Lentil Burgers with Mushroom Buns.

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Veggie burgers are one of those things that can be REALLY delicious, but REALLY messy to eat. I hate biting into a burger only to have most of the patty squish out the end of the bun! I am already a messy enough eater! These guys however, are the best burger patties I have made. I would recommend cooking your own lentils – it really doesn’t take that long and it is totally worth it!

For a few weeks I haven’t really felt like myself – which has also meant I haven’t felt like doing a lot of the things I love to do, like cooking!

After a few rough weeks I am feeling better than ever and what a way to get back in the swing of things than with an awesome burger recipe! Life has a funny way of throwing you a challenge when you least expect it. That’s definitely a cliche – but it doesn’t make it any less true!

A little while ago now, (almost 7 months but who is counting ;)) I met the most amazing man boy :P! Normally on the blog I don’t really go into too much detail about these things but this guy deserves a special mention! You may have noticed my posts mention this guy, “Nate” anyway…

…In such a short time he has become my best friend and I cannot remember life without him – we train together, we play together and we even cook together! He is now my official taste tester, although I have my suspicions he may be a little biased!IMG_6540

I cannot imagine where my life would be now without knowing him, and without having his support and encouragement. So Nate, please accept this as my little thank you note to you!

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And for everyone else, sorry about the soppiness – but I feel you have to acknowledge the good things in life… especially while they are unfolding around you!

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The bits and pieces

1 cup green lentils

4 cups water

1/2 cup chickpea flour

1/3 cup coriander, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp sesame seeds

2 Tbsp flax seeds

2 Tbsp sunflower seeds

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 red chillies, finely chopped

salt + pepper, to taste

 

1/2 zucchini, cut into thin strips

4 large flat mushrooms

lettuce, tomato, avocado, mustard, to serve

2 potatoes, washed and cut into chips

 

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Pre-heat oven to 150°C.

In a medium sized saucepan, add water and lentils and bring to the boil. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft. Remove from heat and drain.

Add lentils, flour, spices, seeds and salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well to combine.

Roll into burger patties – this recipe should make at least 8. Place on a plate and put in freezer to set.

While burgers are in freezer, pop chips into oven with a touch of olive oil and salt and pepper.IMG_6490

Fire up the BBQ or heat oil in a large pan. Cook mushrooms for about 5 minutes until they start to soften.

Hint: I wet my mushrooms before I cook them to avoid having to smother them in oil!

Remove mushrooms from pan or if using a BBQ, place them on the warming rack.

Grab burgers from the freezer and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until browned.

Cook zucchini for about 1-2 minutes until softened.

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Remove chips from the oven (they should take about 20-25 minutes to crisp up) and construct burgers using the mushrooms as the bun. We cut up some iceberg, added avocado, tomato and mustard and hot chilli sauce!

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Enjoy!

Brickie xx

 

 

Caramel + Brownie Bites.

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What a weekend! We headed down to Husky early friday afternoon to spend a weekend with friends, competing in triathlons and generally just have fun! Oh, and to celebrate Loz’s dirty thirty birthday!

Friday afternoon: 1km ocean swim.

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I looked at the buoys and honestly wondered WHY I do this to myself… open water swimming scares the absolute crap out of me and looking at those buoys I honestly questioned whether or not I could make it!

Turns out I could – and took 3 minutes off my time from Callala which is a HUGE improvement as the conditions in Husky were worse… it was super choppy and I swallowed a ridiculous amount of sea water! I came in 9th for my age group which I was super stoked about!

Nate and Brooke absolutely SMASHED it and it was a great way to loosen up before the sprint on Saturday! I went to bed feeling a lot more confident and managed to get some sleep this time!

Saturday: Sprint Tri (750m swim, 20km ride, 5km run)

The best cheer squad ever!

The best cheer squad ever!

I woke up on Saturday feeling pretty tired but SUPER excited! My game plan was again to survive the swim, go hard on the bike and use whatever I had left for the run.

The swim was SO much harder than the 1km the day before despite the ocean being a lot calmer, there were people going everywhere and I definitely found it hard to find a rhythm.

Coming out to T1 I heard the cheers of The Meaties – seriously the best cheer squad EVER!

How could you not smile with that cheer squad?!

