Quinoa Falafel Burger

Let me tell you this: I LOVE Mediterranean food. LOVE. IT. It is fresh and full of herbs, so light and clean, and I truly never get sick of it. I often have serious cravings for this type of food and try to recreate as many Mediterranean dishes as I can at home, which led me to the creation of this delicious quinoa falafel burger. I had a craving, looked in my fridge to see what I had to work with, and created something that will now be one of my go-to-dishes. It's incredibly healthy but doesn't seem to be because of the insane amounts of flavor, and you won't miss the bun, I promise!

Quinoa Falafel Burger

(Makes 2 patties)

1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa

2 tbs. chopped flat leaf parsley

2 tbs. chopped cilantro

1 clove of garlic, finely minced

1/4 tsp. cumin

1 egg white

1 tbs. coconut flour

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt

1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper

1 tsp. lemon zest

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

 

Combine cooked quinoa with minced garlic, cumin, cilantro, parsley, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Slowly add in the egg white, fluffing with a fork to incorporate. Add in the coconut flour, fluffing with the fork to keep your mixture light. You are looking for the mixture to come together but not be gummy. Form two patties with the mixture and place them on a plate. If you find it difficult for your patties to hold together, lightly sprinkle more flour into the mixture and combine before forming back into patties.

Add your olive oil into your skillet on medium heat. After allowing the oil and pan to heat (a hot pan is key!) add in your patties, one at a time. Although the quinoa is already cooked, you want to cook the egg white and create a nice crust before flipping. Allow patty to brown for 3-4 minutes on each side. Drizzle lightly with lemon juice before serving.

Serve your patty over homemade roasted garlic eggplant puree, top with my creamy homemade hummus (recipe up on the blog), and fresh veggies of your choice. Seen in the photo above: sliced cucumbers, sliced serrano peppers, fresh tomatoes, sliced white onion, and garnished with fresh parsley and cilantro. Bursting with flavor, this recipe will be one of your favorites!

 

Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

As someone who has NEVER liked breakfast but knows how important of a meal it is, it was a huge relief to finally find something that I enjoyed eating and making! Enter: Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls. Whether it is a smoothie in a glass or a smoothie bowl, I love mixing new flavors and seeing what I can come up with. Let's be real- I also like decorating my bowl and seeing just how pretty I can make it!

Because I like to work out early in the morning and enjoy starting my day with a sweat, it is important to load my smoothie up with my super foods and vitamins to start my day and metabolism. My Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie Bowl is beautifully bright in color and flavor, and it helps that turmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory that also gives your skin a beautiful glow!

Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1 frozen banana

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 tbs. almond butter

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder (very bold in flavor and color, so start with 1/2 tsp. and you can always add!)

1 tsp. maca (natural energizer, supports overall health and mood)

1 tsp. MSM powder (helps support muscles and joints)

1 pinch of cayenne pepper (for a little kick that also revs up the metabolism)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. If you want to thin out your smoothie, add more coconut milk until you reach your desired consistency. If you would like to thicken, add 1/4 of a frozen banana until you reach your desired consistency. It's totally up to you!

Toppings: My favorite toppings include but are not limited to:

  • Chia Seeds: high quality protein, fiber
  • Goji Berries: vitamin C, fiber, iron
  • Mulberries: antioxidants, immune system support
  • Bee Pollen: protein, energy enhancer
  • Cocoa Nibs: flavonoids, antioxidants
  • Frozen Raspberries