veggie quinoa burgers

Have you checked out my guest post on Beyond Bananas?! It’s on hiking! ūüėÄ

I don’t do very well in my baking/cooking fiascos if the kitchen is not clean beforehand. It’s hard for me to work in an already dirty space, so naturally, I clean before I re-dirty it. Makes sense, right?

Yesterday in particular was I most meticulous about the following:

  • cleared counter space
  • no dishes in the sink (clear or dirty)
  • space for laptop (as it is a valuable tool when cooking)
  • having all the right ingredients (of course!)
  • having all the right tools (measuring cups, pots & pans, peeler, grater, etc)
  • box of kleenex*
  • good music to dance/cook to

*my cooking does not normally involved kleenex, but given my neverending cold, I’m a lost soul without it…this also involves plenty of hand sanitizing after. We don’t want any other sick puppies near me!

I really wanted to created a good veggie burger, but not just any veggie burger, one that had quinoa.

Why quinoa is good for you:

  • high in protein
  • gluten-free
  • has all nine essential amino acids that our body needs
  • good source of manganese (good for headaches)
  • good source of iron
  • high in dietary fiber

To name a few ūüėČ And hopefully this will help me kick this cold!

Veggie quinoa burgers

Great source of protein, veggies and  yumminess!

Wheat-free, dairy free, vegan, and can easily be made gluten-free.

Makes: 10 small patties


  • 1/2 cup raw beets, grated
  • 1/2 cup raw carrots , grated
  • 1/2 cup raw portabella mushroom, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup raw zucchini, grated
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup of uncooked quinoa, 2 cups of water)
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 oat flour*
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp warm water)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt and pepper
*Take 3/4 cup of rolled oats and grind up in food processor (or magic bullet) until coarse to make oat flour. Using gluten-free oats would make this recipe gluten-free.


  1. Prepare quinoa (1 part quinoa, 2 parts water – place on stovetop over high heat until it boils, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 mins), preheat oven to 350F, and prepare the flax egg (set aside).
  2. Grate and chop all veggies, including garlic (you can use gloves for grating the beets if you prefer to not get your hands dirty).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the carrots, beets, mushroom, zucchini, shallot, garlic, quinoa, salt and pepper, and mix.
  4. Next, add in the flax egg, followed by the oat flour and cayenne pepper.
  5. Make sure everything is combined, then on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, shape into patties and place on tray.
  6. Bake for 15-16 minutes each side then flip.

I made mine about the size of my palm (you could make them bigger and make less of them).

What I used for toppings: mashed up avocado, yellow tomato and sunflower greens – tastes delicious.

Pair this with Angela’s Weekend Glow Kale Salad and you are sure to be a nutritional powerhouse!

Angela had mentioned that she thinks this is the best salad she has ever made (agreed!), but she also mentioned how her husband loved it…my¬†husband loved it. Just to demonstrate how much he loved it, this is what he told me last night.

Husband: (we’re in the car)¬†That salad was sooo good; I could have ate the whole thing. I’m actually thinking about how I want more right now.

See! Guys can love kale, too! They can love it so much that you might just have to make another batch of the salad the next day.


Nutritional Information for the burgers:

 10 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 177.6
  Total Fat 3.1 g
  Saturated Fat 0.2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 27.3 mg
  Potassium 187.9 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 35.6 g
  Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
  Sugars 3.5 g
  Protein 6.3 g
  Vitamin A 17.0 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.1 %
  Vitamin B-6 2.8 %
  Vitamin C 2.5 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 0.8 %
  Calcium 1.5 %
  Copper 6.7 %
  Folate 5.0 %
  Iron 20.9 %
  Magnesium 6.9 %
  Manganese 32.7 %
  Niacin 3.5 %
  Pantothenic Acid     3.5 %
  Phosphorus     39.9 %
  Riboflavin 72.5 %
  Selenium 1.8 %
  Thiamin 7.3 %
  Zinc 4.0 %


I don’t play the ‘sick person’ role very well. I whine, I don’t do as much housework (let’s be clear that there’s always room to do other fun things though) and I start wishing that I was not me in that moment.

I hate going through a box of kleenex in 20 minutes, so my nose is more raw than your salad. I’m at the point in where my nose won’t stop running. It really is a curse.

I hate not having full energy. I bet it’s going through all the kleenex that’s the real reason why I’m so worn out.

I really hate not being able to taste food. Which leads to not cooking because if I can’t taste food then what’s the point of preparing it for other people (sorry husband). Although, I do think it would be funny to make something so horrible, serve it to someone and not even know how horrible the meal is.

But, do you know what I especially hate? Not being able to run. I’m short on breath as is, so running is just out of the question. Plus, who wants to be the loser running with 20 kleenex in her pocket…not me…ok, it is me.

At the peak of my uber sexy sickness, the hubby had his one and only day off work (aka: yesterday). I am shocked he stays with me after my affair with kleenex. I tried to keep it on the DL…but we were just too passionate for each other.

In true awesome wife fashion, I sucked it up and we had a productive day. We got some groceries (they don’t replace themselves after you use them…weird).

And then we hiked – I figured fresh air might help my condition.

This is the nicest hiking area around us. We’ll definitely be back for more!

Burnt crossed some bridges.


Even if the bridge was made for a stream that clearly didn’t need it.

Saw some reeeally creepy bugs.

Passed a lake that was not quite swim-worthy.

Took some bad self photos in front of the lake (so not blog worthy).

Walked on what felt like a tight-rope.

I also respectively held my bladder and the husband respectively tried to not think about how hungry he was. I told him to eat more lunch, but he obviously didn’t listen.

We came home (he ate, clearly) and then I did something that every man should be scared of. I (wifey) cut Tyler’s hair. He clearly puts full trust into me and actually liked the haircut I gave him last time if he’s coming back for more.

The excitement just LEAKS from him!

Who’s having more fun here? I think it’s pretty obvious…

Tyler wanted to go out for dinner, so I convinced him not to. Because by this point, I really couldn’t taste anything at all. I could have eaten ‘poop’ (is how I worded it) and still wouldn’t be able to taste it. He seemed to disagree on that statement.

So, I made a green smoothie for din because I knew that even though I couldn’t taste it, ¬†it was still good for the bod ūüėČ

And then, I crashed hard that night. Still not totally normal (darn nose), but I’m hoping for full recovery by tomorrow.

Q: What do you do when you’re sick? Any remedies or tricks you use?

I rest when my body tells me I need it – like on Sunday after work.

I think pomegranates are really good health revivers – so I ate one yesterday…before the loss of taste, of course!

Q: Would you cut someone else’s hair that’s really close to you (say, your husband?!). And if so, how nervous would you be?

Even though I’ve cut his hair once before, I was afraid that this time I might actually mess it up. It’s pretty simple, but I guess he’s more of the fool if he put the scissors in my hands ūüėČ