Acorn Squash Veggie Burgers

I love homemade veggie burgers and these Acorn Squash Veggie Burgers are my latest creation.  Well actually, they were created by my husband, Marcus.  Sometimes you have an idea for an awesome recipe and it doesn’t turn out as expected.  However, sometimes you can turn that into another delicious recipe instead.  That is exactly what happened in the case of these acorn squash veggie burgers.  We roasted the squash a little too long and it could not be chopped into cubes.  So we decided to puree it and make these veggie burgers instead.  One can never have too many veggie burger recipes right?

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These veggie burgers were great on their own with a side of veggies.   They should also work well if they are eaten with a bun.  I am just not a huge bread person, so I usually skip it.  One of my favorite sides to eat with this is my maple glazed Brussel sprouts or my simple roasted broccoli.  If you didn’t want to use acorn squash, this could also probably work with sweet potato, butternut squash or pumpkin.

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Roasted Garlic Hummus Veggie Burgers

I just love homemade veggie burgers.  The reason homemade veggie burgers are so great is because you can control the ingredients.  I have several veggie burger recipes on my blog already.  These roasted garlic hummus veggie burgers are my latest creation.  Yes I made burgers with hummus.  It’s a super easy recipe!

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Pacific Foods recently sent me some samples of their new shelf stable hummus and I knew I wanted to make a veggie burger recipe with one of the flavors.  I used the roasted garlic hummus in this veggie burger recipe.  It is so yummy!  You may have heard me talk about Pacific Foods in my post about vegetable broth.

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I do make my own hummus as well, but these shelf stable hummus packs are great for when you are on the go.  It could be a snack after sports, or at the beach or on a picnic.  I love that this hummus contains simple ingredients you would use in your own kitchen.  No funny stuff.  It comes in 3 delicious flavors.  Classic, roasted garlic, and roasted red pepper.   The reason I wanted to make a veggie burger with the hummus, is because I wanted to show you that hummus can be so much more than a spread.  It added great flavor to these veggie burgers.

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Quinoa Veggie Burgers

These quinoa veggie burgers are so yummy! I just love a homemade veggie burger.  Don’t you?  I have several of them on my blog already, like my Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers, Black Bean Veggie Burgers and Chickpea and Spinach Veggie Burgers.  Well here is a new quinoa veggie burger to add to the list.

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The best thing about these veggie burgers is that you probably already have the ingredients to make them!  I often make veggie burgers is a double batch and freeze some for easy meal ideas.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

I love veggie burgers.  Who doesn’t right?  Well store bought veggie burgers don’t cut it for me.  The rubbery texture and unidentifiable ingredients in store bought veggie burgers are enough to turn me off.  You can get so much more flavor and texture from homemade veggie burgers.  These sweet potato black bean burgers are a spin off my Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers.  If you have made those burgers, you will love these too!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

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Baked Falafel Burgers

For those of you that don’t know, my husband is Turkish.  We eat a lot of Turkish inspired meals at our house.  Falafel is just one of those.  So I made a baked falafel burger.   Since traditional falafels are fried, I wanted to make them healthier by doing a baked falafel burger.  These baked falafel burgers came out great!

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Unhealthy “Health Foods”

Everywhere you go, people are talking about the next healthy food or diet craze.  I pin to many health boards on Pinterest, and I see unhealthy “health” pins all the time.  I am here to hopefully shed some light on the myths.


1.  Low Fat /Fat Free Foods –  Fat is not a bad thing.  In fact, your body needs healthy fats to thrive.  Fat makes your skin glow and your hair shine.  Fats are crucial to every cell membrane in the entire body.  The structural components of the cell membranes within the brain, and also the myelin sheath that lines the nerve cells, are made up of fats.  Often not only are fat free foods lacking in healthy fats, but they often contain extra sugars or artificial sweeteners as you will see in my Yoplait Exposed post.  It is important to check all labels to be safe.


2.  Energy or Nutrition Bars –  Most nutrition or energy bars contain soy protein isolate or whey protein isolate, which are hidden sources of MSG.  You can see that in my Kashi Bars Exposed post.  It’s important to check the label for those ingredients.  I would also advise you to keep track of the sugar content as well.  1 teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4.2 grams.  The American Heart Association recommends that you keep your daily intake of sugar at about 6 teaspoons.  You can easily make my larabars or granola bars.  I make clif bars as well.  They would save you money as well.  Once again, check the labels to be safe.  If you need a decent store bought option, you can look at Nature’s Path.


3.  Sports Drinks and Vitamin Water –  Did you know that a Vitamin Water contains almost as much sugar as a can of coke?  Gatorade contains artificial sweeteners and also artificial dyes.  If the artificial dyes aren’t enough of a reason to stop drinking these, watch this video.  Warning, it’s a bit graphic.  Coconut water is a natural electrolyte replacer.  If you don’t want to drink coconut water, you can try these options.


4.  Reduced Fat Peanut Butter –  As I said earlier, your body needs healthy fats.  Often, when fat is removed from a food, artificial sweetener, sugar or chemicals are added in to make it taste as good as the full fat version.  You can see that in my Peter Pan Exposed post.  Did you know you can make your own healthy peanut butter in 5 minutes?  All you need is peanuts.  You will never believe how easy it is.


5.  Store Bought Veggie Burgers –   Most store bought burgers contain chemicals, additives and GMOs.  You will see that in my Boca Burgers Exposed post.  Another thing to take note of, is that most veggie burgers don’t even contain actual veggies.  A lot of them are made up of soy protein isolate which is a hidden form of MSG.  Again, check the labels to be sure.  I have several veggie burger recipes on the blog.  If you need a better store bought option, try Sunshine Burgers.  Their burgers have been non GMO verified and have a much cleaner ingredient list.

Unhealthy Health Foods