Beary Exciting Burgers

April 9, 2010

After work today I headed to Southpark Mall to pick up my race packet for tomorrow. It STILL hasn’t set in that I’m running an actual race tomorrow. While running the course as a preview was very much appreciated by my legs and mind, it has really made me not take the actual race day too seriously! I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt me. But the difference between this race and a 5K (the only other kind of race I’ve ran) is that I don’t have that "you gotta run so fast you’ll almost die" mentality. I just have to run 13 miles. FUN!

Once home, I discovered Matt had tapped into one of the coveted Naturally Nutty‘s – Vanilla Almond Butter. My second favorite to the Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter!

I had to have a taste – straight from the jar, yo!

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After a bunch of emailing, it was cocktail hour!

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I made a mocktail with diet tonic, a splash of POM, a splash of Simply Orange Mango, and 2 cherries. Who needs vodka!?

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It was a BEARY exciting afternoon in our house!!!

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The bears invited a Great Harvest Breadbear over to play!

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I fear there was a little bullying…

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He must have tasted great!

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Dad stepped in to help

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He heard my request for a breadbear!

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The Headless Horsebear.

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Homph gomph!

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On the menu: homemade lentil burgers!!

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Whirl today in food processor (or chop VERY finely and mix by hand) =

  • 1 cup cooked green lentils
  • 2/3 cup chopped veggies (we used red pepper, carrot + celery but corn would have been nice too!)
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp pecans
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • "whole lotta pepper" – Matt

Form into patties. Makes 3 burgers.

Bake for about 15 minutes per side at 400*. Just judge for yourself when they’re done – they’ll get a nice brownish crust and will slide around in the pan.

Going in –>

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Coming Out (note the brown) –>

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My pre-race carb of choice was POTATO!! We cut up 2 small russets and a sweet and baked them at 400* for about 30-40 minutes.

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They were seasoned with some of this Garlic Gold. Now I am NOT a big garlic fan and when this box arrived on my doorstep as an Open Sky sample delivery, I have to admit I was not very excited. [Good thing it wasn’t onion oil!] However, I was REALLY pleasantly surprised after giving these a sniff test and actually allowed Matt to put them on the taters. Turns out, it was great!! The garlic must be lightly roasted because it doesn’t have that sharp raw taste/smell. We drizzled on a little oil and used the Italian Herb Nugget blend and I was really quite impressed!! Also comes in Parmesan and Sea Salt. Any interest in putting this in the Open Sky shop?? [It’s also ORGANIC!]

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The burgers turned out FAB.

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Nice and gooey but also crispy on the outside and perfect chew. Yum!

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Served with arugula, pickle, ketchup and mustard

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"What’s taters, Precious?"

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If only it were a bit warmer out today! Brrr!

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I’m headed to BED now because I have to get up at 4:45 to start pre-race prep!!!

See you at the finish line!

[Knock on wood!]

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1 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm

haha omg I almost died laughing at the bears surrounding the baked bear. And then your bun…priceless!

Goodluck tomorrow…you are 100% ready and you are going to rock it. Just have fun like you said and you can’t go wrong. Remember that tomorrow is the celebration of your training! :)


2 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

BTW– Matt should start a whole LINE of different bread animals…


3 Hannah April 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Poor old breadbear! However, I’ve forgiven Matt for nibbling on his head because of the pepper comment in your ingredients list. I firmly believe one can NEVER have too much pepper! :)


4 Mom April 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Poor bear! I guess he wasn’t that different than a gingerbread boy though, and at least the real bears had a good time playing with him for a while.


5 homecookedem April 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Good luck tomorrow, Kath!! When I first started reading your blog almost 2 years ago, I knew this day would come!! You’re gonna rock those 13.1 miles!!!!! :)


6 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

SO long ago!!


7 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

this is probably one of my favorite posts ever…the bears and the “precious” reference are awesome!!! can’t wait to hear about the race tomorrow…you’re gonna rock it!


8 Samantha April 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Have a blast running..I’ll be sending you my energy : )


9 Food Makes Fun Fuel April 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

LOL funny bear bread :-)
I was just thinking about how I’m going to need veggie burger recipes for the summer, and that looks great!


10 Ann @ Appalachian Appetites April 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I’d like to try Garlic Gold, so if you put it on OpenSky, I might buy it :)
Good luck tomorrow! We’re all cheering for you and Emily!


