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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Roasted Summer Salad

Good afternoon! Today's post is all about my Roasted Summer Salad. Right now there are so many vegetables that are in season and this means that they taste their most delicious and they're also more affordable. You can make this as a lunch for two, a dinner for one, or as a side dish without the lettuce. It is also vegan & gluten free. 

For this recipe you will need: (serves 1-2)

1 zucchini, sliced in rounds

A dozen cherry tomatoes (these were from my own balcony garden!)

2 medium-sized potatoes, half moon slices 

2 green onions, sliced 

A handful of fresh herbs (whatever you have on hand works; I used parsley, basil & rosemary)

2 tbsp of olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Butter lettuce leaves (or any other greens you have on hand)

Seeds, nuts, anything crunchy & nutritious 

To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper all throw everything together except for the green onions, lettuce, and nuts. Toss everything together so the veggies are well coated. Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes or until everything is golden brown and delicious. 

To assemble your salad, place your butter lettuce leaves or greens as the base in your bowl. Put all the roasted goodness within the lettuce cup/base, and sprinkle the green onions and nuts as a garnish. For a dressing, balsamic vinegar works well. You can keep this plain as well as it is quite flavourful. Enjoy! 

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The Buddha Bowl

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I don't know about you, but when it comes to a meal, I like variety. I think it's important to have different textures, flavours, and spices used in one meal to make it as delicious and interesting as possible. With that being said, I bring you the Buddha Bowl (version 1)! This Buddha Bowl is filled to the brim with lots of filling and hearty veggies, rice, tempeh, nuts, and hummus goodness! buddhabowl1

You will need: (1 serving)

1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 shallot, peeled and halved

1 small zucchini, sliced in rounds

Rice or quinoa of your choice (I used a mixture of both)

Tempeh (1/4 of a pack cut into triangles)

Hummus (as much as you like)

Nuts and seeds (I used sunflower seeds and pistachios)

Salt, seasonings, spices of choice (I used paprika, cumin, dried oregano and thyme)

Oil for the vegetables

To start, preheat your oven to 380 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On the first, place the sweet potato mixed with oil, salt, and spices. On the second, place the zucchini dressed in oil, salt, and spices, and the shallot with oil. Bake for 30 minutes or until crispy and cooked.

At the same time, make your rice or quinoa. I was lucky enough to have both on hand so I skipped this step at this time.

Season your tempeh with some paprika, and cook in a pan until cooked through. Do this within the last 5 minutes of the vegetables cooking.

Once everything is cooked, prepare your bowl. The bottom of the bowl will hold the rice, and next layer on the vegetables and tempeh. In the centre, I added the seeds, pistachios, and homemade hummus. Enjoy!

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You can make this buddha bowl with whatever veggies you have on hand. The combinations are endless, and so are the health benefits. Try making a buddha bowl and see how it transforms your evening!

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Vegan & Gluten Free Falafels

I absolutely love chickpeas. They're high in protein and fibre, and absolutely delicious. I'm always trying to find news way to enjoy them so I thought I'd venture out into the falafel world. I made these falafels for lunch today and they're easy, very quick, and very yummy! You'll also have everything on hand which means less money for you to spend. IMG_3280

You will need:

A can of chickpeas

A pinch or so of salt

Cilantro

Hot peppers

A teaspoon and a half of gluten free flour (If you don't need it to be gluten free, use AP flour!)

A teaspoon of oil (I used vegetable)

A food processor

(I used Gourmet Garden's Cilantro and Chili Pepper paste. I always keep it on hand, and it makes flavouring a lot easier.)

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Put your pan on the heat at medium and add in your oil. Add all of your ingredients into your food processor. Put the lid on and whiz it up! (Its that easy really!) Make your little falafels with about a spoon or so of your mixture. If you wet your hands lightly it makes it the mixture stick less to your hands and easier to work with. Place your falafels into the hot pan, and let each side brown and crisp up. This should take about 1-2 minutes per side.

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Enjoy them with a salad, pitas, tortillas, yogurt, or any other chutney that you like! You could easily put them in the oven to bake as well. Next time I'm going to try adding sweet potato into the mix, and use them as a veggie burger! Bon appetit!

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