Baked Quinoa Burger Patties + Lemon Tahini Sauce

I was browsing the net today and stumbled upon a photo of Montreal taken on this day in 1976, and it was a fun springtime photo on the top of Mont-Royal on a balmy day of 22 degrees. Today, however, we woke up to MORE snow, and I realized Mother Nature is getting a real kick out of this endless winter weather joke! We just inherited a barbeque from my hubby’s father, and we are dying to use it. I’ve been dreaming up summertime meals, and barbequed burgers and veggies are on the top of that list.
Baked Quinoa Burgers

Well, it was kind of freezing cold this evening, so burgers we had, but I baked them in the oven. That’s not to say they didn’t turn out really delicious, we are just really looking forward to days that are too hot for the oven to be on!
I’m always on the quest for a delicious veggie burger, and these ones were really tasty with a great texture with a little crunch thanks to the quinoa and I’m happy to say, held their shape really well! Although I used a flax egg to bind them, they didn’t feel like a sticky enough texture, so I added in 1 boiled, mashed potato and it really did the trick in keeping all the ingredients nicely held together.

Baked Quinoa Burgers
The lemon tahini dressing is so quick to whip up and is the ideal sauce for these patties. It is creamy, vibrant, and highlights the Middle Eastern flavours of this burger.

Baked Quinoa Burgers
Of course, you don’t have to eat these quinoa patties on a burger bun, they are delicious on their own with a side of salad, or tucked in a pita with of course, lemon tahini sauce poured overtop.  They are honestly even great if you pop them in your mouth cold!  Lots of options, you do what you’re in the mood for!
Let’s get to the recipe. :)

Baked Quinoa Burgers + Lemon Tahini Sauce
Yields 10
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. Baked Quinoa Burger Patties
  2. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  3. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 2 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tbsp water, mixed in bowl
  5. 2 cups fresh spinach
  6. 1 medium sized potato, cubed and boiled
  7. 1/2 cup onion, minced
  8. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  9. 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  10. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  11. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  12. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  13. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  14. Lemon Tahini Sauce
  15. 1/4 cup tahini
  16. 1/4 cup water
  17. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  18. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  19. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the quinoa with 1 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add garlic powder, stir, cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool slightly.
  3. Prepare the flax egg by combining 2 tablespoons ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons water in a bowl. Whisk, then place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
  4. Steam spinach for 4-5 minutes over 1-2 inches of simmering water. Remove from heat, reserving the water to boil your potato. Rinse spinach with cold water, then squeeze dry. Finely chop the spinach, then add it to the bowl of quinoa.
  5. Add the onion, garlic, flax egg, potato, flour, baking powder, salt, cumin, and pepper to the bowl of quinoa/spinach. Mix well to combine.
  6. Shape into 10 patties and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, flip them over, then bake for another 10 minutes, until golden brown and firm.
  8. While the patties are baking, prepare your sauce. Combine tahini, water, lemon juice, salt and garlic powder in bowl. Whisk, then pour into a jar so you can store leftovers.
  9. To assemble, place quinoa burger patty in a whole wheat burger bun, add your favourite fresh toppings and pour lemon tahini sauce overtop.
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Berry Red Beet Juice

It’s no secret, we are a beet-loving family.  I grew up eating them, and we often include them in our meals in a very simple way – usually boiled and served with a drizzle of olive oil.  My son loves them so much as well, which is so awesome since we can’t deny the amazing health benefits.

Beet Juice

Beets have been used in folk remedies for centuries, and the main reason being that they are loaded with betanin, an amazing antioxidant.  Their intense, deep red colour is not only gorgeous to look at, but shows how loaded they are with antioxidants. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, working as a purifier for the blood.  Besides all of this, they are loaded with many other minerals and vitamins and taste delicious.  They work especially well with berries in smoothies or juices, as well as citrus and greens.  I’ve made many different beet juice concoctions, but my son simply loves this one!  Beets are naturally very sweet and moist, which makes them ideal for incorporating in a variety of beet dishes, desserts, or juices.

Beet Juice

I don’t know about you, but I can barely keep my eyes open past 9:00pm and this weekend was a jam-packed party.  We celebrated two friends’ birthdays last night, and we were home in the wee hours.  I was so exhausted today and I notice that I always crave fresh juice when I’m low on energy.  The energy boost from nutritious juices always seems to amaze me.  I felt so much better after having a tall glass of my Berry Red Beet Juice today.  

So I’ll be spending the rest of my Sunday with pink-stained hands.  Have a great rest of the weekend, everyone!

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Beet Juice

Berry Red Beet Juice

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 organic beets
  • 8 organic strawberries
  • 1 organic orange

Instructions

  1. Wash the beets, strawberries and orange.
  2. Cut the greens off the strawberries, and slice the beets and orange into quarters.
  3. Place all ingredients through your juicer.
  4. Serve and drink right away.
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Beet Juice

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Quinoa, Kale + Chickpea Bake

One of my girlfriends made a delicious quinoa bake last week, with black beans and delicious Mexican flavours, and since then I’ve been craving making  a hearty baked quinoa dish myself.  Although we eat a lot of quinoa in our home, I don’t usually bake it in the oven, but it’s so filling, puffy and beautifully compliments your vegetable casserole.  

Quinoa Kale Chickpea Bake 

 The nice thing with this meal, is you don’t need to precook the quinoa, it cooks nicely in the oven with the other ingredients.  But, if you do have leftover cooked quinoa sitting in the fridge, by all means, use it.  Just cut down on the liquid and cooking time, by about half.

