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Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on August 6, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

There is something about pregnancy and being a new mama that makes you want to kick your lifestyle up a notch. When I could finally stomach something other than this easy lasagna, I was excited to incorporate more vegetables, more protein and more nutritious foods into my diet. This is why I was so happy it timed perfectly with the release of Jess Nadel’s second cookbook, Superfoods 24/7.

Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

You might already be familiar with Jess from her blog Cupcakes and Kale or her first cookbook Greens 24/7 (you can see my review of that cookbook here). This cookbook is focused on incorporating “superfoods” into your diet. The great thing about vegan ingredients, is that many are naturally superfoods and you are likely already familiar with them. The cookbook is not filled with wacky ingredients, instead it focuses on recipes with ingredients like almonds, ginger, flax seeds, sweet potato, turmeric, kale and lentils. These are definitely foods I can get behind.

Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

Rob and I have been eating a lot of burgers these days, mostly due to convenience and mostly not homemade. These, my mom put together during the wee weeks after P’s birth, and they were a welcome change from our current stew-infused menu. They were a bit soft, and certainly not fit for the barbecue, but the flavours were spot on and excellent for a change of pace. Topped with spinach, pickle, tomato and mustard, they made for a great meal.

Another recipe we enjoyed was the Hemp Crusted Tofu with Garlic Collards (pictured here with creamy cheezy polenta) and I must confess to being drawn to her desserts such as Almond tahini trufflesAdzuki bean brownie bites and Minty matcha Nanaimo bars. I guess snacks are always on my mind as I breastfeed.

As you can see below, I love it when cookbooks include gorgeous photography and Jackie Sobon from Vegan Yack Attack did a fantastic job.

Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in the United States or Canada. To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me about your favourite veggie burger. Please link to the recipe (or describe it), tell me your favourite from the store, or if you are still searching for your favourite. The winner will be selected at random on August 15, 2016. Good luck!

Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

Recipes from Superfoods 24/7 spotted elsewhere:

Adzuki bean brownie bites

Almond tahini truffles

Brussels sprouts latkes with tofu “sour cream”

Coconut kale soup with cashew “creme fraiche”

Crispy roasted brussels sprouts with fresh herbs

Minty matcha Nanaimo bars

Orange cacao-chip scones

Sunflower seed and sprout pad thai

Sweet potato, cinnamon and mango smoothie

Vietnamese brussels sprout and noodle salad

PS. I am sharing this with Meatless Mondays.

Sundried Tomato and Coconut Quinoa Burgers
Recipe shared from Superfoods 24/7, reproduced with permission

Coconut and sundried tomatoes are amazing together, and combined with super-seed quinoa, these burgers are top-notch. For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free buns.

Serves 4, gluten-free
Prep: 25 mins | Cook: 30 mins

  • 1/2 cup (85 g) quinoa (or 1 cup/185 g leftover cooked quinoa)
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) water
  • 8-10 sundried tomatoes (dry-packed, not in oil)
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil, plus extra for cooking
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 4 burger buns
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • salad greens, sprouts, avocado, to serve
  1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. In a small pan, bring the quinoa and water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. Rehydrate the tomatoes in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking liquid.
  3. Combine the quinoa, tomatoes, coconut, garlic, pumpkin, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and fennel seeds in a food processor and pulse until the mixture comes together enough to be able to form patties and have them hold together. Add a splash or two of the tomato soaking water if necessary to help bind the ingredients. Season to taste.
  4. Form the mixture into four patties. Heat a little coconut oil in a cast-iron pan or skillet over medium-high heat and cook each patty for 5 minutes per side, until crispy on the outside and warmed through. They are a little on the delicate side, so take care when flipping them that they don’t break apart. Serve on burger buns with tender salad greens or sprouts and a wedge of avocado.

Variation: For an oil-free option, the burgers can be baked in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 20 minutes.

Calories (per serving): 293
Protein: 8.6 g
Total fat: 10.0 g
Saturated fat: 6.0 g
Carbohydrates: 44.7 g
Dietary fiber: 4.6 g
Sugars: 8.7 g
Vitamins: A

Recipe from Superfoods 24/7: More than 100 Easy and Inspired Recipes to Enjoy the World’s Most Nutritious Foods at Every Meal, Every Day © Quantum Publishing, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com

Photo: Jackie Sobon (Vegan Yack Attack)

Note: I was given a copy of the cookbook from the publisher.  I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contest Rules: No purchase necessary. Contest period begins Saturday, August 6 2016 and ends Monday, August 15, 2016. For American and Canadian residents only. Approximate retail value US$19.95. Enter by writing a comment answering the prompt for a chance to win.  Entrants must supply a valid email address. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours.

