Vegan Beet & Lentil Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

Veggie burgers are pretty easy to come by these days. When I go to the freezer aisle of grocery stores, there are many types and flavors. The only problem is, most of the burgers have soy and gluten, and the ones that do no,  have so little protein they really aren’t offering much nutrition.

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This latest food project was to make up a flavorful, hearty, and nutrient-dense burger without soy. The main ingredients are just steamed lentils and beets! It’s super easy to make and I found it to be very filling. After practicing a couple of times, I teamed up with my friend Hetal of Prettypolymath and I made the burgers, she made the seasoned baked sweet potato fries. Hetal will show you how to get the fries nice and crisp in the oven, where I show you how to make a great burger which is vegan and gluten free.

Check out my latest video to see how it’s done.

 

Harvest Festival & Halloween Party Treats

With Halloween around the corner, I’d like to share some yummy treats that are great for house parties or for your to enjoy as you pass out candy. Some do not officially celebrate Halloween, but it is still a great day to enjoy movies, warm food, and healthy (and some decadent) treats!

Healthy Chicken Strips from Oprah: http://www.oprah.com/food/Chicken-Strips

Baked Sweet Potato Steak Fries by The Divine Hostess: https://divinehostess.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/sweet-potato-steak-fries/

Spicy Roasted Butternut Seeds from food.com: http://www.food.com/recipe/spicy-roasted-butternut-seeds-pumpkin-seeds-50958

Roasted nuts by Lemons and Anchovies: http://lemonsandanchovies.com/2012/04/spicy-honey-roasted-almonds/#.UI1kOIbueSo

Halloween Cake Pops by Bakerella: http://www.bakerella.com/eye-popping/

Pumpkin bread from My Baking Addiction: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-bread-recipe/

Butter beer from Bakingdotcom: http://www.bakingdom.com/2010/11/butterbeer-oh-yes-friends-butterbeer.html

Chocolate Lover’s Candied Apple by The Sweetest Vegan:

Sweet Potato Steak Fries

I have a confession to make: french fries are definitely a weakness of mine! Most of the time I just steer clear altogether, but I get really excited when I get the chance to eat them. Fries are unhealthy because of the high amount of oil they are cooked in, and the sodium. Also, white potatoes  aren’t as packed with nutrients as say, a sweet potato. One cup of cubed sweet potatoes has 377% the daily intake of Vitamin A, 448 mg potassium, and 4 grams of fiber. As the rule goes, the more vibrant the color, the higher the nutrients. I decided to use a sweet potato to beat my craving, and get a healthy dose of nutrients to boot!  My sweet potato steak fries are super fast and easy to make. They are great with a wrap, topped with chili, or with a burger. Below you will see that the measures for this recipe are given for an individual serving. Increase as needed.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

 Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 1 sweet potato per person, depending on size
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 TBSP 21 seasoning salute
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp grapeseed oil

 

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Cut them in half lengthwise, and then into large 1″ wedges.  In a large mixing bowl, toss wedges with 2 tsp oil per potato. Add curry powder, ground cumin, 21 seasoning salute, and coarse sea salt and make sure all wedges are coated evenly. Spread wedges out on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, turning over wedges halfway through baking time.

 

*Baking time may vary depending on oven.