Quinoa Kale Chickpea Bake

My son is not so into cooked little grains, like couscous or quinoa, but mixed in with all the other veggies, it was a winner for him, too.  I like when everyone is happy at the dinner table!

Quinoa Kale Chickpea Bake

Quinoa, Kale + Chickpea Bake
Serves 6
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch kale
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/2 an onion, diced
  4. 1 red sweet pepper, diced
  5. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  7. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  8. 1 tablespoon dried sage
  9. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  11. 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  12. juice from 1/2 a lemon
  13. 1 - 14oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  14. 1 cup quinoa (any colour), rinsed
  15. 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Wash the kale and remove the tough stems. Roughly chop and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Stir occasionally and cook until soft, approx. 5 minutes. Add in the kale, stirring, and cook until it has reduced in size. Stir in diced tomatoes along with the dried oregano, sage, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  4. Heat up your vegetable stock, either on the stove top, or in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  5. Put the contents of your skillet into an 8″x8″ pan. Add in lemon juice, chickpeas and quinoa along with the hot vegetable stock. Stir gently to combine. Sprinkle nutritional yeast overtop if you are using it. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil, give it a stir. Check if quinoa has cooked through and if all liquid has been absorbed. If not, cover with foil and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed.
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Walnut + Hemp Seed Pesto Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes + Olives

Thank goodness for pasta dishes that are ready in 20 minutes.  And that your child devours.  And that are super high in protein and omegas!  I love the simplicity of this dish, and how quick it is to make.  It’s one of those recipes I keep in mind for nights when I’m clueless as to what to cook up.  Sweet basil, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives bring a Mediterranean summery feel that I think we’re all craving right about now!

Fresh Garlic

Traditionally, pesto is made with pine nuts, but I love using walnuts because, for one, they are much more affordable, and also a rich source of omega-3.  They are great for your brain health, and they kind of look like little brains, don’t they?

I also skipped on the parmesan cheese as I avoid dairy whenever I can (it really doesn’t make me feel well) and tossed in hemp seeds instead.  I know everyone has been loving hemp for a while now, I just recently jumped on the bandwagon, and I am obsessed! I love the nutty, almost sweet flavour (much like a pine nut actually), and their tender crunch.  They are very high in digestible protein and in omegas as well, along with other minerals and vitamins.  They work so well in pesto as they give a very similar texture to the dish as parmesan cheese would.  At one point I thought I even tasted cheese.  All in my head.  

Walnut Hemp Seed Pesto

 I can’t wait for my summer vegetable garden and my own fresh basil.  I love heading to the backyard, barefoot, and picking it while I’m making dinner.  Nothing better.

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Walnut + Hemp Seed Pesto Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes + Olives
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 500 grams gluten-free pasta
  2. ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling pasta
  3. 2 bunches (approx. 2 cups) fresh basil, rinsed
  4. ½ cup walnuts
  5. 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  6. 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  7. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  8. 1 + 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  9. 1 cup pitted kalamata olives
  10. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Begin by cooking your pasta noodles according to packaging instructions. Remove from heat, drain, and pour noodles back into the pot. Drizzle with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Place olive oil, basil, walnuts, hemp seeds, garlic and salt in a food processor. Process all ingredients until well combined.
  3. Spoon pesto into your pot of pasta. Place pot on stove top over low heat. Add cherry tomatoes, olives and black pepper. Toss all ingredients well to combine.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. You can make larger portions of the pesto and freeze it for later.
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Walnut Hemp Seed Pesto

Walnut Hemp Seed Pesto

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Hearty Lentil, Carrot + Potato Soup

If you’re new to Love and Lentils, I don’t only post recipes that include lentils although it may seem so if you’ve been seeing my last few posts.  That’s because I am participating in Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelations Challenge! (wish me luck!)  But today, I am sharing my husband’s recipe.

Vegan Lentil and Potato Soup

 I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ve been battling colds and the flu for the last couple of months.  I rarely get sick throughout the year, but this winter (and daycare germs) have taken their toll on me!  I was finally feeling better over the last couple of weeks, and then boom – I got this awful cold once again.  

To rewind a little, I grew up in a Greek household and I had my fair share of Greek lentil soup, or ‘fakes’ (fah-kehs).  I never got sick of it, and to this day, we ask my mom to make some for us and we all go over to indulge in a bowl or two.

Maybe that’s why this was the only thing I was craving today in my feeling sorry for myself state.  My husband came to the rescue with his delicious version of lentil soup.  When I started my blog last year, one of the first recipes I shared was my hubby’s lentil soup.  I was just having a look with him and I know we were thinking the same thing – those photos need to be retaken! Check it out here. Ha!

Vegan Lentil and Potato Soup

He cooks for an army, so feel free to cut this recipe down, or go for the large portion and freeze it!  It tastes great reheated later and it will make for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Hearty Lentil, Carrot + Potato Soup
Serves 8
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 4 onions, chopped
  3. 6 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 5 small carrots, sliced
  5. 6 cups vegetable stock
  6. 2 cups green lentils, rinsed and picked through
  7. 2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  10. 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  11. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  12. Kosher sea salt and pepper to taste
  13. 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  14. Fresh parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, and carrots. Cover and cook until the onions have softened, stirring often, for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock, lentils, potatoes, bay leaves, oregano, coriander, and cayenne. Turn the heat to high and bring all to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 30 more minutes, or until lentils and potatoes are cooked through.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, and vinegar.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Notes
  1. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for longer.
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Vegan Lentil and Potato Soup

Vegan Lentil and Potato Soup

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