White Bean, Quinoa, And Spinach Burgers

Ahhh, my homemade black bean burgers were such a hit around here that I gave another thought to my recipe and tried, once again, something new. This time it is white bean, quinoa, and spinach burgers with Indian spices. And let me tell you, they were also a big hit!!!! So filling, healthy, and easy to make I just have to share it with you all.

White Bean And Spinach Burgers

15 oz. can cannellini beans

1/2 yellow medium onion

2.5 oz. of fresh baby spinach

2 garlic cloves

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. tumeric

1 tsp. garam masala

First, you must drain and rinse your beans.

Then put your quinoa on to cook. Cook according to the package.

While this is cooking, rough chop 1/2 your onion and spinach. Toss them into a pan for a quick cook, just until the spinach wilts.

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In your food processor put your garlic cloves and your cooked onion/spinach mixture. Give this a quick blend to finely chop.

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Next, and highly important, take a bunch….maybe two bunches of paper towels and squeeze this mixture until all the moisture is drained out.

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In a medium size bowl, place this mixture and your beans and give them a rough smash  with a fork or a potato smasher.

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Meanwhile, when your quinoa is done cooking add this to the food processor and give this a few pulses to grind it a bit smaller.

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Then add this to the bowl, along with the spices and the egg.

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Mix this all until well combined. IMG_0822

Last, score the top to divide into four large burgers. Form them and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet pan and place them in the freezer for 2 hrs. to firm up.

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For storage wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place them into a freezer bag/container.

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When your ready to prepare them, place them on a tin foil lined baking sheet sprayed well with non stick spray. Bake them at 450 for 15-20 minutes per side. They will be delicate but will brown nicely. IMG_0861

Serve and Enjoy.

2 Newborns, One Almost 2 Year Old, Dinner 4 Nights This Week, 5 Early Morning Workouts=Exhausted But Accomplished!!

Alright, I am not going to lie and say life has not been difficult these past two weeks because they really have been challenging. Although, I will be the first to admit that it sure feels good to be back to my happy stress level of children (which in my case is work), daily workouts and happily dozing off on the couch while my husband rubs my shoulders before bed. Yes, life is good…..exhausting but really, really good!!!

Add all this plus a few things behind the scenes and I still managed to get dinner on the table four nights this week which is a success in my eyes. Here take a look.

Saturday: make your own personal pizzas IMG_8224

Sunday: pasta and veggie marinara sauce with crusty bread IMG_6954

Monday: honey bourbon chicken thighs, roasted broccoli and carrots over bulgar

Tuesday: one pot shrimp and garlic cream sauce

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Wednesday: pork tenderloin with apples and cabbage (another new recipe which turned out pretty good) IMG_0255

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Thursday: stuffed zucchini boats with crusty bread on the side IMG_8311

Friday: out

Do you start the week with a goal? Mine is always to get through dinner. I can do my job pretty well with little to no stress since I have been doing it for so long now. Yes, at times we have moments of stress but they pass fairly quickly. For me, getting dinner on the table is usually the end point of my night. I care for myself early at the gym, my daycare children all day, and last but not least my family in the evening(and sometimes during the day in between children), and then this mom/wife/caregiver signs off for the night.

Meal prep for the upcoming week included:

Clean eating brownies and honey scones…one turned out fantastic(brownies) and the other was horrible(scones).Whomp whomp!

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I also made veggie burgers from my new plant based cookbook which turned out amazing!!!!

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The rest of my meal prep included chopping veggies, cooking chicken to make wraps with for lunches, and preparing a batch of quinoa sweet potato chili for my lunches this week. IMG_0297

There you have it, another week on the books and another week closer to retirement…..yes, I am dreaming big today.