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a jiffy twist

I am missing my oats but it has been SO FLIPPING HOT.  Like 100* hot.  Oats just aren’t going to happen.  I haven’t felt like overnight oats too much either. 

I love egg sandwiches.  LOVE.  And sometimes I microwave an egg.  But rarely.  However, today, I didn’t want to dirty a pan or turn the oven on.

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So I dirtied the Vita-Mix instead.

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And stuffed it with blueberries, strawberries, Amazing Grass GreenSuperfood, chia seeds, plain yogurt, ice and coconut milk. 

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Toasted + buttered with s+p.

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I’ve been working hard at my to-do list.  I swear it just keeps growing.  We have guests coming in on Wednesday and staying for a week.  I’m trying to get ahead and prepare a few posts ahead of time as I won’t be home nearly as much while they’re here!  So, who’s coming?  The lovely Eric + Kelsey [friends from Charlotte] of course!!  They were here back in January and Kelsey and I hosted a Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24.  So much fun!  We’re looking forward to getting in some bouldering + exploring while they’re here.

Speaking of bouldering, we had a quick trip to the rock gym today.  Chris + I have gotten really weak over the past 2 months.  With a trip or two, a pulled quad, and a busy schedule, we just haven’t gotten there enough.  It’s insane how much strength you lose in such a short amount of time.

I was pretty excited when I completed a problem that I couldn’t get last time though.  Always a good feeling!

1/4 of the way up

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3/4 of the way up

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got it!

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When we got home, I made my way to the kitchen to prepare veggie burgers for a get together with our friends Sarah + Nick.  Sarah has popped up on the blog a few times.  She is a good friend from Ohio State, that just moved out here a few months ago. 

She asked if I could whip up some veggie burgers!  Sure thing!

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I’ve made Emily’s black bean burgers a few times, as well as Angela’s In a Jiffy Spelt Burgers.  I LOVE both recipes but wanted something a little different.  I had a little fun with the In a Jiffy recipe.

Instead of peppers + spinach, I added a zucchini.  I made a few other changes as well to put an Italian flavored spin on things.

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I was really excited with how they turned out!

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Zesty Italian Veggie Burgers [adapted from In a Jiffy Veggie Spelt Burgers]

Yields: 8 large burgers

  • 2c cooked chickpeas [drained + rinsed]
  • 2 sm/med carrots, chopped
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini [about 2” diameter]
  • 2t dried oregano
  • 2t dried basil
  • 1/2t sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2c sunflower seeds
  • 1/4c pepitas
  • 2T chia seeds
  • 1-1.5c spelt flour [or whole wheat]
  1. Preheat oven to 375* and line a pan with parchment or grease pan.
  2. In a food processor, combine all ingredients, except for the seeds + flour.  Process, fairly smooth.  No large chunks.  I had to scrape the bowl down quite a bit.  [I use an 11c food processor and this was about the max it would take.  If you have a smaller, you could 1/2 the recipe or make it in 2 batches.]
  3. Empty mixture into a bowl and stir in seeds and 1c of flour, until well blended.  The mixture will be fairly wet, but you should be able to form a ball and flatten into a patty without it falling apart.  The consistency is more moist than cookie batter.  If it’s not holding together add more flour. 
  4. Bake for 15min, flip and bake another 10-15min.
  5. Done!  Or, you can grill them over medium heat for 5min per side.  Gives them a nice crust without drying them out!

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They’re perfect out of the oven, but I like to throw them on the grill.

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We headed to Nick + Sarah’s place, which is awesome.  It’s really open and BRIGHT and I love the decor.  I can’t wait to OWN a place, so we can finally settle in.  That won’t be happening for awhile though!

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So nice to have another good friend in Colorado!

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It cooled down enough to eat outside.

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Sarah made an awesome salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, pecans + feta.  YUM.

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She also made a delicious couscous salad.  She said the recipe was from a recent Real Simple.  It has couscous, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, mint, lemon, and a few other things.  The mint sounded like an odd addition but I really enjoyed this!!

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As soon as I thought of the Italian flared veggie burgers, I also thought of a few fun toppings.

tomaters + basil

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Also…melted, fresh mozzerela + pasta sauce

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And then after dinner, I managed to choke down a gooey brownie and vanilla ice cream.  The best combo everrrr!!

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Such a lovely summer night with the huz + friends!

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Time to do some dreaming!!  I swear the zucchini muffin recipe is coming SOON!



