Fal-awesome Burgers

by Natalie on March 11, 2013

Hey, hey, hey!

I hope you had a fabulous Monday.

Mine started off with a dog walk in the bright sunshine and a delicious breakfast.



Yesterday I made a new-to-me bar recipe and decided to try a small square crumbled over my morning oats.  Best idea ever!  I’ll post my version of the recipe tomorrow, but it includes almonds, figs, chia and flax seeds.  On the side I had a hard boiled egg for a little extra protein.


I headed to work to knock out a few things before venturing down to the cycle studio to teach class.  Man, it was a sweaty one!  All but one of the bikes was filled and the energy was incredible.  So much fun!

Pre-workout I enjoyed this beauty:


I ran out of almond milk, so I made this with about 1/4 cup of what I had and about 3/4 of a cup of water.  It was a little runny, but the flavor was still good.  I threw in a huge handful of spinach, about 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 2 tbsp. of protein powder.


I cleaned up then spent the rest of the day working on some projects.  I buzzed out early to try to run by the bank and get a letter notarized and eventually onto CorePower for class, but I didn’t leave in time.  I missed the bank by like 3-minues and then had to go to a different class because I couldn’t make it to the studio I wanted to.  BUMMER!  Monday night is one of my favorites, and the class I went to was just okay.  Oh well, at least I did somethin’ 😉

I chatted with a friend on the way home, then whipped up a quick dinner while Colin walked Zoey.  On the menu:  leftover falafel burgers, sweet potato fries, and roasted brussels sprouts.


Falafel Burgers
adapted from this recipe

·1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
·1/4 cup Sunflower Seed Butter
·Juice of 1/2 a lemon (about 2-3 tbsp.)
·1/2 large red onion, diced
·1 large jalepeno pepper, diced
·3 cloves garlic, minced
·1/2 tsp. turmeric
·2 tsp. cumin
·1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper
·1 tsp. salt
·1/2 cup oat bran
·1 tsp. ground flaxseed mixed with 2 tsp. water
·Olive Oil

In a food processor, process beans, sunflower seed butter, and lemon juice until smooth.  Transfer into a large bowl.  In a small skillet heat about 2 tsp. of olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion and jalepeno pepper and saute until soft, about 5-7 minutes.  Add garlic and saute 2-minutes.  Add spices and saute for 1-minute or until fragrant.  Add to bean mixture.  Stir in oat bran, flax and salt.  Form into four large patties.

Preheat skillet to 350°.  Add about 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the pan.  Cook patties for about 5-minutes or until golden brown, flip, and cook for 4-5 additional minutes.  Serve warm.


These turned out so well!  I wrapped Colin’s up in a pita and I ate mine sans bun.  The fries were Alexa brand and were so good.  They definitely blew any restaurant sweet potato fries out of the water!  We both agreed that this dinner is a keeper 😀

And the best part of my day?  Opening a box from my dear friend, Elisa, full of all my favorites:


Pictures from her adorable boys and pamper me treats.


Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you and the boys!  Thank you so much.

[P.S.  Next time, if you would please hand deliver, that would be much appreciated 😉 ]

And with that, I’m off!

See ya later…

If protein powder seems to upset your stomach, try using less (maybe 1-2 tbsp. to start).  Sometimes our bodies experience detox symptoms, especially when trying a new product or those that contain probiotics, and just need to go through a little adjustment period!

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