11 Danielle (Coffee Run) April 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm

haha that bear bread is adorable! I would feel guilty eating its head 😉

Good luck in the race tomorrow!!


12 steff from April 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm

ooooh, those burger look scrumptious!


13 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Good luck with the race!!!
The bears are TOO cute!!! Including the bread bear! Bless.


14 [email protected]:// April 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Have a great race and best of luck. Thanks for the great recipe. I’m always looking for good veggie burger recipe’s, and the lentils would pack some good protein. Poor bears head.


15 Daniel April 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Nice looking burgers you guys made there! How long did you process the mixture? My burgers usuall come out overmixed and then there aren’t chunks of veggies or nuts, and they don’t hold together very well, I’ll have to try the olive oil.

Good luck on your race tomorrow, make it memorable!!! ^_^


16 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I just pulsed for about a minute?


17 Lauren @ eater not a runner April 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

The bears crack me up!

Good luck tomorrow, you’re going to rock it!!


18 Heather April 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Love the pictures with the bears! A quick glance, and I didn’t even realize one of the bears was a bread bear.

Good luck tomorrow!


19 emptynut April 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

those lentil burgers look amazing kath…really.
the bears are so cute…i want the bears!…i want that nut butter…and i want a cute hubby…
i want your life :)


20 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm

oh my lord that bear bread is cuuuute


21 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I need to try some of this Naturally Nutty — it looks awesome!


22 Kaci Higgins April 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

The bear scenario was absolutely adorable! The recipe looks delicious, and we can’t wait to try it out! :) Good luck on your race (even though you’ll do awesome). Have a great night’s sleep.


23 Karla April 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Haha! Loove the bear bread! Too cute!


24 Rose-Anne April 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Mmm, garlic oil is so good with roasted potatoes. Might you consider trying it in a salad dressing too? :-)

GOOD LUCK! Kick some grass out there tomorrow. And ERF afterward! 😉


25 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I don’t know – that might be too intense!


26 Krystina April 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

This post is SO cute


27 Rachel April 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Good luck tomorrow morning. Just focus on having fun and enjoying the run! You are going to do great. Your dinner sounds absolutely delicious. I love your sense of playfulness and fun. It makes me smile :)


28 Sarah R April 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Good luck, good luck, good luck!!! PS-Love the bread bear :)


29 Jenna April 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Good luckkkkk!!


30 Maria April 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Cheering you on for tomorrow~!


31 Katie April 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

So darn cute!!! I was laughing out loud. You seriously come up with the most fun posts to read and your pictures are always amazing! Thank you for brightening up my day, each and every day.


32 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

That bear bread is SO cute!! Good luck tomorrow!! :)


33 Jenn (www. ) April 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm

LOL, the bears are TOO cute! Love it :mrgreen:

That burger DOES look fab. YUM

Good luck in the race!!!!



34 sarah @ syrupandhoney April 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Good luck and have a blast!


35 jenny April 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I applaud Matt for “stepping in”
That’s good active parenting . . . gotta be teachin’ them bears the right values 😉


36 Lindsay April 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Oh my goodness, those bears are just out of control! Lol….really though, your post just made me so happy. From the bread bear drama to the Lord of the Rings quote to your pre-race meal….a very enjoyable post, Kath! Good luck with your race tomorrow. You’re going to rock it!


37 Heather April 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Good luck with the race! Finishing a half marathon is one of the best feelings in the world!
I’ve been following for a few months and just tried a SIAB for the first time tonight…delicious!


38 Ida April 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

good luck tomorrow! can’t wait for the recap. I’m running a 1/2 on sunday, but it’s supposed to be stormy:( I hope you have great weather and great time running your 1st 1/2 marathon.


39 Dee April 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm

the bear family is precious! i love the breadbear! so cute!


40 Brynn April 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Good luck, Kath! Can’t wait to hear about the race. Have fun!!!


41 Mastering Public Health April 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Bread Bears should DEFINITELY be your Great Harvest specialty. I can absolutely see that catching on big time…. Don’t rule it out!! And that Garlic Gold looks *very* interesting.


42 Sam April 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Oh no, the Donbear Party got him. :(

Good luck at your race! You’ll be great. My ankle’s busted but otherwise I would have been right there with you in two weeks at the Nashville half.


