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Review : Best Veggie Burger

Review : Best Veggie Burger

I recently discovered the joys of Costco. I know, I know, I’m a little late jumping on the Costco train but I finally made it. My only regret is that I didn’t know about the fantastic products they have sooner. From what I understand, Costco has really stepped up the “healthy food option” selections recently so it was just meant to be that I found them when I did.

My review is about THE best veggie I’ve ever had in my entire life and I have eaten my share of veggie burgers. If you’ve tried other veggie burgers in the past and were like “meh”, try these and you will say “YEAH!” They are so tast-teeeeeeee!

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Don Lee Farms makes this particular veggie patty. Here is a list of the reasons I love them so much:

  1. They are organic!
  2. Gluten Free
  3. Ready to eat in 1 minute in the microwave
  4. I can pronounce every single ingredient
  5. Only 160 calories
  6. Zero trans fat
  7. Zero cholesterol
  8. 4 grams of protein
  9. 2 grams of fiber
  10. No weird “fake meat” ingredients
  11. Not to mention that they are so delicious. I believe it’s because of the unique combination of ingredients (sweet potatoes, onions, celery, spinach, brown rice, sunflower seeds, etc.)

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

 

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

These babies taste so good that most of the time I eat them with no bun, just a little organic ketchup or I top them with some sauteed mushrooms or spinach, some canned fired roasted tomatoes, crumble in a salad or on top of the most delicious steam bag quinoa/kale I’ve ever had. They are so versatile.

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

My beloved ketchup has a companion once again 🙂

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

Next time you are at Costco, do yourself a favor and give these a try, you will NOT be disappointed.

Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Coconut Granola

Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Coconut Granola

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I LOVE me some granola but buying it in the store is sketchy for me.  There are either ingredients I’m not too keen on or there are additives that I’d rather not put in our bodies.  The solution?  Make it yourself!

I had wanted to make my own granola for a while now and finally did it last night.  I don’t know what I was waiting for.  It was so fast and easy!  Let’s not forget nutritious and delicious and I used organic ingredients as much as I could.   This recipe yields about 6 cups of granola.  Prep time: 5 minutes.  Cook time:  25 – 30 minutes.  Cool time: 20 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

2 ½ cups old fashioned oats (NOT quick oats)

3/4 cup almond slivers

1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

3/4 shredded sweetened coconut

1/2 cup of raisins

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

4 tbsp. coconut oil (I used refined), melted

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup of honey*

2 tsp. vanilla extract

*this recipe can easily be made vegan by substituting honey for more maple syrup.

Preheat the oven for 325.  Prepare a large cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.  You will be spreading this mixture on the cookie or baking sheet so if its on the small side, you might want to use 2. securedownload

In a large bowl toss the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sweetened coconut and raisins. 

In a separate microwave safe medium bowl, mix the dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla extract together.  If your coconut oil is not already melted, put the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time just to melt the coconut oil.  Take it out, stir it up.  If the coconut is still not melted, pop it in for another 10 or 15 seconds. 

Once your liquid ingredients are melted, pour over the dry mixture in the big bowl.  Stir everything together until the dry ingredients are wet with the liquid mixture.

If you find that the liquid isn’t getting the dry ingredients wet enough, either add more honey or maple syrup but only one tablespoon at a time so not to use too much.  If by chance you used too much liquid, just add some more nuts or oats, easy fix.

Once you’ve got everything mixed the way it should be, spread the mixture evenly over your baking sheet or cookie sheet and put in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes your kitchen should be smelling pretty darn awesome. 

  • Put in for 10 minutes, stir
  • Put in for another 10 minutes, stir
  • Put in for another 7 – 10 minutes but this time when you stir, notice how brown the underside is getting.  If it’s a dark caramel color, you are done – give it one last stir and let it cool.  You don’t want to burn your latest snacksecuredownload-1 creation.

Let the granola sit out and cool for about 20 minutes then sit back and bask in all the compliments you’ll be getting.  You can take some on-the-go for a quick energy boost/snack or pour some milk over it for a delicious healthy cereal everyone will love.

You can create your own variations with your favorite nuts, dried fruits or some dark chocolate chips as my husband suggested.  Get creative!  Let me know how yours turned out and if you used any other ingredients.  I love the concoctions people come up with.