Vegan & Gluten Free Lentil Brown Rice Burgers

For today's post I bring you the lentil and brown rice burger! I've made these almost in the form of falafels, but they're a much different take on them. These are crispy, filling, healthy, and just plain ol' delicious. If you like how that sounds, keep on reading!

For this recipe you will need: (makes 8-10 burgers)

1 cup of lentils 

2 carrots, grated 

1 cup of brown rice (or whatever grain you have on hand)

1 shallot, finely sliced

1 tsp of chili flakes

Pinch of salt

1 tsp of paprika

1 tsp of cumin

1-2 tsps of olive oil

To start, preheat  your oven to 375 degrees. You can make these either by hand or in a food processor. If you make them by hand you'll need to mash the lentils pretty well, then add in all of the ingredients. If you make them with the help of a food processor, just throw everything in and whiz it up. 

Once the ingredients have been combined well, and it becomes sticky, you'll want to start making the burgers. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and oil it lightly so the burgers don't burn. Bake the burgers for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once out of the oven serve with a bun or do like me and enjoy them with hummus, pita, baby spinach and some cherry tomatoes. This is a great meal that is quite filling as well. It's vegan, gluten free, and will make you feel good once you're finished. Bon appetit!

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Dinner on a Trip Budget

Now when I say vacation food, it might seem to be like a beautiful beach resort tropical yumminess, but this is not that kind. This is food that I had while on a short trip to Niagara Falls. When you go on a trip, you often have a budget. That being said, you don't want to skimp out on yummy food because that's the most important part! (Well at least for me!) Plan out where you're going to go, and enjoy everything you get.  My general rule for dining on trips is not to spend more money on drinks than you do on food (my general rule for life is to eat my calories not drink them! haha). My trip to Niagara Falls consisted of eating at Milestones (my favourite) a couple of times or so. I just couldn't get enough. The first night I had a Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich with fries. It was dressed with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a spicy mayo. Avocado salad on the side also. ($11.99)

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The second night I had a soy based Garden Burger that was topped with tomatoes, avocados, and onions. Oh I also got bacon on it. The irony of it all. It was soooo delicious. And the yumminess of french fries were also on the side. ($11.99)

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These meals were reasonably priced and absolutely delicious! They were also filling. Money well spent for sure.

Here's a cute bike that was parked outside my hotel!

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Earls does lunch right!

Yesterday I went out for lunch with my dad. We decided to go to Earls, and I certainly was not disappointed. The food there is sooo delicious, and the portions are really filling (I took half my sandwich home!). I think its important that when you do go out, and this is especially for dining out, make sure to have or do something you normally wouldn't. For instance, I normally wouldn't make as luxe a meal as I had today, so it really was a great treat! Here's the rundown of our lunch. We started with the Warm Three Cheese + Spinach Dip (great way to start lunch especially with the warm ciabatta toasts, ohh and it had three cheeses!). My dad followed with the Bronx Burger. This burger was amazing from the beer battered onion rings, garlic aioli, red pepper relish, white cheddar, and it was on a brioche bun! I opted for the Chicken, Brie + Fig Sandwich. This was soooo (I wish I could add a 1000 "o"s because it was that good) yummy! It had roasted apples, spinach, a wonderful fig jam, garlic aioli all on a ciabatta bun! Ohh and their fries are to die for! I'm kinda a potato connoisseur.

Going out doesn't mean you need to empty your entire bank account. Choose wisely on what you want to do or where you want to eat, and make it count!

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