43 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm



44 Ashley April 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!! Glad you can eat lots of good food before you run…I was restricted to white bread, pnut butter and bananas…pretty delicious but not like YOUR dinner!! 😉 WIsh I was going to be there..I loved that race last year. I’ll be thinkin about ya!!!!! xo


45 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 9, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I love how your burger buns are made out of the bear! Too funny.

I’m wishing you an infinite amount of good luck for tomorrow!!! I will be thinking about you :)


46 Nicole, RD April 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Burgers look AWESOME! Good luck!


47 jac April 9, 2010 at 11:23 pm

good luck with your race! i’m going for one half marathon (12 miles) in june and i’m scared! The furthest ive done is 10k and now i just do a daily 3 k and i feel like dying!!!

Good luck anyways!


48 Hangry Pants April 9, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!!!


49 Cyndi April 9, 2010 at 11:49 pm

You will be an amazing paretnt someday.


50 Sarah April 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

Laughing at the bear attack! Good luck on the Race tomorrow!


51 [email protected] April 10, 2010 at 1:10 am

I love the bear!!! Animal shaped baking is the best!!


52 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 10, 2010 at 2:05 am

And thankyou for this post – you’ve just solveed the age old question of ‘what to cook for dinner tonight’ 😀


53 Diana April 10, 2010 at 2:14 am

Those lentil burgers sound fabulous, must try them someday! And how cute is that bear bread!! :)


54 Jenn April 10, 2010 at 2:21 am

Oh my goodness that bread bear is too cute for words. I may even try making one despite NOT being a baker AT ALL.

Good luck on your race tomorrow!


55 Laura April 10, 2010 at 5:03 am

Noooooo…. you definitely sacrificed that poor, defenceless bear at the Half Marathon God’s alter- I hope it worked! Somehow I don’t think Sam or Frodo would approve of your adventures this morning- especially without the aid of lembas bread… make sure you get your elevenses and Best of British Kath!


56 Stacey April 10, 2010 at 5:10 am

I hope your race goes well! Those lentil burgers look interesting.


57 Rachel @ Suburban Yogini April 10, 2010 at 5:13 am

Oh my, the breadbear is too cute!!!


58 Jen April 10, 2010 at 5:34 am

You’re going to rock the race, Kath! I bet you’ll be surprised by how awesome you do :)


59 Tamicka April 10, 2010 at 5:44 am

Good Luck Kath! I know you will finish with a great time. Remmeber you already did this once, it’s a piece O’ cake. And I know you like cake 😀


60 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 10, 2010 at 6:42 am

I LOVE your little scenes with the bears. SO cute! They always make me smile =D

Good luck!!!



61 Judy (cookbook maven) April 10, 2010 at 6:45 am

Yum — those burgers look delish!


62 Anne P April 10, 2010 at 6:51 am

ROCK IT OUT today!!


63 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) April 10, 2010 at 7:01 am

You are going to ROCK that half marathon. The most important thing? HAVE FUN! 😀


64 candace April 10, 2010 at 7:06 am

I do enjoy reading about your experience through the process of becoming an RD. However, you honestly don’t eat any normal food, or at least that I have really seen on this blog. I’m not criticizing you for being healthy I think that it’s a wonderful thing, but you never chose steaks, hamburgers, fries, candy, fish, white bread, pizza, potatoes, chips, chicken? It seems like your indulgences are a little bite of chocolate after dinner. You strive for perfection in your diet. What happens when you go to other people’s houses and there’s absolutely no healthy options? Do you bring your own snack? It just doesn’t set a good example for people who want balance and moderation in their diet. It looks like you care about the nutrition in your food more than enjoying the taste of it. Not trying to be rude at all, this is just my perspective of the blog.


65 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Who’s to say what “normal” is!? Normal in this country is not healthy. That’s why 66% of us are overweight. If you’ve ever enjoyed a meal with me, you’d know that I absolutely love the taste of so many foods. After several years of eating foods that make me feel good, I really have no desire to eat candy or junk food. And I DO eat steaks, fish, chicken, potatoes (which are in this post!?), burgers, fries – all of that stuff. I just try to eat meals that were raised ethically, which unfortunately rules out a lot of commercial foods.

I think you need to read some more of my blog before making these assumptions..


66 Midgetkeeper April 10, 2010 at 7:27 am

I know you’ll do great! I love all the bear pictures, hilarious.