  1. Ahhhh…nice ! Thanks for that wonderful giveaway Janet. I’m kind of excited about this book, so it would be a pleasure to win it 😁
    My favorite veggie burger is probably that one from Oh She Glows. Here’s the link : http://ohsheglows.com/2011/07/13/our-perfect-veggie-burger/
    Last spring, I also tasted a really good one in Québec City, Chez Victor. It was a tofu burger. The tofu was marinated in a sweet and salty sauce and there was some grilled oignon and other yummy stuff. It was more then delicious. Yummmm…!
    Have a nice day and thanks for that giveaway. It is really appreciated.

  2. That sounds good I’d be willing to give it a try. I don’t really have much luck with vegan burgers, they fall apart, are too try or not tasty. I did make from 1000 Vegan recipes with amaranth that I liked!

  3. This sounds like a great book; thanks for hosting the giveaway. I’ve not found a favorite burger recipe yet. When I was actively searching for one as I began my adventure of eating nutrients instead of the Standard American Diet, I pretty quickly got discouraged when the first few vegan burger recipes I tried just didn’t do it for me. I turned my focus to learning to make other wholesome meals with all the plant foods I’d committed to adding to my diet. As my eating habits changed, I guess I just sort of forgot about burgers. It’s been a good five years since I tried a burger recipe.
    The recipe you have posted looks great; I like the fact that I can bake them; I think I’ll put them in alongside some oven hash browns, see what my kids think of the combo.

  4. My favourite veggie burgers are these ones from Happy Herbivore because they’re super fast: https://happyherbivore.com/2011/08/easy-black-bean-burger/

  5. I love Green Power Burgers by Emma of Coconut and Berries. I’ll try just about any veggie burger that’s gluten free, but I love creative recipes like hers. It uses edamame and buckwheat. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. There’s nothing like having a batch of veggie burgers in the fridge or freezer. As much as I like trying new burger recipes,I tend to go back to Joni Newman’s Bacon Cheeseburgers: http://www.justthefood.com/2011/05/viva-la-revolucion-cookbook-t-shirt.html and Zsu Dever’s Better Burger Patty: http://www.zsusveganpantry.com/2012/10/burger-make-over.html

  7. I’ve tried a few frozen brands (can’t remember the names); they were okay, but I know I can do better by making my own. I’d love to have some great recipes for that.

  8. These burgers sound amazing! You have to love a good veggie burger. My favorite is good good things’ bbq pinto bean burger: http://good-good-things.com/2010/07/recipe-bbq-pinto-bean-burgers/ We make big batches and tore them in the freezer for easy deliciousness. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  9. I’m actually searching for a new favourite veggie burger. The one I used to make was a recipe I had come up with to use up okara (the pulp left over from making soy milk). I haven’t made soy milk in ages, though, so I no longer have the main ingredient on hand for that burger recipe… So it’s time for me to find a new fave, and the comments to this post will certainly help in my search!

  10. Quinoa with black beans are pretty good. I have not tried making my own non-meat version yet

  11. My favourite vegan burgers are from The Food Forest in Peterborough, Ontario. http://www.foodforestcafe.com . Gluten free and delicious. I’ve yet to decide on a favourite recipe, but look forward to trying this one from Jess. Love her recipes!

  12. Oh my gosh you have to try the No Bull burgers from Tera Burgers! http://www.teravburger.com/#menus I’m drooling already!

  13. My favourite veggie burger is made with mushrooms, walnuts and brown rice and is spicy.

  14. My go-to veggie burger recipe is the BBQ black-eyed pea burgers from Fat Free Vegan. They never fail me 🙂 http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2014/06/barbecue-black-eyed-pea-burgers.html

    But this recipe looks really good too, so I might have to deviate from my go-to option.

  15. Right now I’m digging chipotle black bean burgers from Aldi of all places

  16. Chickpea based burgers with some grains are always a favorite, with some spice of course 🙂 Your burgers look awesome. Would love to dine at your house.

  17. I had a veggie burger at a local restaurant that, in my eyes, was amazing. Apparently, its made with pecan meal, bread crumbs, Parmesan, ricotta and egg. It was topped with a basil pesto, arugula, tomato, banana peppers and fresh mozzarella cheese.

  18. I recently had the couple who runs Chef Sous Chef over to do a guest post for my site and they made a veggie burger out of beets and brown rice. It was fantastic and so unusual, I’ve never had a beet burger before! Your photography here is beautiful and the burger looks great. I’d love to have a copy of the book and I would be happy to add it to my cookbook review series 🙂

  19. My favorite burger is the veggie burger from the food cart The Kaboom Box (in Vancouver). The guy makes it with brown rice and oats I think and serves it with coleslaw, tomatoes and cucumber in between a white bun. Its so simple and delicious!

  20. Oh Boy! My all time favourite veggie burger is from a restaurant at my University. They smoothered the whole bun in hummus – I highly recommend it! I’m still working on finding the perfect one to make at home but I like the flavour and bite of black beans and chickpeas!

  21. Your burger sounds lovely – and I love the sound of the cookbook – am sure you will pass on some healthy eating habits to your little one, starting with breastfeeding!

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