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Chickpea Veggie Burgers

June 20, 2014

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely week and have some fun plans for the weekend. I will be venturing up North to visit my boyfriend’s grandparents and aunt. But before I do, I wanted to share my new chickpea veggie burgers with you all.

Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Today I have some lovely vegetarian Chickpea Veggie Burgers (garbanzo beans for my American’s) for you all! I had a craving for something cheesy and filling a few nights ago and thought it would be fun to experiment .. ultimately resulting in this delish recipe. Chickpeas are a wonderful source of low G.I. carbohydrates, protein, fiber and a range of vitamins and minerals. A 1 cup serving of chickpeas contain 40g of carbohydrates, 2g of fat, 14g of fiber (wow!! almost half of your daily requirement), and 14g of protein. They also contain a fair amount of iron, which is great for the ladies, especially ladies who choose not to eat red meat. These chickpea burgers are not vegan because they contain asiago cheese. However, they can be made vegan if you omit the cheese that is in them, or replace it with vegan cheese, but I cannot guarantee the same texture and taste if you do this.

Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Excited? Hungry? Hopefully both, so let’s get cooking!

Chickpea Veggie Burgers
Serves 1
Enjoy a healthy burger without the guilt!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup chickpeas
  2. 4 tbsp shredded asiago cheese
  3. 1 garlic clove
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1tsp tahini
  6. 1/2 tsp cumin
  7. 1/2 tsp paprika
  8. 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt or any high quality salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees farenheit
  2. 2. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth. You can make it as smooth or as chunky as you please.
  3. 3. Form the mixture into two burger patties, and then place in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, BROIL the burger patties on high for 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Serve naked, on some sourdough bread, on a tortilla like I did, or whatever your heart desires. And don't forget to add your veggies too!
Notes
  1. Makes 2 large patties or 4 small ones.
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Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Yummmm. They are so filling and delicious, in love! I hope you all enjoyed them as much as I did. I love having mine with plenty of spinach (my go to leafy green) and tzatziki. What do you have yours with?

Honestly yours,
Alice

Friday Fare, Health

Asian Pear & Spinach Salad with Creamy Cider Dressing

April 25, 2014

This week’s inspiration comes from my good friend Alyssa, a lover of good and healthy food. She gave me the idea for this salad although I have made a few tweaks which I hope you will enjoy. This is a meatless salad with its protein source coming from the cheese (I give two different options), almonds and pumpkin seeds. You can always add some lean protein such as grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or fish to make the salad a little heartier, although in all fairness it is pretty hearty as it is because of the nuts, seeds and cheese! I added shrimp to mine though … surprise, surprise 🙂

Asian Pear & Spinach Salad with Creamy Cider Dressing

 Enjoying a twelve essentials ‘Suja Juice’ drink with my salad for the greenest of all meals!

 

Asian Pear & Spinach Salad with Creamy Cider Dressing
A light and refreshing salad drizzled with a delicious cider dressing.
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Ingredients
  1. For the salad
  2. 2 cups (or more) spinach
  3. 1 medium - sliced asian pears
  4. 1-2 tbsp - almond slices
  5. 1-2 tbsp - feta cheese crumbles (personally blue cheese is a my fave cheese on salad but it's pretty high in sodium so it is not something to have daily)
  6. 1-2 tbsp - pumpkin seeds
  7. For the homemade dressing
  8. 1/2 - 1 tbsp - dijon Mustard
  9. 1 tbsp - olive oil
  10. 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  11. Juice of 1 lemon
  12. Grated lemon zest - 1 lemon
  13. 1 tsp - black Pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. First, let us start by making the dressing. Combine all of the salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl and use mix all the ingredients together. You could also use a food processor to do this as well.
  2. 2. Set aside your yummy dressing. Get a plate or salad bowl and put the spinach leaves in it, and then pour some of your dressing into the plate or bowl. Toss the spinach and the salad dressing so that your spinach leaves are nice and .. well, dressed!
  3. 3. Add the rest of the salad ingredients and toss them all together.
  4. 4. Eat and enjoy!
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Asian Pear & Spinach Salad with Creamy Cider Dressing

Asian Pear & Spinach Salad with Creamy Cider Dressing

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Friday Fare, and if you share it on instagram or twitter, please hashtag #fridayfare and tag me in your photo’s so I can see your lovely re-creations! Do you have any requests for future editions of Friday Fare? I am always open to suggestions because I want to make sure I am tailoring my posts towards what YOU want 🙂

Honestly yours,
Alice

Fitness, Health, Sunday Summary

Sunday Summary: Kayla Itsines Week 3

March 16, 2014
sugar free and refined free muffins

Hello everyone!

This was an INSANE week for me! I had a research proposal and a presentation all due this past week, so I was working like a maniac to make sure I got everything finished and to some sort of a high standard. I don’t know how I managed to get everything done, but when it hit 10PM on Thursday night (yes, my classes end at 10PM), I breathed a sigh of relief because my weekend had finally started …

In addition to all this work, I had a really great consultation with Body Type Nutrition coach and fitness model, Stephen Box. He has been my secret nutrition weapon these past few months and has been helping me with losing the last bit of fat and has taught me a lot about nutrition along the way. Since I am NOT a certified nutritionist, I can always use some help and I do not think any of you should shy away from getting help from qualified sources. Anyway, I was feeling a little demotivated and he really helped set me back on track. So thank you so much for that, Stephen! Staying inspired and motivated is a key part of staying a healthy and fit individual and certainly not something that should be overlooked.

This weekend saw me making some very sound nutritional choices as my boyfriend and I went to visit his grandparents and aunt who are sugar-free and gluten-free, because his aunt has candida (which I actually want to do a whole post on at some point, because candida overgrowth is actually a huge problem). Ergo, this weekend was full of delicious meals and desserts which were guilt free! For those of you who follow me on Instagram you will have seen the photo’s I posted of all the yummy food and the beautiful scenery I enjoyed.

Kayla Itsines Week 3

Luckily for you all, I have been given permission to share some of these recipes so look out for them as I release them over the next few weeks. Here is a little teaser of one of the recipe’s I plan to share with you all …. 🙂

sugar free and refined free muffins

 

Doesn’t that look so good and fluffy?!

Kayla Itsines Week 3

So that’s it from me! Ohh, I guess I should state that I have officially finished week 3 of Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide, and will now be going into week 4. This week KILLED ME. So .. many … jump lunges … my god.

Hope you all had a wonderful week! Let me know what you got up too in the comments below 🙂

Honestly yours,
Alice