Good Morning Sunshines! I cannot believe it is already the second day of October. Sure doesn’t feel like it this week considering the temperature is expected to reach 85 degrees today.
Yesterday’s 6 mile run wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Maybe I can blame it on the warmer than usual temps?
I thought my legs felt loose until I was out on the path pushing it to keep a 9:00 min/mile pace.
Isn’t it funny how some runs you are flying and some runs you feel as though you are flying yet can’t even keep up with your slowest pace?
Anyway, let’s talk hummus.
Hummus would probably be the only snack in our house that we always agree upon. The little boy loves hummus and eats it more often than I do, using it as a dip for chips and sometimes, dare I say, vegetables.
Tribe recently changed their packaging and sent me some free product coupons to test out a variety of their hummus flavors.
I was able to get my hands on Roasted Garlic, Forty Spices and Sweet Roasted Peppers.
We are lovers of Roasted Garlic Hummus and the Sweet Roasted Peppers is always a fave but the Forty Spices was unique and delicious. I have yet to experience a hummus like it from any other brand.
I know hummus is most often thought of as a dip but I tend to use a big scoop as a substitute for dressing on salads. It adds great flavor and texture to a salad as well as better nutritional content over a typical salad dressing.
I took the oh so versatile hummus to another level the other night. Let me explain:
I came across a recipe for chickpea veggie burgers. Please understand, I often come across recipes and then pin them, save them, mark them, whatever you want to call it, and never actually make them.
However, this recipe seemed so simple and up my alley that I was determined to try it out.
I have never made my own “veggie” burger before and now after finally doing so, I plan to keep it up. It was so easy to throw together, can be made with a variety of ingredients, is a quick process from start to finish and makes for great leftovers.
I made a few tweaks here and there to the recipe , the main tweak being the addition of hummus to the batter.
Chickpea Hummus Burgers: (click here for the original recipe)
Makes 2 Burgers
- 1/2 cup chickpeas
- 3 tablespoons Quinoa Flakes
- 1 egg white
- Chopped veggies of your choice – I heated up some frozen mixed peppers and used chopped spinach and onion as well
- Seasonings of choice
- Scoop of Hummus – any flavor you wish
***I did not measure the amount of veggies I used. If I had to guess, I added a cup, if not more. You can add any vegetable you wish – chopped carrots, broccoli, corn, cauliflower….the more the merrier.
If you want to use a food processor, combine all ingredients until well blended.
My food processor broke but mashing chick peas is simple enough without an appliance. See what I mean about being a simple recipe?
Drop batter onto a greased pan (I used cooking spray to coat the pan) in the form of two patties (or more if you doubled the recipe). Cook a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
Tastes as delicious as it looks.
I topped mine with avocado and extra hummus.
You can really play around with this recipe and include any vegetable and seasonings you have on hand. You can even double or triple this recipe to ensure that you make enough to leave yourself with extra burgers to be refrigerated or frozen.
They wrap up real nice.
I recently experimented with this recipe again, adding mashed butternut squash, peppers and corn along with barbeque sauce into the mixture to creature another burger flavor.
It made for a fun lunch on top of a salad yesterday.
If you don’t have Quinoa Flakes, please go buy a box. I am confident that they can be found at any local grocery store. Quinoa Flakes can be used in any recipe that calls for oats, oat bran, bread crumbs or flour.
Quinoa Flakes offer a grain-free protein boost to any recipe and can be cooked and baked into a variety of dishes including oatmeal, cookies, pancakes, meatloaf, breading and burgers.
Speaking of cookies, I came across a Monster Quinoa Cookie Recipe the other day and I think I will test it out this afternoon. The recipe uses Quinoa Flakes in place of flour.
Click on above photo for the recipe.
I have the little boy home sick from school so I do believe that baking is in order.
I shall let you know how they come out!
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I NEED TO KNOW:
What is your favorite hummus flavor?
Do you ever make your own veggie burgers?
Ever bake with Quinoa Flakes?
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