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Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers

Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers

What do you do with an abundance of beets? Pickle them. Turn your tabbouleh pink. Or your hummus.

Or perhaps your end-of-summer burgers, as Food52 would suggest.

Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers

I spotted this recipe over on Food52, and of course with all things beet-related, was captivated by its color. You could nearly mistake that burger in the picture above for a beef patty. That doesn’t sound all that appetizing to me, but I do find this depiction beautiful, nonetheless. Especially with a creamy cucumber sauce lathered on top. I assure you, this meat-free burger is an abundance of appetizing deliciousness.

It’s one of the most firm, well-held-together veggie burgers I’ve ever made as well.

Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers

Rice acts as the glue that keeps these lentil beet burgers together, and it does a rather efficient job at doing so. You won’t need a million spatulas and utensils and tablespoons of oil to flip them in the pan, which is often the case with homemade veggie burgers.

As the name depicts, slightly sweet (from the beets and raisins), slightly smoky (from the paprika), these burgers are a unique treat. Place them between pita or a bun, or simply atop a bed of greens, and serve with a side of tomatoes and cool cucumber-yogurt sauce.

P.S. These freeze well, too!

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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Overnight Oats

Cinnamon raisin bread has always been a favorite of mine. The naturally sweet and spiced union of flavor can brighten up just about any morning. However, it’s time to get real and ditch that processed, refined bread, and send this classic combo. to an even higher level. This time, we’re going extra healthy, with none other than my favorite fiber-loaded breakfast ingredient—oats. Making your own amped up version of cinnamon raisin bread in a bowl is really quite simple. All it takes is a few raisins, a pinch of brown sugar, and let’s not forget, a healthy swirl of cinnamon. This is a breakfast that’s sure to leave both your taste-buds and your tummy satisfied. The fiber from the oats will work to fill you up without weighing you down, and the cinnamon, known for regulating blood sugar, will help prevent any sudden energy crashes or spikes in appetite before your next course rolls around. Also, I’m on a creamy overnight oats kick and am loving the extra few minutes it allows me in the morning, but feel free to turn this into a hot breakfast delight!

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Overnight Oats

-1/3 cups oats
-1/3 cup 2% plain yogurt
-1 Tbsp. raisins
-1/4 tsp. cinnamon
-2 drops vanilla
-Salt, dash
-Brown sugar, to taste
-1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

Place first six ingredients in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. Remove in the morning. Top with walnuts and brown sugar, to taste.