Friday, March 28, 2014

Beet Burgers - Gluten Free and Vegan

Beet burger - vegan

I don’t think I can eat enough beets and cauliflower. They might be my favorite foods. Both vegetables are incredibly versatile.

For this meal, I went very “American bar food” – burgers and hot wing. Shockingly, we were not watching sports that night.

For the hot-wings, I love the PETA Vegan Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wing – I have made them with a few different types of flour and find that brown rice flour is my favorite – this makes them vegan AND gluten free AND paleo (in some people’s interpretation of paleo). While I am not gluten free nor paleo, I have some dear friends who are both. Finding gluten-free, paleo, vegan recipes is an exciting challenge. I love food challenge.

Beet burger and cauliflower hot wings - vegan

The Beet Burgers are hands down my favorite burger ever. The recipe is super quick and easy too!
Note: if you go gluten free on the flour and bun, this is a great gluten free and vegan meal!

3 whole beets – medium sized:  raw, peeled and grated
1 small onion, diced
2 Tbl chia seeds
1 Tbl flour (whatever kind you like, I love brown rice flour)
1 Tbl olive oil
1 tsp garlic granuals/powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dry basil (if you have fresh, use that instead. Nummers)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Condiments and Buns – I love sprouts, avocado and vegan mayo/aoili on this amazing burger.  

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, stir well. Let sit for about 30 minutes.

Once the beet mixture has had time to mingle, heat about 3 Tbls of oil In a pan. Form the beet mixture into patties and place carefully in the oil. Let cook on that side for 4-5 minutes, until a good crust has formed. Flip and cook that side as well.

Place pattie on bun and add condiments.


Serves 2-3, depending on burger thickness.

With the leftover beet mixture, I made little slider burgers and fried them. I then packed them for lunch the next day with some adorable vegan (but not GF) buns that I found. This is the slider bar at my desk at work:
Beet burger sliders - vegan

Excel Formula Tips

In a world where art meets Excel, lives these pretty little Excel Tips posters.

I had gathered some formulas for calculating workdays and displaying weekdays and workdays in a report. I use them often and wanted a nice way to remind myself of them.

This one hangs at my desk:

Excel tech tip poster

This is one that I made for a coworker who wanted a refresher on Excel, basic Sum and Average functions, as well a keyboard shortcuts for copying formulas and cells across rows or down columns. I added the fill series down menu option, since it is used often in our office. The background of this one is Opal Creek, OR. So pretty. I look forward to going there this summer.

Excel tech tip poster