as I scanned my fridge for ingredients just asking to be used. This is my favorite way of cooking, intuitively and resourcefully, working with what you've got. This is an easy dish to prepare, takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, and leaves your tastebuds singing with a bit of tropical flavor. Try to keep staples like coconut milk, peanut butter, and limes on hand for dishes like this. Once you have the basic ingredient structure down you can really get creative and experiment with flavors. I served this over a bed of quinoa which had a bit of coconut oil and sea salt stirred into it, though brown rice would work well, as would eating it plain. Topped with some sliced avocado, it really is a tropical treat. Plant based eating should always be this tasty and easy. Give it a try!


    Coconut Bean Sprout Curry

    1/2 onion, thinly sliced

    2 cloves garlic, chopped

    1" piece of fresh turmeric, finely chopped (or 1/2 tsp powdered turmeric)

    2" piece of fresh lemongrass (optional)

    1 cup of mushrooms, sliced

    1/2 cup red or orange bell pepper, thinly sliced

    1" piece of ginger, peeled and chopped

    1 cup mung bean sprouts

    1 1/2 cups cauliflower, chopped into florets

    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

    1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)

    1/2 can coconut milk

    2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

    1 lime, juiced

    1 tsp salt

    1 tsp sugar

    pinch of cayenne pepper

    splash of coconut aminos (or tamari-wheat-free soy sauce)


    1. In a deep skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of high heat oil (like coconut, avocado or grapeseed) and saute sliced onion, ginger, garlic, bell pepper, and turmeric on medium heat until softened and fragrant, 3-4 minutes.

    2. Add sliced mushrooms and cauliflower and stir to coat. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, peanut butter, salt, sugar, lemongrass sprig (if using) and coconut aminos/soy sauce. Stir and cover. Let cook on medium heat until bubbling and cauliflower is tender, 5 minutes or so.

    3. Remove cover and add mung bean sprouts, chopped cilantro, parsley, cayenne, and lime juice. Stir and cover for 1 minute more. Season to taste and enjoy!

  • Black Bean Avocado Breakfast Tacos


    Whoever said vegans can't enjoy a hearty breakfast without sausage, eggs, and cheese is just kidding themselves. These super easy, make-em-in-5-minutes-before-work tacos are a healthy, hearty meal perfect anytime of day. Though I especially like them for breakfast as they're a simple, yet nutritionally complex start to your day. They give you a good dose of protein and fiber (black beans), healthy fats (avocado), phytochemicals & Vitamin C (bell pepper) and a bit of healthy grains from the corn tortilla. If I had some baby spinach I would have included that as well, and there you'd have a complete meal with yummy iron rich greens to round things out. A healthy intake of beans is proven to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, so include them in your meals as often as you can. I did use a sprinkling of Daiya vegan cheese, which is made from pea protein and tapioca and really does melt like the real thing. Though it's completely optional, as the creaminess from the avocado mixed with the savory black beans is enough to make you very happy. Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

    What you need:

    2 corn tortillas

    1 can black beans

    1 avocado

    1 small bell pepper (red, orange, yellow)

    1 pinch sea salt

    1 pinch cayenne

    1 handful baby spinach (optional)

    1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

    1 tsp lemon juice (optional)

    Daiya vegan cheese (cheddar or mozzarella-optional)

    1. In a saucepan, heat your black beans over medium heat until bubbly. Stir in a pinch of sea salt, cayenne, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice if using (use it if you got it).

    2. In a skillet on medium heat, put a tablespoon of oil: olive, grapeseed, canola, etc. Add a corn tortilla and top with a sprinkling of the cheese (if using), a tablespoon of blackbeans, a bit of spinach (if using), a few slices of avocado and thinly sliced bell pepper. Cover with a lid and let everything heat through, and the bottom crisp, 2-3 minutes. Repeat with second tortilla. Drizzle with a bit of hot sauce if desired, and enjoy!


  • Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Bruschetta

    Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Bruschetta

    This past September I decided to do some experimenting with one of the dishes we were preparing for our "Mighty Mushrooms" class, bruschetta. Being the end of summer, there were some magnificent tomatoes at the farmer's market. I picked up some giant,  juicy yellow-orange heirlooms. I used a gluten-free baguette from Wheatless in Seattle, toasted slices lightly in the oven, then rubbed with olive oil and fresh garlic. Topped each with fresh avocado, slices of heirloom tomato, and sprigs of Thai basil. Drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and a sprinkling of sea salt and black pepper, this was the perfect late summer lunch in Seattle.