I'm feeling extremely happy today!
Not because I found a $50 gift card to Target at the bottom of my diaper bag...
But because I am happy to say that I have kept up with my running goals.
I never thought I would pick up running again after having Baby Boo. After not working out for "nine months"...which turned into...a year...it is just so hard to pick back up.
Sure I walked, and did some spin classes here and there, but when your a mom 24/7 with no time for yourself...
It's hard to fit it in.
And now I wonder...
How do people with more kids exercise?? Take time for yourself??
I guess this whole Mama thing is a work in progress, but I can attest that every day Baby Boo gets older, it's easier to exercise. Now that she can entertain her self with teething biscuits and measuring spoons,
Mama can fit in a workout video here and there...
Or have more time in the kitchen to cook some delicious food. =]
Like a life changing...
OK I won't go there again.
But i'll just say...it's pretty amazing.
Roasted Quinoa Bean Burger
1/3 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup assorted roasted veggies
(sweet potato, zucchini, onion drizzled w/ EVOO & balsamic vinegar, S&P)
1/3 cup plain cooked Quinoa
*A reader said these stick together really well when you add 1 chia egg to the recipe!*
1. Start with your veggies. I used 1 sweet potato, 1 zucchini, and 1/2 of onion.(What I had on hand. Would def suggest the sweet potato & onion!) Chop and spread on baking sheet. Drizzle w/ EVOO and Balsamic vinegar, Salt and pepper. If you don't want extra veggies to save for later uses in the week, divide veggies in half. (I.E. 1/2 sweet potato, 1/2 zucchini..etc..)
2. Cook in oven to 350 for 30 minutes.
3. Reserve 1/2 cup of mixture, and if you have extra veggies, save the rest in a sealed container in fridge to use through out the week. On salads, in sandwhiches, in quesadillas, etc..
4. In a food processor add veggies and black beans.
5. Blend until a little chunky.
6. Then add quinoa and process until blended. Leave a little chunky, you don't want it too creamy.
7. Add a little spices if you would like such as cumin or paprika. Then add Salt and Pepper to taste.
8. Form into balls, 2-3, and flatten out to patties.
9. In a preheated 400 degree oven, bake patties for 30 minutes. 15 minutes on both sides.
10. Once they are done, you can add a little coconut oil in a skillet and fry both sides for a crispy outer edge. (optional)
11. Place patty in a tortilla, or hamburger buns, and load with your favorite toppings.
Unfortunately I was out of toppings since I was Low on groceries.
So I used some cilantro dressing and mustard...
Whatever works =]
This "burger" has amazing stats as far as nutrition goes. I don't like to count calories, but these are pretty amazing =]
Calories182.3 Total Fat2.1 g Saturated Fat0.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat0.1 g Monounsaturated Fat0.0 g Cholesterol0.0 mg Sodium14.5 mg Potassium337.2 mg Total Carbohydrate35.1 g Dietary Fiber5.5 g Sugars5.3 gProtein6.7 g
Ok, are you ready for a challenge question??
What the heck does a sweet potato look like?
Are they orange, like sweet potato fries, or are they white like a regular potato..??
I'm so confused.