Remember that veggie burger I raved about a couple weeks ago? The main ingredients were black eyed peas, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and kale and ranked as the best veggie burger I have ever eaten. It was crispy, flavorful, vegetable-heavy but not too fibery burger bliss.
I made minor modifications to the original recipe, primarily leaving out the jalapeños because I wasn’t sure of how spicy of a burger I wanted. Plus, I forgot to buy those at the store (oops!) and I wasn’t about to make a special trip just for them. I also swapped whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour.
So how did this sweet potato, black bean, and quinoa burger fare as the first recipe in our challenge?
Overall, I enjoyed it, and I may make it again to attempt to actually make it properly, since I accidentally missed a key step in cooking the burger.
Regular readers probably already know this about me, but I am a bit of a lazy cook. Perhaps lazy is not the appropriate adjective – let’s say unfussy. I love cooking from home, but on weekend nights and weekends after a hike or a long run, I don’t particularly desire a tedious and complicated meal.
I firmly believe that healthy eating is best done when simple. There’s no need to make things overly complicated, especially when most of us have busy lives full of family, work, running, hobbies, and more.
Because I view healthy eating as such, a good veggie burger recipes needed simple preparation. A longer cooking time didn’t pose an issue as long as a majority of the time was hands-off, letting the oven do the work type preparation.
The preparation for this sweet potato, black bean, and quinoa veggie burger played to my West-Coast-chill approach to the culinary arts. The sweet potato baked in the oven while I caught up on emails and the quinoa cooked quickly over the stove in the meanwhile. (Both of these can be prepped in advance as well).
Making the burgers themselves required little effort: stirring, shaping, chilling, frying (which I forgot to do, more on that in a moment), and baking.
Taste and Texture:
My go with the first recipe reminded me of the importance of following each step for recipe success. While my veggie turned out quite tasty, the texture was a bit on the softer side – not quite the crispy burger I desired.
In terms of taste, I enjoyed the combination of smoked paprika, garlic, and sweet potato. The overall flavor was earthy (but in a good way, not musty – be sure to rinse your quinoa though!) and the burger was satisfying.
I enjoyed mine over greens with a drizzle of tahini as a nutritious late lunch.
I texted this to Meredith, and she pointed out what I missed – fry the burgers before baking! And this, my friends, is why you should not try to multitask too much.
I’ve mentioned a few times before how I track my nutrition during hard training cycles and right now to make sure I get enough protein since I’m eating less meat. So I uploaded the ingredients to MyFitnessPal and calculated the nutritional stats based on 6 servings (since I made 6 burger patties).
Now keep in mind that no calculator is completely accurate, so actual nutritional data may vary.
With quinoa AND black beans, this veggie burger provides all of the essential amino acids – which is important if you are getting your protein from plant-based sources. However, you only get 11 grams of protein, which is not quite as much as runners should aim to get at a meal (20-30 grams per meal is ideal).
Each burger contained 10 grams of fiber (55 grams of carbohydrates total), with more than 1.5 times your daily vitamin A needs, 28% of daily iron (which is quite a lot of iron from a vegetarian meal), and 750 mg of potassium.
I overall genuinely enjoyed these veggie burgers, but part of me also wonders if I would have liked them with a higher ratio of beans and quinoa (more protein) and less sweet potatoes. But that’s partially because I also enjoy sweet potato oven fries on the side of homemade burgers and, as I discussed earlier this week, I need to make a deliberate effort to eat more protein.
So would I recommend this recipe? Yes – especially if you follow the directions!
Have you ever accidentally flubbed a recipe by missing a step of ingredients?
What new recipe have you tried recently?
What are your weekend plans?
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