Great Recipe Discovery! I have many so many bean and grain patties this year and many of them have fallen apart on me or just had a weak texture. But these were GREAT!!! Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers from Body + Soul Magazine. We didn’t do the pita with yogurt that the recipe calls for (no pitas or time!) but I imagine they would be great sandwich-style. I also baked instead of fried (to lighten the recipe and because of my patty troubles) and they turned out nice and crispy.
Here was my version:
- 1/4 cup dry quinoa, cooked in 1/3 cup plus a splash of water for about 10 minutes (until water was absorbed)
- 3/4 cup drained and rinsed navy beans
- 1 medium carrot, shredded in food processor
- 1/8 cup dry plain breadcrumbs
- 1 whole egg
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- Pinch salt, pinch pepper, pinch red pepper flakes, pinch oregano
I formed these into 4 big patties (even though I halved the recipe, which called for 4). They were so easy to shape!! I wet my hands to prevent sticking, which helped. And I chilled them for 15 minutes just because we weren’t ready to eat yet. When ready, spray with cooking spray and bake for 25 minutes at 375*.
Each patty was 120 kcal, 4 grams fiber and 6 grams protein. I had 1.5 (forfeited my other half to the husband for his lunch since I wasn’t terribly hungry) with some Annie’s Goddess dressing for dipping 🙂
I also made a fennel-orange-avocado salad. I decided I don’t really like raw fennel though. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really good either.
Here’s the combo if you want to try it anyways:
- 1 fennel bulb, sliced
- 1 navel orange, sliced and chopped
- ~2 oz avocado
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Splash of red wine vinegar
- Dash of S+P
- Drizzle of honey
Makes 2 servings about 150 kcal each.
All together –
And a cloud for dessert – TJ’s Vanilla Meringue
Lunch held me over until about 4:45 when I had about 2/3 a cup of cottage cheese topped with fresh mango and chocolate granola from OhNuts.com. I like this granola because the chocolate is subtle and it’s chewy – my texture of choice!
This snack kept me full for 3 hours!
More reasons I love flashcards: the are portable! I went for a walk with mine this afternoon to get out of the house but keep studying at the same time! What’s great is that when I’m at home, my mind drifts to my computer, the kitchen, the TV but when I’m out walking I can focus. There’s nothing else I could be doing. I got more memorized in those 40 minutes than I did in 2 hours at home!
I think I did pretty well today eating intuitively. I did not track calories in my food journal today and have a general idea of how much I had at each meal but I get lost in the snacks and add-ons. I actually think I’m probably a little under my usual NET today, if I had to put a number on it, but I suppose that’ll even out at the beach this week! If there’s one thing I’m proud of, it’s the quality of foods I ate today.
Men = Evil
I was entertained, then annoyed, then a little grossed out by this passage in my Physio textbook I read while studying this afternoon. But I had to share because it was interesting!
Although menses has traditionally be viewed as a somewhat messy way of discarding a uterine lining…its adaptive value and expensive to the female body in terms of tissue, blood and nutrient loss (particularly iron) have been questioned. Why not just keep the prepared endometrium for the next cycle? A controversial view of the menses is that the uterus is a hospitable receptacle for bacteria and viruses delivered vis the male penis and piggy-backing in semen. This being so, menses is an aggressive way of cleaning house. Bleeding rids the body of the uterine lining where pathogens are likely to linger, and menstrual blood is loaded with macrophages which provide active protection.
MEN ARE DIRTY!!!