67 Andrea April 10, 2010 at 7:40 am

Good luck! I’m thinkin of you and wishing you the best race possible!!


68 Kathleen April 10, 2010 at 7:56 am

Love the bread bear! That is so adorable…good luck on the race, you’ll rock it!


69 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2010 at 8:05 am

I estimate you are at about mile 10 right now…go go go!!! :)


70 Heather ( April 10, 2010 at 8:14 am

HAHA love the bear pics, too cute!


71 rustique April 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

Making veggie/lentil burgers homemade is the only way to do it–I’m very choosy. Those look ah-maze-ing.


72 Mom April 10, 2010 at 8:19 am


I didn’t know the expression “Best of British.” Fun!


73 Veggielady4life April 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

Your lentil burgers look wonderful!! Thanks for the recipe. :-)

Good luck at the race! You will do great!


74 Alexandra Chappell April 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

Totally just saw a videocast about you on Current TV this morning. What an unexpected surprise! I hope your race went well!


75 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm



76 Ash Bear April 10, 2010 at 9:18 am

Congratulations on the half marathon! I’m sure you did wonderfully and beat last week’s time! The lentil burgers look delicious!


77 Joy April 10, 2010 at 9:24 am

Good luck today! You can DO it! I would def be interested in the nuggets not the oil though…


78 Shelly April 10, 2010 at 9:28 am

Good luck at your race!! I had lentil burgers last night too! I used oats instead of flour and couldn’t get them to stick together very well. I’ll have to try your way!! And I’d love to see that garlic oil in Open Sky – you had me at “organic” :)


79 kara April 10, 2010 at 9:39 am

Good luck with the race today!
That bear bread is so cute I could just eat him up… pun intended!


80 Tara April 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

I just tried making homemade black bean burgers the other day and they were delicious! I will definitely have to try them using lentils next time. I hope your race went well today, can’t wait to hear about it!


81 Laura @ youngDCliving April 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

Good luck on the race!!! I’m sure you’ll do fabulously. Looking forward to hearing all about it laterrrss 😉


82 skinnyrunner April 10, 2010 at 10:26 am

good luck in your race! looks like a perfect pre-race meal. and i loved the bear pictures! hahahaa.


83 Susan April 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

What a fun post! I’d love to try the garlic stuff… and all the best on your race, you’re probably into recovery mode now, looking forward to the debrief.


84 maggie April 10, 2010 at 11:18 am

Good luck today at the race! You’ll do wonderfully :) Love that Matt makes you bread bears, that is so funny and sweet :)



85 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

Haha, love the latest bear adventures! Those burger look SO good!


86 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

Haha, love the latest bear adventures! Those burgers look SO good!


87 Dana @ Good Food is Joy April 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Thank you so much for the lentil burger recipe – I am having girlfriends over for dinner and I am excited to make them. My burgers have been falling apart lately and these look superb!
Congrats on your race :)


88 Eva H April 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I can’t believe I am such a big fan of your blog (and you…your energy, spirit, drive, and dedication inspire me and amaze me daily) and yet, I am going to use my very first comment post to correct you on something. Please know, that as rude as it is to correct someone in a public forum, I am only doing so because I can sense that you are a bit of a perfectionist and would welcome the tip if only I knew you personally and had the opportunity to gently mention it one-on-one. Since I don’t, as an English major and former editor, I just cannot help myself. Also, if you weren’t a runner (so that this has come up more than once in the past and likely will in the future too) I would probably refrain. Okay, enough lead-up — here are the proper tenses of the verb “run”: Yesterday I RAN. Today I will RUN. I HAVE RUN (not ran–it is NEVER “have ran”) many times in the past. Alright, lesson over. I know… you are really good at math (NOT ME!) and science. I’m a grammar geek.
Please forgive me. And also, I have not ever run a half anything…so more kudos to you there!!!


89 Kath April 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Thanks for the lesson, Eva


90 Theresa April 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Hi Kath,

I recently started reading your blog and love it. I tried making your lentil burgers today, since they looked so yummy, but mine came out terrible. They were really soggy, and when I went to flip them in the oven, they were so mushy in the middle that they just fell apart. Any suggestions? Thanks!


91 Kath April 15, 2010 at 5:30 am

It sounds like you had too much liquid :(


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