Reader Comments (49)

I love all those salad bowls, they're gorgeous :)
Also equally love the burgers, and the rock climbing - I've never done it before but it looks SO fun!

Those veggie burgers look great! The pictures are awesome.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

your veggie burgers look great! and can i just say so do your upper arms! they look awesome in the climbing pics!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNeen

I love egg sammies too but I usually only love them for dinner. It's hard for me to avert from a sweet breakfast but maybe if I balance it out with a sweet smoothie, I could do eggs in the morning.

Wow, those burgers look incredible! I was thinking of heating up a bean burger for dinner tonight and now I know how exactly I want to top it! ;)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

That burger looks so good! I made something really similar last night ;)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I might be able to get the husband to eat those if i manage to hide what else is in them... he swears he doesn't like zucchini!

I've missed oats too, but when its 75* by 6 a.m. when I'd be making them, it's a little much for me!

I'm always looking for new veggie burger recipes - looks great!

What a fun time with good friends!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Can't wait to try out these new burgers! Yummmm!

Yep, those burgers do look mighty good!!

I love your veggie burger creations! They look delicious!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstela @ Weekly Bite

way to go on that bouldering puzzle! i just made the in a jiffy burgers the other day, loved them, and can't wait to try my recipes with them!

Those veggie burgers look awesome - I totally have that fruit rack in your friend's kitchen :)

Pllleeeeeeasssseee post that recipe - I have zucchini that is almost dead in my fridge.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelsey

the burger recipe looks fantastic, i haven't had the best luck with veggie burger makings in the past, maybe i should give it a go again :)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Good Morning~ I wanted to start by saying I have enjoyed reading your blog it is fun! Great photos!

Do you have your vegan Zucchini bread recipe?

Thank you!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather this twist on the In a Jiffy burgers!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @SavvyEats

ooh! another burger recipe to try!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

the colors at that dinner are BEAUTIFUL! everything looks so perfect! I love those salad bowls, I think I saw them at crate and barrel, and I LOVE them!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

Love the looks of those veggie burgers, yum!


All that food looks amazing! I loe veggie burgers!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristina cadden

Yum!!! The food looks great. I finally made Angela's in a jiffy burgers with the curry chickpea version. So good and so easy. I love how you adapted to your own Italian version and topped it with the tomato basil, delicious!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

Oats always make me sweat in the morning, but they are so worth it to me :)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Wow - those veggies burguers looked incredible!
I´m sure you all had a blast together :D

SAVE SAVE SAVE....that burger looks awesome!!!


July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Nice! I want to try that version too!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yupp...from c+b. I have the same ones!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, it's coming tomorrow!! :) And thank you!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've never had a problem with the jiffy spelt burgs. I've made them about 4 times...definitely give them a go!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha...coming tomorrow ;)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You definitely couldn't taste the zucchini with tall of the toppings!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I am so happyto have another veggie burgher recipe! I have been in need of one after buying them all this weekend. The rest looks delicious as well!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

wow, those spelling errors are what I get for writing via my bberry at work! Seriously want some brownies now...

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

I love her salad bowls! They're so pretty, I haven't seen mini wooden ones like that before. Definitely know what you're talking about in terms of losing strength quickly, it can be pretty frustrating, but you still look ripped anyway! :)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ youngDCliving

I don't really like savory oats for breakfast..but I've always loved eggs!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks lovely!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

ummm yummo burger!!!

lOoks like such a nice summery meal! :)
and I totally feel ya with microwaving eggs, it seems weird at first, but not having to clean a pan is so worth it! And they taste just as good, too!

Rock climbing is challenging and rewarding. You looked great! Agreed you lose your strength so quickly.

Good thing you are fueling yourself up the right way!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

LOVE LOVE LOVE these - and LOVE those salad bowls!!!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Those veggie burgers sound delish! Dave and I are obsessed with Mama Pea's black bean burgers, but maybe I'll try these for a little change...poor Dave hates change! :)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Your meal looks fantastic! I made Angela's Jiffy Chickpea burger last night and had them today. They were great!

Have you tried Overnight Oats? I love my oats but it's just too hot for regular hot oats, so I've been eating overnight oats instead.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElaine @ Om Sweet Om

I love Sarah's wooden dinnerware/bowls...and you burgers is nothing shy of Giada ; )

I have the wooden bowls too :)

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, I've made them a lot but am not as big of a fan...I have to really be craving them. I actually liked them in the winter more when I would mix them with pumpkin!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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