I'm not sure I could have picked a better way of celebrating my birthday last week. Not only did I get the opportunity to sleep in (yay!), I was treated to pancakes in bed (that the hubby made from scratch!) followed by coffee and cake (that took the hubby 4 hrs to make, love it). I then spent the day eating chocolate, looking through old running albums reminiscing on the beautiful memories I've gathered in 20 years of being a runner, and then lying on the couch trying to recover from the sugar overload-induced tummy ache that I managed to give myself (oops). Later that evening the hubby told me to meet him at his clinic in my running gear and to bring along some food. Guessing that we'd likely be hauling that food up a mountain (I know him well) I knew I had to pack light. Enter: veggie burger sliders!
A few pictures from my birthday hike-run. I loved everything about it! The waterfalls, bringing the pup along, the pouring rain that we trudged through up and down the mountain. It was perfect.
These veggie burgers are a fun alternative to beef burger patties and pack a flavorful punch. With the help of a food processor, they take about 5 minutes to whip up and 20-25 minutes to bake in the oven. Pair on a slider burger bun with some sliced cheddar cheese, avocado, greens and mustard and you have dinner to go in a flash. I simply wrapped each in foil, stuck'm in a plastic baggie and hoped they didn't get too smushed as we were running (they didn't). They work well whether you're picnicking in a scenic location, BBQ'ing with friends and family or simply need a quick lunch or dinner idea.
The combo of black beans, sweet potato and oatmeal in these burgers mean they're high in fiber and relatively low in fat.
1.5 c. shredded sweet potato
1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
½ c. shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup oatmeal, processed into flour
¼ tsp. cayenne red pepper
¼ tsp. chili seasonings
2 cloves of garlic, minced
½ lime (juiced)
Shred sweet potato. Rinse, drain and process black beans with spices, garlic and lime juice. In medium combine sweet potato with black bean mixture. Mix in egg, oatmeal and cheddar cheese. Use ¼ cup measure to form burger patties. Baked in oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes, flipping each burger halfway through. Serves: 8
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Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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