Quinoa, Lentil, Spinach, and Sweet Potato Bugers

I used to eat a wide variety of vegetarian meals, then I worked in a place where meat was frowned upon and suddenly I wanted to eat more meat. It is like the kid who is told they can’t have candy from the candy jar, so what does he want? ALL the candy in the candy jaw.

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Recently I’ve been trying to eat less meat and more vegetable filled meals. I’m a big fan of meat, but I’m also a big fan of vegetables and vegetable proteins. These patties were delicious, nutrient packed, and filling! While these were multi step, they were so worth it! When mixing all the ingredients together, I used my ninja, but a food processor would work as well.


I saved time by using my rice cooker to cook the lentils and quinoa together. (2 parts water for every 1 part quinoa/lentils) For a time saver on the potatoes, you can microwave. I personally prefer baking them, but when I am crunched for time, I will microwave them.  Due to the stickiness of all the ingredients mixed together, the patties may become an odd shape.


But they turned out delicious and remained delicious for my lunches throughout the week!

Quinoa, lentil, spinach, and sweet potato bugers
Recipe Type: main course
Author: Erica
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1/2 cup white quinoa (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup split red lentils (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (cooked and peeled)
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup red pepper diced (1/4 red pepper diced for garnish)
  • 1 tsp red cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  1. (refer to blog post for shortcuts)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Combine all the above ingredients into a ninja, food processor, or something similar and blend together until evenly mixed.
  4. Grease metal pan of choice with oil of choice (I used coconut oil) and form 4 patties.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and then flip to the other side. Bake an additional 20 minutes and check for desired crispiness.
  6. Let cool then serve over spinach with red pepper to garnish and sauce of choice. I used ranch and it was delicious!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!


West African Stew

I love Sunday afternoon/evenings in the fall when I get to do two things. Cook and watch football. I prep for the week by both relaxing and watching one of my favorite sports and prepping for the week by cooking. Today I decided to make one of my favorites and modify it a bit. It is called West African Stew. I’m not entirely sure where I got the recipe from, but since I first made it I continue to modify it. And it is super easy to make! You pretty much just throw it all in a pot and let it simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

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Today thought I added the apple chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s which was definitely delicious! If you choose not to use it the dish will be vegetarian, but definitely still filling. If you do choose to add meat make sure you cook it first and dice it up before you put everything else in the pot.


  • 1 large carton of chicken broth (the box kind)
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 2 small zucchinis diced into bite sized chunks
  • 1 can of tomatoes drained
  • 1 can of chickpeas drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 of a red pepper diced
  • 1/2 of a green pepper diced (or yellow)
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 4 small sweet potatoes peeled and diced into bite sized chunks
  • 1-2 teaspoons of red cayenne pepper (depending on level of spicyness)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour (add this at the end for thickening and add slowly so that you don’t overdue it)
  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Chicken Apple Sausage (optional)

Directions: Put all the ingredients in a large pot except meat and rice flour and boil for 10 minutes then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes put the meat in and simmer for 10 more minutes. As long as your potatoes are soft at this point then add the brown rice flour for thickening and simmer for 5-10 more minutes.

Serving: If you so choose you can add rice, couscous, or quinoa for it to be served over but it can also be eaten plain. Serve it up and enjoy!!

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