I was hungry for something this morning beyond my usual bowl of warm spiced grain. It is dreary, drizzly, and cool today Minneapolis, the kind of morning that in the past would have warranted a quick run to the cafe down the street for a steaming Americano and a trip to the cafeteria for a spinach, turkey, and cheese omelet.
Unfortunately, that's not really on the menu right now. I needed a substitute.
After eating a small piece of lasagna (Butternut, Fennel, and Chard Lasagna - recipe to come!) this morning while packing my lunch, and still feelings pangs of hunger, I knew I'd have to come up with something at work. Then I remembered! A package of Sunshine Burgers was waiting for me in the freezer. I recently discovered Sunshine Burgers, delightful little patties made solely of brown rice, ground raw sunflower seeds, carrots, and herbs. Convenient, delicious, minimally processed, and totally free of gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, and corn!
I have tried both the Garden Herb and Original, and have a box of South West style (with black beans, red pepper, cilantro, etc) waiting for me in the freezer at home. This is the Sunshine Burger website, check 'em out: http://sunshineburger.com/
This is how I did mine up this morning in the microwave at work, using leftover brown rice and the remaining sauteed chard from last night's lasagna-making experiment.
1 Sunshine Burger
1 c wilted greens (I used red chard)
1/2 c brown rice
Ground flax seed
Flax seed oil
salt and pepper to taste
Put frozen Sunshine Burger, greens, and brown rice in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, until everything is warmed through. Chop up Sunshine Burger and stir up ingredients until mixed, like a scramble. Warm for 20-30 more seconds. Remove from microwave, add flax meal and flax oil, and season as desired.
This would be even more satisfying if made on the stove in a fry pan - Sunshine Burgers are really tasty when warmed up in a pan!