Monday, July 28, 2014

Clean Eating Sweet Potato "Burgers" + Weekend Recap

Soo it's almost August and this is really confusing to me?? I have a 3 day work week as I'm flying to Atlanta on Thursday to be in one of my college BFF's weddings (her bachelorette party was in Charleston 2 weeks ago)! I am zoo excited (and a tiny bit nervous that the bridesmaid dress isn't going to fit considering I have done nothing but travel/eat/drink my face off for the last 8 weeks).


Anyway, last week I made these sweet potato "burgers" as my lunch for the week and they were delicious paired with spinach, tomatoes, avocado, and of course Greek Yogurt. Sidenote: I wonder if I'll ever get tired of Greek Yogurt and/or avocados?

Servings: 6 patties
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins (to bake the potato) + 20 minutes (to cook the patties)

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sweet sweet potato, mashed (I did this by microwaving 1 sweet potato for 10 minutes) ($1.00)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and mashed in a bowl ($1.00)
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (old fashioned oats in the blender)
  • 1/3 cup whole old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic seasoning
  • dash of salt and pepper
Combine the mashed potato and mashed garbanzo beans in a large bowl and mix well. Add the oat flour and oats and mix (I mixed with a spoon- no fancy tools here) until you have a pretty thick consistency going. 



Form the mixture into 6 flat patties and cook over medium heat in a non-stick pan (I always use coconut oil spray) for about 10 minutes on each side. Note: I didn't have any problems with mine falling apart but if you do, just add more oats.

So the weekend was pretty mellow. Friday afternoon, Harrison, Andi and I battled miz traffic on I-95 to get home to Richmond.



I had all kinds of grand plans for our trip such as: meeting up with friends Friday night to go to the bars, haircut, brunch with friends, dinner party, neighbor's play, more partying. However we were both exhausted and slept most of Saturday (much needed) sooo only 2 things on my agenda happened, and that's ok. Learning to live with things not going according to plan here..

We were in town to see my neighbor in a teen production of Footloose and had a few cocktails with the neighbors before heading to the performance. Our neighbor Pete had tried this cocktail in Canada and it was so delicious (3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol liqueur (it's an orangey tasting thing), and a splash of club soda. So refreshing!):


Then we headed over to the production and it was incredible. The dedication and talent that we saw was insane, and who doesn't love Footloose?? 



Confession: I cried about 5 times during the play. Does this happen to anyone else? Live performances of all kinds (especially involving kids) just make me so overwhelmingly happy and the waterworks start. #embarrassing

Family after the play- that's our neighbor Claire the star in the middle!
Afterwards we stayed up for awhile drinking then hit the road Sunday morning to get back to DC. Since I'll be gone for Harrison's birthday (August 1st- we're separated for 2 different weddings womp womp), we are currently celebrating 10 Days of Harrison and last night I tried to make my own version of his favorite cake which is KFC Chocolate Chip Cake. Turned out pretty good! Recipe and recap of 10 Days coming next week!




31 comments:

  1. Oooooh, those sweet potato patties!! Although, for me hold the avacado as I am deathly allergic. Womp womp.

    To answer your question, yes, I get extremely emotional during plays/musicals. I don't know if it's because I was involved in that stuff growing up, or if I'm a softie. Music moves me. I saw a production of The Lion King and I sobbed the entire time. It was so beautiful and emotional. Glad I'm not the only one!

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  2. Those burgers look really good. I have to figure out what I could use instead of oats to make it more Paleo... flax meal and flax seed maybe?? I love anything sweet potato!! And you are going to be in my town!!! Get ready to sweat your ass off cause it's been hot as ballz!!!

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  3. oh yum! i love sweet potatoes, will have to try this! avo is the perfect addition. footloose!!! oh that would be so fun! and yeah I cry really easily, but live performances? sobbing. not cute.

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  4. I love my life vicariously through all of your travels lol!! That cake looks yum yum!

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  5. I love sweet potato burgers! They are SOOOO SUPER TASTY!!!!

    And I'm sure your bridesmaid dress will fit. :)

    I can't wait to read all about your adventures!!!

    OH, and I love musicals and plays and I cry ALL the time!

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  6. Ohhhh sweet potato burgers? Basically burger anything is my jam. yum!

    I easily cry during live performances too! I dont know why I am always so darn emotional!?

    Have a great week!

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  7. Sounds like a fun weekend! I love seeing live shows.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  8. Yes I can't wait to try these and no I don't believe you ever will get sick of either greek yogurt or avocado because they go with everything!! So versatile. And I'm sure you'll fit into your bridesmaid dress!

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  9. Those sweet potato patties look yummy! I'm definitely trying those. My husband will wonder where the meat went though. lol. That cake looks dangerously good too. Glad you had a good weekend!

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  10. Such a fun weekend - I'm sure you are going to fit just fine into that BM dress!! I am also a sucker for live performances - so I feel ya on crying!! Happy Monday!!

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  11. holy crap! the sweet potato burgers look genesis and so delicious. chik peas (garbonza) beans are not sweet but sweet potatoes are; how did the two flavors contrast together?

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  12. Those look good. I really need to try sweet potatoes again. I love Footloose :) I get emotional at plays as well. There is something about them that makes me feel so alive, and like a little kid. That chocolate chip cake looks so wonderful.

    Leslie

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  13. love footloose! that stinks that you are separated for 2 weddings. i'm in a wedding in atlanta in 2 weeks. have fun!

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  14. That cocktail sounds so good - sweet drinks are totally my thing!

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  15. Umm yum I love sweet potato burgers and these would be so great for my part time vegan kick. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. ohhh girl. Those burgers look SO GOOD!!! (And now I'm starving for them.) I've never seen Footloose (I know).

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  17. i love anything with sweet potato, those burgers look really delicious!

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  18. Those burgers look delish! I'm gonna have to try those soon. And the whole avocado/Greek yogurt thing will NEVER get old! I'm excited to hear about 10 Days of Harrison! Sounds like you'll more than make up for being gone!

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  19. Those sweet potato burgers sound so good. That drink sounds good, I have never heard of Aperol but orange is always good. Footloose as a play would be so fun.

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  20. Those burgers look so good! I wonder if I could even trick Mark into eating those!

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  21. Another recipe win! Those burgers look so yum!

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  22. I cry at live performances too. I just can't help myself. I haven't seen Footloose live, but I bet it's A-MAZING. Those sweet potato burgers sound pretty amazing too.

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  23. Those burgers look pretty good - I'm not a huge fan of sweet potatoes but I am working on it.

    I cry at plays, musicals, movies, songs that have good memories...yes I am a crier!

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  24. Those burgers look really good and I love sweet potatoes! The cake looks good too. Why are those the first two things I thought of?!! I am glad you guys had a good time even though you couldn't squeeze it all in.

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  25. Sweet potato burgers? This I MUST try!! YUM! I'm sorry you're away from your best guy this weekend, but totally cool that you celebrated for so many days before hand. :) Can't wait for that cake recipe!!
    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday again this week! <3 Have a great time at the wedding!!

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  26. Yummmo - have a great time at the wedding!

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