Beet and Black Bean Burgers

The doctor said this day would come…Turner would become a picky eater! I usually have go-to recipes on hand, but lately I’ve been SO busy that I haven’t had time to prepare. So it’s been eggs and waffles for breakfast, peanut butter sandwiches and fruit for lunch, yogurt and his favorite almond meal muffins for a snack, and whatever we are eating for dinner (or another peanut butter sandwich, don’t judge)!

Now, don’t get me wrong, this kid is CONSTANTLY hungry and could eat me under the table. But I refuse to give him junk to fill him up. I want his meals to be filled with protein and even those sneaky vegetables too! The only way I can do that is to plan ahead. I always sneak things like spinach and avocados into his smoothies. But when I have an hour to spare, I like to take whatever I have on hand and whip up “burgers” of some sort (and by burger I mean anything I mix up and shape into a patty). This week I scoured the fridge and pantry for anything I could turn into a healthy “burger”. These beet and black bean burgers are a winner!

I started by cooking some quinoa (read about the amazing benefits of quinoa HERE). While that simmered, I sautéed onions, shredded carrots, and diced ginger root. I pulsed the beets and sautéed veggies in the food processor a few times to break them up. Side note about the beets, I used the steamed and peeled baby beets in the fridge section at Trader Joe’s. I’ve seen them in several grocery stores.

Once the quinoa was finished, I added a cup of cooked quinoa and the black beans to my food processor and pulsed a few more times. I let that cool slightly so it wouldn’t cook my egg! Then I added in the bread crumbs and egg and processed for a few seconds to form a “dough”.  I used an ice cream scoop to form patties and seared them on either side until crisp on the outside and warmed through, just like a burger!


I served it up with a little BBQ sauce and a bun. He actually eats the bun separately, but for us grown ups, I took a picture of the burger and bun together! I hope you and your kiddos enjoy!


 

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Traffic Light Ice Pops

Turner is a huge smoothie fan. We share a smoothie every day! When I make them, I ALWAYS throw some spinach and avocado in. He honestly loves it and has no clue. Gotta do it while I can, right?

I wanted to make something a little different since I had some more time over the weekend! I looked to see what sort of frozen or fresh fruit I had on hand and BOOM, traffic light ice pops! I got the idea from one of my favorite kid’s cookbooks, SuperFoods for Babies and Children. I get a TON of ideas from this book, and Turner has loved everything. I can’t say I’ve followed the recipes to a T, but they’ve definitely inspired my menus! The ice pops recipe called for strawberries, honey, peaches, and kiwi. I  didn’t have most of those things, so instead I used a mixture of frozen strawberries and raspberries, fresh pineapple, and fresh kiwi. They came out AWESOME! The perfect treat for a hot summer day.

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Nutty Banana Bread Granola

This granola is AMAZING. I am always on the search for great granola recipes that aren’t packed with sugar! I recently found a recipe that sounded yummy. The original can be found here. I made a few changes that added some protein and were “toddler friendly” since Turner loves yogurt parfaits!

I start by combining the oats, pecans, and cinnamon in the standing mixer. I just give that a quick mix to incorporate the dry ingredients. Then, on the stove, I heat the mashed banana, maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut oil, and almond butter, just until they’re well combined.

After that’s combined, I pour it into my mixer and mix until the oats are completely coated with the wet ingredients. I spread it out on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes.

And, there you have it! A delicious granola recipe for everyone in the family!

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