You’ve heard all the tag lines . . . eat smart, eat clean, go veggie, try vegan . . . BLAH BLAH BLAH! Yeah, I’ll own that I have even pushed a few of those tag lines myself with my posts or blogs. But as consumers and athletes, sometimes finding things that you can make into amazing quick meals is really hard without incorporating a bunch of junk ingredients that really leave you wishing you hadn’t and feeling the flavor sometimes, uhhh, not so much!
So, this month, I got the opportunity to give Sunshine Burgers a try from a sponsored product campaign offered through my Fit Approach sisters and boy, was I excited when I saw what selection of flavors were headed my way! I mean, Falafel, Black Bean Southwest, and Shiitake Mushroom just to name a few. Bring it on!!!
When I received my box of goodness I could not wait to try several of them for breakfast and lunch options.
First up on a quick breakfast meal, post workout, I had the Garden Herb topped with some Black Bean Hummus and a side of grilled sweet plantains then sprinkled a little Vegan grated topping. In our house, we love ethnic flavors and the Garden Herb burger added just the right touch to my Cuban Inspired Quick-Fix breakfast that morning.
Garden Herb Ingredients – Organic cooked brown rice, organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic carrots, organic spices, sea salt.
Next up I opted to keep my ethnic theme by adding a little mediterranean twist to my lunch with a deconstructed version of a gyro sandwich without all the guilt of the diary or meat (for my non-carnivorous followers). I used the Falafel Burger and placed it over a heated pita half, topped it with Black Bean Hummus, tomatoes and a little sliced onion and viola, LUNCH! Even with these simple ingredients, this lunch was full of flavor and very satisfying. I had to save half of the second for a mid-afternoon snack.
Falafel Ingredients – Organic cooked brown rice, organic cooked chick peas, organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic cooked yellow split peas, organic Tahini (organic ground toasted sesame seeds), organic cumin, organic garlic, organic parsley, sea salt.
Those are just a couple of options out of the line of products that Sunshine Burgers offers! I love that their products are organic, of course, but also that the ingredients they use are non-GMO and Vegan! Other flavor options available from Sunshine Burger are Loco Chipotle, Black Bean Southwest, Barbecue and Hemp and Sage Breakfast! You can checkout their lineup of products by visiting their website!
Sunshine Burgers are fully cooked, so they don’t actually need to be cooked—just brought back up to temp. For patties, we recommend reheating FROM FROZEN (instead of thawed). Our burgers rely on the starch in the brown rice to hold them together (not cheese or eggs or some scary chemical binding agent) and this tends to make them more crumbly than the typical veggie burger. Reheating from frozen helps everything hang together better. (Use a spatula to separate the frozen burgers). At home I use a cast iron pan on low heat OR the toaster oven. If you use a microwave oven, consider placing the burger in a moist paper towel “sandwich” to keep the burger from drying out. If you want to use Sunshine Burgers as an ingredient in another dish, then thawing out overnight in the fridge can be helpful. Thawed burgers crumble easily and can also be formed into different shapes (crumbles!, meat-less balls, sliders, etc.).
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