How could you not smile with that cheer squad?!

Onto the bike I wanted to push as hard as I could to see what my leggies had in them – I overtook HEAPS of girls this time, which again was an improvement on Callala!

Coming into T2 I heard The Meat Trays cheers again… I had not prepared very well for transition though, forgetting to untie my shoelaces BEFORE the race is something I will never forget to do again!

The first half of the run was harder than expected, I definitely don’t feel as quick as I was last season and I was pretty disappointed in my time (24:28) but I guess it just means I have a goal to improve on! I picked it up on the way back to come home in a total time of 1:26:26 my goal had been to get under 90minutes so I succeeded there! I am still getting my head around pacing and having faith in my fitness to know I can push harder…

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Then it was time to cheer on the rest of The Meaties and enjoy some beers celebrating Lauren’s 30th and engagement(!!)…

Sporting Stars?!

Sporting Stars?!

Best cheer squad going round!

Best cheer squad going round!

This week Nate and I have made a more structured training schedule to include more speed work before Wollongong next weekend… my aim is to have my ‘A’ race come together for Port Stephens in May… I will need to get my hands on a wetsuit by then too!

First tri together!

First tri together!

These little energy bites are the PERFECT snack for on the bike… or when you are craving something sweet = me ALL the time!

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The bits and pieces

1 C almonds

1 Tbsp cinnamon

3 fresh dates, pitted

3 Tbsp raisins

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/3 C shredded coconut

sesame seeds, for rolling

In a food processor, process almonds until they are roughly chopped. Add dates, cinnamon and raisins until they start getting sticky and coming together.

Remover half the mixture and roll into small balls then roll in sesame seeds.

Add cocoa and coconut to food processor and process for about 2 minutes until well combined.

Remove and roll into balls – store these guys in an airtight container in the fridge.

Delicious and super dooper easy!

Enjoy!

Brickie xxBalls!

Thumbprint Cookies.

Noms - I do love bikkies! :)

Noms – I do love bikkies! :)

Hooray for holidays! More time for baking and blogging!

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It’s no secret I am a huge fan of chickpeas – but lately I have taken the relationship to a whole new level. Sneaking them into as many baked goods as a I can. Initially, I experimented with throwing a can into some banana bread for an extra protein punch. Then I tried to make some cookies, which to my delight worked first go! Hoorah!

After a weekend back in Mudgee, eating terribly and no training I have no doubt I am trying to trick myself into thinking I am having something naughty while still eating healthy. Nate and I took Alexander + Archer back for my 3rd nephews christening.

Cuties :)

Cuties :)

Wowsers. It was SO much fun and was pretty cool knowing that the boys were relying on us to take care of them for 48 hours. It was also full on! They never stop, but I think we did a pretty good job, with the help of Nanny Kate and Lausy we made it through the weekend without any dramas and I hope my sister and her husband will let us do it again soon…

Parenting is easy, you just let them do whatever they want...

Parenting is easy, you just let them do whatever they want…

Parenting is easy, you just let them do whatever they want...

Parenting is easy, you just let them do whatever they want…

Huskisson Sprint Triathlon is calling my name this Saturday… in addition to this I am completing the 1km ocean swim on Friday. The swim is scheduled to start at 5:30pm and I am looking forward to the twilight swim, I have no doubt I will be super nervous before the start but I think it’ll be a good way to get the nerves over with before the sprint tri on Saturday. Eeeek!

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The bits and pieces

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 C shredded coconut

1 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp organic vanilla extract

1/2 overripe banana

1/3 C maple syrup

2 Tbsp peanut butter

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

jam, for the drops

Soooo gooey!

Soooo gooey!

Pre heat oven to 175ºC and lightly grease a baking tray.

In a food processor, process chickpeas until smooth. Add maple syrup, vanilla and banana and process again until well combined. Add peanut butter and baking powder and process again.

Separate mixture into two bowls. In one bowl, mix in cocoa and coconut until well combined.

Spoon mixture onto baking tray and make a well in the centre of each biscuit. The mix will be quite sticky so this might be a bit tricky!

Add a dollop of jam into each well and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Check at about 15 minutes and if the biscuits are browning too quickly turn the oven down.

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Enjoy!

Brickie xx